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Books inspired by Amsterdam

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood to travel

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Why the Dutch are Different

Ben Coates

Stranded at Schiphol Airport, author Ben Coates called up a Dutch girl he'd met some months earlier, went for dinner, and stayed for good. He explores the hidden heart of the small but fascinating country. National and social history and travelogue all combine to make a well-written and readable book, perfect for anyone who loves The Netherlands or is thinking of going.

When to visit

February

A romantic city which remains attractive throughout the year, the climate in Amsterdam is never really extreme. In Feb the tourist season hasn't started so there'll be less crowds and cheaper options

August

Although it's peak season the city is at its balmy best - perfect for a canal-side stroll or bike ride, a boat tour, or soaking up the café terrace ambience

Amsterdam Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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24th September 2020 by Emma

Announcing the winner of our Eurostar competition

On Thursday 24rd September we drew the winner of our summer Eurostar competition. From the thousands of valid entries received, twenty were chosen at random and placed in a "hat" (our trusty Cabeau travel pillow bag). Watch the video of Stuart drawing the winner in the Facebook video above.A big congratulations to Sophie-Mai Wilde! Her prize is valid for 12 months, so I'm sure she'll make good use of it once the current travel restrictions are lifted. And thank you to all who entered; we really...

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4th February 2019 by Emma

Announcing the result of our Eurostar Amsterdam competition

Our latest Eurostar Amsterdam competition closed on the 31st December - a huge thank-you to all who entered! From all the valid entries received, we chose one lucky winner at random. I can now reveal that the lucky recipient of a £250 Eurostar voucher is... Kelvin Thornton. A huge congratulations from the team here at Travelscoop! Let us know how you get on. Keep checking our email newsletters and following our facebook page at facebook.com/mytravelscoop for more chances to win, as there's...

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26th November 2018 by John

Announcing the winner of our Eurostar Amsterdam competition

On Easter Sunday, Stuart drew the winner of our recent Eurostar competition. From the hundreds of valid entries we received, twenty were chosen at random and placed in a "hat" (actually a Cabeau travel pillow bag), from which one winner was selected. We filmed the draw, which can be seen in Facebook video above. A big congratulations to Samantha Stanley - we can't wait to hear about your trip! Be sure to follow our pages on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with future competitions....

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23rd August 2018 by Stuart

Eurostar London to Amsterdam direct trains on sale this week. Get two return tickets in our giveaway.

Great news! Eurostar have announced the start date for their highly anticipated direct service from London to the Netherlands as Wednesday 4th April 2018. Tickets can be purchased on their website from Thursday - 22nd February 2018, but you could get a pair of return tickets for free in our Eurostar giveaway.Direct trains between London and Amsterdam have been a long time coming since Eurostar initially proposed the idea back in 2009. And excitement has continually increased ever since. Imagine...