Fast-tracked to Amsterdam’s high life and new hotels

Now only a non-stop train ride from London, the Dutch capital offers calm beauty and eco innovation amid the beery hedonism

Top 10 affordable hotels, hostels and B&Bs in Amsterdam

As Eurostar’s direct London-Amsterdam service launches, we pick great-value accommodation in this popular city-break destination

Fishing for plastic: the Amsterdam canal tour with a difference

A trip with Plastic Whale isn’t about sightseeing. Inspired by the plastics crisis, it offers the chance to help clean the city’s waterways, in a boat made from recycled material

Ai Weiwei installation set to shine at Amsterdam Light Festival

The Chinese artist’s piece, Thinline, which represents a theoretical border, takes pride of place among 36 installations at the city’s land- and canal-based annual light festival

From refugee boat to Amsterdam canal cruiser

Two boats that once carried refugees across the Mediterranean are now taking daytrippers along Amsterdam’s canals – a reminder to the city of its debt to immigrants

10 of the best clubs in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s nightlife is thriving, with three major new clubs adding to the existing scene. We asked local DJs, producers and music writers to name their favourite party venues

16th century ‘zoological goldmine’ discovered – in pictures

It was one of those moments historians dream of. In 2012, Florike Egmond discovered an enthralling collection of 16th-century drawings and watercolours of animals collected by the founding father of zoology Conrad Gessner and his fellow Swiss successor Felix Platter hidden away in the Amsterdam University Library.

‘I used to look for crime fiction novels set in Amsterdam, but ended up writing my own’

Amsterdam’s trading and gin heritage fascinates crime writer Daniel Pembrey, while its canals and Red Light District provide an evocative setting for his books