School Trips & Tours to Amsterdam
School Trips & Tours to Amsterdam
One of the most liberal and culturally diverse cities on the planet, Amsterdam is bursting with history, culture and vast learning opportunities for students. Home to an incredible 75 museums which attract around seven million visitors every year, the Dutch capital boasts some of the most famous pieces of art and historical artefacts in the world. We offer the following school trips to Amsterdam.
The Rijksmuseum is the Netherland’s national gallery and is the most visited museum in the country. Dedicated to both art and history, the museum’s extensive collection includes masterpieces from the likes of Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Vermeer. Aside from paintings, the Rijksmuseum features numerous decorative arts, including 17th-century furniture, 18th-century dolls’ houses and 19th-century costumes, all providing a fascinating snapshot of Dutch history.
Anne Frank House
Located on the Prinsengracht canal, the Anne Frank House offers a unique insight into one of the most poignant periods of modern history. The house is a biographical museum dedicated to Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust whose world-famous diary depicts her life during the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. An unmissable visit for any history student, the museum provides a personal account of the pivotal era.
Amsterdam is home to 165 canals and the city’s main canal ring has been recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site since 2010. Hence, one of the best ways to get to grips with this enchanting city is by taking to the water. Many canal cruises will take you via some of the city’s most popular attractions, as well as allowing you to make the most of Amsterdam’s beautiful historic backdrop.
One of the best parts of visiting a new country is tucking into its local dishes and discovering new flavours. Although you don’t have to eat Dutch cuisine for your entire tour, stepping out of your comfort zone and sampling the local delicacies is an essential part of any trip!
Our favourite Dutch foods to try are bitterballen, a breadcrumb ball filled with chopped beef, herbs and spices (sort of like a beef scotch egg); rookworst, a smoked, spicy sausage made from ground meat mixed with salt and spices; and stroopwafels, a waffle cookie composed of two thin layers of waffle sandwiching a sticky syrup filling.
We offer two bases: Centrally located Amsterdam or along the coast in Noordwijk, a pretty tourist town only a 45-minute drive away. Noordwijk is recommended for younger students or if you want to be away from the city.
Secret Picasso sculpture
Well, the sculpture isn’t exactly a secret but it’s very easy to wander right past the concrete sculpture at the southern end of the Vondelpark and not realise that it was created by world-famous artist, Picasso. The structure was constructed in 1965 for an exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the park and was subsequently donated to Amsterdam by Picasso.
Floating flower market
Bloemenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market is tucked away in old houseboats lining Amsterdam’s canals. A total of 15 florists come together to sell a range of beautiful flowers and souvenirs, including their world-famous tulips.
Prison concealed within a bridge
The Torensluis (tower lock) appears to be an extra wide bridge over the Singel, however it was once the foundations for the Jan Roodenpoortstoren tower. Despite the tower being demolished in the mid-19th century, the foundations, including the tower’s prison, remained. The prison has since been restored, so look out for the barred windows beneath the bridge during your trip!