It is synonymous with sex, smoking and seediness.
But there is much more to Amsterdam today than clusters of dingy coffee shops and The Red Light District.
The Netherlands’ capital city offers everything from fine dining to top fashion names, plus there’s the historic canal region and the legacy of Anne Frank.
Not only that, there are exquisite, award-winning treats – from cookies to cheese – on almost every street thanks to dozens of artisan cafes.
Just an hour by plane from London, and with the direct Eurostar link opening within a year, it is fast becoming one of the most accessible options for a European break.
And as Amsterdam goes upmarket, its hotel offerings are following – a string of luxury options have opened within the last two years.