[This article has been written by AmsterdamTips.com] The sun is shining and summer has finally arrived in the Netherlands after a long winter and rainy spring. Now is a good moment to take a step back from your career and recharge!

A great time to head to Amsterdam  – here are 7 relaxing things to do…

vondelpark1. Chill out in the park. Why not take a cheese and wine picnic and find a spot in your local park to enjoy the long summer evenings. Amsterdam has some lovely spots including Vondelpark, the main heart of the city; the compact Sarphati park in De Pijp; or Oosterpark in the east.

What could be better after a day in the office than walking barefoot over cool grass.


2. Have a cocktail at the Skylounge. Head up to the 11th floor of the Doubletree Hilton hotel (formerly Mint hotel) near Amsterdam central station. The Skylounge is a rooftop bar/restaurant and terrace with fabulous views of the city.

3. Visit a spa in Amsterdam. For example, Spa Zuiver is located at Amsterdamse Bos (forest) with a hotel, comprehensive sauna facilities and a range of treatments.

4. Head to the beach. Hop on a train and head to Zandvoort or Bloemendaal for a day at the beach. Soak up some rays or take a dip in the North Sea. Alternatively, take IJburg tram 26 and visit the city beach at Blijburg aan zee.

5. Treat yourself at Mhoom. Using only the highest quality natural and environmentally friendly products, enjoy a truly personal service at this hair salon and ethical fashion store at Wibautstraat 20 in Amsterdam Oost.

6. Go for a swim. The Zuiderbad in the centre of Amsterdam is a historic art-deco public baths that has been open for exactly 100 years. Located on Hobbemastraat 26 near the Rijksmuseum.

7. Get on your bike and head south out of the city. Follow the Amstel river to the village of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel where you can have lunch on an outdoor terrace. Alternatively take some time to explore the Amsterdamse Bos.

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