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Amsterdam is famous for a few tourist essentials – visiting a coffee shop, strolling though the red light district and cycling through the city. 

However, there are few other experiences that are not to be missed in the architecturally stunning and liberating city:

5. Soak up some culture at the Moco Museum

There are plenty of immersive cultural experiences to be had in the Dam, from visiting Anne Frank's annex to swanning around the Van Gogh museum being impressed by the post-impressionism. 

The Moco Museum is another of Amsterdam's fine art houses, focusing on modern art rather than classic. 

Currently, the museum is hosting a vast range of work by Banksy, a crowd pleaser for a group visiting the city comprised of art enthusiasts and novices. 

4. Swing from the rooftops at the A'Dam Lookout 

Ideal for the thrill seekers, Amsterdam is home to Europe's highest swing. 

The swing is located on the observation deck of the A'dam Lookout tower, with an unbeatable panoramic view of the city. 

Make sure you tie your shoelaces tight and zip up your pockets, the swing really does propel you over the edge of the rooftop. 

 

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3. G's Brunch Boat for cocktails and eggs benny

Can't stop, won't stop when it comes to brunch? Never fear. 

A trip abroad doesn't have to interfere with your brunch schedule. 

G's Brunch Boat is an epic way to see the canals of Amsterdam, while enjoying a hearty brunch, a few cocktails, and some seriously eclectic decor (think Drake-emblazoned menus and Roy Lichtenstein table tops)

 

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2.  Learn some Red Light Secrets at The Museum of Prostitution  

Red Light Secrets offers a unique experience for tourists – feeling what it's like to be a prostitute in the red light district. 

Perch yourself on a stool in from of the museums red bulb-lined window and experience what it's like to be viewed by the public while discovering the history of prostitution throughout the world and in Amsterdam. 

While it is a tourist attraction, if you go early in the day you should beat the queue.

If you're into the macabre, the museum will definitely be of interest. 

As well as sharing funny, intimate stories of the district's ladies of the night, the museum also remembers the women who are murdered during their working hours. 

It also describes stories of trafficking and abuse from pimps – not for the faint of heart. 

 

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1. Get your drinks and some history in on a Damrak Gin Cruise

We had to sneak gin in somewhere on this list!

The Friendship Canal Cruise offers a one-hour tour of the Amsterdam canals, as well as an epic history lesson using local knowledge, historic facts, and urban legends. 

Damrak is a distinctive gin from Amsterdam, served with fresh zesty oranges to sip on while you cruise. 

 

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It's the time of year when our minds are on sun, sea and city breaks. 

If you're anything like the rest of Ireland, you've been taking refuge from the reality of being back to work, eating healthily and battling storm Eleanor by browsing flight prices online. 

We've been dabbling in our favourite pastime – browsing Airbnb looking for elegant apartments in which to spend our European city breaks. 

Here's our top eight picks from Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam and London. 

Lisbon

Liberty Always Lisbon €29 p/n

Set in a colourful district just minute from Avenida da Liberdade, this mini Lisbon apartment offers a chic and pared back living space from which to explore the city. 

The space can host three guests, and the property owners are fully prepped to help tourists make the most of their time in the popular Portuguese city by advising them on where to go and what to see.

Trendy Designed 2brms Apartment in Lisbon´s Center €70 p/n

The superior interior design elements on this property make it a hot commodity on the holiday rental site. 

Sleeping up to four guests, this flat is close to Bairro Alto in Lisboa and is the ideal hideaway fro those who want to sip a white wine spritzer in beautiful surroundings. 

Paris

Luxury Flat with Pompidou Center Panoramic View €98 p/n

This minimalistic apartment sleeps up to  guests and is located in the heart of the trendy Marais district. 

The apartment comes complete with an epic panoramic view of the industrial Pompidou Center. 

Loft apartment near Jardin du Luxembourg €157 p/n

This luxurious loft is located right by one of Paris's most famous parks. 

The home is decked out in feature art, with rooftop views and a unique apartment sleeping structure. 

Amsterdam 

Spacious warm & bright with 2BRM close to Jordaan €90 p/n

This artsy apartment for four is the perfect Amsterdam. 

Grab public transport into the city centre to see the tourist attractions or nab a rental bike and cycle the streets. 

MODERN APARTMENT WITH SUNNY BALCONY €225 p/n 

For those with a slightly higher budget, this clean, minimalist apartment is the epitome of cool. Just don't forget to water the plants!.

The Foodhallen and the Anne frank house are close by, so you and three guests can enjoy the sights of Amsterdam as well as the view from the balcony. 

London 

2BATH/2BED STUNNING APART WITH AMAZING CITY VIEW €87 p/n

The best thing about this colourful London pad is the gorgeous view, as well as it's proximity tothe Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Brick Lane, Shoreditch and St Katherine's Dock.

With a generous balcony, we could happily but our feet up out there after a day of shopping and sightseeing. 

Amazing apartment close to Hyde Park €116 p/n 

Fancy living it up in a townhouse with 12 of your closest pals? This charming pad is for you. 

The house is located just a stone's throw from Hyde Park,Harrods, Marble Arch, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, abd Oxford street.

 

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According to emerging reports, an Aer Lingus flight bound for Dublin had to be diverted due to a mid-air emergency earlier this morning.

Flight EI603 which left Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam at around 9am today was diverted to Manchester Airport at approximately 09.40.

It is understood that a passenger required medical attention which they received when the aircraft touched down in the British city.

According to The Independent,  the diverted flight will depart for Dublin later this morning.
 

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Last year seemed to be the year of the avocado.

From corner street cafés to high-end restaurants, you were guaranteed to come across smashed avocado on toast or even avocado smoothies.

 

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But now, a new café is opening in Amsterdam that's dedicated to the smooth green fruit, and if you thought you were over the avocado scene, think again.

The Avocado Show will open its doors in the De Pijp district of Amsterdam in February and will serve everything from breakfast to late-night meals and drinks.

 

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Set up by three friends, Jamie, Ron and Julien, they have insisted that they won't be running out of ideas anytime soon and the entire menu has been dedicated to the super fruit.

 

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So, from burgers and sambos, to smoothies and salads, this is definitely the place to go to get your fix.

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Hangovers are one of the worst things on Earth. And we fully understand that we bring them on ourselves, but still… hangovers are Hell.

We all occasionally get stuck with an absolute rager of a hangover, and we all have our own little ways to cure it – but, this Hangover Bar has thought of it all.

Last month in Amsterdam, a Hangover Bar popped up for one weekend only and it sounds like a total dream.

The whole place is kitted out with comfy beds and sofas, loads of green and bushy plants and even an oxygen bar (which is famously known to cure a hangover quickly).

 

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And if you feel like this would be class for just any old day, they have actual 'hangover inspectors' who will breathalyse you to make sure you were actually on the drink last night and not just looking for a free bed to rest your head.

However, once you're inside you can avail of massages, chilled smoothies, a whole host of TV shows and they even have a anti-hangover menu.

Who else needs this to come to Ireland?!

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Niall Horan has pleaded with One Direction fans on Twitter to limit the items that get thrown on stage – this comes after the singer was injured at the band’s gig in Amsterdam last night.

Niall revealed that an audience member had thrown something at his knee and said he’s afraid of any more damage as it was only five months since his knee surgery.

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Video footage soon emerged online, showing Niall struggling to walk on the stage after the incident.

1D fans have now created an appeal to future concert goers to stop throwing items at the boys during

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