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School Trips to Amsterdam

A school trip to Amsterdam offers students the opportunity to explore the exciting capital of the Netherlands!

Famous for its canals, Amsterdam is also a city of atmospheric narrow lanes, and quirky shops, restaurants and cafes. But it’s also a hugely important centre for art, particularly for those interested in the Dutch Masters.

The diversity of the city makes it a great destination for groups interested in religious studies. And for historians there is plenty to discover here with regards to the Nazis and the Holocaust. But perhaps more surprising is the city’s suitability for science trips – nearby Nordwijk is home to Space Expo, the visitor centre of the European Space Agency. Whatever your reason for visiting Amsterdam, we’ll tailor your itinerary to ensure it meets your specific learning objectives.

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Why visit Amsterdam?

Explore life under Nazi occupation

If your history students are studying the Second World War, particularly the Nazis and the Holocaust, then an Amsterdam school trip could be a great option in terms of helping them to understand what life under Nazi occupation was like.

Before the Second World War, Amsterdam had a large Jewish community. Then, under the Nazis, 60,000 Jews living in Amsterdam were deported to Nazi concentration camps, where most were murdered. There are many stories of Dutch citizens sheltering Jews, putting themselves at risk, including Corrie ten Boom and those who sheltered Anne Frank and her family. On a school trip to Amsterdam, your students will discover their stories.

Amsterdam has several fantastic museums dedicated to this period in Dutch history, where your students will learn more about the Jewish community in the city, the resistance movement and the country’s eventual liberation. We can also arrange for your group to visit Kamp Vught, a concentration camp designed to house prisoners during their transit to Auschwitz.

Discover incredible art

Amsterdam is an excellent choice of destination for art students, especially for groups interested in Dutch Golden Age painting and Rembrandt, the work of Vincent van Gogh, and contemporary Dutch art.

No art trip would be complete without a visit to the Rijksmuseum, which is home to the largest and most important collection of classical Dutch art. Much of Rembrandt’s work can be seen here and you can further your students’ knowledge of Amsterdam’s most famous son with a visit to the Rembrandt Museum.

Vincent van Gogh only lived in Amsterdam for a short period, but the museum dedicated to his work (Van Gogh Museum) is well worth a visit, as is the museum next door. The Stedelijk Museum is the city’s most important modern art museum.

Inspire your young scientists

Looking for a school trip to inspire your young scientists and help them understand how important science is to everyday life? Then Amsterdam could be the perfect destination for you!

The Netherlands is home to some incredible science museums, many of which are in the Amsterdam area. Take a journey through the human body at the Corpus Museum, get stuck into some hands-on experiments at the Science Centre Delft, and don astronaut suits to step onto the surface of the moon at Space Expo, the visitor centre of the European Space Agency!

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Take a look at our range of Amsterdam school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

The Nazis & the Holocaust School Trip to Amsterdam & Arnhem

The Nazis & The Holocaust

Students will learn about life under Nazi rule, the devastation of the Holocaust, and WW2 combat.

From £229pp
4 days, 3 nights
Coach Trip
Europe
Ferry
Multi-centre trip
Multi-day trip
School Art Trip to Amsterdam

Art

Inspire your art students with the works of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and more in Amsterdam's museums.

From £229pp
4 days, 3 nights
Coach Trip
Europe
Ferry
Multi-day trip
School Art Day Trip to Amsterdam

Art Day Trip

Spend an inspiring day in Amsterdam exploring the city's many incredible art galleries and museums.

From £99pp
1 day
Coach Trip
Day trip
Europe
Ferry
School Science Trip to Amsterdam

Science

Bring science to life with a visit to Space Expo, the visitor centre of the European Space Agency.

From £229pp
4 days, 3 nights
Coach Trip
Europe
Ferry
Multi-day trip
School Religious Studies Trip to Amsterdam

Religious Studies

Discover the tragic consequences of religious hatred during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

From £229pp
4 days, 3 nights
Coach Trip
Europe
Ferry
Multi-day trip

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Frequently Asked Questions

In order to make the most of everything Amsterdam has to offer, we would strongly recommend planning to spend around 4 days in Amsterdam on your school trip.

Groups can visit Amsterdam any time of year. Naturally, in winter the weather is a factor to consider, meanwhile in summer there are more crowds to contend with. But, nonetheless, Amsterdam is a suitable destination all year round.

Amsterdam is reachable via coach with a ferry crossing over the English Channel. Most school groups can depart from their school in the morning and reach Amsterdam by the afternoon or early evening.

As you most likely will have travelled to Amsterdam by coach, you will be able to use your coach throughout your trip if required.

Whether you're visiting Amsterdam to learn more about the Nazis and the Holocaust or not, we would highly recommend a visit to the Anne Frank House. You should also endeavour to take a boat trip along the city's famous canals - we think it's the best way to see Amsterdam! And if your group is interested in art, we would highly recommend a visit to the Van Gogh Museum.

Yes, one of our favourite free things to do in Amsterdam is simply to explore the city centre. For lovely views across the eastern docklands area, you could head up to the rooftop terrace of the NEMO Science Museum. And the lovely Rijksmuseum Gardens are also free to the public.

Yes, Amsterdam is a fantastic destination for a number of subjects, including history, art, science, religious studies and music, making it a great choice for a cross-curricular school trip.

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

  • School trips designed by teachers for teachers

    Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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  • School trips tailored to your curriculum

    We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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  • Health & safety prioritised

    As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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  • Support every step of the way

    We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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  • Financially secure school trips

    We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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  • Rewarding loyalty scheme

    You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!