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The capital of the Netherland's is Amsterdam, known for its artistic heritage, liberal lifestyle, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades.  Its Museum District houses works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum and modern art at the Stedelijk.  For Amsterdammers, two wheeling is a way of life here. It's how they commute to work, go to the shop or meet a date for dinner.  There are 400 kilometres of cycle paths and since the 17th century Amsterdam's canal system has grown to be one of the world's most unique urban landscapes.

In 2010 the canal ring area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, so if you are not exploring this magnificent city on a bike then hop in a canal boat, preferably an open-air one, and explore by water.  Old and new sit side by side with quiet corners where time seems to be holding its breath next to neon-lit streets like Kalverstraat, and the Red Light district, with ladies strutting their stuff by the city's oldest church.

Things to do:

Hop on a bike

Amsterdam regularly hits the top of list, as one of the world’s most cycle-friendly cities, and there’s no better way to explore the city’s streets, canals and attractions than by pedal power. You can rent a bike or join a guided cycle tour.

Explore Jordaan

One of Amsterdam’s most charming neighbourhoods. Wandering into the Jordaan will feel like your stepping back in time.  Originally the Jordaan was a working class area.  But now the narrow streets and quaint buildings make up one of Amsterdam’s most sought after quarters, dotted with independent art galleries, antiques shops, courtyard gardens, atmospheric bars and restaurants.

Cultural Museumplein

The cultural heartbeat of Amsterdam Museumplein is home to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. Recently renovated, the 19th century district of Oud-Zuid is an art lover’s dream, where the open square throbs with activity all day and open-air exhibitions, markets and a large paddling pool where you can dip your toes.

Enjoy a canal cruise

Either by day or night floating along the canals of Amsterdam is one of the best ways to see this beautiful city.


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