Amsterdam Travel Tips
Amsterdam is one of the world's best hangouts, a canny blend of old and new: radical squatter art installations hang off 17th-century eaves, BMWs give way to bicycles, and triple-strength monk-made beer is served in steel and glass cafes.
Amsterdam combines big city exuberance with small-town manageability; it doesn't take more than chaining your bike to a bridge to feel like you've got a handle on the place.
Written by Viator, January 2012
They say that gardeners are a patient lot and they must be because one of the world’s peak horticultural events is held only every 10 years. This year, the sixth Floriade was held in The Netherlands ...
Amsterdam has all the offerings of a major world capital, yet the atmosphere is more akin to a village with tree-lined canals, art museums and a strong café culture. This city offers so ...
I don’t know about you, but the things that come to mind when I think of Amsterdam are its cafes, de Wallen and Heineken. For whatever reason, I forget that this city is also more widely known for ...
The compact center of Amsterdam packs in a huge variety of experience. That’s why it’s one of Europe’s best-loved cities: everyone gets something out of it. Not interested in coffee shops or the red ...
From Edinburgh to Istanbul, the sight of tulips on flower stalls is a sure sign that winter is loosening its grip. And many of the tulips which end up on tables all over Europe originate in Holland, ...
If you’re visiting Amsterdam, there are various destinations in nearby Belgium to make a great day trip. Bruges, for instance. Like Amsterdam, this compact city in Belgium’s north is built on ...
Windmills have always played an important part in the life of Holland and its inhabitants, forming a unique element in the Dutch landscape of wide plains, far horizons, glittering canals and floating ...
The streets that run alongside Amsterdam’s canals were tailor-made for bike-riding, and whether you’re exploring at your own pace or riding with an organized tour, you’ll fall in love with the city ...
Beer- and cheese-lovers are right at home in Amsterdam, where Dutch cheeses like Gouda, Edam and Leiden make up a healthy part of the cuisine and Dutch lagers are consumed heartily. To get the full ...
Written by Viator, August 2010
Nothing symbolizes Dutch pragmatism better than the country’s drug policy. Rather than wage war on all drugs and drive them further underground with all the criminal, anti-social activity that ...
Written by Sasha, February 2013
As the pint-sized capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam is not a massive metropolis in the fashion of London or New York – and most of the major attractions are walkable – but nevertheless a hop-on, ...
Written by Chou Fleur, Australia, October 2010
Another favorite! The Jordaan is a labyrinth of narrow streets and little canals, boutiques, galleries, courtyards and 'brown' pubs. A great part of town to stroll around and take in the atmosphere. ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, October 2012
There are two kinds of cafes or coffee shops in Amsterdam – the famous ‘coffee shop’ which is one of the city’s main tourist attractions (though this is fast changing with the new laws coming in), ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, September 2011
I have to say it feels like the Rijksmuseum has been under renovation forever.
In 2000 the decision was made to modernise the 1885 building designed
by Pierre Cuypers, and now the date given ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, January 2012
I’m not the first to say it but really the only way to get around Amsterdam is by bicycle. It’s cheap, the city is flat, and you can go where the mood takes you and see the real Amsterdam. ...
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