Amsterdam: A City to Love

Amsterdam, city of bicycles, tulips and clogs, attracts millions of visitors every year – a city where you might feel as if you are strolling through an open-air museum. Amsterdam is also a shoppers’ paradise; from vintage fashion to antiques and from tulip bulbs to sexy underwear. No matter how often you have been to Amsterdam a boat trip along romantic canals is one of the best ways to see the city at leisure.

Sniffing up culture is easy because Amsterdam has more than forty museums; Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House are the top three. Off-beat choices are the Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum and the Sex Museum. Amsterdam is also the city of gabled mansions, tranquil canals and arched bridges. Canals and waterways crisscross the historic centre. Working barges sail past. Houseboats festooned with flower boxes bob at their moorings.

Hanging out at a sidewalk café and people watching is fun. Be sure to include in your visit to Amsterdam drinking draft beer in a ‘brown café’ and eating herring at the Albert Cuyp Market. Go Dutch and rent a bike and pedal along the bike lanes, safe and fast.

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Day Trip Delft and Delftware

Day Trip Delft and Delftware

Delftware is available all over Amsterdam and the Netherlands, ranging in price from €2 to €20,000. But how do you distinguish genuine from imitation Delft Blue? A visit to Royal Delft – Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles Factory and Showroom in Delft will explain all....

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Spring in Amsterdam

Spring in Amsterdam

When spring is in the air Amsterdam transforms itself into colour – crocuses, hyacinths, daffodils and tulips bloom in every garden and park. Locals pick their favourite outdoor café and bask in the sun. Be prepared to give up an hour's sleep on the last Sunday in...

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Winter in Amsterdam

Winter in Amsterdam

Visit Amsterdam in winter when the crowds have gone and you have the city almost to yourself. This is a perfect opportunity to see Amsterdam's world-famous museums - Van Gogh, Anne Frank and the Rijksmuseum – tourists will not obstruct your view of Rembrandt's Night...

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Dam Square and the National Monument

Dam Square and the National Monument

Dam Square is at the very heart of Amsterdam. The National Monument is right in the middle of this vast square that buzzes with activity all year round. In spring, the fun fair attracts locals and tourists with its Ferris wheel. In summer, street entertainers and...

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Greenhouse Effect Budget Hotel

Greenhouse Effect Budget Hotel

The Greenhouse Effect Hotel in Amsterdam has it all: budget hotel, bar and a coffeeshop just round the corner (the one that sells hashish and if you're lucky coffee as well). Its location is superb, right on the edge of the Red Light District, close to Centraal...

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Shop, Spent and Be Seen

Shop, Spent and Be Seen

Go Shopping in PC Hooftstraat! Are you feeling out of touch with new trends and haven’t you got the slightest clue as to what’s the new autumn colour, whether to go in furs or bomber jackets or if a diamond studded necklace is the thing or just too much bling? All you...

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Keukenhof Flower Garden

Keukenhof Flower Garden

When the Keukenhof Flower Garden and the fields in the province of North Holland are ablaze with millions and millions of tulips, coach loads pour out of Amsterdam. Tourists and locals alike want to catch the kaleiscope of colours at the Keukenhof Flower Gardens. Why...

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Amsterdam Artis Zoo

Amsterdam Artis Zoo

Amsterdam Artis Zoo is a great attraction to visit with children (or without).The first zoological garden in the Netherlands and the oldest in Europe, Artis Zoo is an oasis of peace and a family-friendly attraction. Visit tigers, lions and pumas or watch the...

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Café Hoppe

Café Hoppe

Café Hoppe is popular. Drop by on a Friday afternoon and join the crowd of people standing outside who grab a quick drink to celebrate the start of the weekend. Hoppe has been serving customers since 1670 and is one of these must-see and must-have-been places in...

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Magna Plaza Shopping Centre

Magna Plaza Shopping Centre

Shopping in the post office - or to be more correct in the former post-office - means shopping in style. This magnificent building is one of the few shopping centres in Amsterdam. Magna Plaza is a manageable shopping mall with four floors and a multitude of shops....

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Dutch Bicycle Rules

Dutch Bicycle Rules

Experience Amsterdam and rent a bike! Pedal around town for a few hours and feel like a local. Biking in Amsterdam is safe and easy because Amsterdam is as flat as a pancake, no elevations apart from picturesque humpback bridges. Observe the bicycle rules and do not...

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Red Light District for Tourists

Red Light District for Tourists

The Historic Centre of Amsterdam spills over with museums, cafes, coffeeshops, stylish gables and facades. Humpback bridges span the leafy canals lined with a hotchpotch of buildings. Sex shops and porn theatres rub shoulder with museums and fashion boutiques. Be sure...

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