Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital city. It is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades. Along with legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.
The Rijksmuseum is Holland’s most visited museum. It takes you on a journey from the Middle Ages up into the 21st century. It houses masterpieces from Dutch artists such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Vermeer. Don’t forget to look out for Rembrandt’s “the Night Watch”.
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Another museum that you must go to, is the Van Gogh Museum. The famous Dutch artist who cut off his own ear. For a viewpoint of Amsterdam try A’dam Lookout. It hosts Europe’s highest swing. You can actually swing over the edge of the tower some 100 metres above the ground. Certainly not for the faint-hearted.
A visit to Jordaan is highly recommended. It is Amsterdam’s most charming neighbourhood. Wandering around Jordaan feels like stepping back in time. The narrow streets and quaint buildings now make up one of Amsterdam’s most desirable quarters. Filled with art galleries, antique shops, atmospheric bars and restaurants. Put down your map and lose yourself in the labyrinth of narrow lanes that sprawl from Prinsengracht canal known as the 9 Streets, one of Amsterdam’s most rewarding shopping experiences.
There are over 800,000 bicycles in Amsterdam. That’s more bikes than people! Cycling in Amsterdam is a way of life. Many of Amsterdam’s best kept secrets can be discovered from the comfort of your very own bike saddle.