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Amsterdam

Amsterdam is undoubtedly one the most charming cities in Europe: its canals, its narrow and crooked houses, its nightlife and its care to culture are unique. Due to the relatively small dimensions of the touristic part, it’s easy to explore this city by foot, trams and bicycles.
As regards hotels and accommodation, a good suggestion is reading beforehand an article on WhygoAmsterdam

 
 

Canals Southern Belt

As a first visit to Amsterdam, stroll along Amstel river, looking at boats slowly sliding on water, and then go to Rembrandtplein and the Bloemenmarkt (flower market). In the late evening, choose a restaurant in Leidsestraat: the offer is so various to be incredible, from Indonesian to Greek cuisine. And then canals at night are wonderful

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City Center - North

This part of Amsterdam stretches from Centraal Station to the Dam and includes the Red Light District: nowhere in the world prostitution is as a major touristic attraction as in this city but in Amsterdam it is conceived in a carnival way which is hard to explain (various museums, for example)

 
 

City Center - South

From the magnificent Blawbrug to Oude Hoogstraat, where the smallest house lies, from Spui and its bars to the tranquil Begijnhof (a former beguines’ little quarter), from shopping Kalverstrat to Munttorern, everything is just perfect for a walk. End your stroll staring at Rokin looking at its surrounding buildings

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Jordan and Canals Western Belt

Some of the most amazing canals are in Egelantiersgracht and Bloemgracht – and the most crooked house, too. A lot of houseboats (suggestions about renting one of them can be found on WhygoAmsterdam) can be seen in Prinsengracht, very close to Westerkerk, a very luminous church whose bell tower is one of Amsterdam symbols

 
 

Oosterpark, Plantage, Eastern Isles and The Docks

On Amstel river appreciate the architectonical style of Koninkliijk Theater Carré, especially at night. In Oostrepark there is the historical De Gooyer windmill while in the Docks you can see Muziekgebouw Aan’t Ij (there is a very good view to City Center from its terraces) and Nemo Museum

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De Pijp, Old South and Vondelpark

In Amsterdam southern quarters there are some of the finest museums in this city, such as for example Van Gogh and the marvellous Riijksmuseum: this latest has very extensive collections and holds temporary exhibitions, mainly about contemporary artists. During weed-ends, people gather in colourful Vondelpark to spend some time with friends or simply to practice their favourite sport

 
 

Gay Pride

Gay Pride in Amsterdam is a happening: held in August, it colours the city with joy. More than a gay pride, it is a sort of carnival in which everyone can show his or her own personality. Its own peculiarity is the boats parade on canals

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Canals Tours

A privileged way to explore Amsterdam is having a canals tour: buildings, houses, bridges, people passing time or going to work are seen from a different perspective, romantic and fabulous. Different companies, starting from different canals, offer more or less the same tour for similar prices

 
 

Amsterdam Special Advices

Amsterdam airport is Schipol: taxis (expensive) and trains (cheap: the railway station is located under the airport main hall) link to city center.
Centraal railway Station is situated in city center: trams and bus terminus are just outside of it.
Public transportation, GVB, is efficient and affordable: trams and buses have extensive lines. Subways don’t cross city center and therefore is useless for touristic purposes. Tickets for unlimited travels can be purchased for one to 7 days. “I Amsterdam City Card” (1 to 3 days) offer free transportation and entrance in selected museums.
Renting a bicycle may sound a good idea but beforehand please read a very good hint on WhygoAmsterdam

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