Tourist Information: www.holland.com
Amsterdam - The Diamond Capital Of The World. Amsterdam lives its life on the street and Amsterdammer's have a warm and welcoming zest for life. The beautiful City of Amsterdam is built around a concentric network of sparkling canals which are spanned by over 1000 bridges. Many of the grand and beautiful buildings stretching along the canals date back to Holland's golden age of the 17th century. Amsterdam is conveniently compact and best explored on foot to
appreciate its elaborately gabled buildings and architecture. The old part of town is a pleasure to explore, strolling across ancient bridges and down narrow lanes with many inviting souvenir boutiques crammed with blue and white Delft china and wooden clogs.
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Sightseeing in Amsterdam: A canal trip is an absolute must and an excellent way to get your bearings. Take one of the many glass-roofed boat excursions and cruise along in comfort for an hour or so. Visit the Rijksmuseum the national museum with Dutch paintings dating from the 16-19th century. Here you will find Rembrandt's Night Watch. There are over 60 galleries, 50 museums and 20 theatres. Visit Anne Frank's house at Prinsengracht 263 for a very memorable and historically haunting experience.
Other interesting places in Amsterdam include: The lavishly furnished Royal Palace with its regal facade, the open-air flea market at Waterlooplein and the Vincent Van Gogh Museum. Also worth a visit is Singel's floating flower market or just relax at one of the many delightful cafes around Dam Square.
Excursions in Amsterdam: The Heineken Experience, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Amsterdam.
The brewery is housed in the original building, visitors will learn about the history of the famous Heineken Company and its special unique brewing process.
Getting around Amsterdam: Central Amsterdam is relatively small and most attractions are within an easy walk. The local's choice of travel is by bicycle, renting a bike is easy and fun and they are readily available for hire. The public transport system in Amsterdam is good with
numerous options including taxis, trams, and trains.
Nightlife in Amsterdam: Take an evening candlelit canal cruise to get you in the mood for the nightclubs and bars of Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein including the eye opening and renowned Red Light district on the east side of Damrak. There is a weekly magazine called 'Amsterdam This Week' which will advise of the weeks events and the clubs worth visiting. The array of tiny bars, smoky 'brown cafes' and exotic nightlife makes Amsterdam a pageant of enjoyment and the ideal short city break.
Shopping: For quaint
and boutique shops head to the Jordaan shopping district.
For stylish shopping visit PC Hoofstraat, for antiques visit the De Looier covered market
and the Waterlooplein Market.
Dining out in Amsterdam: Seafood specialties seem to dominate the menu with
pickled herring and smoked eel being two entree favorites. Good dining locations include "The Old Side and the Dam", "The New Side", or "The Plantage and the Oost".
What to buy: Bulbs, cheese, diamonds, delft ware antiques.
Further Attractions in Amsterdam: Eftrling amusement park. Kuekenhof bulb garden. Zomerhof flower exhibition. Hoge Veluwe national park near Arnhem.
Trivia: Approximately 700 bikes are thrown into Amsterdam's canals each year!
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