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The pretty canals are breathtaking

Bikes are the best way to get around in Amsterdam

When the sun is out, people sit on the terraces in the busy squares

Rembrandt

Rembrandt

Many of Rembrandt’s top pieces are found in Amsterdam

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Bikes are parked everywhere

Most canal houses are built in the 17th century

One of the eyecatcher buildings of Amsterdam: the Rijksmuseum

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Amsterdam: city of canals, coffee chops and culture

 

Charming canals, exceptional seventeenth century buildings and friendly people: Amsterdam is the favourite hub in Europe for many, and for good reasons. The city is lively, bubbly but at the same time offers you a grand history with beautiful art works and amazing architecture. In the city centre, trendy shopping and breathtaking buildings go hand in hand. Walk along these ancient canals or catch a boat and get blown away by the beauty of this town!

You cannot visit Amsterdam without enjoying the astonishing Dutch seventeenth century art. In this period, the world famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn worked in Amsterdam. In a strongly art focused environment, he made painting after painting for the wealthy owners of the canal houses. His most famous work, the “Nightwatch”, can be admired in the Rijksmuseum, right next to the Van Gogh Museum. Or visit the Rembrandt House, where the painter lived and worked for more than twenty years.     

Another “must see” house in the Amsterdam canal area is the Anne Frank House. At Prinsengracht 263, the Jewish girl was in hiding for more than two years during the Second World War. This is where she wrote her world famous diary. In 1944, Anne Frank and her family were betrayed and sent to the concentration camps. Months later she passed away, only 15 years old.     

More recently, Amsterdam has become known worldwide for its coffee shops and Red Light District. Don’t be mistaken: the coffee shops’ core business is not coffee but soft drugs. Visiting the Red Light District is a unique experience, but it is not for everyone – you might feel uncomfortable seeing almost naked women in the window.  

The boutique streets Negen straatjes and the Utrechtsestraat are pleasant to explore. Or go to the PC Hooftstraat for some upmarket shopping. Here you’ll find Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel. Ideally, rent a bike and do as the Dutch: bike the city like you own it!