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What can we tell you about Amsterdam?
The Dutch capital has more than 160 canals and over 1,250 bridges. Make sure to take some time out to stroll along the many different canals, admiring the houseboats and architecture along the way.
Amsterdam's main train station, Centraal Station, is built on four man made islands on the site of the city's old port. This is done to preserve that site as the city's main entry point despite changing modes of transportation.
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About Amsterdam Canal Cruise
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Every year more than 3 million tourists having a canal tour through the 17th century Amsterdam canal district with 165 canals and more than 1250 bridges.
During your stay in Amsterdam you can not miss the canal cruise, it's a wonderful experience to see the beautiful canal houses from the water. Most tours also go across the river ij and if you're lucky, you pass a giant cruise ship.
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Take a ride on a ferry: if you want to see Amsterdam from the water without spending anything, take a trip on one of the free ferries from behind Centraal Station.
How can you visit the sights in Amsterdam while avoiding the crowds?Leave early in the morning, plan your days in Amsterdam and book the bust spots like the Anne Frank museum and the Rijksmusem in advance, otherwise you have to wait or be disappointed. The city on/off bus is great for getting your bearings and if you want to explore take the 24 hour ticket on the metro as its the cheapest way !
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About Amsterdam restaurants
Service charge is almost always included in the Netherlands, but it is customary to leave a tip in a hotel, restaurant, taxi or a tourist guide. A tip of at least 5% is customary.
But something that you will only find in the Netherlands is Febo, a chain of fast-food restaurants with a special concept. The way they work is simple - you choose what you want from a host of small compartments at the wall. Then when you've made your choice, you put in your coins into the slot provided and enjoy! And there are Febo restaurants all over the city. Dutch waffles and pancakes or "poffertjes" are also huge hits.
About VondelparkAmsterdam's largest and most famous park is Vondelpark which is just south of Leidseplein. It opened its gates back in 1865 when it was originally called Nieuwe Park. But after a statue of famous Dutch poet Jost van den Vondel was erected in 1867 it adopted the name Vondelpark. And if you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few hours, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the flora and fauna.
About shopping in AmsterdamAmsterdam is a shopper's dream come true and there are lots of places to treat yourself to some retail therapy. The two main shopping streets are Leidestraat near Leidseplein and the pedestrianised Kalverstraat which is closer to Centraal Station, while the imposing Magna Plaza on Spuistraat is the city's number one shopping centre. Also, if you're looking to pick up a bargain probably the best place to find one is in the Albert Cuyp Markt which is Amsterdam's number one street market. It's located in an area called De Pijp which is just behind the Heineken Brewery, and here you can pick up everything from clothes to all kinds of food.
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About popular neighbourhoods in Amsterdam
Oud Zuid is the most upscale neighborhood of Amsterdam, with exclusive shopping streets, luxury hotels and fine restaurants.
Jordaan this neighbourhood near the Anne Frank House is full of quaint streets and boutiques.
De Pijp along with the Albert Cuyp Markt you'll also find bars and cafes along Van Wou Straat.
Nieuwmarkt is found just beside the Red Light District, here you'll discover Amsterdam's Chinatown.
9 Streets are located just west of central Amsterdam is one of its most charming.
areas and one that isn't visited enough by people coming to the Dutch capital. This small area is full of specialist stores and second hand shops, most of which are independently run and owned by locals. It's also got some really cool cafes and restaurants.
Begijnhof located behind the square known as Spui, Begijnhof is a tranquil courtyard that was once home to female religious community and entrance is free.
About Amsterdam museums
Rijksmuseum: The Netherlands' largest museum and is home to many famous works by Rembrandt.
Anne Frank House: Tells the story of the famous teenager who kept a diary while hiding from the Nazis during World War II in the house where the museum is housed.
Hermitage Amsterdam: Found on the Amstel River, this is one of the Dutch capital's newest and biggest attractions. It has exhibitions on 19th century Russia and more.
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About Amsterdam nightlifeAs there are so many pubs and bars in Amsterdam, the best way to experience it is to go on a bar-crawl. Ultimate Party Pub Crawl operate a pub crawl that visits lots of the city's hotspots before ending up in a top club.
While Amsterdam is better-known for its coffee shops that sell hash and marijuana, all over the city are older cafes known as brown-cafes. These are traditional Dutch bars that get their name from their brown-stained caused by all the cigarettes smoked in them over the years. They're a great place for a coffee in the morning or a beer any time.
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About Amsterdam Red Light District
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Hotel shuttle services
There are a number of hotels located in and around Amsterdam Airport Schiphol that offer shuttle services to and from the airport.
Hotel Ibis Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: daily service every 30 minutes; every 20 minutes during rush hours. The ride takes about 15 minutes. Hotel’s own shuttle service, free for guests of the hotel.
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