Want to visit a city that has the cleanest water in all of Europe, is considered one of the safest in its area, is the birthplace of gin and is supported by about 11,000,000 wooden poles? Then Amsterdam is your destination!
There are many unique things about Amsterdam. Did you know Amsterdam has more canals (165) and bridges (1,281) than Venice? It also has more museums per square meter than any other city in the world. Amongst them are the world-famous Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the house of Anne Frank. And, forget driving, the city’s denizens prefer to bike. In fact, there are more bikes than people (over 850,000)!
Amsterdam is also the city of houseboats, with over 3,000 situated along its complex canal structure. It also has one cat boat or ‘Poezenboot’ as it is referred to, which houses stray cats! You can find this floating feline sanctuary on the Singel canal.
So, if you’d like to see the tallest people in the world, houses that “dance”, and indulge in fries with mayonnaise, go ahead, book your ticket!
Explore the city in the best way, by canal. Amsterdam has more than one hundred kilometers of grachten, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges. The three main canals, dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the city, known as the Grachtengordel. There’s a plethora of tour operators with boats, most of which depart from around Centraal.
Recently refurbished as part of a drive to regenerate Noord, this 22-storey tower looms over the waterfront across the River IJ from Centraal. Sip a signature cocktail in the Skybar, eat in one of the two gourmet restaurants on the top floors (one of which revolves), and if you’re really brave, head to the observation deck to Over The Edge, Europe’s highest swing, and enjoy the views as you rock back and forth, 100 metres up.
The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw.