Amsterdam is one of Europe's most captivating and exciting cities. The town is especially famous for its open-mindedness, friendliness and tolerance, yet also lots of cultural sights and great shopping. Book your trip to Amsterdam with KILROY!
A trip to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, is a trip to one of Europe's most liberal and open-minded cities, and also a trip to the city of canals, bicycles, trams and bridges. And then there are lots of great architecture and beautiful historic buildings. Although Amsterdam is world famous, the town is not huge, which makes it fairly easy to navigate in as a traveler.
It is perfectly possible to find a cheap flight to Amsterdam. Many of the city's attractions and advantages can be enjoyed on a low budget; e.g. free walking tours around the city. You can find information on www.newamsterdamtours.com about the different walking tours around Amsterdam. It's much more fun and rewarding to walk around the city in this way.
Amsterdam is largely known for its many canals and bridges. Perhaps the most famous is 'The bridge of 15 bridges', located at the intersection of Reguliersgracht and Herengracht. Especially in the evening and at night, when the place is illuminated by plenty of light, this bridge is impressive with a phenomenal view of no less than 15 bridges!
A walk through Amsterdam will show you that almost all houses and buildings look different. The city is characterized by a very mixed style and many believe that it is one of the reasons why Amsterdam is so beautiful. At the address Singel 7 you will find the world's narrowest house that is only one meter wide! The truth is that the house is somewhat broader behind, but it's fun watching it from the street.
When you get enough of all the trams, bicycles and cars, you might want to look at Amsterdam's cozy, green parks; e.g. Vondelpark, located near Leidseplan. Here you can enjoy a quiet moment and look at people of all kinds. Do not be surprised if you see a man on roller skates wearing only underwear - he lives here!.
For a taste of the real Amsterdam, visit Wester Park, which also offers theater performances in the open air. In Westerpark you meet fewer tourists and you can blend in with the locals.
There is a huge selection of different markets in Amsterdam. The most famous is probably the Albert Cuyp Market, which also is the most touristy. A more authentic Amsterdam market is Dappermark, located in the district of Watergraafsmeer, a market which in 2008 won the award for best Dutch market. Here you can get everything from cheap clothes to fresh fruit. Watergraafsmeer is 10 minutes from the center of Amsterdam and can be reached by tram number 9.
Amsterdam is known as Holland's cultural capital, and you will find numerous museums, theaters, venues etc. in this vibrant city. We recommend the Rijksmuseum, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and Van Gogh Museum. Both museums are located on the Museumplein, which also hosts the Netherlands' largest concert venue, Het Concertgebouw.
Nightlife in Amsterdam
On a trip to Amsterdam, you are sure to encounter some of the best nightlife you can find in all of Europe. You will find the most and the best in the squares Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein.
On the Leidseplein you find one of Europe's hottest venues, Paradiso, where new, young artists and well-established and world famous bands play from time to time. Also check out the clubs Zebra Lounge and Melkweg in this area.
If you prefer something slightly less international but with a more local flavor, go to the neighborhoods De Pijp and Jordaan, which both have plenty of smaller clubs, pubs and cafés.
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