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A guide to Amsterdam

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By on Friday 2nd Sep, 2011 at 11:41

Amsterdam is a big city packed into a small space; the diversity of this place is such that it is guaranteed to please everyone who chooses to visit.

Whether you’re there to sample the likes of the beautiful and peaceful canals, or hit the bar scene for an awesome night out, you won’t be disappointed.

Must see sights

The canals: Going on a canal cruise whilst in Amsterdam is an absolute must for anyone who wants to see the true delights of this city. There are various tours you can go on with plenty of different companies to choose from but make sure you try and include both of the following; Pizza Cruise and Candlelight Cruise – you won’t regret it.

Amsterdam in a nutshell: This tour includes all of the best bits of the city and rolls it into one jam-packed adventure. You’ll get to see the Royal Palace, the canals at their best, the Skinny Bridge and the National Monument.

Museums: There are three main museums in Amsterdam which are the most popular with tourists; the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijks Museum and the House of Bols – all of which will give you the opportunity to see some of the best artworks around.

Right Light District: Contrary to popular belief the Red Light District is incredibly safe and a brilliant part of the city to visit whilst you’re there – you’d be silly to miss it. This is also one of the most historical parts of Amsterdam and guided walking tours are readily available to show you all the best bits.

Places to eat and stay

Vondelpark: This park is really popular with all the locals and is a brilliant spot for a picnic so if you fancy taking in some fresh air then head here with homemade sandwiches and snacks for a brilliant afternoon in Amsterdam’s most scenic park.

Bagel and Beans: Does what it says on the tin really but the bagels here are fantastic (apart from a few odd combinations) top it off with some fig cake to finish your meal.

Lanskroon: For a traditional and historic baker you’ve found it at Lasnkroon – everything is amazing, you won’t want to stop after just one tasty treat so take your appetite – and your wallet.