The “Venice of the North”, Amsterdam, is a city born from water. The sea and the Amstel River create a net of canals surrounding the historical old town. The official capital of Netherlands, as many other urban centers of this nation, was built a few meters below sea level and protected by a dam. This is the magic that attracts tourists, besides the many surprises Amsterdam still offers.
When to go to Amsterdam
The best period to visit Amsterdam is from April to October. Cool temperatures and bright summer sun are the perfect mix for tourists who want to walk and discover a lot in the city. Amsterdam in the summer is quite expensive, though. So, if you want to save money you better plan your trip in autumn. Less crowd, lower prices, weather still nice.
How to get to Amsterdam
Airplane is the fastest means to get to Amsterdam. The modern airport Schiphol, in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer – 20 km south of Amsterdam – with 6 tracks welcomes the world every day. The airport is 5 meters below sea level, “the lowest airport in the world”.
It is well connected to Amsterdam via bus, taxis, rent-a-car, private transfer. You can also use the airport’s railway station with 7 trains per hour leaving for various destinations. You easily get to Amsterdam by train, too: ten railway stations in the city make this trip comfortable.
How to move
Ten railway stations, 5 subway lines, 16 tramway lines, over 40 urban buses and boats. It is not a problem at all, to move in Amsterdam. You can also use bikes, because this is the most “bike friendly” city in the world. Over 400 km of bicycle lanes make this possible. Pay attention, anyway, because bike stealing is very common here!
What to see
Dam Square, the oldest part of the city built on the main dam, is a must see. Here you will admire buildings as The Royal Palace, the 15th-century gothic New Church. Also do not miss the many beautiful churches dating back to 14th century up to 17th. Visit the fortified town of Waag, the medieval military canals, the towers like Montelbaanstoren (often present in Rembrandt’s pictures).
Do not miss visiting Anna Frank’s House-Museum, the Botanic Garden, Amstel Park or the funny architecture of some 17th-century buildings as House of Dolphins, House of the Heads. Of course, you will enjoy a boat trip along the lovely canals.
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