Bicycles and canals. Two things you should become accustomed to in Amsterdam. The Netherlands’ capital is probably the most bike-friendly city we’ve been to: it’s estimated there are over 800,000 in the city, which means more bikes than people. Cycling the delightful tree lined streets is a great way to immerse yourself in the ‘dammer way of life and enjoy its Continental vibe.
The canals are Amsterdam’s heart and soul; the city wouldn’t the same without them. There are over 100km of waterways in the city – taking the form of 165 historic canals, crisscrossed by a remarkable 1,743 bridges.
Exploring these 200-year-old canals is one of the intangible joys of Amsterdam. Whiz past slanting old warehouses, brown cafés serving up aromatic Dutch beers, grand townhouses and – in particular – the 17th century merchant quarter of Jordaan, where you’ll find boutiques and terraced restaurants aplenty. Amsterdam is a storybook European capital: utterly captivating.
Art galleries are the star attractions here – the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and New Hermitage among others, showcases a collection European Grandmaster’s work that elevate the city to the very highest tier of European art centres.
Amsterdam: laissez-faire, picturesque, one of the safest cities in the world, fun and full of character. We love it here and you will too. Lightfoot Travel’s European specialists create tailor made luxury holidays in Amsterdam and carefully handpick all boutique and luxury hotels.