Amsterdam, the Venice of the North

Posted by Jocelyne on 07/24/2016

 

Amsterdam is one of the most singular and exceptional cities in the world. From its renowned museums to its romantic canals and historical importance, it’s a city that never ceases to captivate its vistitors.


Amsterdam's unique atmosphere and philosophy

Often considered a place for tolerance and diversity, Amsterdam surprises and fascinates in equal measure. Its numerous canals, picturesque streets, museums and unsual features create an atmosphere that cannot be found anywhere else. Water is everywhere you look and provides a stunning backdrop to the city's historical center. When in Amsterdam, everything is an invitation to relax and take your time.

Cars are rare and have widely been replaced by bikes, making it very easy to get around. Amsterdam has very distinctive architecture consisting of tall, slim brick buildings covered with plants. Forming a long line along the quays, they offer a great view of the canal.

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What to discover in Amsterdam?

During your visit of Amsterdam, you will explore the De Rieker Windmill, one of the eight windmills in greater Amsterdam, which was built along the river Amstel. Built in 1636 to help drain water out of the surrounding land, the De Rieker Windmill is now an elegant private residence. You will no doubt have seen the mill in many of Rembrandt’s painting and engravings. You will also discover the Diamond District to observe how the talented cutters turn raw diamonds into jewels. On your tour of Amstedam you will also explore the famous flower market, the only floating flower market in the world, and one of the most fragrant places in Amsterdam in any season.

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One cannot leave out a tour of Amsterdam by night along the legendary canals, which continue to define the city’s landscape. In 2010, Amsterdam’s canals were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the most unforgettable and relaxing journey through the Dutch capital you could ever take!

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Another major attraction is a visit to the Keukenhof flower gardens. Once you enter the park, you will stroll through the inspirational gardens, enjoying their unique artwork and installations. You will enjoy a fantastic view of the tulip fields and bulb flower gardens surrounding the windmill.

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And there's more to see outside Amsterdam

Amsterdam is also famous for its surroundings, including Volendam, a charming village that has preserved its character for over six centuries thanks to the tough vitality of its fishermen. A visit to a local cheese factory will show you how the famous Gouda cheese is made. You will also enjoy tasting the different flavors and ages available of one of the most popular cheeses in the world. Head for Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum with wooden windmills, barns, and houses. Take a walk through the stunning buildings and the unique peat landscape or watch traditional clog making techniques. Don’t miss the small but impressive clog museum that features one of the largest and most attractive collections of wooden shoes in the Netherlands: painted clogs, carved clogs, ice clogs with iron trimmings, horse clogs, and decorative clogs. Everything you need to indulge in authentic Dutch traditions!

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