Weekly Postcard: Amsterdam Canals

Weekly Postcard / Photo Friday: a weekly post with a picture that I love, of a place that is worth highlighting.

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Weekly Postcard: Amsterdam canals.

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has more than 100 km of canals and 1500 bridges. The 17th-century canal ring is a Unesco World Heritage site, and they make Amsterdam one of the cities named ‘Venice of the North’.

How to get there

Fly to Schiphol, Amsterdams airport, which has the most direct connections out of any airport in the world. So I’m sure you can find a flight. Underneath the airport is the train station. Several times per hour a direct train takes you to Amsterdam central station, it takes about 15 minutes and costs 2.50 – 4.20 EUR.

Taking a car into Amsterdam is not a good idea. There are almost no parking spaces and they cost a fortune. Plus you must really be careful not to hit cyclists, who pretend to own the Amsterdam streets.

Getting around Amsterdam is best done by bike, there are numerous places where you can rent one. If you’re no fan of cycling (or you are afraid to, because of all the (untrue) horror stories about cycling in Amsterdam) there is a solid system of buses, trams and trains. But then again, Amsterdam is small city actually, and most of the major attractions can easily be reached on foot.

What to do

I’m not even going to start here. There is enough to do in Amsterdam to keep you occupied for years. A good place to start is to take one of the free walking tours that are offered year round several times a day.

– Irina

No rights can be derived from this post. I did my utmost best to ensure that prices and times are correct, yet errors happen and prices change.

 


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