Hipmunk City Love: There’s More to Amsterdam than “Coffee Shops”

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Amsterdam is a stunning canal city with a colorful reputation. It’s built of beautiful neighborhoods set along scenic bridges and waterways that are best traversed by bike. Amsterdam remains a popular place for cheap travel with low hotel rates and streets filled with free architectural charms and green parks. Watch the city come to life after dark in the districts downtown, and complete a trip to Holland with a walk among historic windmills of the early city.

Rent a Bike for an Intimate Ride through Jordaan

Amsterdam is best explored from the back of a bicycle, so be sure to seek a bike rental shop for easy travel through the narrow streets of the Canal Ring. Set out for a relaxing retreat into the Jordaan district just west of the Old City Centre for shopping boutiques and eateries in this popular neighborhood. Jordaan was made into a landmark neighborhood by painter Rembrandt, who once walked these streets, and Anne Frank, who hid here in a house during the 1940s.

Shop Specialty Boutiques on Nine Streets

The “Nine Streets” area of Amsterdam, also known as “De Negen Straatjes”, hosts some of the best shopping boutiques in Europe. These artisan shops can be found throughout the streets separated by canals Keizersgracht, Herengracht, and Prinsengracht with anything from clothes and shoes to cosmetics and accessories. Not to mention, this area is great for delicious food options with plenty of cafes and bakeries with sweets.

Enjoy the Action with Downtown Nightlife after Dark

Most who come to Amsterdam are curious to see the Redlight District (De Wallen) at night. Despite its messy reputation, there’s plenty of interesting things to attract people to this landmark area of the city. Other places for prime nightlife include the streets around squares Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. These areas of the Old Centre host hotspots after dark in the dance clubs, bars, and pubs.

Sail through Canals with a Cruise

A boat ride down the canals is a great way to get acquainted with Amsterdam. This unique city floats on waters with dams that hold reservoirs and streets in place. Sail with a cruise, ferry, or boat ride with a local for an impressive view of the canals and neighborhoods of elegant architectural structures from the water.

Hop the Train for a Glimpse of the Windmills

The land of Holland was once built with the help of windmills that turned to fuel the city’s industries. A few windmills can be spotted around Amsterdam with Riekermolen near Amstel Park and De Otter in Amsterdam-West not far from the Jordaan district and Westerpark. Take a train from Centraal Station to Zaanse Schans for a look at the collection of windmills in this free open-air museum. It’s situated just a short walk from the clog shoe factories, traditional Dutch houses, and exhibits at the Windmill Museum.

Travel to Amsterdam is filled with rich canal scenes and entertainment late into the night. It’s easy to save on Amsterdam hotels and traverse the neighborhoods from the back of a bike. Explore the best of this city with views of picturesque canals, bridges, and windmills scattered throughout.

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