Amsterdam - Part 1 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Amsterdam has so much to offer that is impossible to see everything in a week, let alone a weekend. To make things a little easier for you we have divided the city into nine easy reference areas that you can look at individually. Each area has its own character and feeling with plenty to see and do. In the one area, you will mainly find the authentic Amsterdam with its real brown pubs, in the next area, you will find the most important art collections of the Netherlands, large shops or on the contrary unusual specialist shops in De Negen Straatjes ‘nine streets’ or nature combined with history in The Plantage.
For those who want to go out in Amsterdam then Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein) are the places to be. Also, modern architecture buffs can indulge themselves here in the Eastern Docklands. Those who also want to see Amsterdam’s world-famous and typical side, have your chance with the bridges, canals and Red light district.
You could easily spend a day in each area, but luckily combining the areas is also easy. The areas link up well and public transport will take you everywhere. Should you be at a loss the locals are very helpful and practically everyone speaks English as it is taught from early on in school.
While just about everyone speaks English many people also speak German and French too but not as well. It can be said that Dutch is similar to German in the way that French and Italian are.
The weather is pleasant with sunny days 20 to 30 degrees in the summer and spring with autumn being lower but not really cold.
Amsterdam’s historic centre wasn’t built for the modern means of transportation and as a result, it has become quite congested over the years. Amsterdam can be best travelled by public transport. It is well organized and you can either take a tram, bus, metro or taxi.
Trains in the Netherlands are fast, frequent, comfortable and relatively cheap. Of course, the canals are one of the major attractions of the Venice of the North. During the daytime they are already very charming, by night they become even more enchanting because many of the canal houses and bridges are beautifully illuminated. You can sample the canal views by taking a canal tour with blue boat company at the Stadhouderskade.
If you care to venture into the canals on your own or if you feel energetic, you can also try the more adventurous pedal boats. You can set off from one landing stage and leave your canal bike at another, or just drift through the canals in your own time.
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