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Travel Guide: Amsterdam

Amsterdam has become increasingly popular among Irish tourists (for various reasons…) over the past few years. Through its winding waterways and cobbled streets you’ll never be stuck for something interesting to see or do in the Dutch capital. To get you started we’ve put together some of our highlights.

Did you know there are more bicycles than people in Amsterdam? It is in fact one of the most cycle-friendly cities in the world. Being as it’s so safe we’d highly recommend hiring a bike if you can. This is arguably the best way to explore the city’s streets and canals.

You can’t go to Amsterdam without wandering around Jordaan. This is perhaps Amsterdam’s most charming and most famous neighborhood and is full of narrow streets, art galleries and restaurants for you to explore. Don’t forget to visit The Nine Streets for some of the best shopping in the city.

Once you’ve had enough of your bike you can step onto one of the many canal cruises to see the city from a different perspective. Cruises usually take about an hour and follow Amsterdam’s canal ring (UNESCO Heritage Site). Along the way you’ll learn lots of interesting facts about the city.

Amsterdam has been home to many of history’s great artists, from Rembrandt to Vermeer. Most famous of all, however, is Vincent Can Gogh and the city’s Van Gogh museum is easily one of its top attractions. Featuring the largest collection of Van Gogh’s works, as well as history about the artist and even workshops for children.

Another of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions is the Anne Frank’s house. Much of the house is now a museum, save for the annex where Anne and her family hid from the Nazis for two years. It’s a poignant monument and gives you a sense of what life was like for her and her family during this time. It can sometimes take time to get into the house, due to its popularity. However it is well worth the visit.

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