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Amsterdam is a city that has something for everyone. Famous worldwide for its liberal attitude to drugs and prostitution, there is much more to Amsterdam than that. Amsterdam is a city steeped in culture, with its canals perhaps its most recognisable feature. A walk round the Jordaan area of the city is one of the joys of Amsterdam. So many canals and small bridges, its possible to escape the crowds and find your own little area of the city. Best viewed at night with the street lights casting soft shadows across the water, it really is something special
Amsterdam is a busy, often hectic city. A popular tourist city all year round, it is popular for weekend breaks, and extended visits alike. The city is compact, with all the main sites reachable by foot. Backed up by an excellent public transport system, it really is an easy city to get around. The bike however is King in Amsterdam, there are more bikes in the city than there are people. If you're feeling adventurous, getting on a bike is a great way to see the city. When on foot, don't dally in the cycle paths, you will find that the locals are not to welcoming to pedestrians getting in their way
Museums are also plentiful in Amsterdam, with the Van Gogh museum and the Rijks Museum being the main attractions. Many famous paintings can be found here, and it is well worth the visit. The house of Anne Frank is also a must do when in Amsterdam, a humbling reminder of sadder times in the cities history. Across from the zoo is the Dutch Resistance Museum, a small, well presented account of how ordinary citizens coped, often in heroic fashion, during World War II.
For a wonderful, quiet rest, tram or walk over to the Vondelpark and see the soccer, families, walking paths, ponds, statues and relax from your day of looking. Shop where the city does at the Albert Cuyp market - blocks of stalls with food, clothes, and more.
Of course no introduction to Amsterdam would be complete without a few words on the Red Light District. It's probably everything you have heard about and more. The area attracts just as many visitors as the other main attractions in the city. Seedy in places, tourist attraction in others, it's a place where you can buy just about anything. No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without a visit to the RLD. It's fascinating to see, but the women behind the windows do not want their picture taken.
Welcome to Amsterdam!