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About half of The Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea and almost a quarter of it is below sea level, creating a country with a latticework of canals, rivers and lakes. Explore this flat, pretty land by weaving through the stunning waterways on a barge, with bikes onboard. Cycle out to discover storybook villages which have been the inspiration of many painters, and at the end of the day return to your floating hotel. The Netherlands is perfect for biking and the Dutch are incredibly cycle-friendly. Cycle beside dykes, through tulip fields and admire the hush of a windmill’s sails gently turning.

Built on a maze of extensive waterways, many lying below sea level, Amsterdam is a city known for its canals. Cycling is without question one of the main forms of transportation, with bike lanes getting the green light in the busy central city streets, and where multi-storied parking buildings are home to thousands of bikes every day. Bikes aside, the waterways which meander across the land abound in history with classic Dutch architecture, including Anne Frank’s home, hugging the banks. It’s a city proudly showcasing great art museums which play a major role in the heritage of this laid-back city. This place buzzes by day and night: restaurants, ‘space cake’ cafés, street artists, a lively Red Light District and a vibrant cheese market.



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE NETHERLANDS



Keukenhof DAY TRIPS

The Keukenhof Gardens at Lisse explode into colour every spring with nearly eight million bulbs of all kinds; the town of Delft is famous for its blue and white pottery; Zaanse Schans is a typical 17th century town with working windmills; Volendam and Marken are quaint fishing villages where you can see clog making and a cheese factory.

Rembrandt Square REMBRANDT SQUARE (REMBRANDTPLEIN)

Named after the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt, it was originally the Botermarkt (Butter Market) and was established in 1668. These days it’s a buzzing nightlife centre with hotels, clubs and cafés. A cast iron statue of Rembrandt stands in the middle of the square.
Flower Market FLOWER MARKET

On the Singel Canal where the flowers are displayed on floating barges, this is one of most colourful and fragrant places in the city.
Museum Quarter MUSEUM QUARTER 

Two of the big drawcards of this area are the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Van Gogh houses the largest collection of his paintings, along with drawings and letters, and the Rijksmuseum features a famous collection of Rembrandt works.  
Jordaan JORDAAN

A funky area that is popular with students and business people. It has loads of atmosphere, narrow streets and picturesque canals with lovely little shops, restaurants and bars.
Trace Anne Franks Life TRACE ANNE FRANK'S LIFE

Travel back to the dark days of WWII on a walking tour of Amsterdam, through the Jewish Quarter where Anne’s house is located.
Magere Bridge MAGERE BRIDGE (SKINNY BRIDGE)

One of Amsterdam’s 1280 or so bridges. Built in the 1600s, it is a traditional Dutch draw-bridge and opens approximately every 20 minutes. Must be seen from the water and is striking, especially in the evening when it is lit with fairy lights.
Coffeeshop COFFEESHOP CULTURE AND FOOD

Walk through the narrow streets of Amsterdam, explore several coffeeshops including the famous Bulldog Coffeeshop and taste traditional Dutch food - poffertjes (small pancakes) or stroopwafels.
Canal Boat Ride CANAL BOAT RIDE

A magical way of experiencing the Venice of the North, you’ll glide down the canals past islands and under bridges and see the city from a different angle.
Catch the free ferry CATCH THE FREE FERRY

From Central Train Station over to A’DAM Lookout, Eye Film Museum and This is Holland.



THE NETHERLANDS ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and apartment-hotels in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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Nova Hotel
IBIS STYLES AMSTERDAM CITY
★★★
With the stop for the streetcar right in front of the hotel it is very convenient for exploring the city: 10 minutes with the streetcar and you are in the center of Amsterdam. Royal Theater Carré and the Heineken Experience are within walking distance. You will feel right at home in the ibis Styles Amsterdam City Hotel.
Inntel Hotel
INNTEL HOTELS AMSTERDAM CENTRE
★★★★
Situated on a traffic-free square in the heart of the historical part of the city and just five minutes from Amsterdam Central Station. This hotel is very different, being themed with ‘The Faces of Amsterdam’. The art throughout the hotel shows the diversity of the city’s locals. Close by is the large Albert Heijn supermarket which is great for snacks or a healthy lunch on the run.
Vondel Hotel
INK HOTEL AMSTERDAM - MGALLERY
★★★★
INK Hotel Amsterdam owes its name to the rich history of the building in which, as former home of the Dutch newspaper 'De Tijd', stories were brought to life in ink. INK Hotel Amsterdam is a luxury design hotel, located close to the Central Train Station and near the picturesque canal only a few minutes' walk away.
Die Port Van Cleve
DIE PORT VAN CLEVE
★★★★
This hotel in located behind Dam Square in the city centre within a flat walk, tram or canal boat ride to many of the attractions and sites. The style is classic and authentic with a real historic Dutch ambience. But if you don’t stay here you must visit the Bar-Bodega with the Delft Blue frescoes and cosy booths, and the Restaurant Hulscher’s for a famous steak.





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