The Netherlands’ unique, funky capital is a city of contradictions. Amsterdam is at once everything you expect it to be as well as everything but. Sure, there are tulips, windmills, sleaze, drugs, endless rain and rude people on bicycles – but you will also find ice-cool contemporary designs, hidden surprises down cobbled backstreets, friendly neighbourhood hangouts and ethnic markets that mirror Amsterdam’s harbour history.
Full of surprises, most of Amsterdam’s gems can be found within its historical centre, but the thriving alternative art scene in the Red Light District is as much a part of this town as the debauchery it is hidden behind. Cycle to the eclectic east or the leafy west. Try to get a little lost. You will always find your way: A city this small should quickly feel like home.
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