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Clockwise from top: Bridge over Amsterdam's canals;
Blooming wooden clogs; Tulips and windmills.
A joy to discover: Amsterdam's culture of freedom
The Dutch capital is all about fun and fitting in with the locals, whether you get around by bike, boat, or foot. Known for
postcard-perfect canal views, top cultural institutions, and a relaxed lifestyle, the city is a joy to discover.
Dam Square is in the center of Amsterdam, but the most charming areas are found around the canals. Explore De 9
Straatjes, where canals crisscross to form nine little streets, filled with shopping and restaurant options. In the Jordaan
neighborhood there are more cute shops, especially along Haarlemmerstraat. Here, you may want to try Winkel43,
famous for its apple pie. And for one of the best canal-side views, best enjoyed with a local beer and a sandwich,
try Café 't Smalle.
Just across the canal is the Anne Frank House museum, a haunting and beautiful look at one of Amsterdam's darkest
stories. Across town is the celebrated Rijksmuseum, which reopened in 2013 after a ten-year restoration and showcases
famous works by Vermeer and Rembrandt.