Seeing Amsterdam Like a Local


You're in Amsterdam, and there's going to be two things you'll want to do:  1. Ride a bike.  2. Tour the canals on a boat.  Here's some suggestions of where to find both, along with where to take a walk and three important museums to see:

Bike It

We love walking at Red Maps, but a great way to experience Amsterdam is on one of the quintessential bikes.  Here from the city's website is a way to find, rent and explore the city, like a local:  Bikes&Guidance

Cruise It

Amsterdam has 165 canals, and outside of biking, the best way to see the city is by boat. There are a number of cruises and boat rides you can take in Amsterdam, as well as throughout the waterways of greater Netherlands. You can also use the the “Hop on Hop off” canal bus for shorter trips.  CanalCruisesAmsterdam

Get a City Pass!

The Iamsterdam city card is a pass that allows free entry to museums, as well as free public transportation, a canal cruise and other offers and discounts including bike rentals. You can choose the length of your pass from 24hours to 96hours (ranging from  €55-€85).


Walk It

We like to walk along the canals of the Jordaan neighborhood. There you'll find plenty of small cafes and butcher shops to grab a bite, as well as unique shops you won't find anywhere else.  Shop It: Try to see The Otherist, for objet and curiosities, and Droog for home and design products.

For museums, you should see the big three:
The Rijksmuseum Old masters, decorative arts.

van Gogh Museum Featuring the largest collections of the his work in the world.

Stedelijk Museum for modern and contemporary art.



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