A great way to see much of Amsterdam is from the vantage point of its concentric rings of canals. However, this is an engaging city with a unique, cosmopolitan atmosphere (175 nationalities live here) and for those that prefer land, you can easily get around its world-renowned museums and galleries (think the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum for starters), hip shops and edgy Red Light district on foot, bike or by tram. The mediaeval old town surrounding Dam square has some of the city's most upmarket shops - De Bijenkorf is the best-known department store. Close by, the Unesco world heritage classed Grachtengordel area allows you to admire some of Amsterdam's best conserved heritage houses. When you have had enough of culture, hop on a tram to laze in one of its fine parks (Vondelpark and Beatrixpark spring to mind) or put a flower in your hair and head for The Jordaan, home to the city's boho crowd, where art galleries and cosy coffee shops abound.
The Amsterdam City card gives free admission or discounts to most museums plus free transport and other perks | local foods are pickled herring 'haring', crispy meat ball 'bitterballen' or deep fried sweet dumpling 'olibollen' | when a beach isn't a beach you should visit it; Blijburg is situated on the artificial island of IJburg!
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