Amsterdam: The Venice of the North


Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands and is the biggest city in the country. It has been named so, after the river Amstel. The city is the cultural and commercial capital of Netherlands and has been listed as the alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities study group. The city was ranked 13th in the list based on quality of living by Mercer. There is a major misconception that Amsterdam is a free-wheeling utopia and the new regulations strictly see into this matter to maintain the tourism industry here. Amsterdam is one place in the world that one must have seen in his life time.

Travelling to Amsterdam would never be a problem as you can come in to the place via air transport landing at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. There are trains and also well-structured roadways to reach Amsterdam. If you are new to the place, then you should probably get your copy of the Accessible Amsterdam map which can even be downloaded online. This will not only provide you with instant access to any location in Amsterdam, but also provide intricate details like parking, bike rental and transport systems. There are several public transport systems like metro trains, buses and ferries to help you get around the place with ease.

If you are a beverage lover, then Amsterdam is just the right place to relish your taste buds with some fresh Dutch beer. You can have a taste of the world's best organic beer brewed in real time in front of your eyes. You can taste the best beers at Brouwerij't IJ and De Prael. At De 7 Deugden you can even brew your custom beer. These serve Dutch specialty dishes for lunch and dinner.

If you like playing games such as poker, than Amsterdam is a great place to have fun playing card games and this is where Marcel Luske got his education in Texas Holdem before rubbing elbows with the big guns like the Full Tilt pros in Las Vegas.

Visitors can take a sneak away from the hustle of the city into the serene waters of Amsterdam. The Canal Bus offers 3 kinds of tours with stops in 20 locations. The tours are hop-on-hop-off tours and you can hop in and out to catch the glimpse of all the elements of the city from the museum to the market. The tour ticket is valid for 24 hours on three lines and there is also commentary about the various locations. The Bus will take you through the mansion and museums of Amsterdam like the Anne Frank House, the Westerkerk Church and you can finish off with a little shopping at Jordan or Negen Straatjes district.

For those looking for an action packed vacation in Amsterdam, the choice of places is endless. For snowboarding, there could be no other better place than the Snow Planet which is open year round and you can go skiing in any climate even when it is not snowy. If you like to climb down, then rush for the climbing wall near Central Station. For the racing heroes, the Race Planet allows anyone above 8 years of age to put their hands on the drive a go-kart. You can enjoy many other kinds of sports like kite flying, fly boarding, wind surfing and much more in Amsterdam.

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