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With the buzz of a student town, and an admirable respect for tradition, Amsterdam’s picture postcard setting captivates the hearts of even the most jaded traveller...
Rising from a swamp, it’s hard to believe that the charming Dutch city of Amsterdam even exists. But today, with its 110km of canals, 1 400 bridges and 8 000 original houses it’s easy to see why it’s centre has been proclaimed a World Heritage Site.
From vibrant, lively flower markets to the sharp tring tring of bells as streams of bicycles zip past on the city’s cobblestone roads, Amsterdam is one of those distinct destinations that never gets boring, always surprises one and is constantly evolving.
For first-time visitors of Amsterdam, there are the staple attractions easily explored on foot or by bike. And then of course there are the frequent canal cruises allowing visitors to get a sense of the city’s highlights and watch the locals out and about.
Your cruise ship will arrive at or depart from the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, located within walking distance of the city centre and its central railway station, and from there a direct rail link connects the city with the international airport, Schiphol.
Getting around Amsterdam is a cinch. Although you can explore much of the city on foot, the public transport system is easy to use, cheap and reliable, and buses, trams and metros can all be accessed with the use of the OV-chipcard that can be purchased at stations and the entrance of many supermarkets. Of course, Amsterdam by bike is a phenomenal way of seeing the city. There are dedicated bike paths throughout the city and bikes can be rented quite cheaply for a few hours at Mac Bike in the central railway station. The Canal Bus runs every 40 minutes with 14 stops along three different routes throughout the city. All of Amsterdam’s major attractions are along the route.