Amsterdam: City of Bicycles and Canals

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Amsterdam: City of Bicycles and Canals: Our Pic of the Day

The Netherlands is built for bicycles. So is its capital: Amsterdam. There are few places in the world you’ll see such numbers of bikes and bike-friendly roads (Denmark is its only competition). But while two wheels is the local’s choice for transport, tourists explore by foot. Which isn’t a bad idea. The back streets and bridges as best seen by the slow pace that walking provides with great pedestrian walkways from The canals are the exceptional feature of this world-famous city. They were built during the Dutch Golden Age. During the 17th century, Amsterdam was one of the world’s most important ports. After taking in the streets, and the beautiful Dutch Renaissance buildings of the 16th century (you’ll notice their very recognizable stepped gable facades), be sure to visit some of the city’s famed art museums. Arriving  at Amsterdam’s Central Station will put you in good proximity to see the city’s historical highlights.

Stephen Bugno's two decades of independent travels have taken him to more than 100 countries. His freelance articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Hartford Courant. He lives in Alaska, USA publishing the GoMad Nomad Travel Mag and blogging at Bohemian Traveler in bween international travel and adventuring at home. Find him on Facebook, or Twitter.

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