Amsterdam is a city of canals, bicycles and picturesque cobbled streets. Situated in the province of North Holland, it is The Netherlands' capital and most populated city. Over the years many great artists, writers and poets have been inspired by this historical city, and holidays in Amsterdam can provide some insight into what makes it so enchanting.
Many people take their holidays in Amsterdam in spring, as all the flowers are in bloom and the trees are green. During the summer months you can enjoy longer days, and autumn is also pleasant. Schiphol International Airport is well located and just a short train ride away from Amsterdam Central Station. The best way to get around Amsterdam is by bike, the preferred mode of transport among the locals. Various bike rental options can be found scattered around the city for an affordable price.
Amsterdam has over 50 museums, and there are a few that definitely should not be missed. The three most popular ones are located at Museumplein, where you will find the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum, with the famous Royal Concertgebouw (Concert Hall) just over the road. West of Museumplain is a huge urban park called Vondelpark, where you can find the National Film Museum. If you've heard the stereotypes about the infamous Red Light District, they are probably true -- however the area is still well worth a look. The area is generally safe and usually busy with tourists, but it is recommended to take a guided tour for a more detailed explanation of the history of the district. Amsterdam also has great variety of markets which you can find selling food, clothing, flowers, souvenirs and more. Go to Waterlooplein or IJ-hallen for the best flea-markets in Amsterdam.