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The city of canals, gabled houses exploding with gardens, 17th century architectural pieces, and museums housing works by the legendary artists of the world - best defines Netherlands’s capital city, Amsterdam. Cycling is a way of life in Amsterdam, what with numerous biking paths, the city believes in moving around in two-wheelers - be it to work, to pick up supplies or for a dinner. Small wonder, biking rental shops can be found in every nook and cranny. Another popular way of exploring Amsterdam is in an open-air boat and drifting down its network of canals while soaking up the heritage structures and the breezy greenery as they pass you by. A trip to the Museum District is a popular activity in Amsterdam. It is home to the Van Gogh Museum that has the grandest collection of works by Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh in addition to works by Vermeer, Rembrandt and others from the Golden Age at Rijksmuseum. If modern art interests you, browse the Stedelijk. You can spend a whole day at the museum district, something an art lover will always remember.

Beer is the favorite drink of the local folks - the city is dotted with beer cafes and cozy eateries where you can enjoy a hearty meal of local specialties or pick from their exhaustive international menu. The wood paneling , the warmth of these little street-side restaurants add to their ambiance, and you end up hanging around much after you’ve finished your meal.

When not on a bike, choose to walk, for Amsterdam on foot can throw up many surprises. As you ramble down a lane, you might stumble upon a little curio shop selling pretty China teapots, another some lace and velvet, or even silver jewelry. Or one-off cafes playing live music, and dishing out lip-smacking grub in a cozy setup. Don’t forget to sit down to a cup of cappuccino at the 350-year-old Cafe Pieper, or order a beer in the old-world candlelit interiors of Cafe de Dokter. A sunset cruise on the canals would also be a fun activity in Amsterdam as you watch the twinkling lights of the city come to life framed by a beautiful orange sky.