- DO RENT A BIKE! Amsterdam is a city best enjoyed on a bike. It does seem quite compact at first glance, and yet it is too big to get around on foot (especially if you are short of time). Taxis are inadequately expensive, besides there are so many one-way streets in the old town that getting anywhere may take you a long time. From this point of view renting a car would also be waste of time and money. Of course, there is always the cable-car and the underground, and yet a bike is a so much more flexible means of transportation. And it's so much more stylish. Anothertravelguide.com is proud to recommend BikeCity, a bicycle rental shop road-tested by our experts. It may be a bit more expensive than other places - but look at the bikes! First of all, they don't immediately strike you as rented by a tourist. Secondly, they have multiple gears. An thirdly, they work immaculately.
68 - 70 Bloemgracht (in the heart of the Jordaan district)
Phone 626 37 21
A bicycle with handbreaks and seven speeds:
24 hours: EUR 14.50
5 x 24 hours: EUR 44.50
We recommend also Het Zwarte Fietsenplan, offering a wide variety of bicycles in its altogether four rental stores:
Oud West - Eerste C.Huygenstraat 88
Phone: 020 412 14 40
Spiegelkwartier - Lijnbaansgracht 282
Phone: 020 638 16 85
Rivierenbuurt - Maasstraat 106-108
Phone: 020 670 32 21
Fietsoplossingen voor bedrijven - Tweede Helmersstraat 49
Phone: 020 670 85 31
- DO GO FOR A RIDE/WALK THROUGH THE JORDAAN AND DE PIJP DISTRICTS, two of the most stylish Amsterdam neighbourhoods. The New York Times called Jordaan a Dutch version of the Big Apple's East and West Villages. The 17th century architecture has still been preserved here: Jordaan was founded in 1612, at a time when the city was growing fast. It was a working class and poor people neighbourhood at the time. The name Jordaan is derived from the French jardin, a garden. In the 1970 the demography of the district changed: many artists, students and young and reasonably successful businessmen moved to Jordaan, bringing stylish shops, bars, cafés and the rest of the usual paraphernalia with them.
De Pijp, originally also a working class neighbourhood, is the Latin Quarter of Amsterdam. It is populated by people coming from a mixture of ethnic backgrounds and cultures: students, artists, the 21st century hippies. This is the location of De Taart Van M'n Tante, the kitschiest patisserie in the city, countless restaurants, coffe-shops, cafés - both ethnic and trendy, as well as the well-known Albert Cuyp market on the Albert Cuypstraat (open daily except Sundays): it celebrated its 100th anniversary in summer 2005. The most important streets of De Pijp district are Albert Cuypstraat and Ferdinand Bostraat. There is also Sarphatipark, a nice small park with a lake.
- Before heading for Amsterdam, it's worth CHECKING OUT THE SCHEDULE OF THE MUZIEKTHEATER (www.hetmuziektheater.nl) which is also the home of the Netherlands Opera company. It is more than just one of the most modern and well-equipped opera houses in Europe (which is a good enough reason for paying a visit): the Netherlands Opera is also a platform for innovative and experimental productions and also serves as the central venue of the world-famous Holland Festival.Share it:
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