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Do you have Amsterdam on your next trip? Here’s some tips why you made the right choice of planning this trip!

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A walk around the canal will soothe you

Dubbed as the Venice of the North, it covers more than 100 kilometers (62 miles). The canals are one of the defining features of the city. These 17th century canals are also under the UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are visiting Amsterdam, a canal cruise is a must.

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Photo by annetko via Instagram _

Bikes, bikes and more bikes

Everyone in Amsterdam seems to get around by bike. In fact, the Dutch capital is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. So rent a bike and explore the city!

Photo pt.sunshine via Instagram
Photo pt.sunshine via Instagram

Chill out with Amsterdammers

If you want to surprise your dutch friends, use the colloquial ‘Mokummer’! Amsterdammers are known to be the friendliest people you’ll meet. Not to worry about language barriers as they speak fluent English and other languages.

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Photo via ciee.org

Learn and appreciate Architecture

Canal houses, windmills, Renaissance buildings and contemporary structures. You name in and Amsterdam has all the right ingredients for your dosage of architecture appreciation.

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Photo by redreidinghood via Instagram

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Keukenhof is just a train ride away

Keukenhof park is just half an hour away from Amsterdam. It’s one of the most beautiful gardens in the world filled with at least 7 million spring-flowering bulbs. It’s only open from March 24-May 16.

Photo by dvidal.lorente via Flickr
Photo by dvidal.lorente via Flickr

Parades

There’s a theatre festival parade every summer with a lot of performances. But the best parade you can attend in the city is the Gay Pride Festival because their floats literally float!

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Waffle heaven

If Paris has crepes and London has their fish and chips… Amsterdam has waffles. If you order a Stroopwaffle, you’ll get two two wafers with a caramel syrup (stroop) in the middle. You can also get Belgian-style Liège waffles with chocolate syrup, sugar, fruits and whip cream. Yum!

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Photo by Or Hiltch via Flickr

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Also, Fries!

Also known as Vlaamse frites. You can top your fries with whatever sauce you want. They’re all delicious!

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Photo by jdtuttle via Tumblr

Or kebabs

You can get Doner in a lot of European countries but they’re everywhere in Amsterdam. They’re especially great to round out a night of drinking.

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Photo by Frankenstein via Flickr

Their own version of pancakes

Pannekoeken are giant Dutch pancakes (they can be as big as a dinner plate) and are topped with sweet ingredients like fruit or savoury ones like meat or cheese. They also have miniature pancakes and they call them Poffertjes. They’re extra fluffy!

Photo by Michelle Souliere via Flickr
Photo by Michelle Souliere via Flickr

If you’re a bring drinker, you’ve come to the right place

Founded in Amsterdam in 1873, what better way to experience the third largest commercially brewed beer in the World than in the city in which it originates? You can even go and visit the Heineken experience!

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Photo by unofficialnetworks

Because, “Gezelligheid”

Gezelligheid is a Dutch abstract noun that’s used to describe the Dutch culture. It can’t be translated to any other language but it can mean cosy, friendly, fun and/or welcoming. It can refer to the sensation of living in a friendly community and feeling content.

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So pack your bags and it’s time to get the next flight out to Amsterdam! Laten We Gaan!

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