MUSEUMS, CYCLES, AND CANALS: THE VENICE OF THE NORTH
Amsterdam’s origins date back to the 12th century, and the city has played a significant role in many historical eras, from the Golden Age of the 1600s to the French wars in the 19th century. Today Amsterdam is known as one of the most tolerant cities in the world, with the highest concentration of varied nationalities within its bounds. Explore this vibrant city from the Radisson Blu Hotel. A trip to the city center is about a 30-minute train ride from the hotel, but the bicycle, a popular form of travel in the city, is the best way to navigate Amsterdam. For questions about transportation to or in Amsterdam, contact the hotel reception desk.
Amsterdam’s tourist information website provides valuable information for visitors.
Allow at least a day, if not several, to explore Amsterdam. The city has many attractions, from museums to wonderful bike tours. The Nine Streets District is a must-see shopping district at the heart of the Dutch capital. It dates back to the 17th century and holds over 200 stores, despite its narrow streets. The district lies minutes from Dam Square, another must-see. The square holds the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and hosts the annual Remembrance of the Dead.
Explore Amsterdam’s abundance of museums. One popular choice is the Scheepvaartmuseum, located near Central Station and dedicated to Dutch maritime history, especially that of the Dutch East India Trading Company. The Rijksmuseum is well known for its collection of over 8,000 pieces of art and historical artifacts. Its centerpiece is Rembrandt’s famous Night Watch.
Amsterdam canal tours
Amsterdam is also known for its city-center canal tours. A guided tour takes approximately an hour and a half and costs around EUR 15 per person. Learn about the history of Amsterdam while seeing the marvelous architecture of the historical canal buildings. The Canals of Amsterdam were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2010 and are treasured by locals and visitors alike.
What you may not know about Amsterdam
- Amsterdam has more canals than Venice and 4 times as many bridges.
- Amsterdam has more bicycles than residents.
- Amsterdam has more museums per square meter than any other city.
- There are over 2,500 houseboats in the Amsterdam canals.
- Amsterdam is the city with the highest concentration of different nationalities with 175 represented.
- Amsterdam has over 400 kilometers of cycling roads.