Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hipmunk City Love: Planning a Trip to Amsterdam

Canals, bridges, bikes, and boats are some of the many things you will love in this amazing city that began its life in the thirteenth century as a fishing village. You can have a memorable and budget friendly trip to Amsterdam when you take some of the wonderful tours that are available, hit some of the famous attractions, treat yourself to a meal on a canal cruise, and stay in one of the amazing hotels in Amsterdam.

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How to Save Money

It's easy to stick to a budget in Amsterdam by purchasing an I amsterdam City Card, which gives you unlimited use of the public transportation system and entrance to several of Amsterdam’s famous museums and attractions. Many businesses have special offers and discounts for card holders, too.

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How to Get Around Town

To get the full Amsterdam experience and fit in with the locals, rent a bike. Almost 60 percent of Amsterdam’s residents bike daily, and Amsterdam is filled with bike paths that let you take in the scenic surroundings at your own pace. With an I amsterdam City Card, you get a 25 percent discount at some of the local bike rental shops. 
With over 160 canals, another enjoyable way to get around is on a canal bike. The canal bikes hold up to four people and are an economical way to tour the canals. You will also get to see the city’s historic architecture and many unique houseboats that line the banks of the canals.

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What to Do

By taking one of the numerous tours available, you will get to see and learn things that you wouldn’t without a guide. Boat, bus, cycling, and walking tours will get you out and about in the city. Personalized guided tours and museum tours will add that extra oomph to your visit. Don’t miss the world famous Van Gogh Museum, either.
Between late March and mid-May, a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens is a must. The gardens are filled with vibrant colors, thanks to the 800 varieties of tulips. Photos don’t do the gardens justice. You need to see them in person to fully appreciate their beauty.

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A trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without a guided canal cruise that floats by Amsterdam’s famous attractions and introduces you to the history of the city. Amsterdam’s canal ring is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, and a cruise is the perfect way to enjoy the history and scenery.

Where to Stay?

With so many hotels in town, it can be hard to choose the right one. If you are looking for luxury, location, and fine dining, Bilderberg Garden Hotel has you covered. If you don’t want to pay for luxury and location but still want a clean comfortable place to rest your head, Best Western Blue Square Hotel is an excellent choice.

A city filled with history, culture, and outdoor activities, Amsterdam is a great destination for travelers of all kinds.

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