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City Along Major Canals

Aug 17, 2007
Although Amsterdam is officially designated as the capital of the Netherlands it has never been seat of the parliament court or government, of the Netherlands, which are all located at The Hague. 173 nationalities live in the city.

Schiphol Airport is less than 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central Station. It is the biggest airport in the Netherlands. It handles about 42 million passengers a year and is home base to KLM since 2004.

Known as one of the bicycle friendly cities in the world. There are about 700,000 bicycles in the city, about 80,000 bikes are stolen every year and 25000 end up in the canals. Parking fees are steep and streets are closed off to cars as a discouragement to them.

Trams are the best way of getting around Amsterdam and run regularly. Trams are frequent, fast and reliable. You need to hail a tram to let the driver know you want to get on. If the tram has a conductor you must use the rear door to get on.

The canals are Amsterdam s number one attraction. The Canal Bus is the perfect way to get around Amsterdam. The comfortable boats offer a hop on, hop off service along different routes.

The main area in Amsterdam for shopping is at Kalverstraat. This section of the city can be found close to Dam Square. A variety of designer boutiques have set up shop in this area. Waterlooplein Flea market is a outdoor bazaar, best for the second hand clothing and full of general bric-a-brac. Traditionally oldest and most interesting market of Amsterdam.

Leidseplein is one of Amsterdam s most popular places for nightlife full of restaurants, clubs and cinemas. In summer you will find street jugglers musicians and other performers. Rembrandtplein is another area lined with cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels and is a tourist area. It includes traditional Dutch bars. Around the area you will find night clubs, gay venues, diamond dealers and souvenir shops.

Amsterdam is also famous for the red light district. Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands at specific places. The red-light district is located in the centre of the city along major canals and is clearly marked on maps.

Coffee shops sell cannabis this is not completely legal but is tolerated when small quantities of cannabis up to 5 grams are involved. Some coffee shops, especially in the Netherlands, are places where the sale of cannabis for personal consumption by the public is tolerated by the local authorities.
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Douglas Scott writes for The Cheap Vehicle Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Dutch Villa Rental Site
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