Discover Benelux, Issue 31, July 2016

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Discover Benelux | Amsterdam | The Ultimate & Unforgettable Summer Destination

enchanting way to discover the city from a different point of view. Often dubbed the ‘Venice of the North’, Amsterdam has more than 100 kilometres of canals which are connected through approximately 1,500 bridges. Being a remnant of the Dutch Golden Age, the iconic canals have always been of great historical and cultural value, originally created for transport of residents, water management and defence. The three main canals are Prinsengracht, Herengracht, and Keizersgracht. Together they form a belt around the city, known as the Grachtengordel (canal ring).

year, from large concerts in summer to an ice rink in winter.

Leidseplein & Museum District area

(Read more from page 40) In Amsterdam you are never done discovering. Much of the authentic Amsterdam is to be found in neighbourhoods bordering the centre. Jump on a bike (or tram) and visit one of the extraordinary districts around the centre, each which its own character, cultural activities and fine restaurants and shops.

(Read more from page 34) Amsterdam’s Museum District is home to some of the most important artistic and historical riches ever created and an absolute treasure for those curious about culture. Most museums are proudly located at the Museumplein, a popular spot for major events held throughout the

Photo: Emilio Brizzi

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When you are done being quiet for the day, there is no better direction to head than to Leidseplein. Together with Rembrandtplein, this gathering place makes up for the most popular (and touristy) nightlife and entertainment spot in Amsterdam. A destination remarkably different than centuries ago when the square was used as a parking spot for the carriages and carts of farmers, traders and businessmen.

Close to the city centre

Photo: Koen Smilde

Haarlemmerplein The Haarlemmerplein borders the Singel canal in the centre of Amsterdam and dates back to the construction period of Amsterdam’s grachtengordel when it was used as a wagon square: a parking spot for horses and wagons. Nowadays the lively square is the perfect spot to do your organic shopping: the weekly market on Wednesdays offers high-quality food products, including the best cheese, wine, meat, bread, fruit and vegetables. www.iamsterdam.com

TOP TIP:

I Amsterdam City Card: enjoy free unlimited transport, free entry to Amsterdam’s best museums and attractions, and great discount. Also usable for trips to neighbouring towns around Amsterdam. Prices depend on the length of your stay – choose from a 24, 48, 72 or 96-hour card.