Amsterdam: famous for its quiet canals, neat gabled buildings and dreamy bridges. As the capital city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam has been one of Europe’s most significant metropolises for half a millennium; despite the fact that it’s compact enough to walk or, of course, cycle around. What it lacks in size, however, it makes up for in dramatic architectural beauty, and is regularly shortlisted among the most stunning cities on the continent.
With few of the drawbacks of a big city, Amsterdam is a dream for the discerning globetrotter. In the space of a day it’s possible to traverse the length and breadth of this canal-strewn city; its village-like charm lending itself perfectly to those looking to stroll its narrow streets or while away an hour or so in a waterside bistro.
That’s not to say the city is lacking in fascinating visitor attractions, however. From Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum, to Hermitage Amsterdam and the Portuguese Synagogue, this culturally rich city has no shortage of things to keep the mind occupied — however long you plan to stay in town.