Perhaps the best way to enjoy the sights and sounds of Amsterdam is to hop on one of the guided bike tours and go cycling in Amsterdam. While walking tours of the city are also very famous, the fact is that biking allows you to take in more sights and learn more about the fascinating history and culture of this canal city in a shorter time. Of course, you can choose to rent a bike and go on a self-guided tour, but if this is your first time cycling in Amsterdam, we recommend signing up for one of the many guided bike tours of the city. During a guided cycle tour, you will be a part of a small group of bikers weaving in and out of the many interesting spots and locales in Amsterdam as your helpful guide fills you in on the legends, stories, and historical facts about the city’s famous tourist spots.
From the many windmills and quaint cafés to breweries and picture-perfect views of the canals, you will be able to see it all while cycling in Amsterdam. This is the favorite form of transport for the locals too, and once you know your way around the city, you will be biking through the sights just like the locals do. There are many tour options if you want to go cycling in Amsterdam. You can opt for a countryside tour or a city bicycling adventure. For those who are seeking more adventure, dune-biking in Amsterdam is another popular option.
The city of Amsterdam is bursting with unique sightseeing opportunities, and it may be impossible to find one cycle tour that takes you through everything that Amsterdam has to offer. But if you want a “highlights” tour to give you a taste of what this glorious city has to offer, these are a few spots that you shouldn’t miss while cycling in Amsterdam.
While cycling in Amsterdam, you will find that most tours leave from the center of the old town at Central Station. The 3-story tall bike garage looms outside the station. This area is quite a hectic one, so keep an eye out for the traffic. The bike garage has the capacity to store more than 2,500 bikes. Once you are fitted with your bicycle, you can begin your adventurous time cycling in Amsterdam.
Riding Along the Waterfront
From the beautiful St. Nicholas Church and the Tower of Tears which was once a part of the old wall defense system of the city, to the Floating Palace Chinese Restaurant, there is much to see as soon as you set out cycling in Amsterdam. Don’t forget to take in the Maritime Museum which boasts a replica of an ornate Golden Age sail ship, and stop at the NEMO Science Center which looks like a huge, green ship from the outside – impossible to miss! As you ride along the waterfront, you will also be able to catch a glimpse of the oldest and last remaining windmill in the city – this place has now been converted into a brewery. From the Maritime Museum, head right onto Schippersgracht.
Old Jewish District
As you continue cycling in Amsterdam, you will cross the Plantage. This area is popular for its many quiet and tranquil streets, and sylvan retreats in the form of gorgeous gardens. Take the underpass on the left of the canal under the Muiderstraat to break into the Old Jewish District. This area offers a number of architectural marvels such as the brown Portuguese Synagogue. Head to Amstel River after you’ve had your fill of this area.
The Amstel River is generally a fairly busy area with plenty of waterborne traffic. This picturesque river also boasts a large number of houseboats that are moored on both banks. As you cycle to the left of the river, you will come across the “Skinny Bridge”. This tourist attraction is popularly known as Amstel’s Skinny Bridge but its real name is the Magere Brug. The original bridge at this area was built in the 17th Century, and then replaced by the Magere Brug in the 18th Century. Beyond this area, you will be able to see the Sluice Gates that control the flow of the water and shipping lines into the city, the Koninklijk Theater Carré, and the tram lines of Sarphatistraat. Head to the Prinsengracht canal from here.
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