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Amsterdam (Ijmuiden), Holland

Amsterdam (Ijmuiden), Holland

Amsterdam was the world’s most prosperous city in the 17th century, a time when Dutch power was at its peak. While things have changed, many of the city’s Golden Age treasures are well-preserved for visitors of today! One is the city’s elaborate system of canals, which continues to capture the imagination — and feature in the photography — of visitors. On dry land folks will find some of the finest art museums anywhere, including both the Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum. Amsterdamers love to get around by bike and the city boasts nearly 250 miles (around 400 km) of bike paths. This family-friendly city has a flavor about it, and you’ll always find something to your taste, whether it’s a casual bite of hot, fresh stroopwafel or a laid-back visit to a bruine kroeg (brown café), a unique breed of establishment known as much for their hospitality and character as their food.

  • See how things go ‘round at Zaanse Schans, home of iconic and colorful windmills.
  • Tour The Hague — The Netherlands’ administrative center and home of the king and queen.
  • Marvel at what’s in bloom at Keukenhof, featuring 80 acres of flowering tulips, daffodils and more.