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City Center Bicycle Tour

Dam Square, the Old Church, Anne Frank House, Vondelpark and more
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 11.1 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This guide provides a tour of the most popular sites in Amsterdam's city center. Cycling is recommended as it is the best and most... more »

Tips:  Bicycling: There are several reputable bicycle rental companies in town including Mac Bike, Mike's Bicycle Rental, Bike City, Orange... more »

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Points of Interest

Since Amsterdam’s beginnings in the 13th century, Dam Square has been the heart of the city. The square's name is derived from the fact that the Amstel River was originally dammed at this spot, giving Amsterdam its original name: “Amstel-damme.” Major points of interest on “the Dam” include the Royal Palace to the west, the New Church to the north... More

The Old Church, consecrated in 1368, is so named to differentiate it from the New Church that you saw on Dam Square. It is well worth a visit inside to see the beautifully rustic interior and floor burial stones commemorating the historic and wealthy Amsterdam residents buried beneath. Most notable are the organist and composer Jan Pieterszoon... More

The understated, moving and essential Anne Frank House is well worth the time spent among the tourist throngs. The best way to avoid an hourlong wait is to buy tickets ahead of time online or show up at 8:30am before the museum opens.

During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands (1940-1945) Anne Frank, her parents, her older sister and four... More

Vondelpark is the most central and most crowded of several large parks that ring Amsterdam’s center. Opened in 1865, the park is named after 17th century author Joost van den Vondel. You will find a statue of Vondel near the first large pond you come to after entering the park. On nice days Vondelpark’s 120 acres are a hub of social activity, and ... More

A canal boat ride through Amsterdam's canals is a touristy and (during the summer months) crowded activity. It is also highly recommended. The Blue Boat Co.'s tours are approximately 70 minutes and take you through the main canals, into Amsterdam's harbor and onto the Amstel River. All boats have comfortable seating, a small bathroom and a small... More

The GPS map will take you along the main bicycle/walking path that dissects Museumplein. Pull off to the side right in the center of Museumplein to appreciate the view around you. Most of the major museums are on this square: Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Concert Building (Concertgebouw), Stedelijk Museum (modern and contemporary art museum) and... More

The Albert Cuypstraat Market is the largest outdoor market in the Netherlands and is open Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm year-round. The market began in 1904, shortly after the expansion of the city was completed. The street is named after Albert Cuyp, a famous 17th century landscape painter. Anything from fresh fruit to bicycles to clothing can be... More