Bike the Canal Belt
The beautiful 400-year-old network of canals that rings Amsterdam’s city center, known as the Grachtengordel, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with some 80 bridges crisscrossing the historic waterways. One of the best ways to explore this picturesque part of the city is the way locals do—by bicycle. Bike rentals are ubiquitous in the city. A good place to get your bearings is the Museum of Amsterdam Canals on the Herengracht canal.
By Travis Marshall, AFAR Local Expert
One of the obvious things about amsterdam is only tourist (me) walk around. I almost got hit 20x by a bikers and I was always in the wrong. The beautiful canals and bikes are a staple in this gorgeous city.
By Andrew G
Amsterdam - Where Bikes Rule the Road!
During our time in Amsterdam, we rented cruisers and it was the perfect way to see the city.
For the Love of Bicycles
There's no exact location in this dynamic town that you need to head to find a similar image and that's because bikes and smiles are, literally, everywhere. In this town, you should know that you're outnumbered by bicycles by at least ten to one! I happen to think that this means that you're in good company. Of course there's still the profoundly moving experience at Ann Frank's house; the beautiful, green and open space at Vondel Park and the famed Rembrandt's at the Rijksmuseum to savor. But if you're a lover of all things powered by two wheels, then all you need to do to enjoy a morning or afternoon along the canals is to look for your favorite bicycles between cafes. If you're looking to rent bikes or take a tour that informs and entertains both in Amsterdam and outside the city, then I'd encourage you to check out Mike's Bikes. Falling for Amsterdam from the saddle of a bicycle is all too easy and take comfort in the fact that you're not alone.
By Bronwen Gregory, AFAR Local Expert