There are nearly as many bikes in Amsterdam as there are people – so there’s little excuse for not taking to two wheels to explore the city on a holiday here. Take a look at our guide to find out exactly where you should go on your bike.
There’s lots to see as you cycle around Vondelpark, including a rose garden containing 70 varieties of the flower and plenty of quirky street performers.
You could stop for a moment to check out the open air theatre, or swap your bike for rollerskates for another speedy way of getting around the park.
Along The Waterfront
The southern section in particular offers a fascinating insight into the city’s more modern developments, although you’ll start to see more of a combination of old and new architecture as you head further west.
Look out for the old harbor and buildings made from what looks like lots of brightly-coloured shipping containers, which were designed by local architecture practice MVRDV.
This old district is named after the marketplace that was built after the waterways here were filled in during the 17th century, and has seen many fascinating buildings and attractions spring up over the years.
One highlight is the 15th-century De Waag building, which houses a cafe and restaurant and is a superb example of medieval Dutch architecture.
Make sure your cycling route also takes you past the Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple – or Zeedijk Temple – to see Europe’s biggest Buddhist temple and visit Chinatown to sample some incredible east Asian food.
Want to explore further? The notorious red light district is just next door to the Nieuwmarkt. Contrary to what you might think, it’s not all sex shops and prostitutes here.
In fact, the area is Amsterdam’s oldest district and is home to a wealth of fascinating sights, including independent boutiques, leaning gabled homes and pretty canals.
Here, you’ll ride past picturesque villages, working fishing towns and large swathes of green land to get a real taste of Dutch country life.
Don’t miss Broek’s wooden houses – which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries – and the yacht harbour at Monnickendam.
You can also take a break from cycling and hop on a boat or scooter for a unique way to see the region.
Lots of cultural events take place here throughout the year, and you might spot some particularly quirky art exhibits as you cycle around the park (take a closer look at any bodies of water here – you never know what you might find lurking in their depths!).
If all of this has whetted your appetite for a cycling break in Amsterdam, why not seize the moment and book now?