Amsterdam is one of the world’s most picturesque cities, with its 400-year-old canals lined up with a rich variety of gabled townhouses. This lively Dutch port, which has prospered thanks to the ages-old trade routes set up with the Far East and a long history of colonization, displays a truly cosmopolitan character today. The center of the old city, or the Canal Ring, has developed around the three main canals: Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht. It is a real deal getting lost at this area of 90 islands and 1,500 bridges to explore the Jordaan's boutiques, the bohemian atmosphere of the Red Light District, and the former Jewish Quarter. But the city offers more than that. Don’t forget to check the big-hitting art museums like The Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum reopening after years of renovations, as well as the lively communities sprouting up in the reclaimed industrial lands like the Oost (East) and the docklands of the Noord (North).

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