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About Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city with a perfectly preserved historical city center. The center is on the UNESCO-list of important World Cultural Heritage. It is famous for its many canals, but has besides this a lot of other beautiful sights to see. A large part of the houses in the Historic center are built in the typical 17th and 18-century Dutch Renaissance style. This gives, in combination with the many canals, a unique character to Amsterdam. Besides the historic 17th center of Amsterdam there are other nice sites like the Vondelpark, the Museum Square and the so-called Eastern Islands which offer interesting modern architecture on the water-side in a former port-area.

 Amsterdam offers a lot of interesting attractions and museums. There are art museums, like the Van Gogh museum, museums about the history of Amsterdam, the history of the Jewish community in Amsterdam, the Dutch Resistance during the Second World War, and the way people lived in the large canal mansions during the seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, about diamond cutting and the diamond-industry, about Heineken and it's beers and about the football-club Ajax. There is the large open-air daily market Albert Cuyp and the many coffeeshops where marihuana and hash are sold and smoked openly. The city has hundreds of cozy bars and a wide variety of restaurants offering food from all thinkable places in the world.

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 During the year the are a lot of events in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands though the seat of government is The Hague. In the spring the flower fields are flourishing. Hyacinths, daffodils and tulips in white, pink, purple, yellow and red. Driving through the flower fields is a nice and interesting experience. Traditional windmills can be seen in the countryside mostly in the Western part of the country. To see the flower fields with our private guide please fill in the following form .....

 It is possible to make day-trips from Amsterdam to Brussels, Antwerp and even Brugges. By train it takes around 2 hours to reach Brussels. Especially the central square of  Brussels, the Grote Markt, is very beautiful. By train Paris can be reached in 3 hours. In The Netherlands itself The Hague houses several royal palaces, the Dutch Parliament and the interesting Mauritshouse-museum. There are some interesting historic buildings there as well. Among them the so-called hall of the knights. A lot of other smaller Dutch cities do have interesting historic centers. Among them Delft, Utrecht, Leiden, Alkmaar, Hoorn, Dordrecht and Haarlem. Our private guide can take you to the mentioned cities. To book our guide for a tour outside Amsterdam, please fill in the following form.......

 In the countryside there are several nice areas which can be reached by a day-trip from Amsterdam. One is to the island of Texel, which is a beautiful island with diverse landscapes and a lot of bird life. There is the opportunity to make a trip by boat on the tidal Waddenzee from Texel. There are large groups of seals there which can be seen from the ships. The Veluwe is an area with huge forests and heaths. There are wild boars, red deer, foxes, European badgers, squirrels and roe deer at the Veluwe. The area is most beautiful in the second half of August when the heaths are flourishing. The Veluwe is approximately 90 kilometers (around 55 miles) from Amsterdam. In other parts of The Netherlands are considerable marshes, lakes and swamplands. Around 35 kilometers from Amsterdam are the lakes and swamps of Loosdrecht, Vinkeveen, Ankeveen and Nieuwkoop. Another important nature reserve is the Oostvaardersplassen. This reserve which comprises large lakes, large swamps and meadows developed recently on reclaimed land. It houses large numbers of birds and huge groups of grazing animals like red deer, wild cattle and wild horses. The bird life in the Oostvaardersplassen includes species like sea eagle, hundreds of great egret, Eurasian spoonbill, thousands of grey goose, a colony of several thousand breeding pairs of cormorant, many birds of prey and up to 15 species of ducks. Foxes are common and not nocturnal here and can be observed relatively easy. The Oostvaardersplassen are around 60 kilometers (40 miles) from Amsterdam. In the southwest of The Netherlands there is an area which consists of many islands surrounded by estuaries connected to the sea. This area encountered flooding in 1953. After the disaster the Dutch built many dikes and dams here in order to prevent new flooding. The most spectacular of those works is the barrier that is normally open but can be closed in case of extremely high tide and storm, the Oosterscheldekering. Our private guide can take you to all these places. To book our private guide for a tour to one of the mentioned areas, don't hesitate to contact us.