Tulips, the colour orange, and canals. These are the three things that come to most people's mind when The Netherlands is mentioned. But the Netherlands, especially Amsterdam, is also famous for bicycle commuting. In fact, Amsterdam is the most-bicycle-friendly city in the world! You can see literally hundreds of bikes around the city as it is one of the most preferred modes of transportation for locals, and tourists are welcomed to try too!
As you plan your visit to Amsterdam, you might be wondering which places should you visit with your bikes. Here are five places in and around Amsterdam that you can and should visit using your two-wheeled vehicle to make your holiday in Amsterdam more memorable!
The largest city park in Amsterdam and the most famous one in the country, Vondelpark attracts approximately 10 million visitors every year! Located just south of Amsterdam's famous Leidsplein and Museumplein, Vondelpark is the perfect destination for cyclists, offering many attractions in it such as free concerts in its' open-air theatre, a place for kids to have fun at the Groot Melkhuis playground, a rose garden containing 70 varieties of the flower, and many quirky street performers, among many others.
Amsterdam is famous for its' canals and waterfront, and it is an interesting destination to visit while cycling in the city. Cycle to the southern section to witness the city's more modern and edgy developments, and continue towards the west to see more of an old-and-new combination of architecture style. While you're there, don't forget to take great photos at the old harbor and buildings made from what looks like lots of brightly-coloured shipping containers.
If you're into multicultural lifestyle, then you should visit The Nieuwmarket district in Amsterdam with your bike. Don't miss the 15th century De Waag building and Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple (a.k.a Zeedijk Temple) which is Europe's biggest Buddhist temple while cycle in the area. Feeling hungry after cycling? Then head to Amsterdam Chinatown, which is located right around the counter of Nieuwmarkt, to immerse yourself in the wonder of East Asian culinary experience.
Should you want a slightly longer route to cycle to, then head north to the beautiful Waterland district. Just a short ride away from Amsterdam and you'll be greeted by picturesque villages, working fishing towns and large, rolling green grass plains of Dutch countryside which in the summer is full of flowers, sheep, and cows. Visit the 17th and 18th centuries Broek's wooden houses and the yacht harbour at Monnickendam, where you can take a break from cycling and hop on a boat to explore the beautiful region while spotting the occasional windmill.
Built originally in 1891 as part of the city's gas installation, over a century later in 2003, Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek (Culture Park of Western Gas Factory) is opened as a public park after much remodelling. The vibrant neighbourhood of Westerpark is always buzzing with things to do. From unique culinary experiences to outdoor activities, there are loads of things to explore when you cycle to this historic Amsterdam neighbourhood.
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Fitness enthusiast and instructor Lexi Gancayco shared her healthy tips to prepare yourselves to welcome summer!
Honestly I don't think there's such a thing as a 'Summer Body'. You'd want to keep your body healthy and fit consistenly all year round. But I think how you keep your body consistently healthy and fit is really by having a good balance of consistent work out and a balanced diet; not depriving yourselves of anything but not indulging too much on good food as well.
Of course when you are on holidays or vacations, you really should maximize the whole experience of wherever you are, so you should not deprive yourselves of any experience–including food–, but as I mentioned before, you should also not indulge yourselves too much. It's all about balance. For example, if you know that you're going to have a big meal that night, do a lot of activities like walking or working out in the hotel for 30-45 mins in the next morning. You should not even do it everyday, doing some workout every other day is enough. Basically, watch what you eat; it's all about balance.
Water! Wherever you go, bring water with you. I had to learn this the hard way because I was on vacation last year and I fainted out of dehydration. I didn't realize that I didn't have enough water. So wherever you go, fill up a water bottle with you, and keep yourself hydrated.
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