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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Congratulations, Graduants! After years of grueling work and many sleepless nights studying, you're finally graduated! Taking photos to immortalize one of your biggest achievements in life is a necessity, but sometimes you might feel that taking the same old poses at the same old locations might be boring. Worry not, for we have compiled five ideas for your graduation shoots this year!
You spent days, nights, months and years in this space studying and working, but (most-importantly) you made new friends in the campus that would last forever. What better way to make the memories last forever than to capture your graduation shots right there at the place where very corner holds a special memory of your journey together.
As much as you spent your days in the campus, there must be nights and days where you walk and explore the city where you study, especially if you're studying overseas or in a different city. Walk down memory lane through your favourite shopping streets or the city's famous restaurant alley and capture your graduation photos in those spots.
Especially for you who go to school in world-famous or historic cities, you might want to take your graduation shots at the city's famous landmark. A picture speaks a thousand words and nothing tells a better university-life story than a picture (or lots of it) in London's Tower Bridge and Big Ben, NYC's Brooklyn Bridge and Liberty Island, or Tokyo Tower. Trust us, the picture will turn into a treasure to show your children in the future!
Friends are always needed to help you go through the rougher times of your college life, and capturing your graduation together with great photos is always a great way to make your friendship more memorable. However, as much as you enjoyed your time with your squad, there are always times when you had to fight your way through classes and lectures on your own. Celebrating your success in going through that and coming out on top with a solo photoshoot is not a bad idea!
By the time we graduated, we must have realized that our journey through college would never be possible without the support and love of our loved ones, be it our parents back home, or our significant others that supported us day to day, near or far. Celebrate your graduation by taking great photos with these most important people in your lives!
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