Did you know there are more canals in Amsterdam than there are in Venice? Since it was founded in the 12th century, Amsterdam has evolved from a small fishing village into one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, and now into a bustling and beautifully preserved cosmopolis with about 800,000 residents, 880,000 bicycles, 165 canals, 1,281 bridges and 40 parks.
There is no shortage of things to do and see in Amsterdam, whether it’s wandering along the Amsterdam Canal Ring, visiting the Anne Frank House, the many beautiful museums, taking a boat trip around the canals and much more besides. The city is easily negotiated on foot (or hire a bike to get around). This is the city of Rembrandt, Anne Frank, Johan Cruyff, and the Dutch East and West India Companies; there’s a world of fascinating stories, spellbinding art and architecture that has stood the test of time. 
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Unmissable at Christmas is the Festival of Light which illuminates the city with dazzling works of light art. Each year hundreds of proposals are submitted by designers, architects and artists from around the globe. A selection committee then chooses about 30 artworks that make up the festival’s installations. Past years have featured the work of prominent artists such as Ai Weiwei and Nicole Banowetz. The view can be enjoyed via a cruise or via walking routes and is a sight not to be missed.
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the canal belt – impossible to miss.  There are beautiful 17th Century houses lining each side of the canal, lots of cafes and plenty of bridges to cross!   The four canals that make up the inner canal belt in Amsterdam are the Singel, the Herengracht, the Keizersgracht and the Prinsengracht. This area is known in Dutch as the ‘Grachtengordel’. It was built in the 17th century to deal with an increasing population during the Dutch Golden age and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. An unbelievably pretty sight by both day and night - when the bridges are lit up by fairy lights and the whole area takes on a magical feel.
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To get to the Singel canal, you need to come out of the front of Amsterdam’s central station, turn right and walk for about 5 minutes until you can see the water. It is easy to navigate your way around. To reach any one of the other canals you can turn right on one of the bridges along the Singel and follow the street to the next canal.
Ice Village: A traditional Dutch Christmas market in the centre of Amsterdam, next to the ice rink at Museumplein. This is the place to come to watch the skaters (or even join in) whilst enjoying hot mulled wine and Dutch Christmas foods amongst lit up trees and dazzling lights all with the stunning Rijksmuseum as your backdrop.  Come here for traditional Dutch street food, hot drinks and a truly Dutch Christmas spirit!
Windmills: A trip to the Netherlands wouldn't be complete without seeing a windmill and you don’t even have to leave the city to do so - There are eight windmills in Amsterdam so no excuses! 
Bike Hire: Bicycle rentals are readily available throughout the city. Central Station, Leidseplein and Dam Square are all major rental hubs. Day rates average €10 with some multi-day rates around €8. Bikes are sturdy and locks are included. More information for this can be found on the link below
Amsterdam Flower Market: Reputed to be the only floating flower market in the world.  Bulbs are sold ready for export.