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jump on two wheels and explore Amsterdam  Famous for land as flat as a pancake, you’ll see locals and tourists on two wheels anywhere and everywhere you go in Amsterdam. One of the essential Amsterdam experiences, cycling is the perfect way to see all this amazing country has to offer, whether you want to cruise along the canals, head to one of the famous museums to get your history fill, find a market to browse, or head to an infamous coffee shop! 

Ok, so crossing the pond won’t suit all student budgets but if you are serious about having an alternative spring break, Europe will be one to remember! Perhaps you’ve done the beaches and bikinis and are looking for something super cool to tell your friends about on your return.

The Dutch have a keen eye for design so there are some gorgeous boutiques and art galleries to take in, not forgetting the quirky coffeeshops. But the city is so picturesque, just ambling alongside the canals or renting a bicycle is a pleasant way to spend the day.

Restaurants: If it is cheap eats your after, as well as comfort food, Da Portare Via(Leliegracht 34) is in the running for the best pizza in town. With a hot wood-fuelled oven to guarantee a good base and crust everything is to go but why not sit by the canal and tuck in. For traditional home-cooked Dutch cooking, try Hap Hmm (1e Helmerstraat 33) with mains for around €6.

Bars & Clubs: Good news for freshmen. 16+ can purchase beer and wine, although for spirits above 15% in alcohol content you need to be 18 or over. For theatre, live-music and drinks all rolled in to one, try Bitterzoet (Spuistraat 2)hosting both bands and DJs. To make the most of the European brews on offer, head to Cafe Gollem (Daniel Stalpertstraat 74) a cosy beer house with no fewer than 150 bottled brews. For serious clubbers looking to party any night of the week, check out Twstd (Weteringschans 157). This Amsterdam club has someone working the decks seven days a week and big names have played here in the past.

Hostels: Since you are in the market for a party,St Christopher’s Inn-The Winston hostel offers just that. One block from the Red Light District, they also have there own on site bar and nightclub and a private beer garden. They offer a free city tour and breakfast is included in the price. After a night on the town chill out in the lounge area with pool tables and TVs. For more party hostels Amsterdam has plenty in the city centre.

For more fun stuff on this city, check out our guide to weird and wonderful Amsterdam or when you’ve had your fill of bars, clubs and coffee shops, check our cool Amsterdam.

hotel Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht 



A city famous for its spectacular canals, colored houses, coffee shops, and rich culture is a solo traveler’s dream.

What You Should Do While There: Go to the beach! Despite the fact that Amsterdam actually is not located by the sea, the city created Blijburg. This beach is situated on the artificial island of IJburg and there is swimming, sunbathing, and beach parties galore. If you’re looking for a quieter atmosphere, check out Vondelpark. This park is right in the heart of the city but offers a slower pace.

Cost: Amsterdam is a great bargain as far as European cities go, but hotel and hostel pricing can make it a bit pricey. With that being said, they offer breakfast! You can easily find cheap options for your meals, and you might not even need transportation, so that helps keep costs low.

Ease Of Travel: You can essentially walk and bike anywhere in the city. Super easy.

Potential Safety Concerns: Known as an exceptionally safe city. But, as with any city, there can be dangers of robbery, etc. Avoid talking to street peddlers.

Herring These ocean fish are so popular in the Netherlands that they have an entire fleet of vendors that serve them exclusively. "Haringkar", as they're called, shell out raw herring, pickled herring, smoked herring, or soused herring, often in a soft bun with chopped onions. 

Haarlem, The Netherlands This North Holland city sits about 15 minutes from oft-visited Amsterdam. Here there are markets galorebeautiful architecture and proximity to the famous Keukenhof Gardens.

Yes, Amsterdam is great. And you should visit there. But Rotterdam is often overlooked, and it's just too cool for that to be the case. Rotterdam is a multicultural port city, with an ever-changing skyline, bumping nightlife and some great museums. Head to Museumpark and check out the Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Kunsthal Rotterdam. Stroll through the Delfshaven neighborhood. And yes, there arecoffee shops in Rotterdam, just like the ones in that other Dutch city.

Giethoorn, Netherlands

Another Venice-that’s-not-Venice, this canal and bike-path town with over 180 bridges has changed very little since its founding in 1230.

Rotterdam, Netherlands

True to form, Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands, behind Amsterdam at 618,467 people, is also a port. In fact, its location as the travel and trade nexus of the continent has earned it the nickname “Gateway to Europe.” Rotterdam is also home to the Erasmus University Rotterdam of international acclaim, with its business courses ranking in the top 10 both in Europe and worldwide.


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