Amsterdam really is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its UNESCO World Heritage Canals to wander around. I lived in Amsterdam for quite some time, and whenever anyone asks me what they should do when visiting, my first response is to rent a bicycle and cycle around the canals.

Another good way to get around is by boat. It’s much better to get on a smaller private boat than the big tourist ones so you get a more personal experience.

You will find plenty of cafes and bars around the canals to sit down and enjoy a drink while watching everything go by. It’s one of the joys of travelling there.

This is a collection of photos I have taken over the years to show you how beautiful Amsterdam’s canals are.

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Living in a houseboat is interesting and as a tourist it is possible to rent one for a short stay.

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Cycling around the canals is one of the best things to do in Amsterdam.

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Many of the buildings on the canals date back to 300 years ago.

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A very interesting way to get around on the canals is by canoe. I haven’t tried this myself but would like to give it a go someday.

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Finding a quiet canal all to yourself.

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Getting out on a boat will give you a different perspective on Amsterdam.

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Flowers in summertime can be seen on many of the bridges over the canals.

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A very relaxing boat to get around on. What a great idea putting some couches on it for the ultimate comfort ride. You wont get that on a tourist boat.

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There are plenty of party boats as well, with groups of friends getting together for a drink.

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But it’s also fun with just a few mates for a more mellow cruise.

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Sunny or cloudy Amsterdam’s canals are always very scenic.

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An old church next to Anne Franks house by the canal. There is so much history to be found.

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Amsterdam is very scenic by night as well. Coming up to midnight you will often find yourself almost alone cycling around the canals, which is a very peaceful time to get around them.

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The old gatehouse to Amsterdam located on Nieuwmarkt Square.

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Did you know that Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District is located in the oldest part of the city? It’s a place to party, but certainly not for those looking for some quiet.

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When snow covers Amsterdam in winter the canals take on a magical appearance. Especially when it’s dark.

Sometimes in winter the canals freeze over. It’s not common for them too freeze, but when they do people get out the ice-skates and go skating on them.

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Although you have to be more careful cycling around in the snow.

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You can see why I think Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I never get bored going back there to visit friends whenever I am in Europe.

With my nomadic lifestyle it’s one of the few places I could almost call home.

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