Rick Steves' Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels (9th Edition) by Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw

By Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw

Try out works through Rembrandt and Van Gogh and motorcycle alongside canals fringed with Dutch elm trees—with Rick Steves’ Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels, tourists can adventure the easiest of this world-class destination—economically and ordinary. From historical attractions to revolutionary politics, the Netherlands bargains unending points of interest and actions, and nobody understands tips on how to event all of it with no losing time and cash larger than Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw. They hide the recognized locations, equivalent to the Anne Frank condominium and the crimson gentle District, in addition to a couple of off-the-beaten course suggestions that would take tourists clear of town and right into a geographical region choked with windmills and outdated farm homes. So no matter if it’s having fun with Flemish paintings in Bruges or a number of the world's top marijuana in Amsterdam, Rick Steves’ Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels leads the way.

Rick Steves has spent a hundred days each year seeing that 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public tv sequence (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio express (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a bestselling sequence of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided excursions that take millions of tourists to Europe every year; and provides an information-packed site (RickSteves.com). With assistance from his hardworking employees of eighty at Europe throughout the again Door—in Edmonds, Washington, simply north of Seattle—Rick's undertaking is to make ecu go back and forth enjoyable, cheap, and culturally broadening for Americans.

Gene Openshaw is a author, composer, journey advisor, and lecturer on paintings and background. focusing on writing jogging excursions of Europe's cultural attractions, Gene has coauthored 10 of Rick's books and contributes to Rick's public tv sequence. As a composer, Gene has written a full-length opera (Matter), a violin sonata, and dozens of songs. He lives close to Seattle along with his daughter, and roots for the Mariners in reliable instances and undesirable.

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If you take one of their tours, you can rent the bike for the rest of the day at a 50 percent discount (€10/24 hrs, €100 deposit and ID required). If you’d prefer a private guide, see Albert Walet, above. Do-It-Yourself Bike Tour of Amsterdam —A day enjoying the bridges, bike lanes, and sleepy, off-the-beaten-path canals on your own one-speed is an essential Amsterdam experience. The real joys of Europe’s best-preserved 17th-century city are the countless intimate glimpses it offers: the laid-back locals sunning on their porches under elegant gables, rusted bikes that look as if they’ve been lashed to the same lamppost since the 1960s, wasted hedonists planted on canalside benches, and happy sailors permanently moored, but still manning the deck.

The average income in the Netherlands is higher than in the United States. Though only 8 percent of the labor force is made up of farmers, 70 percent of the land is cultivated, and—if you venture outside of Amsterdam—you’ll travel through vast fields of barley, wheat, sugar beets, potatoes, and flowers. “Holland” is just a nickname for the Netherlands. North Holland and South Holland are the largest of the 12 provinces that make up the Netherlands. The word Netherlands means “lowlands,” and the country is so named because half of it is below sea level, reclaimed from the sea (or rivers or lakes).

17:00 Tour the Anne Frank House. ) 18:30 Take my self-guided Jordaan Walk. 20:00 Dinner in the Jordaan neighborhood. Day 3 Day 4 Side-trip by train to one folk museum; choose among Arnhem’s, Enkhuizen’s, or Zaandijk ’s (Zaanse Schans museum). Unless you’re visiting far-flung Arnhem, you could also easily fit in a short visit to one of these towns: Edam, Delft, or The Hague. OVERVIEW (area code: 020) Tourist Information “VVV” (pronounced “vay vay vay”) is Dutch for “TI,” a tourist information office.

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