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- Posted:Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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For our city focus this week we take a look at Amsterdam. This popular city draws thousands of visitors every year to walk the cobbled stoned streets along the canals. While it may have a reputation for its legalisation of drugs and prostitution, this is only a small part of the city and what it has to offer for tourists.
Walking by the canals and over the bridges you will soon see how beautiful Amsterdam is. The architecture is the first thing you will notice, particularly the modern take that they have taken on old designs. Amsterdam also embraces art and culture through their many museums and galleries. The Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum are two of Amsterdam’s top attractions as well as home to some amazing masterpieces.
Amsterdam is also home to some amazing restaurants and cafes. Like a lot of cities, you have to watch out for the overpriced tourist traps, but luckily there are not too many of these here. If you find yourself around Dam Square and looking to eat, take a walk away from the main areas and keep an eye out for local establishments with Dutch names. If you are up around Leidseplein, or the 'entertainment district' as it is known, you will find yourself with a lot of options. Veer away from the main square, and hit one of the side streets in this area. Check out the many Argentinean steakhouses around here as some of them offer great food at low prices.
And after all that walking and eating you will be in need of a cheap but cosy place to stay. Book your bed in one of these top rated Amsterdam hostels - St Christopher's at The Winston, Flying Pig Downtown or Durty Nellys Inn.