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What to make of beautiful Amsterdam, (not the usual coffee shops and red light district)

Not only smoke, women and wild life. Amsterdam is a city to discover. Even day

Say and think Amsterdam Café, alcohol and girls in the window. It was wrong. It is one of the most beautiful capitals of Europe, perhaps the only one that balances perfectly the tourist side and its dark side.

A weekend just and advances to appreciate the culture of Amsterdam and its traditions, you do not live in fact only coffee shops and Red Light. Here are 5 things to do in the city of bikes, canals and tulips.

5.Passeggiata to Vonderpark
It is the largest park in the city, the perfect place to escape from the chaos of public transport and the tourists. Actually this is a very crowded place, from every where sprouting aspiring cyclists and people who are jogging, but it is so immense that almost no one pays any attention. It is not a tourist destination so you can enjoy closely the uses and customs of the locals, and especially after a long walk through ancient weeping willows, you can also admire a large expanse of blue poppies.

4.Crociera romantic between the channels of the city
To appreciate in its entirety Amsterdam, the city of a thousand quaint houses, the ideal is to take a cruise through the channels. This way you can admire comfortable seated on a small boat, all the tightest corners and secrets, all the oddities of a capital that over time consolidated its cosmopolitan metropolis status.

3. A dip in the art thanks to Van Gogh Museum
Art lovers then find bread for their teeth. The Van Gogh Museum, a short walk from Place Dom, is the nerve center of the Flemish culture. Structured on three levels, the museum offers a path of paintings, drawings and artist’s most celebrated stories of our time. Arm yourself with comfortable shoes and a lot of patience for the long queues.

2. Hap-Hmm, and the typical Dutch cuisine
Amsterdam is also famous for its cuisine and own the Hap-Hmm is the place. It is a very small restaurant, located outside the tourist center, known mostly by the British, opens only once a day for 4 hours, and even here the wait varies from half an hour to an hour. But the game is worth the candle. The restaurant has reasonable prices to suit all types of pockets, but the dishes never seen flavors awaken early now. Recommended meat stew: a culinary orgasm!

1. Rent a bike and then run like the wind
To dispose of the meat stew, or just to experience the thrill of running far and wide among the channels, with a few Euros per day, there is the possibility of renting a bike. You should know that Amsterdam has every street or cross a bike path, and in this way you can ride in complete freedom. You should only be careful to pedestrians, perhaps, they have not yet realized the existence of a path dedicated to the media on two wheels.

And if you want to find out even more the city, you can eat mussels sipping gin and tonic in Westerpark, take the ferry and take a walk to the north, between absurd loft on the canals, areas still under construction and rooms that seem to come from a post-apocalyptic movies like De Ceuvel, a cross between Mad Max and eco friendly. Or, more simply, a berti zatte beer a bit ‘wherever it happens.