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Peddle alongside the Dutch capital’s elaborate canal system for an insight into the city’s 17th-century Golden Age, creative flair and vibrant cultural offerings.

Foam Fotografiemuseum

Once you’ve hit the inevitable tourist haunts in the Museumplein like the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, hop on your bike and head over to the canal belt for something a little fresher. Located in a striking canal house on the Keizersgracht, Foam’s museum has as many as four different photography exhibitions on display at any one time. While you can certainly find impressive retrospectives of artists like Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon here, Foam is dedicated to showcasing the works of budding photographers. On your way out, snag a copy of Foam’s quarterly magazine – it makes a far better souvenir than a postcard.

Van Loon

Knock off a whole lot of culture in one go, as the Museum Van Loon is just across the canal from Foam. Named after the family who occupied the house from the 1800s, the canal house museum is a beautifully preserved example of how the Dutch aristocracy lived. While there are always interesting exhibitions on at the Van Loon Museum, the real draw is the house itself. Step through the door and back into the Dutch golden age.

Canal Cruise

There is really no better way to see the city than from the canals. Don’t have friends in Amsterdam to shuttle you around in their sloep? No matter. Be bold and navigate yourself through Amsterdam’s waterways with either Mokumboat or Sloep Delen. If you’re not comfortable steering solo but still want your sea legs, The Pulitzer Hotel runs a dreamy canal cruise on its own beautiful salon boat.

Foam Fotografiemuseum

Van Loon

Canal Cruises

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