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Tulip Island

ABOVE: Tourists and locals tiptoe through the flowers on Tulip Island. INSET BELOW: A tour boat near Centraal Station.


Amsterdam Hotspots: Sights
A succinct and handsomely illustrated roundup of major sights with maps to help you get your bearings.

What a Trip: Amsterdam
Nancy D. Brown, a travel writer and blogger from California, describes "the best things to see and do in Amsterdam, Holland."

Tulip Island
Pick a bouquet tulips beneath the auction clock on a tiny island in Amsterdam's Vondelpark.

Tours and sightseeing

Viator: Amsterdam our partner
Book city tours and regional day excursions online before you leave home. Viator guarantees prices in euros, British pounds, and U.S. or Australian dollars.

A Day in Amsterdam
If you're stuck at Schiphol Airport for more than a few hours, take the train into the city.

The Amsterdam Dungeon
History and horror go hand in hand at Amsterdam's creepiest tourist attraction, which is built over a medieval graveyard.

ARTTRA  Cultural Agency
If you're traveling with a group, the non-profit ARTTRA organization can arrange customized pedestrian, boat, or bus tours to museums and private collections.

Guidor - Netherlands Guide Organization
Book a professional travel guide online, with a choice of 20 different languages.

Tour boat and Centraal StationLovers Amsterdam Canal Cruises
Rederij Lovers offers a variety of boat trips--among them, sightseeing tours, a circular museum boat route that allows stopovers, an Artis Zoo express boat, and evening cruises with dinner or wine and cheese.

Comfort Tours
Ingrid van Bijnen offers private half- and full-day tours of Holland, using minivans that hold up to six passengers.

Urban Home & Garden Tours
From mid-April through mid-October, UHGT offers scheduled tours of Amsterdam canal houses and gardens, with a coffee buffet along the way. (Private tours are available year-round.)

Vermeer Art Tours
Dr. Kees Kaldenbach, an art historian who specializes in Vermeer, offers 2˝-hour tours that combine a lecture at his home with a guided tour through the Vermeer collection at the Rijksmuseum. Dr. Kaldenbach can also guide you through the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague.

Bicycle tours and itineraries

Amsterdam Cycle Routes
Follow these 10 routes through Amsterdam and its surroundings--but first, read the tips on what kind of cycle to rent.

Mike's Bike Tours
Two young men--one from Canada, the other from the U.S.--offer daily group or private tours by bicycle, along with half- or full-day bike rentals. Tours include the use of a bicycle and, if necessary, rain gear.

Bicycle Day Trips Around Amsterdam
Catch the train to Weesp, where you can rent a bike for a customized guided tour of rural landscapes and historic towns. (Our link points to the Web site's tours page; other pages on the site describe scenery and routes, with a satellite photo to provide an overview.)

Related articles about day trips

Kinderdijk Boat Cruise
The most pleasant way to reach Holland's largest collection of windmills is with the excursion boat Nehalennia from Rotterdam, which is an easy trip from Amsterdam by train.

Alkmaar Cheese Market
Our article has details on how to reach this popular tourist attraction, along with a collection of Web links for Alkmaar.

Even if you're indifferent to dinnerware, you'll have a royal time in Delft.

Keukenhof Gardens
The world's largest flower garden has more than 6,000,000 bulbs, including 1,000 varieties of tulips alone.

Holland's once-in-a-decade World's Fair of horticulture will bloom again in 2012.

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Top photo: Hugo Lingeman.
Inset photo: Devy Masselilnk.

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