15 May 2022
As if the charming narrow houses with gabled facades set in an elaborate canal system would not be enough to justify a visit: The people of Amsterdam show off how a big city can cope with sustainable transport.
Fun with numbers: Out of 17 million people (population of the Neterlands), 4.25 million claim to cycle every day. The country has a total of almost 23 million bikes, which is more than one bicycle per person. Amsterdam has more than 500km of dedicated bike paths.
However, at closer look, I did realize that almost no cyclists wear helmets. In fact, I do not remember having seen anyone wearing a helmet. However, that makes renting a bike for visiting the city a no-brainer, because there's no need to rent a helmet.
Nevertheless, I decided to explore the city by foot, which was quite easy, given the compact center of Amsterdam. I made a small circle trip (clock-wise) starting from the main train station, where I arrived from Brussels using the high-speed Thalys train.
Although there are numerous interesting museums, I did only visit them from the outside - kind of an architectural trail. I leave the "real" visits to the museums for a rainy day on one of my next trips.
Some of the pictures taken in Amsterdam:
Houses near the Centraal station
A typical canal view in Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum rooftop decorations
Thalys train to Amsterdam