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  1. City of wonders

    A canal boat with tourists negotiates a lock near the harbor in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The inner city of the Dutch capital is compact with heritage buildings, museums both grand and odd, hidden gardens and outdoor markets — all within easy reach by any mode of transport — except the unwelcome car. (Peter Dejong / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Flower power

    No longer the bargain city of Europe, Amsterdam is still a city of wonders that can be had for a discount, and sometimes for free. (Dev) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Fresh picks

    A vendor selling flowers and plants hands over a bag to a customer at Albert Cuyp market. The market is the busiest in all of the Netherlands and is said to be the largest daytime market in Europe. (Peter Dejong / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Sign of spring

    Varieties of red tulips in bloom in Amsterdam. (Ade Hughes / Ade Hughes) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Urban escape

    People relax at Vondelpark in Amsterdam. In the park are a film museum, an open air theatre, a playground, and several food service facilities. Vondelpark sees around 10 million visitors a year. (Barbara Opitz / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Waterfront property

    Loenersloot castle is located between Utrecht and Amsterdam, on the Angstel River. The castle was first inhabited by the Van Loenersloot family who played an important part in the life of the village in the 12th century. (Amsterdam Tourism Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Have a Heineken

    Large copper kettles used in brewing beer are seen at the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam, a museum where visitors can learn about brewing and the history of Heineken. The museum reopened in December after a major renovation. (Peter Dejong / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. IJburg Bridge

    IJburg is a residential community currently under construction east of Amsterdam. The neighborhood is being built on man-made islands situated on IJ Lake. (Dev) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Museum Square

    Four museums are located around Museumplein (the museum Square): the Rijksmuseum (center), the Van Gogh Museum (left), the Stedelijk Museum, and the Diamond Museum. (Amsterdam Tourism Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Artsy city

    A visitor visits the exposition "Barcelona 1900", at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The exposition shows the artistic and social life in the Spanish city in the period 1880-1909. (Erik Van Twoud / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Holland icon

    Once a corn mill, the Molen De Gooyer windmill is now a brewery and tourist attraction. The windmill was built in 1725 and towers over the Nieuwevaart Canal. (tclough) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Sound architecture

    The Music Building, located on Amsterdam's IJ Lake, has a restaurant, theater, plaza, and outdoor cafe. (Dev) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Humming harbor

    Amsterdam harbor and historic buildings are illuminated at night by traffic racing through the streets. The harbor is one of the most important commercial centers in Europe. (Hugo De Wolf / 36Clicks Creative) Back to slideshow navigation
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