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Spring arrives in Amsterdam

The birds are chirping, the trees have taken on a bright green hue and the Dutch are already lounging about on terraces that seem to have sprung up from nowhere. It must be spring in Amsterdam. Soon enough the city will be inundated with tourists from around the globe searching for souvenirs and picture perfect snapshots of this famous city’s UNESCO protected canals. This, of course, is all part and parcel of a trip to this unique metropolis, but we hope that you find the courage to venture off beyond the Grachtengordel or ring of canals, because some of Amsterdam’s best treasures can be found in areas that are mentioned in standard guide books. Discover the entire city on these pages or take a day trip to some of the most spectacular sights The Netherlands has to offer (see Day Trips). If you’re here at the end of April you also pack something orange as the nation’s first King’s Day will be celebrated with gusto this year. No matter what you choose to do, we hope that you’ll find this guide indispensable.

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