It's no secret that Amsterdam is one of those cities where you're better off riding your bike than driving a car or taking a taxi. In fact, cycling is somewhat of a lifestyle here, and it's not just because it's a common mode of public transportation! It's as if that, if you've never ridden a bike in Amsterdam, have ever truly been there? Whether it's your first time here, your second time, or you've relocated to the Dutch capital altogether, you ought to ride your bike around at least once. And when you do, here are the best places to ride through!
You'd think this list would start with the roads along the iconic canals of Amsterdam, right? Well, why not begin with a more unique place? Amsterdamse Bos is a man-made forest right at the heart of the Dutch capital that's a good 2,471 acres. Yep, it's bigger than Central Park in New York City! You'll have ample space to ride your bike here. And you won't want to miss out on it too considering how beautiful the place is. During springtime
, the cherry blossoms here bloon with such pinkish vibrancy, they almost rival those in Japan. Come autumn, this park captures the gentle tones of the season with its fallen leaves.
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Amsterdam is known for its rows of houses by the canal, standing tall with their art nouveau-meets-renaissance architecture styles. However, when you're riding your bike, especially for leisure, why not go for a different type of scenery? You can always cycle along the wide streets of Ijburg! Located in the eastern part of the Dutch capital, the architecture here is more modern, more geometrical, and far from the vintage glory that Amsterdam has come to be known for. Here, perfectly-cubed houses, angular-styled bridges, and, of course, the soothing serenity of the canals, make for a relaxing bike ride in the city.
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Okay, you've probably been waiting for this! Out of all the districts of Amsterdam
, Jordaan is the most popular. Why? Because this is where the iconic canal houses are located in the city. The row of symmetric homes, each popping out with its own eye-catching hue, makes for a great backdrop for riding your bike. In fact, while you cycle through this famous neighborhood, you'll likely look like a typical tourist, even if you've already relocated here
! Nevertheless, if you want that postcard-worthy bike ride across Amsterdam, Jordaan is one of, if not the best place to start!
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Amsterdam is a major city, not just in the Netherlands, but in the entire world. It currently has a population of 1.158 residents, many of whom are just as excited to ride their bikes as you are. Of course, if you want a more relaxing cycle throughout the city, you'll want to avoid them at all costs. That's why you ought to consider going to Northeast Amsterdam for your next bike ride. Located along the outskirts of the city, this place is a lot more rural, highlighting the charm and serenity of the Dutch countryside. A peaceful suburban town awaits those who want to cycle to relax instead of rushing to somewhere as public transport
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Perhaps the most famous park in Amsterdam, Westerpark is a great place for riding your bike. It has over 120 acres of concrete pavements, grassy fields, and natural pathways. You have all the space in the world to cycle around and simply have fun. Notably, this is the perfect area if you want to ride your bikes with the entire family. Although there are some small forests here, there are very few chances of any one of you getting lost as you cycle around. And even if one suddenly separates from the group, it'll be easy enough to find them.
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Here in Amsterdam, if you haven't ridden your bike yet, have you really been here? riding your bike in the Dutch capital isn't just a leisure activity or a mode of public transportation. It's practically a way of life! And there are plenty of places you'll want to ride you bike in here!
After a nice bike ride across Amsterdam, resting in your luxury home
here would feel immaculate!