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A bike guide to Amsterdam

If you want to study what an urban bicycling utopia of the future might look like, you might start by going to Amsterdam. This city has more bicycles than residents, and 63% of the population is said to cycle on a daily basis.

Otto-Bikes Amsterdam

There are hundreds of cycle shops around town, but Otto-Bikes gets consistently good reviews because of its wide range of offerings both for purchase and rental, and its friendly service. The perfect place to start if you need a bike of your own or if you want to just see what a local shop is like. They can even give you tips on where to head 
on two wheels.

Otto-Bikes Amsterdam

Overtoom 402, Amsterdam

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Amsterdam Noord

The whole of Amsterdam is lovely to cycle around, but why not take advantage of the range and speed your wheels give you to head up to Noord, a former industrial area now home to lots of great attractions, including the EYE film museum. If you don’t already have a rented bike, pick up a turquoise model here from TIP Amsterdam Noord.

Amsterdam Noord

IJpromenade 2, Amsterdam

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Maats Cycling Culture

Head to Maats for 
a coffee and to browse cycling clothing and other gear. They have just about everything, and they organize cycling events and outings, and will generally be happy to chat cycling for as long 
as you like.

Maats Cycling Culture

Van Woustraat 165, Amsterdam

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Amstel

Follow the river Amstel 
on two wheels and you’ll experience some of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods and sights 
up close – the Jewish Quarter, Hermitage Museum and the picturesque Magere Brug, or the “Skinny Bridge” as it’s known in English, to name but a few. Continue outside the city where the route takes you through Amstelpark with its flower gardens and petting zoo.

Amstel

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City Bike Tour Amsterdam

If you prefer a guided tour, this three-hour route on their eye-catching 
yellow bicycles, is a great option. You’ll pass the Jordaan Quarter, Anne Frank house, Rijks-museum, Vondelpark, Rembrandt’s house and the Red Light District. An experienced guide is with you all the way to tell you all about Amsterdam’s history and modern-day developments.

City Bike Tour Amsterdam

Nieuwezijds Kolk 29, Amsterdam

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