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  Holland; small in size, big in events, attractions and activities! From exciting exhibitions to invigorating cycle routes. From deluxe hotel accommodations to wonderful flower shows.
  Amsterdam is often referred to as one of the most colorful cities in the world. And rightly so! Where else do you find so many places of interest, famous museums, cozy pubs and fun shops and markets? Let us show you a great many of the surprising things Amsterdam has in store for you.
 
Canals   The canals of course are one of the major attractions of the 'Venice of the North'. By daytime already very charming, by night they become even more enchanting because a lot of the canal houses and bridges are beautifully illuminated. The four main city center canals are Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Singel, and of course there are numerous smaller canals, of which the Brouwersgracht, the Bloemgracht and the Leliegracht are especially pleasant.
  You can sample the canal views by taking a canal tour with one of the shipping companies on the Damrak or Rokin.
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Dam   During the sixties flower power in the Netherlands was symbolized by the famous Damslapers, a 'bunch of hippies camping out on Dam square'. Nowadays the square has lost a lot of it's former easygoing charm but it's still one of the focal points of the city. Not surprising, as Dam square is the physical center of the city ever since the dam was built to keep the Zuiderzee (Southern Sea) out.
  In the midst of the square is the Nationaal Monument, dedicated to the Dutch soldiers and members of the resistance who died during World War Two. To the west the square is flanked by the Royal Palace.
 
Jordaan   A former working class area which has become very sought after. Especially the expensive converted warehouses are popular, and the Jordaan is now inhabited by a colorful mixture of original 'Jordanezen', students, and well-to-do businessmen and creatives.
  There aren't any major sights to see here, it is the Jordaan area itself which is remarkable: easygoing and peaceful, with lots of bars, restaurants and interesting little shops.
 
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