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It may seem like an obvious answer, but cycling should top your list of must-do activities when visiting Amsterdam. There is a great sense of freedom that comes with having your own (two) wheels in a city waiting to be explored.
With few inclines and kilometers of dedicated cycle paths, Amsterdam is a biker’s paradise, even if your cycling skills are as rusty as some of the frames chained to the bridges. Bikes can be rented at locations across town. Macbike is probably the best-known rental company and offers the option of "standard" brakes on the handlebars or Dutch back-pedal brakes, which can take some getting used to. The likelihood of being offered a helmet, however, is slim. The good news is that the roads are generally very safe and most traffic moves at a sedate pace.
Amsterdam is a compact capital and getting around is easy, even on foot. But on a bike you can whistle from one attraction to another in a matter of minutes. Or delve into the city's less visited corners, safe in the knowledge that your trusty fiets will get you home again even after public transport has stopped running.