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Did you know there are more bicycles than people in Amsterdam? 

It's one of the original and influential cycling cultures that helped set the trend towards urban cycling and our love for touring new destinations by bike.

The Dutch bicycle - the original workhorse urban bike for entire families - sets the bar in style, function and cool factor.  BestTrip.TV discovers cycling culture in legendary Amsterdam, and meets the maker of custom Dutch bikes.

If there's anything better than cycling through the streets of one of the world's favorite cities, it's a souvenir custom bike that will be the envy of all your cycling friends at home.

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Perfect for those traveling on a budget, the Vondelpark Openluchttheater ("Open-Air Theatre) hosts free concerts and performances Fridays through Sundays during the Summer (June 7 - August 24). In addition to the theatre, the park has a film museum, a playground and four cafés.

Vondelpark is 120 acres of public urban park space, located in the stadsdeel Amsterdam Oud-Zuid, west from the Leidseplein and and the Museumplein. The park originally opened in 1865 (designed by the same architect who created the world’s largest tulip field, the Keukenhof), and now welcomes about 10 million visitors every year.

There are lakes, rose gardens, wildlife and serene paths for daytime usage. Locals usually take advantage of this space, and indeed the Park is a great way to meet locals and other tourists alike.

There are four cafés in Vondelpark: Café Vertigo, connected to the Film Museum; the Beergarden at Blauwe Theehuis in the middle of the park; De Vondeltuin near the park’s south end; and De Groot Melkhuis, a more family-oriented, Bavarian-style grand café situated in park’s center. Cafés are generally open from about 10am to midnight.


There is no required admission fee, though last year organizers began requesting a € 1 donation to help offset the city’s new, smaller budget.

Show up at least 45 minutes before the show for a seat. Wander a bit into the Park to find a good spot.

Bring a picnic! Pack some wine, bread, and other goodies with you to enjoy the show if you don’t plan to try one of the cafés.

Thursday night classical performances have been cut and most classical pieces are now performed on Sundays.

Fridays: 2 or 3 dance performances at around 8:30pm and 9pm (more shows during the festival in July). 

Saturdays: 3 or 4 shows between 2pm and 9pm. The line-up varies (alternating music, dance, theater, comedy, cabaret or youth performances). 

Sundays: About 3 shows between 2pm and 6pm. Again, the line-up varies (music, dance, theater, comedy, cabaret or youth performances).

During the summers in Amsterdam sunsets are as late as 10pm, making this a truly sublime way to spend a summer night in the city.

Park Website (Dutch)

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