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AMSTERDAM TRAVEL GUIDE
What to eatBitterballen (fried meatballs popular at pubs), kibbeling (deep-fried pieces of fish), raw herring (served with pickles and onions), erwtensoep (Dutch pea soup), Dutch cheese (all the Gouda!) and tasty treats like stroopwafel (thin waffles with syrup) or poffertjes (small, sugar-powdered pancakes).
What to bring backColourful wooden clogs (full-sized or keychain-sized!), Dutch licorice (called drop), a bottler of jenever (a kind of Dutch gin), iconic blue-and-white Delft Blue pottery and prints or presents from the Van Gogh Museum.
Fun factMove over Venice: 165 canals weave their way through Amsterdam, crossed by thousands of bridges, the oldest being the Torensluis Bridge (built in 1648) and the most iconic being Magere Brug. Look out for canal-centred events like the annual King’s Day, celebrating the king’s birthday with parties on colourful boats or Grachtenfestival for classical music around the canals. Parties and concerts aren’t the only things thrown on the canals—the city supposedly picks up about 25,000 bikes from the water each year!
Important infoFor more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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