amsterdam - overview
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If it?s the least bit fun, chances are it?s available -- and perfectly legal -- in Amsterdam.

After all, where else can you cap off a day of admiring Rembrandts and Van Goghs with a visit to the Red Light district or the Marijuana Museum.

But Amsterdam?s legendary progressiveness sometimes eclipses this beguiling city?s real appeal. It is, quite simply, the best preserved 17th-century city in Europe. Its stately palaces, and gabled houses mirrored in the still waters of its canals, instantly transport you to Holland?s glittering Golden Age.

And Amsterdam is wonderfully manageable, easily explored on foot, by bicycle or via one of the many boats that glide effortlessly along the canals.

Amsterdam?s museums are among the best in the world. With more than 20 Rembrandts, the Rijksmuseum has the finest collection of Dutch masters in existence. And the stellar Van Gogh Museum displays more than 200 paintings by the tormented genius.

But Amserdam has lesser known museums devoted to everything from the Bible to tatoos. And many of them are terrific. Nemo -- the science museum -- the Tropenmuseum, and the Netherlands Martime Museum are all standouts.

Few cities have more ways to enjoy life. Whether you?re sipping a Dutch beer in a cozy, tobacco-stained "brown café," sampling jenever, the local gin, in an atmospheric tasting house, or watching the passing show from a sidewalk café, you?ll find Amsterdam?s joie de vive contagious.

Let us put it this way: if you like New Orleans, you?ll love Amsterdam.

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