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Cycle to hidden gems
There are over 800,000 bicycles in Amsterdam. That’s more bikes than people! Cycling in Amsterdam is a way of life, made easier by the city’s unbeatable network of cycle routes and flat landscape. Hop on your bike and head to Sloterplas for a dip in the sprawling lake, or cycle over to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel to explore a 12th-century village idyll packed with historic sights.
Home to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and The Royal Concertgebouw, Museumplein is the cultural beating heart of Amsterdam. The open square between the buildings pulses with activity all day, with open-air exhibitions, markets and a large paddling pool to dip your toes into on warmer days. In the winter months, the square transforms with a vast outdoor ice rink.
See how Anne Frank lived
Reflect on the atrocities committed against the Jewish people during World War II at the Prinsengracht house where diarist Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for two years after fleeing persecution in Germany. The front of the Anne Frank House is now a thought-provoking museum but the back annexe has been preserved to give an idea of what life was like for Anne and the families she hid with.
Cruise past canal houses and bridges
Floating along the canals by guided boat tour is a great way to get under the fabric of the city, and you’ll learn lots of fascinating facts along the way – such as why the tilting homes along the canals are known as ‘dancing houses’. There are many different canal cruises on offer, from hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tours to atmospheric candlelit night time cruises with food and wine.
Windmills, countryside and beaches
Just 20 minutes from Amsterdam Central by train, the picturesque city of Haarlem overflows with history and culture, plus a great selection of shops, cafes and restaurants. And if lying on a beach is more your thing, visit Bloemendaal aan Zee and Zandvoort aan Zee for golden sands, dunes and plenty of watersports. Looking for picture-perfect views of windmills, rolling grassland and winding canals? Set your sights on the Zaanse Schans, a pastoral paradise that’s so photogenic it is basically why Instagram was invented.
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KLM COVID-19 Measures
For travel to Amsterdam and Europe in general, passengers need to know:
- The Netherlands currently has no travel restrictions for Canadians. However, non-essential travel outside of Canada is still not recommended by the Government of Canada. Information about restrictions in other European countries is available online at europa.eu/en/
- Upon returning to Edmonton, travellers will be required to observe a 14-day quarantine under current health guidelines.
- Passenger continuing from Amsterdam and beyond Europe should research what restrictions may be in place in their final destination. Information is available from the International Air Transport Association.
- All returning passengers will arrive in Calgary to clear Canadian Customs and health screening before continuing back to Edmonton.
- Passengers travelling on board KLM are required to wear a mask for the duration of the flight. Detailed information about travelling from Canada on KLM is available online.
The Dutch Foreign Office has FAQs for travellers.
- For information on safety precautions at Schiphol click here.