Bicycle Tours, Amsterdam
There are plenty of places to rent bikes in the city. It's a great way to see around and there are even trips you can take by barge to locations in the country and then they drop you off with your bike and pick you up at another location at a predetermined time or date. With bike paths everywhere literally, there is no worry about car and truck traffic.
Wildly entertaining, guided bike tour around Amsterdam led by English speaking guides. The tour lasts around 4 hours and one of the stops is a cheese/clog factory. The bikes are comfortable and well maintained. Not as good as Mike's Bike Tours in Munich-still a definate must do for Amsterdam.
Get a bicycle from the first day you arrive. You won't regret it. It will be much easier to go downtown and go sightseeing, and you will feel more like an inhabitant of Amsterdam.
No need to afraid of the cars. -)
P.S. Use the tram also. If you are lucky you will bump into some ticket sellers that use the Holland humor when they announce the stops. Dam square! Dam dam dam!! -)))
A great activity to do in Amsterdam is to rent a bike, its the best, quickest and easiest way to see it all. As a cyclist you are the boss, pedestrians must look out for cyclists and bike lanes are everywhere. Just watch for those people too stoned to see you coming. Bike rental from Macbikes at central station is only about 15 euros for most of the day. A good ride to take is along Haarlemerstraat towards the West. This street is the very first right as you go from Central Station down Niewzides Voorbugwal. Haarlemerstraat is a cool street filled with shops, bars and coffeeshops and leads to Haarlem, a smaller town about 45 minute ride away. The whole country is flat so the ride is easy and you are on bike lanes the whole way. The ride takes you by streets and canals and is a good way to get away from the tourist traps and see how the Dutch live.
This was one of the most fun things from my trip. It was great to see the town the way the locals do - on two wheels. Can't say we were quite as adept at riding as the locals; as evidenced by a few near misses with car doors ...
Stuart was our guide for the 4 hour tour. He was very laid back, made sure everyone stayed together and was great for giving history on the sites we were visiting.
I highly recommend this tour - especially at the beginning of your trip to get your bearings of the city.
Amsterdam is a gorgeous city and is filled with canals and side alleyways. The best way to see the city and in the fastest way is to rent a bicycle. Renting a bike is cheap and if you hack the traffic and survive the canals it is well worth the effort and 10 euros. My best memories of my past trips to Amsterdam are remembered by cycling trips and I think everyone should rent a bike at least once in Amsterdam. They are just sooo much fun not to mention you can hook up with a city cycling tour.
I highly recomend doing Mikes Bike tour, the tour guides are young very knowleable and all around fun, the tour take you through all the main spots of Amsterdam but you also get out of the city and see the country side and windmills , this way you can say I went to Amsterdam to experience the culture not the coffee shops, of course we know the truth.
By the way after your done with the tour rent a bike from them to travel around the city yourself, it's inexpensive and you can't beat the freedom, plus you feel like part of the culture, and these are nice bike too, not those cheesey red bikes you see tourist renting all the time.
get a bike, one of the best things we did on our holiday. saves so much time traveling and on public transport.
However, make sure u pay the extra euro and get insurance if you rent it for a period of days as the bikes will get wrecked, and if they do u'll loose the deposit, (usually about 50euro), plus have to pay for any damages you make on the bike.
Also watch where you can and cannot ride. Blue circular signs with an adult and a child holding hands shows areas that does not allow bike riding, if you get caught riding there, as i was, expect a log chat with the police.
Amsterdam is known to be THE city of bicycles. Everywhere you go, you can see bikes, bikes, and bikes...
Because of that, it is nearly a must, to see Amsterdam on a bike. With the bike, you can do some little nice trips in and around town, which aren't exhausting at all, as Amsterdam is very flat (I haven't been on a bike for 6 years now, and it was really easy and not exhausting ;-))
A famous bike rental is "Mac Bike" with its red bikes. We rented the bike from 9 a.m. till 4:45 p.m. which cost us approximately 5 Euros.
It is important to secure your bike in Amsterdam though, as a lot of bikes are stolen in the city.
Bicycles are everywhere. These must be the preferred way to travel throughout the city by the local folks and probably a good idea for many tourists as well since most Amsterdam sights are so accessible. I found most bikes in Amsterdam tend to be black, simple, and well used. As a matter of fact, most look so much alike that I would wonder how anyone could find their own, especially when parked among the thousand or so one finds at the train station parking lots.
This particular bike caught my eye and cheerily stood out from the rest, even on this gray morning, fully equipped with a basket and two child seats, this is a bike that gets business done.
Mike's Bike Tours is a fun way to see Amsterdam and learn of its history and culture. Meeting takes place just outside of the Rijksmuseum, where your guide will give some a brief discussion of Amsterdam and the activities of the day. From there, you walk a few blocks to their shop, select your bike, and off you go.
Here's a tip - take a test ride on your bike before you begin! My bike, which was one out of about 12, had gear problems where the gears would shift from 1 to 5 with nothing in between....I was worn out before we were halfway done. A very kind young girl (I was twice her age), kindly switched bikes with me and oh - what a difference. Don't let my experience turn you away - like I said, it was one of 12 bikes and most likely a fluke. I am in average shape, in my mid-40's and this was not a physically demanding tour (unless of course you are on a bike with malfunctioning gears!) It was just a memory full of laughter that I will continue to find joy in for many years to come.
The tour takes you around the city, with frequent stops along the way. Then out of the city and into the countryside, where a visit and tour of a cheese farm and demonstration of wooden shoe carving will get you a bit more acquainted with the life of the Dutch. You will pass windmills, farms, journey through a couple of parks and back to the city. It is a half-day journey that is very fun - so go for it!
You have'nt seen Amsterdam,until you've seen it on bike.
It is also by far the most convenient and efficent mode of transportation.
My friends never want to hear it,but after the first few days the most hardened of tough guys are zipping around on bike like pee wee herman ringing their bell.
If you enjoy bike riding or just taking your life in your hands, rent a bike. I hear, it's a great way to see the city.
Thanks but I'll wait for the tram.
Make sure you use at least 2 locks when you leave your bike or it will not be there when you return :(
There are clearly marked bike lanes throughout the entire city and I believe bikes have the right of way in almost every situation...except a fast moving tram. As we say at Channels.nl...ding, ding...splat!
If you're physically able, what a cool way to spend a day, getting around Amsterdam by bike, just like the locals!
You will see so much this way and its much quicker to get around than any other form of transport. Parking in Amsterdam can be a real nightmare.
Amsterdam is blessed with bike lanes everywhere, with their own traffic lights and signage (in Dutch), alongside the car and tram lanes (watch the trams!)
Renting a bike is easy, at Central Station or from the many places in town that rent bikes privately. Just lock it up tight and pray, bikes are stolen with amazing speed in Amsterdam!
Or even better, if you can somehow manage to buy a bike (through word of mouth I guess) and you are in Amsterdam for a couple of days, this can be a cheaper option than renting.
Up til now this was a part of Amsterdam that I had not visited before. So it is always a nice surprise to turn a corner and find yourself in yet another surrounding.
But before we did that, I looked at one of the houses and saw a familiar sign painted daintily on the wall: Bicycles will be removed.
So it's a good idea not to park your bicycle anywhere near a sign Fietsen worden verwijderd. Even if the sign is obviously put there by the owner of the building.