Top 5 Amsterdam Sights are engrossing. Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands. It is famous for its canals, narrow houses with gabled facades and windmills. The citizens of Amsterdam are keen cyclists and there are 400 km of cycle paths. Cyclists rule in Amsterdam and great pains have been taken to contain them.
The Amsterdam Canal District came up in the seventeenth century as a new and entirely man-made port city. The canals have a lay-out of concentric arcs, with radial waterways and streets. Most of the houses from the 17th and 18th centuries have good levels of conservation. The old civil and hydraulic structures have mostly undergone replacements.
Amsterdam Centraal Railway Station
This is the main train station in Amsterdam. It is of 1889 origin and a national heritage site. Amsterdam Centraal is located in the historical centre. It is a 10 minute walk to the Royal Palace and Dam Square. Dam Square lies approximately 750 metres (2,500 ft) south of the main transportation hub, Centraal Station. High-speed trains connect the station to Paris, London, Rome, Berlin and other European cities. …
Zaanse Schans can be reached in 40 minutes by bus from Amsterdam Centraal. It was rather windy when we visited. The day was mostly sunny.
What caught the eye first were the old wooden windmills. There are a few of them which are being maintained in good working condition. The mills are used for sawing wood and grinding oil, flowers and spices.
There are several shops selling souvenirs, gifts and cheese. I tasted different types of cheese and finally chose smoked cheese. It was delicious.
We found ducks and sheep all over the place. The duck in the photo above walked out of the water and stood motionless till I clicked the shot.