A key for really enjoying Amsterdam is to go local…on two wheels. The city is designed for bikers and I feel so right pedaling around town throughout my visit. I always rent a bike upon arrival and keep it at my hotel for the duration of my stay. Behind the train station free ferries shuttle commuters back and forth across the Ij. From the other side you can pedal down a canal and, literally within minutes, be in the wide-open polder land and among windmills. Subscribe at for my regular blog updates.