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A holiday to the Netherlands simply isn’t complete without a few days spent exploring the nation’s bustling capital. Yet, whilst the majority of visitors plump for a boat trip of the famous Amsterdam canals, there’s another arguably more colloquial way to enjoy one of Europe’s prettiest cities – by tram! Sightseeing in Amsterdam by tram is not only the ideal way of avoiding the tourist crowds; it’s also the best way to see Amsterdam through the eyes of a local. And, according to celebrated magazine, National Geographic, Amsterdam’s Tram 2 offers one of the finest tram journeys in the world!
All of Amsterdam’s top attractions for the bargain price of a tram ticket!
A routine trip through Amsterdam on tram 2 might not sound all that glamorous, however, a window seat rewards travellers with a fascinating glimpse of some of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions, such as the Palace on Dam Square, the Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk, het Spui, the Flower Market, a succession of pretty canals, the Leidseplein, the Vondelpark, and all of the major museums, including the Rijks museum and the Van Gogh museum. And that’s not all, for unlike most expensive sightseeing tours in Amsterdam, the low-cost journey from Central Station to the terminus in Nieuw-West on tram 2 takes in plenty of other interesting areas that most tourists never get to see, such as the up-market Oud-Zuid district, the Amsterdam Ring, and a typical, leafy green 1960’s Amsterdam suburb.
Dutch flowers, souvenirs and picnics!
A return journey from Amsterdam Central Station to the terminus and back on tram 2 takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The beauty of such a trip is that you are free to hop off at any one of the numerous stops. Which means that you can jump out at the colourful flower market to buy typical Dutch souvenirs on a whim, or make a planned stop at the Vondelpark to enjoy a picnic basket crammed with traditional Dutch goodies. Visitors to Amsterdam can purchase a day pass, which is valid for 24 hours on all trams and buses – so, once you’ve completed your low-budget, yet utterly charming sightseeing trip on tram number 2, you can still use your ticket on public transport in Amsterdam for the rest of the day!
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