Amsterdam is famously “gezellig”, a Dutch quality that translates roughly as convivial or cosy. It’s more easily experienced than defined. There’s a sense of time stopping, an intimacy of the here and now that leaves all your troubles behind, at least until tomorrow. You can get that warm, fuzzy feeling in many situations, but the easiest place is a traditional brown café. Named for their wood panelling and walls stained by smoke over the centuries, brown cafés practically have “gezelligheid” (cosiness) on tap, alongside good beer. You can also feel “gezellig” at any restaurant after dinner, when you’re welcome to linger and chat after your meal while the candles burn low.
Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: culture, nightlife, international restaurants, good transport and in Amsterdam your destination is never far away, but get a bike for an authentic local experience.
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