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World's Greatest Dream Trips: Amsterdam

Rene van der Hulst

Amsterdam

"I'd bike around the neighborhoods, stopping in a Bruin café for beer and bitterballen." —Johnnie Davis, 25, Courier/Cyclist

Cherry-red bicycles are available for rent at MacBike, which has seven locations across the city. Route maps offer self-guided art- or architecture-themed tours. Refuel on beer and bitterballen—a croquette-like Dutch specialty made with minced beef, broth, and flour—at the recently reopened waterfront spot Loetje aan de Amstel. The new Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, set on the Herengracht canal, was carved out of six Golden Age houses. It contains 93 luxurious rooms, a Guerlain spa, and an indoor pool. For a dose of culture, the Rijksmuseum is just a five-minute bike ride away.

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