Amsterdam is known worldwide as European cycling capital. Today, bikes are totally integrated into the city's transportation system—locals seem to start cycling short after birth until the very death.
The best way to feel the vibe of the city is to rent a bike and discover it from a cyclist's perspective. Go away from the crowds, and you'll find a number of beautiful places.
Apart from the iconic canals, you'll reveal pretty backstreets, hidden churches, and secret courtyards. One of the richest areas is Jordaan. Some of the historical and cultural landmarks to check out are Anne Frank’s House, and Museum Square (Museumplein) with the famous Van Gogh Museum, Concertgebouw, and Rijksmuseum. Another place that shouldn't be missed out is Vondelpark praised as the urban oasis of Amsterdam.
You can explore Amsterdam alone at your own pace, or on a bike tour. Local operators offer both private and group tours, in the city itself as well as the countryside, all year round. Weather-wise, the best time for cycling around the city would be a period from May to October. Also, if you cycle on workdays, try to avoid rush hours from 8 to 9 am and from 5 to 6 pm.