Eco-Friendly Amsterdam City Breaks

travelwyse By travelwyse, 13th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There are some places in the world that stand to lose a lot more when global warming starts to make more of an impact. Perhaps this is why the Netherlands does more than most countries to offer tourists an environmentally friendly vacation.

Eco-Friendly Amsterdam City Breaks

There are some places in the world that stand to lose a lot more when global warming starts to make more of an impact. With temperatures rising globally the melting of the polar ice regions is predicted to raise sea levels. Island nations like the Maldives and low lying flat countries like the Netherlands will bear the brunt of this destructive force.

Perhaps this is why the Netherlands does more than most countries to offer tourists an environmentally friendly vacation. Amsterdam was nominated for the European Green Capital 2010 award for its sustainable tourism efforts

A city break abroad combined with sustainable living may sound like a crazy combination, but in Amsterdam it is possible.

Cycling

The Netherlands unusually flat geography has made it a haven for cyclist long before concerns for the environment where on the agenda. The government has created one of the world’s best cycling infrastructures and cycling is the preferred means of transport for the citizens of Amsterdam and tourists alike. Apart for the carbon foot print of your breakfast, cycling is carbon free transport; by far the easiest and fastest way to get around the city too. There are bike rental places all over the city. Mike’s Bike Tours organises guided bike tours; one of the best ways to get to know the city.

Walking

Of course there is always the option of walking. Like all European cities Amsterdam was built and planned before the car, train and bicycle so everything is pretty compact and it’s easy to make your way around the city by foot. The slow pace of meandering around the city will allow you to get a real feel for the place without having to worry about parking your vehicle however green it is. Your also much more likely to stumble across that mythical hidden gem.

Boats

Amsterdam is also famous for its distinctive and extensive canal system, it is the Venice of northern Europe. If you want to see Amsterdam from a unique perspective, at your own pace and in an eco-friendly way, hiring a pedal boat or canal bike is the perfect idea. Pedal boats can be hired at the quays of Leidseplein, at the Prinsengracht close to the Anne Frank house, at the corner of Keizersgracht and Leidseplein, and opposite the Rijksmuseum.

Organic Shopping

If like me you prefer your breakfast free of pesticide dressing head to the Noordermarkt in the Jordaan district. This is a local farmers' market with delicious organic food. On Saturday mornings you will see Amsterdammers riding their bikes to the market and filling their own shopping bags with all sorts of local organic goodies. Take time to browse the adjacent antiques and bric-a-brac to find some second-hand gifts.

Eating with confidence

All this pedalling and walking is sure to tire you out and work up quite an appetite. Amsterdam is awash with eateries, cafes and juice bars serving organic and locally sourced produce. The hugely popular Umoja restaurant not only uses ingredients that are produced with respect for animals, people and the environment, but is also involved in Fair Trade projects all over the world.

So if you are looking for a place to visit this year that won’t leave you with a whole load of bad eco-karma to try and cleanse, then Amsterdam city breaks might be just the thing you have been looking for.

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Eco, Environmentally Friendly, Green, Organic, Organic Foods, Travel, Travel Desination, Travelling

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author avatar Denise O
20th Jan 2012 (#)

What a great vacation this would make. Thank you for sharing.:)

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