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Romance. The word can conjure cliché images, but the most romantic of experiences are the unexpected ones, those with a mysterious quality you can't quite put your finger on. Amsterdam certainly has that something, an indescribable nature somewhere between quaint and exhilarating. Many visitors don't expect it; which is why it manages to put most anyone in a romantic mood.
Amsterdam owes part of its romantic personality to its watery existence. There is just something surreal about a floating city. The backdrop of centuries-old stately structures towering (and teetering) over a maze of slowly flowing canals undoubtedly exudes a magical feeling and evokes a relaxed spirit. Be sure to allow plenty of time to wander through our signature features.
Maybe you will explore in the quiet early morning, when soft light bathes the buildings. Strolling just before sunset you'll watch the canals gradually take on an orange glow. A night walk through Amsterdam with your special someone is a must. As you cross the illuminated bridges shimmering in the watery mirrors below, you can't help but feel a little weak in the knee.
Along the way you'll find countless hidden corners and cobbled alleys dotted with cafés and restaurants. In fair weather, find a spot like Spanjer en van Twist, where the romantic canal-side terrace is only wide enough to accommodate tables for two. During colder months, let the Dutch feeling of gezelligheid - a word that loosely translates to cosiness - lure you into one of the dozens of quaint cafés for a few hours of eye-gazing.
With all this water around, you will be tempted to get out on it. For special occasions, charter a cruise on a salon boat, an elegantly restored wood-panelled vessel, perfect for a private dinner. Or take the chance to be a knight in shining armour aluminium, as in your own private aluminium canal boat, where you play captain. What's more chivalrous than that?
Active couples visiting the city of cycles might consider renting a tandem bike. Or head to one of the city's many green parks with a picnic basket, or just cuddle in the grass like the locals.