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    Explore tree-lined canals, parks and cool Dutch neighbourhoods as you pedal through the most impressive cycling routes in Amsterdam
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    With its flat terrain and excellent bicycle paths, Amsterdam is probably the best city for cycling in Europe, if not the world. You can simply get from point A to B on designated cycle lanes as the locals do, or spend a day exploring some of Amsterdam's bicycle-friendly green corners. Bike rentals are readily available throughout the city, charging by the hour or day for the ideal way to discover another side to this European capital. 

    Ready to take on Amsterdam’s most stunning bike paths? Be sure to download the Asia Miles by Cathay app to track your activity and earn Asia Miles all without spending a dollar. You can also fast-track your miles rewards when you enrol in any Cigna health plan with Cathay to earn 5x more miles when you hit your wellness goals. 

    Vondelpark

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    Vondelpark

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    Vondelpark

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    Vondelpark 

    Located right in the heart of Amsterdam, the 47-hectare Vondelpark has been around since the 1860s and is a lovely spot for whiling away an afternoon. With food stalls, a playground and an open-air theatre, the park is also easy to explore by bike – afterwards, sit down for a picnic or a well-earned refreshment from one of the several bars onsite.  

    Amsterdamse Bos

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    Amsterdamse Bos

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    Amsterdamse Bos 

    A vast park located just outside of the city, Amsterdamse Bos (or Amsterdam Forest) sprawls across more than 2,400 acres – it’s three times the size of New York’s Central Park - and provides a huge variety of activities for visitors. In addition to green open meadows, there are lakes and rowing courses, spaces for wild swimming and even a fully serviced campsite where you can hire a tent or campervan for the night. Rent a bike and spend an afternoon exploring this lovely green lung on the edge of the city.

    Waterland

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    Waterland

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    Waterland

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    Waterland 

    Situated just north of Amsterdam, this supremely picturesque municipality is dotted with postcard-perfect villages and wide fields. Follow the tree-lined waterways and admire the charming farmhouses, getting pleasantly lost in the Dutch countryside, before stopping off in the towns of Broek or Monnickendam for lunch. It’s the perfect day trip from the capital.   

    Amstel River

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    Amstel River

    Arguably one of the city’s most significant landmarks, the Amstel River runs through the core of Amsterdam itself. In the 12th century, the area was an important trading post for early settlers attracted to the fertile riverbanks. A dike that was built to protect the lowlands from the floods of the Zuiderzee (South Sea) offered further prosperity for local inhabitants – gradually growing Amsterdam into the city it is today. Take a long and leisurely bike ride along the Amstel’s banks for a taste of Dutch history, and see why artists such as Rembrandt were so inspired by the scenery. There are also plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants where you can find refreshments along the way.  

    Jordaan

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    Jordaan

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    Jordaan 

    Originally a working-class neighbourhood, Jordaan has gentrified into one of Amsterdam’s hippest enclaves, with art galleries, cool cafes and bars galore nestled in heritage buildings – some dating back to the 17th century. You’ll find many hofjes, or inner courtyards, around which were small dwellings built by wealthy Dutch as charitable exercise for Jordaan’s low-income inhabitants, though these days you’re more likely to find an artist collective or students living there. Lose yourself in Dutch history, and make sure to pay a visit to the Anne Frank House on Jordaan’s outskirts.

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