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Practical information : Move & Laze around Amsterdam

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Cycling is the perfect way to get some exercise while exploring the city! The city's large parks are the perfect place to go for a run. Amsterdam has several beautiful swimming pools that are well worth a visit. If you want to experience the joys of ice skating, head to the Jaap Edenhal or the Museumplein ice rink during the winter months.

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In winter, go to the Museumplein to enjoy skating on ice! If the winter is very harsh, you may have the opportunity to skate on the canals!

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Sometimes you will need to show a navigation licence to rent certain boats. The ideal is to rent the boat with a captain to enjoy it to the fullest. For the marathon, you must order your bib well in advance.

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For major events (such as the Light Festival, King's Day, Prinsengrachtconcert), it is more than advisable to book your boats in advance. For Ajax football matches, you should also book well in advance, especially for the European Cup..

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Amsterdam has several high-profile sporting events. The Ajax club is back in the European football firmament and its matches are very popular. The Formula 1 circuit in Zandvoort will be reborn in 2021 and promises to be a huge success, led by the Dutch prodigy Max Verstappen. Some competitions are open to the general public, such as the city's famous marathon.

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