Canal hopping. To get the best views of the city, take a water tour or rent a boat and navigate the nearly 160 miles of canals, past numerous islands and under more than 1,000 bridges. Visitors can rent paddle boats and electric boats or be ferried majestically in yachts and sailboats. The 17th-century canal area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. bit.ly/KIN8pX
Symphonic sound. Buy tickets to hear opera (Lucia di Lammermoor), cellist Sol Gabetta, Handel and Vivaldi performed by the Academy of Ancient Music, or a playbill of Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. All these performances are on the week's calendar at the city's acoustically marvelous concert hall, a red-brick edifice built in the late 1800s.
Best buds. Latin, in the form of the namesake genus and species of 4,000 plants, grows like crazy at the Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Founded in 1683 as a medicinal herb garden, the facility now features a three-climate greenhouse and a butterfly habitat built in the 1890s.
Eat Green. De Kas ("greenhouse" in Dutch) garnishes its dishes with produce fresh-picked from its own greenhouses and gardens. For a real treat, reserve dinner for four at the chef's table in the kitchen. restaurantdekas.nl
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