Cathrin Schaer absorbs the folklore of central Europe as she floats through five countries and centuries of history.
Richard Tulloch crowd surfs through Amsterdam and discovers how to party like the Dutch.
Weird, wacky or simply wonderful. You think you've seen it all but these cities will make you look again. Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2009 names the world's top 10 most eccentric cities.
The birthplace of everything from clogs, Heineken, Anne Frank to Van Gogh and Rembrant, Amsterdam's museums and galleries are full of some of the world's finest art. Ramble its narrow streets lined with picturesque seventeenth-century buildings on two wheels, or cruise its canals on a houseboat. Experience its cafe culture, and, if you dare, end the day with a sneak peak at its infamous red light district.