Amsterdam has always been somewhat of a bitcoin haven.
With startups seeking to make the city the "bitcoin capital of the world", it has historically attracted high-profile bitcoin events. Last spring, for example, saw the opening of Amsterdam's very own Bitcoin Boulevard, a project that signed up 10 merchants in the city to accept bitcoin.
With this in mind, CoinDesk takes a look at five different ways in which you can fund a trip to Amsterdam.
1. Traveling with bitcoin
If you want to take in the sun whilst sipping on an ice-cold beer purchased with bitcoin, now is your chance. Did we mention you can do so by one of the city's world-famous canals?
If air travel is the only feasible option for you, then don't panic.
2. Accommodation with bitcoin
Now you have your transportation is sorted, but where will you stay?
If you are after a bitcoin-friendly hotel, check out the easyHotel Amsterdam City Centre - located in the “De Pijp” district. The hotel's website offers a bitcoin payment option at checkout and generates a BitPay invoice, QR code and wallet address to settle the payment.
Don't be put off by the lack of an obvious bitcoin payment option, the hotel asks you to provide credit or debit card details in guarantee of the booking. Bitcoin payments will be made upon arrival at the premises and must be stated in the comments section of the booking form to avoid your card being charged.
3. Sightseeing with bitcoin
Amsterdam has all the advantages of a big European city: cultural and historical heritage, a lively nightlife scene, international restaurants and thanks to its extensive canal infrastructure – little road traffic, which makes it ideal for cycling.
If cycling is not for you and you are traveling in a group, why not invest in a boat tour? Amsterdam Boat Events, offers a series of bitcoin-friendly options, including the chance to enjoy a BBQ on board your very own boat.
4. Eating with bitcoin
, a less conventional option, is both a place to hang out and grab a drink or get a hair cut or a shave.
5. Shopping with bitcoin
Whether you want to treat yourself or those back home to a souvenir, Amsterdam offers plenty of options.
With its thriving community, Amsterdam is one of the best places in Europe to spend your bitcoin holdings.
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