Amsterdam offers a great mixture between traditions and modernity.
A mixture between red light zones around the station (one of the most famous in the world, I think) and high level culture, great museums (Van Gogh, Rembrandt........)
A mixture between more than 2000 house boats , traditional houses and modern constructions.
Fondest memory: I like very much the variety Amsterdam offers like I mentioned already above. Amsterdam is a modern european metropolis but you don´t feel to be in a overcrowded big city. There´s a lot of quietness as well.
Favorite thing: The Amsterdam school of architecture is a famous school dating from the 1910s. Its typical features are: the use of brick and lime stone decorations, cubism etc. Especially Berlage made many beautiful buildings an housing projects in this style.
Favorite thing: I love the 17th and 18th century architecture. I love the fleets of bicycles on the roads, I love the tree lined canals and scattered parks,I love its freaky perverted and yet sensual lovely red light district! All these contribute to the mood of the city.
Amsterdam is one of my most favorite cities in the world. The City itself is very easy to get around either on foot or even better by bike. For about 20$ USD a day you can rent a bike that will help you cover lots of ground.
Fondest memory: This is a pictureof the Amsterdam skyline taken from the top of a mall.
Actually you can't miss them - that's the hook or beam coming out the top of all the houses and buildings.
Because the houses are so narrow, they are usually 3 and 4 floors tall.
Because space is at such a premium, the stairs are very narrow.
Because the stairs are so narrow, they can't bring furniture up them.
And that is why you find these hooks/beams extending from the housetops - to hoist their furniture (and any other large item)to the upper floors.
Of course, many of the older buildings were originally warehouses and used these devices to load up with goods from around the world, during A'dam's 'Golden Century'(thanks for reminding me sandravdp).
Favorite thing: Although Amsterdam is a big city it has many little streets and many of the houses are little and built colse together. So when walking through Amsterdam you sometimes fell like being in an village completely overcrowded. But this gives the city another especially flair.
Favorite thing: Look at houses of old part of Amsterdam. Some of them are so old, that there are no lines parallel or perpedicular to ground level. As you can see on this picture, houses are not so even - this is especially noticable when houses are standing in a row, like here.
Favorite thing: Amsterdam is attractive with the nice looking of their houses.. The narrow houses located adjacent to the canals are showing a different landscape to the visitors..
Some buildings in Amsterdam...Oude Turfmarkt...
I noticed that some (most?) of the buildings in Amsterdam on the canals were leaning...this one was very obvious...
Favorite thing: The Jordaan was very nice to walk there with a very good guiding man. There are so many quiet places there ...
Favorite thing: A nice corner at the 'Spui', just before entering the 'Luxembourg' for lunch.Well, the Grolsch sign made me take this photograph off course ;-)
Favorite thing: The residential areas around Amsterdam were really beautiful, and were some of my favourite spots in Europe residentially, a very SAN FRAN feel to the city.
Favorite thing: Just wandering around the city and see those amazing sights of canals and bridges and beautiful charming houses along the riversides.
Favorite thing: These are Amsterdammertjes. Everywhere in Amsterdam you come across this kind of small piles.
Fondest memory: Amsterdam canal houses are lovely. One of the most particular things is that they don't use tents, so you can see people inside watching TV, reading, and so on… It's really strange and charateristic!