The city is not THAT big comparing to other capitals in Europe, Amsterdam has a population of roughly 900000 and it's easy to walk around downtown. Still the 'official' (so much known) way of moving in the city would be with a bicycle since everything has been done for that. A boat tour on the numerous channels is also something worth to do.
Apart the famous 'Red Light district' (entertainment) area, there's plenty of historic sites/museums/galleries to see, check a local website for details.
I would recommend an average stay of 3 nights/days to have a basic look at the city. Outside the city, some excursions can be done, I especially recommend a place called Koekenhof (?) where thousands of flowers are cultivated in a beautiful garden.
It is not my photo and I don't remember where this place was, but I was taking a break exactly at this place.
Fondest memory: Oh! I missed the bikes. Everyone was on a bike, and the golden ones don't belong to anyone: you can take them and use them. When you leave the golden bike and go in a shop, someone may take it as well and use it. I think that is a wonderful way of living!
buying a bike, trying old cheese, take a cafe in the cafe de jaren, trying the brownies at gary's bagles shop, dancing in the reguliersdwaarsstraat on koningenendag, avoiding dam and leidseplein, strolling four hours through the city, shopping normal things on the Harlemerdijk .....
Fondest memory: Let's begin a long story ...
First just remember always, originally I´m a German how moved to the Netherlands. That meens on one hand that I had little problems adapting the dutch culture nor language (speaking it within a month and loosing every accent after three month) but also on the other hand that you have to fight against a lot of prejustices and bad jokes ('where is my grandfather´s bike') .... if you are also of German nationality, don't be encouraged, these jokes will be payed back by the openess of the dutch people and is part of their humor ...
The most important tip in the beginning: Don't try to live in Amsterdam ! Therefore you have to have either very good connections (friends how are at least living their since 200 years) or a lot of money (somewhere about 2 MIO NLG). Otherwise you won't be able renting a flat. A girl von NY told me once that just London and NY are as expensive as A'dam in terms of renting a flat .... so be prepared living in Almere, Ijmuiden, Leiden, Hilversum, Oudekerk and being stuck in the traffic jam on the ring every morning ....
You forget bringing your car with you ... leave it outside the city (best at the metro station 'Van Booshuizenstraat' as this is the last area where you don't have to pay at least around 50 NLG to park your car ... if you want to stay for a longer term, just sell it ... within a year it will be smashed three times, you will find at least five times ugly scratches from bike drives on it and will pay a fortune to park it (jsut to remember: if the police cath you without valid parking ticket you have to pay at least NLG 125 ...) Just buy a bike and use public transport if it is raining (and they tend to get really croweded than ...)
It's really essential to have one here ! The city is small but you need some mean of transportation to visit it ... and I swear: taking a bike your view on the city will change completely, if it is already marvellous from the ground, riding on a bike will be a unique experience ....
Fondest memory: I think what I will remember best from Amsterdam is the sounds of the bells on the bikes and the bells ringing on the trams. People back home here don’t bike that much but in Amsterdam there were bikes everywhere. And I’m talking old bikes, new bikes, worn out bikes, self painted bikes and so on. But they all seemed to have a little bell on the steering wheel to be able to indicate to the pedestrians that they were coming :-) And they had lanes on most of the roads that were dedicated to the biking and they didn’t seem happy when we used this lane for walking.
Rent a bicycle. That'll make you happy and feel free! It will help you move around easily, but it's a bit scary as the amsterdamers drive like mad (no trafic rules, eh?), and also because the trams don't make much sound, but it's so nice to visit a market, swish-swich, you are somewhere else, you could do just what you feel like, without any planning, and see a lot of the city on the move and stop where you want.
Note! If you're not used to go by bicycle in a city center, better walk or take the tram instead!
That yellow bike trip GREAT you get to see all sorts and its a lot of fun, great value for money, just off the squar dam 9 up from the station, just ask or keep a lookout they will pass you, loads of yellow bikes with a guide, Do it, it is great fun.
Like Clubing Go to the supper club Dress to impress or you wont get in, Sol bar also top top night,
Like a laugh go to the comedy club the one on the litsapline next to New york steak house Fantastic night out starts at 10.30 Pm Great.
Also opening soon just around the corner my best friend is opening a lap dancing bar, Nothing heavy topless and a bit of fun , Safe and not a rip off , Don't fall in love with the girls they tell everyone the same thing !! But you will have a good time, Ask for the owner Andy, he has been may mate for 15 years this is his first bar and he's a great guy. Bar is called Private Eye next to New york steak house 20 Mtrs. Also this is a must Bloomidall the beach in the summer best you have seen with some great beach bars. Check it out !!! More info on the Dam you can E mail me anytime.
Fondest memory: It was all good but I do like the late bars and jaz clubs very cool
Rent a bicycle and ride around the city.
Fondest memory: I'm an avid bicycle rider, and it was so wonderful to ride around Amsterdam. The cars actually pull over FOR YOU! The only thing to look out for are the tram tracks. It's a wonderful city.
The most important activity I recommend is walking around the city. YOu see so much and you get to know the streets. You must shop! Magnum Shopping Mall! One must go cycling!
Fondest memory: I miss the mixture of people, the architecture, the society, the freedom, the atmosphere, the environment, great public transportation, wonderful musuems, the bicycles, outdoor cafes, walking avenues, and the nightlife.
If you must have a dog, at least train it to sit primly in the basket as you cycle around Amsterdam.
Second photo: Another dog in a basket.
Favorite thing: For the Dutch people it is probably not a weird site, but for us it was an extremely funny site to see. All these bicycles parked in their own parking garages.
Fondest memory: On the last day of our trip we rented bikes and cycled all over the city. Cycling is definitely the best way to get around Amsterdam, and it made us feel more like locals and less like tourists.
Favorite thing: Amstersdam is meant to be cycled. City planning has perfectly understood this and it is more easy to find mutli-storey bicycle parks than car parks in the centre.
Favorite thing: So that's where my bike went. They told us that about 40,000 bicycles a year are dredged from the canals.
Fondest memory: Boiling life was especially impressive after stiffy Vienna and so-so calm Paris.I've never seen so many bicyclets per sq.m.
Fondest memory: Another thing that I saw in Amsterdam that was very different for me was the parking garages only for bicycles. I'm from the city and I'm used to seeing parking garages but never only for bikes!