The most beautiful part of this city is the canals and their reflections of this old city and the many who have walked the streets before. I found that the relics were even noticeable in the pavement. Going down an alleyway either gave you an Indiana Jones feeling or the more Trainspotting effect.
Fondest memory: Being with close friends and getting to laugh at the way the Dutch live, but enjoying their customs without making fun of them. I found that having more than one person from home with you got the job done when it came to making plans.
Wanted to take this pic last time but have done only in this trip....
Rokin.... a busy street leading to the heart of Amsterdam, to Dam square.... in a few hours there gonna be the loudest fire works in the whole city, NY is coming....
Amsterdam is referred to as the Venice of the north. Once you see all of the lovely canals you will know why. It is a wonderful city straight out of the 15th century, flourishing in the 21st century. Everything about this city is a must see. The best way to see it is by walking. Pickup a good tour book with a map and just start strolling. Do research on the internet, there is an endless source of information about this city.
Fondest memory: The cobblestone streets and the 15th century buildings. The canals with the houseboats and small fishing boats. Listening to the dialects from so many different nations.
We had the most fun just standing on one of the bridges that lead into the Red Light District. We watched as 1000's of people poured in and out thru the narrow alleyway. I enjoy people-watching almost as much as I enjoy siteseeing.
walk - all the streets are unlike any other city, just be careful that you are not run down by a bicycle.
Even the bicycles are worthy of a look - some have trailers attached, often carrying the pet dog.
For more typical sights look at my travelogue.
Fondest memory: The higgedly piggedly houses, some seem to be about to fall into the next one
Spend at least a few hours to walk along the canals, having a coffee in a typical dutch bar (a 'bruin cafe'), sitting down on a terrace on Prinsengracht if the weather allows it and just enjoying the vibes of this wonderful city! A very Dutch bar I can recommend is Kat in de Wijngaert, on Lindengracht (Jordaan).
Fondest memory: The canals, especially the Jordaan area with its markets and nice people is what I miss most when I am abroad!
Get stoned and wander around the red light district! Have a good look around and then find yourself a clean image sex show. Honestly my Friends and I were in there for three hours, men shag the hookers, so why can't women watch live sex! Give it a go it's massive. We went to 'Moulin Rouge' oh Lala!!
Fondest memory: I missed the relaxed atmosphere, everyone in England is always in a hurry. We saw a car just stop do a three point turn on a busy road and other drivers just waited until he'd finished, over here horns would be going and roadrage! It's nice to just chill have a lager and a joint with out hidding outside!
Just enjoy the city by wandering around. I cannot specify anything more as my stay was short.
Fondest memory: When I went to a diamond cutting factory, I should have bought a diamond for my future wife. I went with my parents, and my mom really had the insight at the time, but I decided not to. I can really kick myself now for not taking the opportunity! I will just have to go back with my wife and buy one!
ALLOW LOTS OF TIME.WALK,TAKE A TRAM TAKE A CANAL RIDE,HAVE A LOCAL BREW AND LOCAL COFFEE,MAKE A FRIEND THE NEDERLANDERS WILL TALK TO ANYONE....THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE TALLER THAN ANYONE ELSE AROUND
Fondest memory: I LOVE TO LOOK AT THE BUILDINGS AND THE CANALS AT NIGHT AND THE PEOPLE RUSHING PLACES ON THEIR CYCLES.I HATE LEAVING THE CITY TO GO HOME
Walking along the Amstel
In the daytime, walking along the canals with the harmonious buildings on both sides, you can't help admiring this elegant and peaceful city, but can you imagine that shaming Red-light District is just beside you?
Just walk around. This is, in my opinion, the best city in the world for simply walking around and taking in the sights. It seems the city planners designed the city to fit the pedestrian instead of the other way around as in most metropolitan areas. Public transportation is relatively inexpensive and abundant. You have everything from water taxis to bicycles. But still the best mode of transportation in Amsterdam is the shoe. At this pace one can take in all the wonderful sights.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory is sitting along the Prinsengracht in the Jordaan and watching the world go by.
Walk around and see everything!! This city has got such a great atmosphere, I just loved it. You can do what I did. Get yourself a big bag of fries with lots of mayo at a snack bar and wander around the city looking at everything and just experiencing it.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory is just coming here with a few of my friends and having the absolute best time.
I have read this comment on other pages...and it is true...just walk! Amsterdam has so many nooks and cranny's to explore one would never be bored in this city! My daughter and I spent time in a dutch bike shop looking for bike bells! Who Knows! Can't anything be fun!!
Fondest memory: I added this page from my journal! The best of both worlds! Photography, writing, and travel! If only life was that easy!
Favorite thing: Walk around! This was the museum for Hemp, an interesting thing to visit if you are interested. It has alot of history on different cultures and gives insight as to why this product is so tolerated here.
The best thing to do in Amsterdam is just wander around. It's virtually impossible to get lost as the canals form a horseshoe around the train station. You might not be taking the shortest route, but in general you come back to where you started. They also have signs everywhere to keep you on track. It's like they know you're going to be totally out of it and they're trying to keep you from getting lost.
Fondest memory: The canals really make Amsterdam stand out. Really soak in the scenery as you walk around.
walk the streets along the canals. The city centre can be seen by foot in about a half day. There are many sidewalk cafes and restaurants, not to mention the coffee houses.
Fondest memory: Meeting up with a childhood friend!