Don't get me wrong i would love to drive around Amsterdam and explore the city in an even faster pace but its so much more fun to walk and explore the city up close and personal. For example what if you driving and you see an amazing site and you just want to get out of the car and be apart of that site, well you can't cause you need to worry about your damn car and where your going to park it without getting a ticket and etc. one dosen't even need a car just a bike or a motorcycle to get around.
Amsterdam is the type of city that you need to simply explore on foot. While you can rent a bike to get around, its not needed. The city is set up for walking. Most attractions you'll want to see are with in a 10-15 mins walk, in addition the city is so beautiful that the walk around town are fantastic.
Amsterdam has quite a big centre, but most of the places the average (and even not-so average) tourists will want to go to are within walking distance from each other. You can use public transport, but if you stay in the centre in many cases you might as well walk. I don't recommend renting a bike if you're not used to riding in a crowded city; Amsterdam is a mess! Only rent a bike when you want to see something of the surrounding area.
Since Amsterdam is a small place I would advice you to explore it by foot. you'll have a chance to see every interesting spot. don't afraid to get lost, it's almost impossible anyways - streets are curved or laid out in circles. following canals is a good idea too. remember, walking is healthy!
Another good way to experience Amsterdam is by foot. Amsterdam is set up in a wheel construction. From the center of Amsterdam, the Singel, you can go in various directions and experiences some of the old sites of the city. The infamous Red-light district, which gives a whole new definition of window-shopping, is accessible from this point.
The canalboats get you around the canals, but to have a complete view of the centre of Amsterdam, one has to get out and start walking. Therefor the canalbus / museumboat are excellent means of transport for a visitor to Amsterdam. One chooses the most popular things to do and see and simple connects them by boat and short walks. The walk from the Central Station-area over the Damrak to the Dam (square) is a must. Added are walks through the red light district (Walletjes), the shoppingstreets (Kalverstraat etc.) and the Vondelpark.
Just walk! You don't need a tram to get to the Anne Frank House....everything you want to see is a perfectly walkable distance, unless you have children with you. But even if it is raining, leave the umbrella in your room and go SEE Amsterdam from every angle that you can.
Amsterdam is a small city and walking and cycling is a way of life and is very natural.
I had visited Philips head quarters and one of the top guys said he comes to the office in a bicycle. So its THAT ok.
Infact if you normally ask a local the distance to a place he will tell you the WALKING distance unless it is too far off.
One thing that one shoudl be careful about is that those on cycles- specially the kids pedal pretty fast and unless you stay cautious you are bound to smash with htme one day or the other.
The cycling lane is just alongside the pedestrian lane and for colour blinds LIKE ME it can become problematic. By the way I managed to come out of th place without any accidents. But lotta close encounters.
The best way to see as much as you can from Amsterdam is going by feet. No bus or tram or taxi can make a better score. There is so much to see in Amsterdam that walking is the very best way to enjoy it all.
And.... you can go in all the small places and the small streets.
If you look at these signs on the street you cant walk wrong (and if you do walk the wrong way, you will find something else that is wonderful to see or enjoy)...and finally meet an other sign like this.
I found Amsterdam to be an extremely walkable city. I walked just about everywhere. It was a great way to get to know the city and get to learn where everything is. I did take the tram a couple of times, however, and found it to be safe, prompt and maybe a little overpriced. Taxis are also overpriced so pack your comfy walking shoes and hit the road.
Amsterdam is flat and compact, and most of the sites are within easy walking distance from the center of the city. There's a lot of old irregular brick, so gals, avoid high heals!
Watch out for bicyclists. Avoid the reddish colored paving as it is reserved for cyclists, who WILL get mad and yell obscenities (I would too!) at you.
Central Amsterdam is very small: most distances are walkable, and walking is pleasurable, giving the best chance to appreciate the Amsterdam architecture. Beware of walking on bike paths, which are distinguished by their reddish colour: cyclists will show no mercy. Also take care when crossing roads, even at a green pedestrian light. Cyclists consider themselves pedestrians in Amsterdam, and so tend to ignore traffic lights. Note that in true European style, streets may change name along their length.
Amsterdam is, as you may have noticed, structured as a half wheel. In the middle you have the old centre bounded by the canal called the Singel. It contains the Red-Light district around the Oude Kerk, the Nes theatre street, a quaint maze of small streets and quiet canals, and the Royal Palace at the Dam, with pedestrian shopping streets going north and south.
Surrounding the old centre, you have the three concentric ring canals Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht (it can help to note that they're in alphabetic order). All four canals (with the Singel) are nice to walk along. The Herengracht is the grandest, especially along the 'Golden Crescent' to the east of the Leidsestraat, the Prinsengracht is perhaps the friendliest with its houseboats. The streets that connect the ring canals, especially in the section between the Brouwersgracht and the Leidsestraat shouldn't be missed for their lovely individual shops.
To the west of the ring canals, in the area on the map where the streets all run at an angle to the canals, is the Jordaan, a lovely area to walk, with quiet canals, and tiny streets, and many unusual shops. You'll find a lot of the better restaurants and more interesting bars there too.
we feel as travelers that the only true way to see a city is by foot, otherwise you just fly by and miss little things..sure the trams in amsterdam are great ( so im told ) and the cabs are a ripp off, if your brave and sober you can ride a bike but that's not for me..we walked a little over 100 miles in the 10 days we were there, maybe more?
There will be much, much walking to do, so make sure to wear your walking shoes.
Make certain they are comfortable with good support and grip cause it gets wet alot on those cobblestone streets and sidewalks. I found my Timberlands to be the best for walking around Amsterdam.
The trams are apparently easy enough to use but we found that everything we wanted to see was within about a half an hour walk from our hotel in the city centre.
The only danger with walking is the bikes. You may be walking along what looks to be a nice path for pedestrians but it is really a bike path. The cyclists are not shy about letting you know when you are in their way, either.