Amsterdam Canal tours
Probably the best way to kick off your visit to Amsterdam is to embark upon one of the many tours of the complex, concentric-arc, canal system that encircles the city.
That way, you will have a good idea about what you want to see and where to look for it, whilst learning a great deal about the city’s history from your well-informed tour guide.
Anne Frank’s house
One of the most poignant reminders of Second World War Amsterdam is the Anne Frank House, Anne Frank Huis, where the tragic wartime diarist tried to hide for more than two years, along with the rest of her family, from Nazi menace.
If museums are on your agenda, three of the main Dutch museums are located conveniently in the same large open space of the Museum Square, Museumplein.
To save doubling back on yourself, it might be best to begin with the Rijksmuseum, which first opened its doors in its present location in 1885.
Created in the 13th century, Amsterdam’s popular Dam Square, is a short walk down the Damrak from the Centraal Station.
Bisected by the continuation of the Damrak, this attractively cobbled square offers tempting highlights on each of its pedestrianised halves.
If you have a penchant for touchy-feely Science, then the Nemo Museum on the Eastern Dock, Oosterdok, in Amsterdam-Centrum is right up your street.
You will find it situated between Eastern Dock Island, Oosterdokseiland, and Kattenburg, and you cannot fail to spot its huge, bulky ship-like structure seemingly rising up out of the water