This is always our favorite city. The Amsterdam Central Train station can take you anywhere in Europe. There aren't many cars on the street but look out for the bicyclists! The bikes are everywhere, parked or moving fast. It isn't a leisure activity for the people but a mode of transportation. The will ring their bells when they come up behind you but it easy not to realize that you need to move over. Amsterdam is amazing. From the outdoor flower and vegetable market to the many museums. The Rikjsmuseum had been closed for many years for renovations but re-opened in 2013. You can use flashless photography but not with a tripod. I was approached by three guards because of my tripod. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when that decision was made. The Anne Frank house was very moving emotionally and yet it wasn't overdone to the point of boredom. The Red Light district is interesting on a first visit to Amsterdam. But don't take pictures. It is said, that if you take a picture, you camera will be confiscated and broken. I didn't try to take any pictures of the ladies so I don't know if the story is true. A canal tour will provide you with interesting history while enjoying the views. Amsterdam has wonderful restuarants and shops to peruse. The coffee shops are many and varied in the way of atmosphere, some friendlier than others. These are not Starbucks coffee shops, they are marijuana shops. To be polite customers order an espresso while they enjoy the product they just bought. If you traveled this far don't miss this experience if only to drink an espresso and observe. Amsterdam is very walkable or you can use their tram system. It is a city rich is history and vibrance. I promise you won't visit any other city and see as many bikes, moving or parked.