One day in Amsterdam Self-Guided Walking Tour: 15 sights to see

As slow travelers, we often spend weeks in cities that many travelers only give a day or two. Only on rare occasions do we limit ourselves to a single day in a city and that only happens when our scheduled commitments and flight arrangements put a squeeze on our itinerary. That’s what happened with our visit to Amsterdam. Eager to see as much of it as we could, we set out on a One Day in Amsterdam Self-Guided Walking Tour to 15 of the city’s best sights. (Map below!)

Amsterdam is a compact city, but the sights are spread throughout, making it somewhat difficult to organize an easy-flowing self-guided walking tour. To see what we wanted to see, we had to cover some ground, which included a little zigging and zagging. With only one day in Amsterdam, we eliminated stops at museums and didn’t even consider attempting a bike rental. That being said, we left just enough time in our One Day in Amsterdam Self-Guided Walking Tour to sip on coffee, enjoy the views and wind our day down with a few beers. read more


Amsterdam first impressions: How our perception stacked up to reality

Amsterdam first impressions: How our perception stacked up to reality

Before we visited Amsterdam, we had an idea of what the city would be like. The name invoked images of canals, bicycles and two popular beers: Amstel and Heineken. A vague knowledge of the liberal laws regarding pot and prostitution also sifted to the forefront. But, besides the Anne Frank Museum, neither of us were familiar with any of the sights the city had to offer.In a style so uncharacteristic of us, we scheduled only one day in the city, leaving a limited amount of time to find out how our prior perceptions stacked up to the reality of our Amsterdam first impressions. read more