Hello Amsterdam City Center
Dam Square, the Nieuwe Kerk, the Red Light District – the city center of Amsterdam is unsurprisingly the most crowded area of the city. But not everything in the center is big, bold and famous, and you only need to turn down one street or alleyway to stumble across a hidden gem or two. After shopping on the Kalverstraat or in the Bijenkorf department store, enjoy peace and quiet of the Begijnhof: an enclosed square of quaint houses. Forgotten your book or are in need of more holiday reading? Pop into one of the bookstores on Spui – Fridays are an especially good day to visit, when the square fills up with book stalls selling second-hand books and special editions. The Royal Palace is indeed big and bold but is curiously overlooked by many visitors to the city. Have a nose around what poet Constantijn Huygens called the 'Eight Wonder' of the world when it was completed in 1655. You can then join other visitors to the city on a night out at the Rembrandtplein or Leidseplein, or use the center of Amsterdam as a springboard to drink 'biertjes' with the locals in the Jordaan or another of the city's neighborhoods.