24 Hours in Amsterdam
Written by Brian Johnston
Amsterdam is a city proud of its past, with a rich history built on maritime trade and a long tradition of excellence in the arts, especially painting. Yet the Dutch city is also a forward-looking place, full of hot young designers, recently redeveloped museums, and progressive ideas. Quirky, innovative, and fun, Amsterdam is best enjoyed with a slow pedal by bicycle, a stroll along its canals, or an hour spent on a café terrace watching the world go by.
Rent a bicycle and take to the city’s superb network of bicycle lanes to experience Amsterdam as the locals do.
Amsterdam’s efficient grey-and-blue trams run down major streets and service most of the tourist sights; many start and finish at Centraal Station.
Cabs are metered and taxi drivers are generally helpful and chatty. Taxi stands dot the city, or you can hail a taxi in the street.
Free ferries run to Amsterdam-Noord from the city centre. Though mostly used by commuters, the ride provides great views of IJ harbour.