The Royal Palace is located in Dam Square and dates as far back as 1648. You can do a tour of the palace or just walk around outside and admire the impressive architecture from Dam Square.
The sociable Leidesplein is a medium sized square in central Amsterdam filled with cafes, bars and of course a Bulldog coffee shop. During the summer, the square is packed to capacity with revelers and tourists enjoying a drink outside on one of the many terraces.
The Kirk or church dates back to the 15th century and is also in Dam Square, next to the Koninklijk Paleis. The pulpit is particularly impressive.
There are plenty of parks in Amsterdam. The Dutch are well known for their love of flowers, especially tulips. Spring is the best time of year to see the fresh, vibrant and colourful array of tulips sprouting up to full bloom. Better known parks in Amsterdam are Vondelpark, where there is an excellent array of entertainment in the summer, Amstelpark with a miniature train and ponies, and the less known Flevopark.
Heineken Brewery Museum
Dating back to 1864, you will be treated to the story of beer! It is not far from the Rijksmuseum and daily tours are run in the mornings. You can find out more about visiting the Heineken Brewery at www.heinekenexperience.com
Red Light District
This part of Amsterdam is a curiosity in its own right. Coffee Shops, ladies of the night, bars and sex shows are on hand to distract anyone for a while.
The Red light district is where you will be able to visit all sorts of coffee shops and sample a taste from their menu. You can indulge without any fear of trouble but do be considerate and indulge only in coffee shops, avoid it in the open and in front of children.
Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals all on display in this excellent museum.
Vincent van Gogh Museum
Dedicated to this incredible artist it contains most of his best paintings and some other notable artists. Make sure to plan your visit for early in the day to ensure that you get ahead in the queues.
The Rembrandtplein is named after the Dutch painting master Rembrandt, the plein is a square that really has a lot to offer the reveler during day or night. There are numerous cafes, restaurants, bars and of course, the ever present coffee shop. In the middle of the plein, there is a small park where you can grab a bench and take a break.
Anne Frank House
Visit the house where the young Anne Frank lived and wrote her diary during the Second World War and the Nazi occupation. The house is located in central Amsterdam and you can find more information at www.annefrank.nl
Diamond Factory Tours
Diamond cutting is still done by hand and you will be impressed at the skill involved in creating those glittering stones. Tours are offered by many of the larger diamond companies in the city, endorsing Amsterdam's association with diamonds which dates back over 400 years.