Having said in the previous post, we're from Amsterdam, and thus, not really independent.
Nevertheless we try to give you a better picture of Amsterdam without all the standard tourist traps.
The first thing you do when you arrive in Amsterdam by train is walking out of the Central Station building and turn 180 degrees to see the beautiful building designed by Pierre Cuypers. When you pay a bit attention, you'll realize that when you're standing in that (awfull) long queue at the Rijksmuseum to see the Rembrandt paintings, the Rijksmuseum building looks a bit the same as Central Station. Needless to say who the architect of those building was....
But better is to wander around in the area between Central Station and Anne Frank house, this area is called 'De Jordaan'. This is the place where you take pictures which you like to share on Facebook. The canals, the bridges, the old buildings. This is how you recognize Amsterdam from the tourist guides.
If you want to see more of Amsterdam just rent a bike and do like the locals do! But please, on behalf of all other Amsterdam citizens, pay a little bit attention when you're driving your bike through Amsterdam and pay attention to the road (and the tramlines) and not to the buildings. A tourist on a bike in Amsterdam is a bit of the same as running with an American flag through Teheran. Just pay attention, please!
Ok, when you managed to get on the bike, take it to the Vondelpark. It's not as big as Central Park in NYC or Parque Buen Retiro in Madrid, but it will do the job. Especially during spring and summer evenings, it's only love and fun in this park.
Of course, there is so much more to do in Amsterdam, but we will get back to you in some new postings.
For the time being, enjoy!
Getting there and away: Check flights!