"Amsterdam is, above all, a city to take your time exploring and soaking in the atmosphere. But that isn’t to say there aren’t places you should go out of your way to visit. At about 160, Amsterdam has even more canals than Venice. You probably won’t have time to cross all the bridges, but you can still get the most out of the canals by taking a cruise–which happens to be the best way to take in Amsterdam’s beautiful, historic architecture. If you visit Amsterdam in spring or summer, the Blumenmarkt, or Flower Market, is a must. Even if you don’t buy any of Holland’s famous tulips, it’s worth it to see the colorful flower stalls on the houseboats floating on the Singel canal. Museumplein, or the Museum Square, is where you’ll find the beautiful green Vondelpark and three of Amsterdam’s best museums–the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Rijksmuseum. It’s also where you’ll find the Concertgebouw, where you can hear the Royal Orchestra play. It would be a mistake to go to Amsterdam and skip the Anne Frank House. The historical building where Anne and her family hid during World War II offers a close look into her life, struggles, and personality. Take your time on your way to these places; central Amsterdam is small enough that you can see all of it easily, and there’s something interesting around every corner."