The beauty of Amsterdam cannot be just explained by words. One has to go and tour the city to get the maximum charm of the place. If you are on your Amsterdam tours, you can consider going on a self-guided one-day walking tour through the places given below.
Amsterdam Centraal Station
You can start right from Amsterdam Centraal Station, which is the largest railway station in the country. Every day, approximately 162,000 passengers use this station. What’s more, the designer of the Rijksmuseum, Pierre Cuypers, designed the station.
From the Amsterdam Centraal station, you can walk straight through to Damrak. It is an avenue running between the railway station and the Dam Square. On the way, you can see a large brick building called Beurs van Berlage, which was once the city’s stock exchange building, but made to a concert hall now.
Nieuwendijk is a pedestrians-only shopping lane that runs parallel to Damrak. This street is the oldest as well as one of the busiest shopping streets in Amsterdam. All the shops are open every single day and you can shop for clothes, shoes, etc., here for different price ranges.
Walk towards the south to reach Dam Square. It is a historical center located at the Amstel River dam built in the year 1270. When in Dam Square, you can see many monuments like the New Church, the Royal Palace (formerly a city hall, now converted to a royal residence), and the National Monument (monument honoring the World War II victims).
De Oude Kerk
De Oude Kerk or the “Old Church” is an 800-year-old church constructed in the year 1306 and known to be the oldest building in the city. De Oude Kerk was actually built as a Roman Catholic Church, but now is a Calvinist Dutch Reform Church.
Located near the Nieuwmarkt, the Chinatown area has a number of Asian markets, shops, and restaurants. Nam Kee is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in the locality where you can savor mouthwatering Asian delights and fusion food.
De Waag, translated to “Weigh House” in English, is a non-religious 15th Century building located in the Nieuwmarkt. De Waag was once the city gate and has served as a museum, fire station, Guildhall, and anatomical theater too in the past. Today, this building houses the famous restaurant, Café In de Waag.
If you have enough time after the expedition, you can also consider going to the Waterlooplein market and the Jordaan neighborhood before concluding your Amsterdam tours.