Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do. So throw off the bowlines,sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
Amsterdam is fairly compact so if time is limited stay central. If you like quiet areas choose Jordaan or the Negen Straatjes district. I stayed at The Hoxton on the Herengracht Canal which was in a quiet area but close to the Dam Square.
A taxi ride from Schipol Airport is about 40 Euros and takes about 30 minutes depending on traffic.
Easy to use trams, you can buy a ticket on a tram but make sure you swipe it as you leave so that you can reuse time left on it. You can buy different timed tickets according to your needs. The tram driver we spoke to was very helpful. The trams also show exactly where you are and what the next stop is on a screen.
Take care when crossing roads or stepping off a pavement there are many cycles and they tend to be silent! Watch Out! You can also hire cycles if you want to travel like the locals!
If you want to visit Anne Frank Museum pre purchase tickets as queues get very long.
Although Amsterdam is famous for its art museums if art isn’t your thing there are plenty of other non art attractions. We enjoyed just walking around the canal ring, The House Boat Museum, The Bols House and the Dutch Resistance museum.