Your tips I recommend other travelers as soon as you arrive at your hotel, start enjoy thehospitality of The Amsterdam citizens and the beauty of their city. No matter you are tired of your long trip start from the moment you arrive to visit the city.
I have to say that people in Amsterdam are very friendly. My wife and I were for a night in Amsterdam, thou we arrived late in the afternoon, we immediately got redy for a walk, and we thought about make in it to downtown, it was a wonderfl idea. We stay in the Wyndham Apollo Hotel, at our arrival we were welcome with wine, then we were asked if we wanted a view of the river, we agreed immediatelly, the room well decorated and the accomodations wonderful. Then we decide to start our walk, there were cyclist, which immediately point at us that the side walks are divided for traseunt and cyclist, there were a group of people and we asked them how to get to downtown, immediately the said in two blocks you can take the Tram # 5, we got there on time, as soon as we were getting in the driver welcome us, I asked him where can we get out, he immediately said Central Station, he was very corteous and told us a little bit of our route and where to pick uo the tram on they way back, but he also said they finish in 2 hours, for us 2 hours was to short then he said there are Taxi's every where. Well to make it short we have the best time of all our trip even though was one night, we returned to the hotel. Next day we were to be picked up by a Taxi and for our surprise it was Mercedes. We were laughing because we had so many surprises to our trip. Our trip started in Houston, Texas - Amsterdam - Madrid - Vigo, Spain - Paris - Amsterdam. I should it started with the first surprise when we arrived in Amsterdam the first time, on our plane from Houston to Amsterdam was an Astronaut and on our arrival to Amsterdam there were Fire trucks trowing water over the plane, is a kind of Welcoming the Astronaut. Then on our trip from Amsterdam to Madrid, we had the same reception but this time the Pilot was his last trip... he was retiring... there were many other surprises... but that will be on another ocassion. Thanks for the Magnificent stay in Amsterdam... we will return.