The result in Amsterdam is a city Levelers find enjoyable to walk with buildings that can present major challenges.
Tip: Make sure your accommodations come with elevators. Some of the smaller, less expensive ones don't.
Fortunately, the Dutch have made many activities, larger museums and public buildings accessible.
I recently spent several days checking out those facilities including some of the smaller museums that are well worth your time.
Canal tours. Easily accessed; an easy step onto the boat, a few small steps down. By all means take one.
Follow the bicyclists through the portico; the entrance, a revolving door, is on your left.
Tip: There are 21 steps down to the 0 level of the Grand Hall, where you must start, but there is an elevator to the right of the ground level entrance.
|0 Level information desk, Rijksmuseum.|
I always recommend starting on the top floor and working down to avoid the crowds. You will be working from the most recent works on display to the oldest.
|The Vermeers come first, then the Rembrandts.|
|Watch a period fashion show at the "Catwalk" exhibit.|
Across from the Rijks on the Museumpleine, you will find the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum for modern and contemporary art.
|Crowds are a problem outside and inside the Van Gogh Museum.|
All I can recommend is get that ticket in advance and arrive before opening.
When you get in, go to the top and work your way down from Van Gogh's last work to his first, trying not to succumb to claustrophobia.
Tip: Fortunately, there are escalators down to shop, coat check and bathrooms and elevators to the upper floors.
If you arrive before June 19, 2016, another strong recommendation is to stop by the special exhibit "Easy 'Virtue" before you leave. It is a rarely done look at the Belle Epoche's ladies of the evening as portrayed by first tier artists such as Toulouse Lautrec, Courbet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Kees van Dongen.
|A Chagall fan at the Stedelijk.|
Micropia is the only museum about microbes in the world. Besides being unique, it is a lot of fun. Who knew what different microbes look like or that the microbes that eats your tooth enamel are killed by the exoskeletons of microbes in your toothpaste? That we share microbes with our pets? Fascinating stuff, really.
|Who knew microbes were this colorful?|
Warning: You will be ushered up in an elevator, but will have to either walk down the stairs to leave or ask an attendant to go downstairs, bring the elevator back up and let you use it to go back down. Something about programming.
|How many microbes are you carrying around and what do they look like?|