Amsterdam has over the years turned into one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe and it can sometimes give an impression of being overrun by travellers. But for anyone who just desires to better know the Dutch metropolis, avoid the centre around the Dam and get lost in the streets bordering the numerous canals, This is where to discover a more intimate, authentic Amsterdam . Just walk along the grachts and look at the hundreds of houses dating back mostly from the 17 and 18 centuries. It offers so many architectural details, sculptures, intricate gables crowned by statues. You eye will never get tired at looking at Amsterdam's urban landscapes. And be careful with bikers. They are just everywhere and do not care so much about pedestrians!