Get old school

You are going to get lost. So you might as well embrace that fact right away. But the good news is that getting lost is half the fun and you’ll never really go too far wrong.

Despite centuries of city planning, Amsterdam isn’t an easy place in which to get your bearings thanks to its consistently level skyline and lack of towering reference points. Our advice is to arm yourself with a ‘real’ printed map when you first arrive and take a good look at it before you set off exploring. Then, check it once in a while when you stop for coffee, lunch or dinner. If anything just to chuckle at how far you are from where you thought.

Yes, Team Kompas lives by its map apps too, but a smartphone screen won’t help you understand the city the same way. Trust us, it’ll help.

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