However, the following really shouldn't be missed:
Van Gogh Museum : The world's largest collection of Van Gogh canvases traces the development of the Dutch-born painter from his drab early days through to his later vibrant works. The ground floor gets you in the mood with paintings by some of Van Gogh's contemporaries, including Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec. The café on the top floor is a great place to relax and take stock of everything you've seen.
On Your Bike : With an estimated 600,000 bicycles in the city centre pedal power is the best way to get around Amsterdam . Cycle paths crisscross the streets and line the canals, and because the capital is flat you can reach most places of interest without breaking sweat.
Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art : Flick through the museum's catalogue of works and it soon begins to read like a definitive history of modern art. All the 'big guns' are represented with paintings by the likes of Picasso, Cézanne and Warhol. However, it's their comprehensive collection of local De Stijl canvases that causes arty-types the most excitement.
Canal Hopping : With 165 canals, 1281 bridges, 110 glass-roofed tour boats and 250 pedal boats it's easy to see how an entire short break could slip by on the city's fabled waterways.
Heineken Experience : No short break to Amsterdam is complete without sampling the local brew. Heineken has been reaching the parts that other beers can't reach since 1869 and today is Europe 's largest brewery. The 'experience' involves a slick interactive tour of the original brewery , followed by a knees-up in the See You Again Bar.
Skinny Bridge : Known locally as Magere Brug this slender crossing has spanned one of Amsterdam's most photogenic canals for more than 300 years. Today's bridge is a facsimile of the original, but nevertheless forms the backbone of the capital's postcard industry and is a favourite backdrop for wedding photos.