What is the main difference between canal city Venice and canal city Amsterdam? I would say - ice skating. In winter Amserdam canals offer you a space for adventurous ice skating that you never get in Venice.
If you like to visit flea markets - with all suprising findings you can get here, then flea market on Waterlooplain in Amsterdam is the one you should go. Open from Mondays to Saturdays.
Spui square is located just in front of entrance to Begijnhof. On Fridays booksellers from all Netherlands gather here with their treasures - interesting both for serious collectors and just book lovers. On Sundays you find here artists selling their original works of various scale. If you even don't need any, come and watch.
Located on the Singel canal between the Koningsplein and the Muntplein - Floating flower market is one of the most flavoured places in Amsterdam. Flower stalls are located on the houseboats and you can find here all sort of flowers and bulbs. Its history goes back to 1862 and today this is a must to see place in Amsterdam.
Vondelpark is the ideal place to rest after a visit to the Museum Quarter: at a walking distance from the Van Gogh and the Stedelijk Museums, it is the largest green area in the city. During summer time - June, July and August, free concerts and shows at the open-air theater entertain both adults and children. For detailed program check here.
Gardens around Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam surprise a visitor with impressive statues, fountains, ponds, beautiful flowerbeds and a curious collection of building fragments from all over the country: a collection of five centuries of Dutch architecture - from Gothic pillars from Edam to 17th century city gates from Deventer and Groningen. Pick up a garden map in museum.
Every Tuesday lunchtime, 12.30 to 13.00 a free concert is performed in the foyer of the Amsterdam Music Theatre. The performers are members of the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera or Opera Studio Nederland; the programme on offer is varied and always of a high standard.
Concergebouw - Amsterdam Philarmonics, from September to June invites for free lunch time concerts every Wednesday at 12:30. Chech the program here.