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Of all our Amsterdam walks, this one is the most touristy, featuring places for which the city is famous, such as the Red Light District, multicultural Zeedijk, and canal district. Varied and with a rich history, this walk leads through both busy and quieter areas. It's quite long, so you can also split it in two by walking back down the Oudezijds Achterburgwal when you’ve gone halfway to reach the starting point.
The Zeedijk runs through Amsterdam's Chinatown, where the air is thick with the scent of Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese eateries and the streets are lined with Asian grocery stores. You'll also find Buddhist temple Fo Guang Shan He Hue here, Europe's largest temple built in the traditional Chinese palace style. Continue to the Nieuwmarkt, where you can stop for a drink at one of the nice sidewalk cafés. Farther on you'll reach Waterlooplein, home to the best known flea market of the Netherlands. Here lovers of vintage items can shop till they drop at over 300 different market stalls.
You will pass plenty of lesser-known museums on this walk, including the Rembrandthuis, Hermitage, Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis and Amsterdam Museum. At photography museum Foam expect to see works by big names like Erwin Olaf and Jim Goldberg, as well as displays by new talent. There are usually as many as three or four exhibitions on at the same time.
Because of the many museums along the way, this route is best suited for a daytime walk. If you're up for a little more fun at the end of the day, then finish in the famous Red Light District (Wallen) with a beer tasting at Brouwerij de Prael.