The main museum in Amsterdam is not the Stedelijk. That's the modern art museum and a wonderful place it is too, with Mondrian, de Koonig, Van Gogh, Cartier-Bresson and Klee.

No, the main museum in Amsterdam is the Rijksmuseum, also on the Museumplein. That is the place where they keep the Vermeer, Rembrandt, Hals and Durer. Go there first, I say.

Between the two lies the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam's premiere concert venue. If you can get tickets, go hear something there but even if you can't, go inside just to see it.

October 2002: Leo Beranek and Takahiko Yanigasawa have conducted a study and declare the Concertgebouw to be the fifth-best acoustic environment in the world. Details in Concert Halls and Opera Houses: Music, Acoustics and Architecture.