In 2007 Garth and I went to Norway, which was the main purpose for our trip to Europe. We went through many scenarios in order to get there but the one that was the easiest was to go via Amsterdam.
As a result of extreme jet lag we were up quite early the first morning, so we got to see the city while the visitors slept and the locals were out and about doing their thing. A mixture of old and new architecture, street art everywhere, history everywhere and loads of bicycles. Of course there are the more well known parts of the city such as the red light district and cafes, but they weren’t that important, they seem more like part of the furniture than a thing to see!