8.1 miles, Half day
Public art, when done well, can tell a story of a city and its people that no museum can. Amsterdam has hundreds of pieces of public art. I've chosen 18 that I think tell a story about Amsterdam and its residents. I've chosen pieces for their artistic value, their historical interest and/or how they reveal qualities of Amsterdammers.
There are two unnumbered "minor" POIs at the end of this guide. These are unnumbered to keep the guide's distance manageable. If you don't mind adding three miles to your journey I recommend adding the piece in Westerpark after POI No. 4 and the piece in Oosterpark after POI No. 12.
Bicycling: I have chosen to start this tour at the MacBike bicycle rental shop at Central Station, but there are several reputable bicycle rental companies in town including Mike's Bicycle Rental, Bike City, Orange Bike and Yellow Bike. Check with your hotel or B&B for the location closest to you. Rental shops can instruct you on how to secure your bicycle, where to park your bicycle and how best to cycle in Amsterdam. Pricing and services offered are fairly consistent for all these companies.
Four essential bicycle tips are stay to the right, always use hand signals when turning, cross tram tracks at as close to a right angle as possible and when indecisive pull over to the side to figure things out.