I have visited this city four times already and every visit offers a different perspective. In my first visit, I rented an apartment right at the heart of the city; the second visit, I stayed in an attic. The third and fourth visits were in a hotel. But it was the room in the attic that gave me a real taste of Amsterdam. As you climb the stairs, it gets narrower and narrower. No wonder they have such big windows, to bring in the furniture.