Just off Amsterdam's busiest streets, very close to Amsterdam's Historical Museum, there's the quiet haven of the Begijnhof, with its manicured lawn, cute tiny gardens and pretty houses.
Among these houses there's was is said to be the last standing wooden house of Amsterdam, built around 1528. Later on, wooden houses were forbidden due to the high risk of fires.
It's perfectly preserved and maintained and on the ground floor a little information office sells postcards and leaflets.
Take the exit on the Spui and you are few steps away from the American Bookshop.