Acostar Hotel

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

Kerkstraat 45-49, Amsterdam, 1017, The Netherlands
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Four Hours in Amsterdam - Where to Take Photos?

by Jetgirly

I have approximately four hours to spend in Amsterdam as part of a nine-hour layover. I'm not really interested in doing anything- I don't want to go to the museum, or to Anne Frank's house, and I especially don't want to smoke any pot because a few hours later I'll be heading to Istanbul! What I would like to do is wander around and take lots of photos. Do you have any recommendations as to where I should go? Particular streets or neighbourhoods?

Re: Four Hours in Amsterdam - Where to Take Photos?

by GrumpyDiver

The old houses and canals are great. We picked up a brochure with walking tours from the tourism office and just wandered about. All very picturesque and all walking distance from the main train station.

Re: Four Hours in Amsterdam - Where to Take Photos?

by leics

Just walk from Amsterdam Centraal station, where the train from Schiphol will arrive.

Walk around the old town first (including the RDL, which has some brillliant historical sights) and then along the main encircling canals. The oldest canals such as Singel and Herrengracht have fascinating architecture, and wandering the streets to the west of Singel (into the Jordaan district) is also ideal for photos.

Re: Four Hours in Amsterdam - Where to Take Photos?

by pieter_jan_v

A stroll along the Prinsengracht with some side roads is a great way to shot pictures.

See: for a map idea of the route.

As you have to return to the Central Station you could opt for takeing a tram when time is there or to include the Red Light District on your way back (if time permits).


Re: Four Hours in Amsterdam - Where to Take Photos?

by alza

Agree with the above & will add details that may be useful.

With 4 hours, the Jordaan is one of the best place you could go to for typical, atmospheric scenes of Amsterdam. Lined with art galleries, boutiques, cafés, easy to get to from Centre.

Go Hofje-hopping in the Jordaan: The Hofje are hidden courtyards of former Jordaan almshouses -- interesting way to see this neighbourhood.

START north on Palmgracht 28-38 at Raepenhofje.
Walk south and right on Lindengracht 147-165 to Suykerhofje (1667), almshouse for Protestant women, great gardens.

South is Huyszitten Weduwenhof of Karthuizerhof on Karthuizerstraat 21-131, a large complex dating back to 1650, built for widows with children.
Very picturesque around there.

South to Egelantiersdwarsstraat 26-50 and the Claes Claeszhofje, courtyard with wooden tower and flower bushes.

Around corner on Egelantiersgracht 105-141 is Sint Andrieshofje, fabulous garden!
Another 10-15 minutes walk south takes you to Elandsgracht 104-142 and Hofje Venetia of Maarloopshofje, big courtyard with gorgeous garden.

I remember well that on Prinsengracht near Bridge 61, Leliesluis, there's a café with chairs outside, wonderful ambiance! great photo opps!

You could also choose to visit the moat Singel, the narrowest house in the world (Singel 7) and the Begijnhof and Engelse Kerk, off Spui. But with just 4 hours, I'd stick to one plan.

I stayed near there twice and jogged that circuit early morning each time. It was great! Don't miss Noorderkerk, 1623 church and hope you get to see some open markets nearby.

and... I envy you for Istanbul! Have fun in both cities!

Re: Four Hours in Amsterdam - Where to Take Photos?

by Pijlmans

Or take a one-hour canal tour to start with and get some ideas...They start in front of Central Station...

Travel Tips for Amsterdam

Storks and Herons

by JetlagCity

This heron is my favorite memory of Amsterdam. I encountered him (her?) as it was getting dark and we were walking to dinner. Apparently herons and storks are rather common in Holland, but I never knew it, so this one by Prinsengracht really took me by surprise! At first I thought he was wooden, but he looked so real that I slowed down to have a better look, and then he finally moved, scaring the heck outta me!

A local lady walking by must have been amused by my reaction - she said three of them lived on that street, and exchanged a few words with us before moving on. These birds are huge, and the last place I expected to see them was in the downtown area of a big city like Amsterdam. Later I saw another one, standing up on the gable of a house, looking like a giant ornament.

You must see the Anna Frank...

by Wondertime

You must see the Anna Frank House... the Van Gogh Museum... the Rijsknuseum... naturally a tour to the red light district... .... just stay there... ... if you have yet been in amsterdam you can try to remember about it browsing this site:

Visit coffeeshops. Paranoa...

by Old_Restless

Visit coffeeshops. Paranoa free, great people and an even greater city. Theres always a coffeeshop around the corner. Not all are good though, in fact, a very few are excellent. Two come to my mind at the moment as being great places all around. The Grey Area, home of Grey Myst Crystal(trichomes,kiff) and a fine selection of herb including: yellow cab, AK47 and my personal favorite, dubble bubble gum. Second, The Greenhouse Centruum. Located right in the center of all the action of the Red Light District, this shop offers a great seating area outside and a fine selection of herb and hash including Super Silver Haze and King Hassan. As for eating in this city, stop and get some chinese food in chinatown, in the RLD. Actually, getting off the train and smoking my first joint of freedom. Then walking around and seeing what this city was like, blew my mind.


by bugulma

Museumplein is situated behind Rijskmuseum (if you go from the center). It hasthe name cause of many museums surround the square such as Rijskmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and some others as well as the concert hall (you see on the pic) is placed here. Besides it is huge green area with fountains and it is one of favorite places in the city of residents to have a rest.

Leidsestraat and north to the Tuschinski

by Wayfarin2

We decided to spend the afternoon walking around, souvenir-shopping and gaping around like the country bumpkins that we are. We went north on the Leidsestraat and wandered east, our turn-around point being the Tushcinski Theater, an art-deco movie theater built in 1921, thought by many to be the most beautiful in the world. The Queen goes to the movies here. We did not get inside to see a movie this time, maybe next time. A great city for wandering, but get a good map!


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