Centeral to Everything
I can't find my faverite hotel on the VT list but it is the only place I stay while in Amsterdam. The Barbizon Palace Hotel is accross from Central Station which mean it has continent wide transportation out side your door. Also it is only a few blocks from Dam Square and trollys to anywhere in Amsterdam. I stay in room 17 which looks accross a canal to an English Pub. The pub regulers' reaction to the boats going by can only be compaired to New Orleans Mardus Gras floats waving at the crouds on the balconies. Max It was a total surprise to find that there were more people in Amsterdam who spoke English than than here in L.A.
Amsterdam has two special features, which make the city incomparable. The first one is simplicity and exceptional beauty of its half-rounded building plan. It seems like channels embrace the center. The second one is city’s size. Being not very big for a tourist and not too small simultaneously, Amsterdam is supposed to be a pedestrian city. The atmosphere is democratic and friendly. People from all over the world are walking down the streets, drifting on boats, sitting in cafes, shopping souvenirs, feeding pigeons on the central square – a very peaceful picture.
This is the *roof garden* of a small boat parking on the canal. The boat is poky, but its *garden* is maintained in good condition. That only means the flowers are definitely the love of Dutch life.
When you go out from the Central station just walk to the front where you can see many people leading to..
This is one of the most famous street of Amsterdam called Damrak.. Here you can find many souvenir shops as well as tourist offices for Hotel reservation and tours...
The Rijksmuseum.... Jan Beerstraten
Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraten (1622-1666)
The battle of Terheide
This is one of the pictures I took myself in the museum. You are allowed to take pictures here, but it is not allowed to use a flash or a tripod.
Opening times of the Rijksmuseum:
Daily 10.00 - 17.00 Closed on 1 January
Ticket prices :
< 19: free
Adults (from 19): euro 8,-
How to get here :
- From Central Station: tram 2, 5 or circletram 20 (to Hobbemastraat)
- From Zuid/WTC Station: tram 5 (to Hobbemastraat)
- From Sloterdijk Station: tram 12 (to Concertgebouw)
- From Amstel Station: Metro to Weesperplein, from there tram 6, 7 or 10 (to Spiegelgracht)
- From regional bus terminal on Marnixstraat: bus 26, 65, 66 or 170 (or a 10-minute walk).