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Amsterdam train/street car

by Oregonguy

Hello All,

Heading to Amsterdam next week. Need to know what train to take from Centraal Station to Rembrantplein via Damrak/Rokin street. (Our hotel is near the Hotel De L'Europe).

Also,

What is process for using train? Pay-on-board, buy from machine? How much?

Thanks.

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by xymmot

buy from machine and stamp in train

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by goodfish

You can buy a 1-hour ticket right on the tram. Just board near the BACK of the tram, where the ticket-seller sits. Price is about 2.6 euro, as I recall. This way is often easier for newly-arrived visitors who might find the machines a bit confusing.

Just curious - we can look up the right tram but does your hotel have a website? Hotels are often very good about noting the best tram/bus to reach them from Centraal.

Trams can give you a heck of a jolt when they take off - be SURE to be hanging on to something solid when it start moving!

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by goodfish

At quick glance, it looks like trams 4 and 9 connect to Rembrantplein tram stop from Centraal. Let's see if a couple of our Netherlands members confirm this - they'd be the experts here.

A name/address of the hotel would be helpful too - it's possible there's a stop closer than Rembrantplein.

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by pieter_jan_v

How are you heading to Amsterdam (by plane or by train)?

From the Centraal Station trams serve the city. You need tram #9.
Map of the station square:
http://www.gvb.nl/reizigers/plattegronden/Pages/plattegrond-centraal-station.aspx

Tickets: see:
http://www.gvb.nl/english/travellers/tickets-and-fares/Pages/Ticketsandfares.aspx


PJ

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by goodfish

There you are, PJ - I knew you'd have the answer!

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by pieter_jan_v

I see the poster lives in the US and I have a feeling he's flying to Schiphol Airport.

It's a 20 minutes train ride from Schiphol Airport to AMSTERDAM CENTRAAL; 2nd class single fare for € 3,70 at a ticket machine (€ 4,20 at the counter).

From CENTRAAL it's the tram #9.



PJ

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by goodfish

Also very good information, PJ.

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by Oregonguy

It is the Eden Amsterdam American hotel.

Hopefully its not too crappy.

Re: CORRECTION

by pieter_jan_v

CORRECTION:

The Eden Amsterdam American hotel is at the Leidseplein, NOT the Rembrandtplain.

Better take tram #1, #2 or #5.



PJ

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by goodfish

Whew - having the name of the hotel helped.

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by pieter_jan_v

It's a great hotel. Two year ago a major renovation of all rooms was completed.

See: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tp/1e0ddd



PJ

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by pieter_jan_v

I think there's some confusion here.

There are several Eden hotels at Amsterdam.

There is a Eden Rembrandt Square Hotel Amsterdam and that is not the same as the Eden Leidse Square Hotel Amsterdam (former Americain).

More at: http://www.edenleidsesquarehotel.com/en/room.aspx


PJ

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by Oregonguy

The hotel is

Eden Amsterdam American Hotel
Leidskade 97
Amserdam 1017PN
On map it looked close to the Hotel De L'Europe.

......So where am I staying???

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by pieter_jan_v

At the Leidseplein:

http://maps.google.nl/maps?hl=nl&q=Leidsekade+97,+AMsterdam&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Leidsekade+97,+De+Weteringschans,+Amsterdam,+Noord-Holland&ll=52.363828,4.880987&spn=0.005018,0.016469&z=17



PJ

Re: Amsterdam train/street car

by Oregonguy

Thanks for all comments.

But, I thought I read somewhere the leidsplein is a bad area. Now Im concerned about my nights out around this hotel.

Travel Tips for Amsterdam

Royal Palace (Town Hall) - 1655

by yooperprof

Dam Square is Amsterdam's semi-official "post-card place" with mimes, and the Royal Palace - originally the Town Hall - is perhaps its most photographed building. The baroque-era building (architect Jacob von Campen) was originally constructed to be Amsterdam's glorious showcase of civic pride, so it's probably a "mistake" that for two hundred years it has been used primarily as a palace - first for the Bonapartist (French) occupation forces of the country, and later as the official Amsterdam residence of the Orange Kings and Queens. (The Netherlands may be quite happy to remain a monarchy, but from what I've it seems that the royal family is occasionally popular in Amsterdam.)

The virtuouso poet and scholar Constantijn Huygens declared that this was "the eighth wonder of the world" - and perhaps the interiors merit that description. From the exterior - on Dam Square - it seems like "just another royal palace," even if it is a stately one. When I was here in March 2008, however, the interior of the palace was closed for updating and renovations, so I'll have to come back and visit the state rooms some other time.

You'll want to take a stroll to the rear of the palace as well, where you can look up and see the monumental rooftop statue of Atlas holding up the world. It's actually a 2200 ball of copper, with that pleasant green hue of age.

Amsterdam

by Marionbcn

Drink something when in a coffee shop and have some good time. It's not just a smoke trade place.

To have a smoking-day :) in Amsterdam can be very pleasant, but even a nightmare if you abuse with smoke or spacecakes. At coffeeshop Homegrown Fantasy they have some skunk-based cakes that starts gaming with your mind after an hour or even 2 hours depending on what have you eaten before.
Beware, if the effect is too strong for you than is better to sit down somewhere and drink or eat something sweet.
Cakes (not spacecakes. :) are good for recovering yourself but don't eat too much. If you're really in trouble than is much better to stay inside.

Getting around with some smoke in your pocket is not a big problem here. If you don't do stupid things everything will be o.k. (and if you are not too stoned ;). Take it easy :)

Beware at the passing bikes and trams(everything moves so fast and you are very very slow when stoned, so take care..).

Refuel your car before entering the Netherlands is a good idea. The price of the gasoline is about 1.4usd/liter. In Amsterdam's center there are some car parking houses, but they cost about 2.5usd/hour. If you are thinking about parking out of the center is a good idea to use the AmsterdamArena car parking (under the Arena stadium, the symbol of this parking is the "P+R" signboard) and it cost about 6usd/day (with a tram ticket).

The centruum is full of restaurants, but they are so expensive, like the hotels.
To save some money check the camping sites out of the city (nice bungalows available).

check out the coffeehouses. ...

by jandres

check out the coffeehouses. They are not like the ones at home. Smoking pot is legal and you can buy it in cornor shop. Check out The Bulldog The Orginal, internet access and you can eat, smoke, drink and shop. Check out the Red Light District. The canals are beautiful. Also the sex meusem is different. Tulips, pot, red light district. Friend Mark and Wendy!

Buildings in Amsterdam

by codrutz

About 20.000 buildings make up the historical city centre on 800 hectares. One third was built before 1850. Many of this buildings are carefully preserved and declared national or municipal monuments. Moreover, the city centre is eligible for a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Amsterdam is not a city of churches and palaces, but of monumental mansions along the canals. The only two palaces in Amsterdam are the Royal Palace and the Trippenhuis, but even this was not the home of any royalty.

The long rows of narrow houses are the main feature of the buildings in Amsterdam. And this form was because the city's building taxes were based on house frontage, so the narrow the facade, the less tax. Nevertheless, the depth of the house compensates, making them bigger from inside the seen from the outside. One should enter a 'narrow' house to see the real space inside.

The typical 'step gable' houses features many big windows with shutters all over the facade, allowing as much sunlight as possible.

Another interesting feature of the row canal houses is the pulley on top of 99% of the houses. This pulley is necessary in order to bring the large furniture inside the house. Because of the narrow facade, the entrance door and more over, the space for maneuvering the furniture inside, the stairs and everything, do not permit the furniture to be introduced like in a normal house. Than, the furniture is lifted with the help of the pulley and introduced trough the big windows. Narrow facade, big windowed, and not one missing the pulley canal houses.

Guan Yin Shrine

by jo104

This is Europe's first Buddhist traditional style temple completed in 2000
Admission is free & on Sundays they do recitations of the sayings of Buddha at 10.30
The building is rather attractive from the outside but I did not go inside so perhaps if you curiosity or religion persuades you then it is a must do thing
Open Mon - Sat 12pm - 5pm
Sun 10am - 5pm

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