Canals & Houseboats, Amsterdam
the city it's self is very small, we walked the entire trip everywhere we went. the only time we took a cab was the first day from dam square to the b&b then 2 more times late at night when we were to tired to walk. if you really want to experiance all this city has to offer you have to trek it on foot, otherwise your proned to get caught up in the hustle.
Fondest memory: the streets and buildings are each truly unique, they might all look the same from a distance but at a closer glance you'll notice differences in most of the builings and streets. the architecture of amsterdam was everything and more than i expected.
Favorite thing: On a canal boat tour during the day, early sites include the New Metropolis Museum at Oosterdok. Numerous barges are also seen along the harbors. The lower picture shows reproduction sailing vessel near the harbor entrance. (Interesting 'coin' story goes along with the canal tour)
Walk around the lovely watercanals, or take a boattrip around! It´s nice!
Fondest memory: New Year´s Eve 1996....The streets were burning in the night, cause the Dutch seem to love fireworks and burned whole boxes of it! It was like war!
Maybe it was because it was so damn cold that night:) Minus 20° degrees celsius!
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Visit the canals. The architecture surrounding the banks of the canals is so beautiful that everywhere you look there seems to be a photograph!
Fondest memory: We did not book any accomodation before leaving England as we thought it would be a great adventure for four travellers on a budget to arrive at the airport and then find somewhere to stay! We arrived the weekend of a large conference and were told that the only place still available was the 4* Airport Hilton (a little more expensive, and a little less of a cultural experience than we would have liked) However, it worked out cheaper than a 2* hostel in Amsterdam town centre due to the fact they had so many rooms left, it was near to the airport (and it's train link to central Amsterdam) and we were treated like royalty! Probably the best thing that could have happened to us!
Fondest memory: The canals really are beautiful. It's like having a hundred miles of shoreline in one city. There are some great cafes and restaurants though many are pricey so I didn't get much of a chance to sample the cuisine.
Fondest memory: The biggest surprise was all of the houseboats moored in the canals. What an interesting way to live in the middle of the city. I wonder what the rental on canal space is? If you want, you can take a canal trip -- there are tours. It is a romantic way to see that part of the city. However, it is a shame to look down only to see so much garbage floating in the water.
Pay attention to the canals. There are more here than in Vencie!
Fondest memory: Walking around this city was a blast. So much to see -- architecture, water, bicycles, street life, red light district. I felt like I could just walk around forever in this town.
There is so much to do in Amsterdam it is difficult to pick on any one thing. For those of you have already been here you will know that it pretty much offers something to everyone. If you have not yet been here and are planning to come, please feel free to get in touch. I have already helped a great many travellers with local information and enjoy being a tourguide to my recently adopted city. Helping others find what they are interested in, often helps me to find out new and interesting things.
Fondest memory: Again there are so many. I love to wander through the canal area of the city and absorb the architecture and romanticism of it all. I am also blessed to live in this area, so I get a lot of opportunity. If you haven't tried Queen's Day (the Queen's official birthday), that can be great fun. It is a National holiday, and in Amsterdam all the trams normally running through the city, do not, as there are so many people, it would be impossible. You do need to like crowds, as the whole city is one big crowd on that day. It probably helps to know someone who can guide you around, otherwise manoevering your way through some of the crowds can be a bit tedious. Everyone ends up completely 'out of their heads' on some enhancer, mostly alcohol, but there are other unusually legal substances available here.
There are a great many good restaurants, most of which are not in parts of town where most tourists tend to look. Let me know if I can advise you.
Fondest memory: 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.
Favorite thing: I have been told that Amsterdam has more canals than Venice! This city has such a nice feel about it and is great to wander around in. I unfortunately don't have photos that capture the beauty, but trust me, it is lovely.
Many of Amsterdam's canals were filled in around the start of the 20th century, mainly for sanitary reasons. The remaining waterways are still pretty filthy, but there's nothing like seeing Amsterdam by boat - just keep your eyes up and don't trail your eating hand wistfully in the water. Amsterdam becomes even more picturesque from a duck's perspective: the houses look impossibly higgledy-piggedly, leaning, looming and jostling on both sides of the canal; bridges arch over the water, some of them opening for tall water traffic.
There are numerous tourist boats doing the rounds, and it's also possible to rent a pedal boat, if you're feeling energetic. Of course, if the canals freeze over in winter, the boats get stuck and there's skating to be had. Amsterdam frozen over is a wonderful place: the locals dust off their ice skates, children and dogs scramble around, and vendors sell hot chocolate, glühwein and soup. Watch out for thin spots in the ice, especially under bridges and at the edges: people die under the ice every year.
Favorite thing: More then 200 canals of Amsterdam together are longer then 100 km. There are 1200 bridges here (half of them were built in XVII century). By the way, traveling by canals you can get to the majority of Netherlands regions .
Favorite thing: One thing that I thought was so cool about Amsterdam is how many house boats are there! It is like something I have never seen anywhere else. And many of the house boats addes a lot of charm to the canals.
This is almost impossible to answer for I loved all the places I visited, and I visited a lot of them during my stay. However, one that really sticks in my mind was a side trip to Harlem. This walkable, Capitoal City has one of the cutest history museums I have ever visited. Located near the city center, it is a multimedia event with film, slides, lighted dioramas, and even toy models showing the culture and wonderness history of the Netherlands and Harlem it self. A thirty minute train from Amsterdam to Harlem and a very short bus ride into the city is a must for all visitors to the Netherlands.
Fondest memory: If you have never been to an authentic brown resturants you will be in for a treat of not only plentiful of great food and choices, but the locals are as engaging and friendly when you join in their local customs. Just off the Liedstrat off the northern end of Liedsplien you will find a one of these resturants that have the best steaks, ribs and drinks. The bartenders are extremly funny, helpful and cordial to the tourists that accidently enter. You hang your coat on a wooden peg and if your lucky you will find a seat at the bar. Order a drink and ask whats good for dinner and they will talk you into a great steak dinner with a big baked potato, salad and bread. It's worth the USD $25.00 price (not including the drinks)!