Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

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  • 1. Zaanse Schans

    This was the highlight of my visit, actually getting inside a historic windmill and actually seeing the working movements of the mill. These windmills are hundreds of years old and were moved to...

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  • 2. Canals & Boat Tours

    Cross the 'IJ' behind the central station with the 'ijplein'-ferry. When you get off, walk along the waterside to the east (right) untill you arrive at the orange building called 'wilhelminadok' to...

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  • 3. Keukenhof

    “Guarded within the old red wall’s embrace, Marshalled like soldiers in gay company, The tulips stand arrayed. Here infantry Wheels out into the sunlight. What bold grace Sets off their tunics, white...

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  • 4. Jordaan

    Cross the Oudezijds Voorburgwal and head for the Prinsengracht. Forget about BRUTUS that used to be at MOLSTEEG 8. We go west perpendicular to the canals via either the LELIEGRACHT or...

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  • 5. Haarlem

    Quite frankly I prefer Haarlem to Amsterdam for two reasons, one from the past: Arts in Haarlem, especially painting, preceded Amsterdam and Haarlem was often at the top of arts and culture in the...

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  • 6. Madurodam - The Hague

    I went in February, and it was still fun! Cold enough that they had a huge ice house set up you could walk through, and a miniature to match the rest of this fun park----most in 1:25 scale. The Dutch...

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  • 7. Marken - Monnickendam

    Marken is a former island, that is now connected to the mainland by a dam. It is a small fishermen's town with characteristic wooden houses. Other people already wrote interesting tips about Marken....

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  • 8. Volendam

    A beautiful town which still retains much of its "fishing village" past, although it now relies on the tourist trade and the shops, restaurants and cafes focus on satisfying the demands of the 21st...

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  • 9. Statues and Sculptures

    Besides graffitti, statues and sculptures are usually the only form of public art in a city - but not in Amsterdam! I discovered the first truly public and free art gallery is located in the center of...

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  • 10. Red Light District

    Naturally I did walk through the famous Red Light District. I have to be honest, it really did not do much for me. The thought of walking through a street with prostitutes on display sounds exciting....

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  • 11. Vondelpark

    The park was somewhat a deception because there were nearly no flowers although it was begin May and in the country, from my train, I had seen many huge fields with flowers, late tulips and other...

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  • 12. Zandvoort

    Many Amsterdammers like to spend a warm summer’s day on the sandy expanses of the North Sea coast. The seaside resorts of Zandvoort and Bloemendaal are very popular, and both can be reached easily by...

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  • 13. Muiderslot - Naarden

    A few km from A`dam is Muiden. Nice typical village with the river and boats all along. On its edge you find this castle now, after many years, open to the public. April up to and including October:...

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  • 14. Walking

    Riekermolen is to the south of Amsterdam... there is no direction placards to it but if you are walking alongside Amstel river from Martin Luther King Park to Amstel Park anyone will tell you how to...

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  • 15. De Gooyer Windmill

    Molen De Gooyer is (I think) the last surviving windmill in Amsterdam. It is an extremely impressive sight, though you can only view it from the outside. It dates from the early 1700's and was...

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  • 16. Amsterdamse Bos

    In the weekends a ferryboat connects the North bank of the Nieuwe Meer (Oude Haagseweg near McDonald´s and the beaches) with the South bank (close to the pancake restaurant Boerderij Meerzicht, see my...

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  • 17. Street Markets

    The Dappermarkt in the eastern part of Amsterdam was chosen as 'Best market of The Netherlands' in 2006. It's a good place to see the different cultures of the city side by side. There are Dutch,...

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  • 18. Alkmaar

    Visit a windmill, some are open to the public and you can see how they work which is very interesting. The family used to sleep on the ground floor. I visited one near Alkmaar Entry is usually few...

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  • 19. Heineken Brewery

    A note: If you are looking for RECORD MANIA, that used to be in the Jordaan area at Hartenstraat 9, you have to go to the Ferdinand Bolstraat 30 instead (Beyond Heineken Experience). Record Mania is a...

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  • 20. Edam

    If you are looking to spend a day outside Amsterdam to see Dutch landscape and traditional villages, probably the best choice is to take a trip to villages Edam, Volendam and Marken. All of them are...

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  • 21. Sex Museum

    A city like AMS with its big and famous red light district must have a "sex musem" as well, I guess. There is also an "Erotic museum" right in the red light zone, but we didn´t visit that. The sex...

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  • 22. Maritime Museum

    It seems to me that the museum is hesitating between functioning as a playground for children with the rooms of the West wing and the VOC replica and a scientific-historical approach in the East Wing...

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  • 23. Street Art & Graffiti

    I take pictures of these kinds of creations in every city I visit. This one is a huge snake at the façade of whole building. It was colorful and attractive, although I haven't noticed it since I...

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  • 24. Ijmuiden

    We used the hydrofoil to connect with the DFDS ferry to Newcastle @ 5 euros each. You can avoid the main canal road & head under the bridge half right in front of the ferry. The walk into Ijmuiden...

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  • 25. Cycling

    Always try to go attended to the most famous city of the Netherlands, ..no need to suggest to take nice walks along roadsides. Lovely view of the main capital , just not as bad as it seems . The...

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If you want to discover the Amsterdam hidden gems, best visit one of the local tourist offices first. They have great walking- and cycling routes booklets that will lead you to the most surprising...

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