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    Why go

    by Assenczo Updated Apr 1, 2015

    On a short visit, thrown in by the fragility of an airline schedule, one has the opportunity to visit Amsterdam for a quick impression of this famous city. Time restraints could be punitive and naturally restrictive but also enforcing discipline and to-the-point attitude. So, what is the one and only thing that a visitor should not miss in Amsterdam considering that there is no time for more? Laic opinions seem to converge on the sex/drug industry that apparently thrives in town. Most people would say: “What the heck, this is the only place that boasts legality in matters that are usually outlawed elsewhere!”, so this becomes “unique” feature right away. And “unique” things deserve attention and priority by default. Attending the “show” in the winter months adds some special “je-ne-sais-quoi” feeling about it when suddenly blunt nakedness flashes through doors and windows. With the thermometer at around five degrees Celsius this kind of a scene becomes almost surreal. In any case, flesh and decor change colours, forms and probably contents but the general idea is of something rotten in what seems to be residential area in general. Add to the Johns and their Juliettes the “soft” drugs within the same block and the picture becomes rather pixilated. This is exactly how one would like it to be anyway on a day after a sleepless night flight over the Atlantic in order to call it a day/night.

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    Amsterdam Stroopwafel Museum

    by MM212 Updated Jan 28, 2015

    I've always loved stroopwafels (known to me by the French name gaufres au miel), so I was intrigued when I found out that Amsterdam had a museum dedicated to it! As an aside, Amsterdam seems to have a museum for everything, including world peace, sex, handbags, and the list goes on. When I got to the museum, I entered for the sole reason of buying stroopwafels as I really had no interest in its history, but was surprised to see stroopwafels being made live and sold to be eaten warm. Naturally, I had to try one and it was superb. Watch this video Stroopwafel Museum to see how they are made.

    Amsterdam Stroopwafel Museum, Jan 2015 Ready made stroopwafel, Jan 2015 Amsterdam Stroopwafel Museum, Jan 2015
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    Levend Paarden Museum

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jan 25, 2015

    The Levend Paarden Museum (Living Horses Museum) is housed in the Hollandse Manage, a famous building adjacent to the Vondelpark.
    The building from 1882 was a garage for carriages and the horses that draw those wagons.
    The building design was by architect Dolf van Gendt.

    Admission: € 8,- (Adult)

    Opening hours:
    Daily: 10AM - 5PM

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    Unique Architecture

    by MM212 Updated Jan 11, 2015

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    As you walk around Amsterdam, notice the beautiful architecture of its houses and buildings. Most of the historic city is basically made up of Flemish-style townhouses, with palatially high ceilings. Many of these townhouses date back to the 16th-18th century, and because of the soft soil, some are noticeably sinking and have crooked façades! Attached are photos of a few examples of Amsterdam's unique architecture.

    For more photos, take a look at the travelogue: "Amsterdam's Architecture."

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    Vrolik Museum: Collection of curiosities

    by Pijlmans Updated Aug 21, 2014

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    The Vrolik Museum is a collection of medical anomalies, founded by professor Gerardus Vrolik (1775-1859) and his son professor Willem Vrolik (1801-1863).

    The collection comprises body parts, fetuses and skeletons and shows various aspects of human and animal anatomy, embryology, pathology and congenital anomalies.

    Very interesting for those interested in (medical) science.

    However, the exhibition is pretty much in your face and probably not suitable for small children or weak of heart since it displays some gruesome anomalies.

    This small museum is located in the Academic Medical Center (AMC) and free of charge. Open on Monday-Friday from 09.30-17.00. Tours for maximal 15 persons can be arranged by appointment.

    A visit to the museum could be combined with a 3 hour walk through the surrounding nature. This hike passes Station Holendrecht. For more information, see http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tp/1bca23/.

    https://www.amc.nl/web/AMC-website/Museum-Vrolik-NL/Museum-Vrolik.htm

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    Major Alida Margaret Bosshardt.......

    by Maryimelda Written Jul 14, 2014

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    Alida Bosshardt was a true Dutch heroine. She saved countless Jewish children during the second world war and then followed up by working tirelessly for the prostitutes and homeless of the Red Light District for many years until her death at age 94.

    She is remembered by this wonderful statue which can be found in the Red Light District right outside the house in which she lived.

    Alida Bosshardt's story is fascinating to say the very least and can be found here:

    http://www.sendthefire.ca/heroes-angel-of-amsterdam/

    Well worth a read and my thanks to Swanette (PJ's wife) for introducing me to this truly wonderful lady.

    Major Alida Margaret Bosshardt.... The Major and me.... Her home in the Red Light district
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    The former Open Harbour Museum

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 16, 2013

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    The Open Harbour Museum was a part of the Zeeburg quarter and centered around the former KNSM passenger terminal. In this building the museum was housed and it is also used for cultural events. Plans were to add ships at the waterfront, like a submarine, a lighthouseship, a KNSM passenger ship and a Greenpeace ship.

    Update: In 2003 The museum closed and two years later was transformed into a tourist information center called Loods 6.

    2013 Update: Most of the ships now are located at the NDSM area across 't IJ.

    Lichtschip Zeeburg Ships at the JAVA Island Green Peace ship SIRIUS and Lichtschip NDSM area
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    Gemeente Amsterdam, Netherlands

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 16, 2013

    "The Government of Amsterdam" is the government of the municipality and city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Most of the inhabitants live in the city of Amsterdam, but the municipality also covers a number of small villages, and other parts of the local government, such as the Waterschap or the bridge management, cover an even larger area.

    The administrative district borders Diemen, Weesp, Abcoude, Ouder-Amstel and Amstelveen in the south, Haarlemmermeer and Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude in the west, and Zaanstad, Oostzaan, Landsmeer and Waterland in the north.

    As all Dutch municipalities, the municipality of Amsterdam is governed by a mayor, burgemeester, his aldermen, wethouders, and the municipal council, gemeenteraad.

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    Contemporary Art: De Appel

    by pieter_jan_v Updated May 6, 2013

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    De Appel is the centre for contemporary Art.
    Normally there are discussion and video presentations on tuesday nights (see their website).
    The centre moved from the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat to the Prins Hendrikkade.

    Admission: €7.00 (adult)

    Opening Hours:
    Mo: Closed
    Tu-Sa: Noon - 8PM
    Su: Noon - 6PM

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    Silence please ...

    by pieter_jan_v Updated May 5, 2013

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    Never before did I found a museum about funurals. Well, the Uitvaartmuseum " Tot Zover" may be the first.

    The Uitvaart Museum (Funeral Museum) opened on December 12, 2007.
    It is located at the "Nieuwe Oosterbegraafplaats", a churchyard at the East quarter of Amsterdam.
    Much of the collection is collected by Henk Kok. who has worked on opening a funeral museum since 1964.

    Entrance: € 5,50 (adults).

    Opening hours (including the Museum Café Roosenburgh) :
    Mo: Closed
    Tu-Su: 11AM - 5PM

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    Wertheim Park and Auschwitz Memorial

    by nicolaitan Written Mar 10, 2013

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    " The sky is wounded forever. Auschwitz was an unspeakably appalling attack on everything that humanity stands for " Jan Hendrik Wolkers.

    The small Wertheim Park is the only park in Amsterdam Central and one of the oldest parks in the city, a gift to the people of the city by Napoleon in 1812. The park is named after Abraham Wertheim, a 19th C banker and philanthropist. The park is noted for its sculptures, most notably the two marble sphinxs with lanterns at the entrance. There is little to draw one into the park, located across from the Botanic Garden, to visit the Auschwitz Memorial if one does not know it is here. We were alone in the park with a few locals walking their dogs.

    Of the approximately 107000 Jews sent to extermination camps, only 5200 returned. Some went to Sobibor but most to Auschwitz. The Dutch Auschwitz Committee commissioned Dutch author and artist Jan Hendrik Wolkers to conceptualize and create a monument. The memorial was initially place in a cemetery, possibly as early as the 1970's, and moved here in 1993. It is comprised of six broken mirrors in two rows of three with an erect glass panel stating Never Again Auschwitz. The artist has stated that cracking the mirrors was intended to punish the sky for its indifference to the atrocities being committed. The rest of the park looks like a nice venue for a short rest should time allow.

    Wertheim Park Entrance Auschwitz Memorial

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    Kokopelli Smartshop

    by DarkFeather Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    Don't miss out on the best smartshop ever: KOKOPELLI
    It will appeal you from the street with its coloured, warm shop-window and that wooden bench outside, near the entry!
    Inside you will find a little peaceful oasi; the parquet floor gives you a sensation of warmth, lights and books make you feel calm and the nice owners bring happiness. Don't forget to look at the paintings, there's always some art exhibition going on (I remember Kamiel Proost exhibition)!
    Going ahead in the shop you will find a relax area; comfortable sofas with cushions, little coffee tables and notebooks: they're meant to be used by customers who can either leave a message or draw something with the Koko's pencils!
    Kokopelli is also a tea room and an internet café, so sit back and have a hot cup of tea while drawing, smoking and listening to the Koko's relaxing music :)
    Absolutely the best place ever if you want to spend some peaceful hours!

    The relax area! Tea corner on the right and the rest of the shop Yeah this place makes you feel artistic :P

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    Prins Hendrikkade

    by ophiro Updated Feb 4, 2013

    Prins Hendrikkade is a street very close to the central station and also very in the end (or start , depends on your travel location) of Amsterdam's Chinatown.

    You will find here some lovely attractions like St. Nicholas church , The dutch maritime museum , Hotel Victoria , Schreierstoren and more.

    The street is named after the youngest son of King William II , Prince Henry (1820-1879).

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    Sky Lounge With Sky Terrace - Ideal For Photos

    by Mikebb Updated Dec 10, 2012

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    Just as many people visit the Doubletree by Hilton Sky Lounge & Terrace to view the city and harbour as others visit for drinks.

    Located on the hotel's 11th floor it is the ideal for end of day drink and admire the spectacular waterway.

    We were staying at the hotel and thought the view from our 6th floor room was special, however it was nothing compared to the Sky Lounge.

    Entry was free when we visited late afternoon.

    River Cruise Ships - Taken From Sky Lounge Terrace Sky Lounge - View To Canals near Central Station Sky Lounge - View To Other Side of Amsterdam Skylounge - Harbour View Sky Lounge - City Street Scene
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    University

    by mickeyboy07 Written May 7, 2012

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    The Predecessor of the University of Amsterdam,the Athenaeum Illustre,was founded in Amsterdam in 1632 to educate students in Trade and Philosophy.Lessons were generally given at the Professors homes,as the establishment was not yet a proper University.
    The Athenaeum remained a small institution until the nineteenth century,with no more than 250 students and 8 teachers.The situation changed in 1877 when the Athenaeum Illustre became the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and was permitted to confer the highest educational degrees.Years of rapid growth lay ahead.there were 900 students by 1900,this figure had risen to almost 7500 by 1960.more fields of study and research were introduced and new departments established.Currently there are more than 30,000 students here and 5000 staff.The University has several faculties spanning the Humanities,social sciences,economics,business,law,natural sciences,medicine and dentistry.The grounds are open to the public to browse round were you can find many works of art dotted around.

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