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    Stadsarchief(City Archives)

    by mickeyboy07 Written Apr 19, 2012

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    The World's largest City Archives are located in Amsterdam.The Stadsarchief is home to hundreds of thousands of books,drawings,prints,photographs,movies and audio recordings.
    Besides the Municipal archives the building also manages many private archives.These include company archives as well as archives from institutions,families and individuals.The Stadsarchief also boasts an extensive audio/video collection,the information bank provides a varied image of Amsterdam and its people,both in an historical context and in modern day life.

    Free admission for information center,treasury room,cinema.There is a fee for special exhibitions.Also there are guided tours of the building.

    Opening hours:Tue till Sat-10.00-17.00,Sun-11.00-17.00,Closed mondays.

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    Opstandings Kerk

    by mickeyboy07 Written Apr 19, 2012

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    Located right next to the A10 motorway is the 'Opstandings Kerk' (Resurrection Church) which is also known as the 'Coal Scuttle' which is a bucket used especially for hauling coal from a shed to the heater.It fits the shape of the church perfectly.The building is made of red bricks with tall windows stretching all the way to the top.The peaceful atmosphere of the church is partly due to the austere furnishings,the white stucco and the light wood.It can seat up to 450 worshippers.

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    Lookoff point Metro Station Construction

    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 7, 2012

    A new North South metro line is being constructed at 25 meters under the Amsterdam street level through the oldest part of town from the Central Station to the Mint tower.

    The new station under construction at the Rokin can be looked at from above at the "Uitkijkpunt Noordzuidlijn" for free.

    Limited to 30 visitors at a time.

    Uitkijkpunt Noordzuidlijn entrance Rokin metro station cross section Rokin metro station under construction Rokin metro station under construction Rokin metro station under construction
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    Wooden Clogs

    by vichatherly Updated Mar 27, 2012

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    Wooden clogs are everywhere in Amsterdam. As part of our guided bike tour, we were taken to a wooden clog shop, where learnt about the clogs history and saw how the clogs are carved out of wood before our very eyes.

    They are a great souvenir of your trip and come in all sizes. There was one outside the shop that was more like a canoe than a shoe.

    Amsterdam Clogs
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    Medemblik

    by monica71 Written Mar 22, 2012

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    Medemblik is a very nice and quiet town and well known for sailing events. Floris V built the Kasteel Radboud fortress in town and awarded Medemblik city rights in 1289. Most of the houses in town were built in the 17th and the 18th century. They are very well preserved.

    We visited the town for 2 hours total and had lunch on the main street. Unfortunately both churches were closed when we were there, but this did not stop us from appreciating and enjoying the beauty of the city.

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    HOP ON - HOP OFF CITY SIGHTSEEING

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 12, 2012

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    If you want to explore Amsterdam at your own pace, a great way to do it is the HOP ON - HOP OFF CITY SIGHTSEEING bus. The route takes you past the city's major tourist attractions and highlights.
    STOPS:
    1) Damtrak 34
    2) Amrath Hotel
    3) Gassan Diamonds
    4) Jewish Museum
    5)Heineken Experience
    6) Vondelpark
    7) Westermarkt
    8) Spuistraat
    9)Rokin 110

    TICKETS:
    On the bus
    ATCB Tourist Offices
    At your Hotel (Look for 20% discount coupons at your hotel where all the brochures are.

    Ticket is good for 24 hours and the cost is 18 Euros.

    Hop On-Hop Off Bus Tram & Hopon-Hopoff Bus

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    To a Beloved Queen

    by von.otter Updated Jan 5, 2012

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    “At this moment my thoughts are more than ever with my country and my compatriots in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Indies. After an age-old historical solidarity, in which had long since passed the era of colonial relationship, we stood on the eve of a collaboration on a basis of equality when suddenly we were both confronted by the present ordeal. The treacherous aggression on the Netherlands in 1940 was the first interruption in the process of development; the heroic battle of the Netherlands Indies, followed by the occupation of the major part of this territory in 1942, was the second.”
    — from a 7.December.1942 radio address by Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands (1880-1962), who was in exile in England at the time

    The equestrian bronze of the beloved Queen Wilhelmina on Amsterdam’s Rokin (at the corner of Langebrugsteeg Alley) was designed by Theresia van der Pant. Commissioned by the Amsterdam Contact Group of Women’s Organizations in 1964, it was paid for by donations from the people of Amsterdam. It was unveiled on in 1972. Miss van der Pant chose to portray Her Majesty as a young woman rather than the matronly monarch that the world knew her as from the 1930s and 1940s.

    When the Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Gulf Railroad built a railroad through the Ouachita Mountains in west-central Arkansas, railroad officials built a thirty-five-room inn atop Rich Mountain to attract tourists and increase their railroad business. The inn, opened on 22.June.1898, was named to honor Queen Wilhelmina, who was crowned in September of the same year. Taking its name from already existing inn, on 21.March.1957 Queen Wilhelmina State Park was dedicated; Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus and Winthrop Rockefeller were key-note speakers.

    Her Majesty appeared on the cover of Time Magazine three times: 12.August.1935; 27.November.1939; and 13.May.1946. In its 7.July.1930 issue Time Magazine referred to Her Majesty as “plump Queen Wilhelmina…”. In its 2.October.1933 issue Time Magazine referred to Her Majesty as “Stout, frugal, shiny-nosed Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands…” In its 1.October.1934 issue Time Magazine referred to Her Majesty as “that motherly monarch, Queen Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria…”. In its 14.December.1936 issue Time Magazine referred to Her Majesty as “matronly Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands …”.

    Queen Wilhelmina Monument, Amsterdam, 5/2011 Queen Wilhelmina Monument, Amsterdam, 5/2011 Queen Wilhelmina Monument, Amsterdam, 5/2011 Queen Wilhelmina Monument, Amsterdam, 5/2011 Queen Wilhelmina Monument, Amsterdam, 5/2011
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    Eat Fries @ Manneken Pis

    by Arfah Written Dec 25, 2011

    On a windy day, while walking the busy street of Amsterdam...eating fries would be nice to keep warm, ha3. Yep, it was quite busy during my trip there. While enjoying our walk, we helped ourselves with a delicious fries at the Manneken Pis. The shop is located somewhere in Damrak. I was walking from the Centraal Station...the shop was on my right. I think the shop it's not so easy to miss. You'll see many people queuing. The fries were cut into medium size (nothing like those slim instant french fries) cooked something like crunchy on the outside, but really soft inside. There's plenty of sauce to choose from. Can't remember mine, but it was definitely yummy. I can't remember the price too, but it was reasonable...not more than 4 euro...but I guess it'll depend on the size chose.

    Delicious fries @ Manneken Pis

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    Have a Waterfight

    by leecouk12324 Written Jul 3, 2011

    Well the Title speaks for itself.
    Like i said before the Amsterdammer know how to have a good time.
    In the height of Summer - perhaps in different places in the City a Van pulls up with a load of Water Guns and encourages everybody to join in.

    Fun Factor 10/10

    Perhaps beats Sumo Wrestling at Noordwijk.

    My Plan of wearing an Orange Shirt so i look more Dutch so i would not get attacked so much appeared not to work.

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    Kochxbas Gallery

    by dustmon Updated Apr 4, 2011

    They had a great show during my stay this last week-----Mark Ryden and his children with big eyes show....Definitely a gallery I would recommend no matter what art they had at the time-------
    open wed-sat 1-6 pm

    mark ryden
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  • Quality of some of the tour operators

    by knowit Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The tourists should be careful of is choosing the tour operator. Just outside the station while walking towards the Dam square we passed through "Asian Compass tour operators" with "The Best Of Holland" advertised outside.

    Me and my wife booked a full day tour that would take us to Zaanse Schans, Volendam, etc villages and, local City sightseeing trip.

    The tour started at 12pm with city sightseeing through the bus, everything was done in a jiffy, from a distance we were shown areas for example told there is the red light district, when we could only notice a few buildings from far....

    After the city trip we were asked to change the bus and board another one to continue for the villages tour, and ushered into another bus. As soon as we sat in the bus we realized that the city tour had started all over again!

    At the very first stop, we asked the guide what was going on, and we were told that it was a mistake on their team's side that we were put on the wrong bus and told that we would have to walk back down to the office from the next stop!

    We were new to the city, had already wasted more than 3 hours, with no lunch, and were left in the middle to head back. Once we reached office, it was 4pm, and demanded a refund as our day was ruined!
    The owner of the comapny did not bother to spend any time with us or listen to us, and shouted orders at the staff to refund partial amount and get rid of us and no full refund was given!

    We were shocked by his rudeness, wish we had seen this face before we took the trip, he had no realization of the trouble we had gone through!

    As a result on the last day we went to the tourist info. center outside the central station and asked for other tour operators than this one. They suggested Key Tours. Keytours were Qualitatively Excellent!

    I wish that no one loses out on quality and money in their trip and be aware that what comes first on their way may not be the best!

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    Westerpark

    by purplekedi Updated Apr 4, 2011

    It is about 20 mins walk from the Cenraal Station but it's an impossible walk during the winter. I used to walk it twice a day once though, the beautiful streets and scenery of Amsterdam can leave u numb that u can forget about the cold.

    Westerpark is not the biggest park, but it's nice. And there's a very cool cafe in there, in a building that looks like some sort of an old station. Drink a hot chocolate after a stroll in Westerpark

    the cool cafe in theWesterpark Funny birds one of them a walk in the woods
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    University history

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Agnietenkapel is the only chapel left of the former Women Monastry build in 1470. In 1578 Amsterdam became protestant and the chapel lost its function. In 1632 it became the homebase for the Athenaeum Illustre, an academic education.
    Now it houses the University Museum with a collection of over 50.000 items. These are not all on display, but you can consult the archives here.

    Visiting hours:
    Mo - Fr: 9AM - 5PM

    Admission: Free entrance

    Agnieten kapel
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    Noordermarket organic foods market

    by dustmon Written Jan 3, 2011

    On Saturdays, you can go to the organic market near the Noorderkerk and get local cheeses, organic eggs, herbs, honey, bread and homemade cakes, mushrooms, many other goodies to try---they also sometimes have birds and yard sale type items as well as clothing and LP records.....
    Winkel Cafe is just on the edge of the small square and a wonderful place for a coffee. tea and a piece of delicious apple cake, and a place to people watch during the market.

    Cheese, Gromit! My Moroccan friend Noordermarket
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    Driving the countryside

    by dustmon Updated Jul 10, 2010

    When you get the chance to drive around outside of Amsterdam, you really get a different feel for the country. It's very flat, yes and most folk know about the dykes keeping the seawater away, but it really is a modern country in alot of respects. One thing that I saw quite a few of, and which I believe USA needs to start building these and using them, is the "new" kind of windmills. Seems to me that there are plenty of really windy places in the USA that could use something besides oil to power up!

    POWER!!!!!
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