Will agree with Rotterdam direction... very different... morning(get "Return" ticket 1 price) train to Rotterdam, Tram 7 outside Rotterdam Centraal to Maas River (end/return), famous Erasmus Bridge... take Spido water tour down the port (1.5hr) for an incredible education... Tram 7 back to R'Dam Centraal... train back in direction Amsterdam... get off Delft... easy map in Delft Centraal... beautiful quaint little city... lunch in the main square... back on train to Amsterdam... afternoon...off at Leiden... cool, oldest university in Netherlands, great history... or off in direction (sea)Den Haag... great history... back to Amsterdam for the evening... all on one round-trip ticket to Rotterdam and a full day of experiencing a few Dutch cities...
Enjoy the trip!
You can download an English spoken podcast from the site of the Amsterdam Public Transport Company, GVB: http://www.gvb.nl/.
The podcast for tram 4 made is by the British comedian Adam Fields: Enjoy the route between Amsterdam Central Station and the RAI (congress center).
Podcasts for tram 5 are made to start at Central Station (and guides you to the ticket office first) or starting directly inside tram 5 itself.
The podcasts are part of a campaign to promote 24, 48, 72 and 96 hour public transport tickets.
Podcast in Amsterdam...shouldn't that be written "potcast" ???
At the moment (2012) the podcast are (temporarily?) removed from the GVB website due to an upgrade of the website. If you send me a message I can send them to you!
For all you Amsterdam tram lovers. You can enjoy the history of the Amsterdam tram, while taking a ride on the historic tram.
Rides can be made from Easter till the last sunday in October, every sunday and national holidays. In July and August there are limited rides every wednesday.
A return ride costs Euro 4.00
I am not trying to show you everything there is to see in Amsterdam. There is just so much to see. The "old city" of Amsterdam is called the "Central City" or "The Golden Age" section. It is a fairly large section and very walkable. The tram and metro systems are very good and the operators are quite helpful.
Amsterdam is an expensive city by my standards (which run from inexpensive to downright cheap). A good dinner at one of the better restaurants will cost about one third more than what I am used to in the mid-western USA. A dorm bed in a hostel is about $30 per night. I don't know about hotel prices other than the inexpensive hotels are about $80 for a double room. Most of the hotels include breakfast.
Amsterdam is a city of museums. Every one that I have visited is worth the price of admission (especially if you use the "Amsterdam Pass" that has free admission or discounts). The "Amsterdam Pass" is valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. The price is 26, 36, or 46 Euro's respectively. Unfortunately, the Rijksmuseum is being remodeled at this time. The last I heard, it was scheduled to reopen in mid-2008. During that period, many of the great works are temporarily housed at other museums in the city. Otherwise, it would be very easy to fill up a full week of just visiting museums and attractions. I do wish that I had taken more still pictures in the museums. I didn't know about VT at the time so mostly I took videos. Anyway...
Photo 1 A quiet residential canal.
Photo 2 This is a replica of an East India transport ship that was sunk off the coast of England.
Photo 3 At just the right angle, you can see 7 bridges along this canal.
Photo 4 This houseboat may serve 2 purposes, 1 still commercial. I never found out.
Photo 5 The Hard Rock Cafe. I was just walking to the bakery at 7:00AM and found customers waiting.
Trams! Painted in bright colours! Lovely! You can see trams everywhere in Downtown area! Great feeling! While you're walking in the comercial area: Kalverstraat (long & narrow street) or in the prestigious one: Van Baerlestraat & Beethovenstraat. Of course, don't forget the famous De Bijenkorf mall in Dam Square.
To start in the morning could be a good option go to Dam Square, where you'll see the Memory for II World War Horrour, Royal Palace & New Church.
you can see more of Amsterdam riding a streetcar or bus. take streetcar #17 at the train station (Centraal station) it will take you thru a part of old Amsterdam to the newer part ending in Osdorp. you can shop on Osdorper plein . visit 2 of Amsterdam 's oldest stores named " de Hema" and "C&A. most streetcars leave from central station, they go east,west and south. you can get off when you want to walk around , get back on when you want. you can buy a ticket at stores that sell magazines or reisbureau's (travel stores) if you are over 55 you get a good discount. street car #4 takes you to the albertcuip markt. a bus can take you to Haarlem, about a 30 min. drive.there is a lot to see in Haarlem and if you want to go to the beach you go 30 min. further and you will be in zandvoort. you want to buy a ticket with approx. 10 rides on it. you can't see Amsterdam better or cheaper than with a streetcar or bus. (i wouldn't try a bike) have fun.
If you are staying there for a few days and you are going to see at least two musems and ride the tram or bus, Then get the Amsterdam Pass. It will save you money and you'll get to see like 10 musems and ride the tram as many times as you like. We did it and I dont reget it.
When you get off the train outside the train staition there is a travel shop right in front a white building you can get it there.
Getting to know Amsterdam, you should try a 50-minute round-trip ride on the Circle Tram 20, which leaves every 12 minutes (daily 9-7) from in front of the Centraal Station. For a city canal culture, take a cruise on one of the tour boats. Some tour boats do provide candlelite wine and cheese cruise. Walking toours show you the city's architecture, history, art and special neighborhoods.
The Electric Museumtramline Amsterdam (EMA) operates since 1975 in the summer period the old railway from the Haarlemmermeerstation on the Amstelveenseweg 264, along the Amsterdam Wood, the Kalfjeslaan and the old station of Amstelveen to Bovenkerk. A fine restored electric tram leads you along the largest recreation area of Amsterdam, various parks and other sights in Amstelveen.
Sundays and holidays from 20 April until 26 October. The service is carried out from 11.00 to 17.00 hour. Departure from Haarlemmermeerstation each 20 or 30 minutes.Wednesdays from 2 July until 6 August (limited service). There are two rides, departure from Haarlemmermeerstation on 13.45 and 15.15 hour
Fares - Season 2008
Children 4-11 years, 65+ and dogs: half price
Return whole route: 4 euro
Return reduction*: 3 euro
(* Reduction with reduction coupon , CJP, Stadspas, Students OV-yearticket or Museumyearticket)
Return half route: 2 euro
Single journey whole route: 2 euro
I went here with Aah stone (Andy) and his brother Lee on 20 july 2008