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  • Urinating

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    There clearly is (or has been) a problem with men and their bladders in Amsterdam. Whether this is linked to inebriated gentlemen falling into canals whilst obeying a call of nature I cannot say. Nevertheless the city has provided metal 'pissoirs' at strategic points. It is thought so important that gentlemen find the appropriate facilities...

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  • Coffee Shops

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Amsterdam (at least the central part) is lined with Coffeshops selling Marijuana. Although I am sure locals use them too, I got the definite impression that they cater to tourist and expats who have flocked to the city because of the tolerance. To add to the confusion if a cup of coffee is what you really want go to a bar.

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  • Architecture

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    If I wrote somewhere enthusiast reviews about architecture in France, Italy, Spain, England, I don't feel motivated by the architecture of Amsterdam. Certainly very typical but nothing monumental as one sees along the avenues of Paris, Rome, Vienna, Prague, Budapest or Venice. The houses of Amsterdam are very "middle class" for the simple reason I...

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  • Language

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Does anybody speak Dutch in Amsterdam? No they speak English (at least in the touristic centre of the city). I went in a restaurant, near the Leidse Plein, ordered in Dutch and the waitress asked another one to take my order because that was the only Dutch waitress speaking Dutch (I observed that also persons with Dutch nationality are not able...

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  • Red Light District

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    What can I say about this? I love how the Netherlands promotes this on the tourist board web page: http://www.holland.com/us/tourism/Cities-in-Holland/Amsterdam/Attractions-in-Amsterdam-1/red-light-district-amsterdam.htm The Red Light District is quite small. 80% of the girls that work there are smoking hot, model quality. There are a few that...

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  • ATM - Credit Cards

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Netherlands was the first country (of 33) I have visited, that we had lots of problems with ATM:s. Outside Amsterdam most of them didn´t exept foreign cards! In AMsterdam there was also some witch didn´t but in most central streets we found those ones, witch took our card also. This was also the first country we had problems paying with foreign...

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  • Tipping

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    I learned to look both ways twice before crossing a bike path, tram track or road. Cyclists are riding very fast, so I tended to let them go by first before crossing. Dutch people tend to cross regardless, as long as the path is clear. Dutch people will easily and graciously speak perfect English when asked. Dutch people are almost always very...

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  • La Canna Coffee Shop

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    The weed and hash menu is displayed openly for people to see. Look and decide what you want to purchase, or not. It is a CHOICE. Even though they are not really known for their weed, I have heard that the Warm Ears Hash on the menu is some awesome stuff.

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  • Bitterballen

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    My Dutch companions looked somewhat askance when I ordered bitterballen.....I don't quite know why, and I didn't like to ask. Basically, bitterballen are a minced beef stew mixed with flour and seasoning, allowed to firm in the fridge then coated with egg and breadcrumbs and deep-fried. You eat them by themselves (most often in pubs, I believe)...

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  • Beer & Breweries

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Jenever: is the straight Dutch gin. Bols and Heineken: are the two main distillers of jenever in Holland. Bols was founded by Lucas Bols in 1575. Heineken is famous for the best selling jenever of all, Bokma Jonge. Coebergh: Dutch Berry Gin Classic Juttertje: Spice Liquor Hartevelt: Dutch Lemon Gin Hooghoudt: Dutch Double Grain Gin is madfrom...

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  • French Fries - Frites

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Shall I repeat once again that there are NO French Fries in the EU! Not in France - did you ever read Frites françaises on a menu in France - NOT in Belgium of course and NOT in Holland. The Dutch, a very realistic nation, reckon that the best Frieten are made according to the Belgian receipt and introduced in the Netherlands only around 1905. As...

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  • Houseboats

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    On the canals of Amsterdam there are some 2400 families on houseboats living there, about 750 live within the 17th century canal system of downtown Amsterdam. You will find some stretches with lots of houseboats side by side and other streches that are deliberately kept empty. Living on the water mainly developed after the second world war when...

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  • Smart Shops

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    This was new to me. Smart shops sell harder drugs and its all legal or tolerated. They dont sell weed or hash here. Smart shops sell mushrooms and ecstasy (an herbal ecstasy) and even marijuana seeds. They also have menus of what they offer and a description of what the substance does. For example if you want to to have personal enlightenment try...

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  • Bicycle - Cycling

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    There are thousands and thousands of bikes in Amsterdam. I knew that before I visited. But I hadn't realised quite how many bikes would be standing (or lying) around, everywhere. I suspect many no longer actually belong to anyone, but have simply been abandoned when a new bike has been purchased. Huge numbers were left near my hotel, day in, day...

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  • Greetings - Kissing

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Kissing ¡V Three kisses starting on the right cheek & ending on the right cheek I always get my right & my left confused ¡K.. No not on purpose :-) If you are in a bakery, postoffice, deli etc make sure if there is a dispenser where you get a numbered ticket before joining a queue. It is not the done thing to smoke dope in public so it is...

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  • Street Performers

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    In the early part of twentieth century the Netherlands became world famous for its street organs. Love it or hate it, or just putting a smile on your face, even today the sound of street organs belongs to Amsterdam as much as its winding canals and its liberal attitude. It is true that the organ tends to attract a more appreciative audience from...

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  • King's Day - Koningsdag

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Queens Birthday has a long history and it's not a day on current Queen, she's born on November, but she decided to change the day, at least the weather is better at the end of April. There are many traditions but originally the day was for kids and kinds are visible on street having a lot of performances for example. I participated at least four...

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  • Photography

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Are you taking a picture of me.... or am I taking a picture of you? Hahaha, a camera battle was on the go! We've been chasing each other around almost all day to get some fun pictures. And now it ended in both having our camera's ready for action :-)

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  • Haring

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    For food on the hoof forget about MacDonald's (boo hiss!). Instead net a bit of raw fish from one of the many stalls around the city. Spankingly (once again for want of a better word!) fresh herring in a bread roll with pickle and raw onion for about 3 Euro makes for a healthy fast-food option - think "brain food". Absolutely delicious and will...

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  • Wooden Shoes

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    The wooden shoe has been worn since the Dark Ages throughout Europe (news to me, I only thought the Dutch wore them!). People still wear wooden shoes in Holland because of the swampy ground, and also because there is an ample amount of the wood needed to manufacture them (willows and poplars). ~ The orthopedic shape of the wooden shoe - 'clog' -...

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  • Books - Tourist guides

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    This is one of the spots that can be truly hidden for someone in a rush or for somebody only visiting the main spots in Amsterdam. It’s a spot you easily walk by but it’s actually one you should stop for. The bookcase is located in a porch, just across Sarphatipark. It’s filled with books (most of them in Dutch). The idea behind the case is...

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  • Dam Square

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    The pigeons on the Dam square are loved and hated at the same time. The birds are simply rude from all the food they get and the fact that they are in masses and you stand alone. There are various birdfood salesmen roaming around the sqaure, making the situation only worse. The animals (rats among birds) are a plague to the cities monuments and...

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  • Rembrandtplein

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    This park is just around the corner from where our hotel was... a block away from the famous Amstel River. This is a lovely park, peaceful and green. A pleasure to sit and relax in. There is a little cafe on the one side too where you can have something light to eat and a hot drink. Of course, all around the park there are bars and cafes, as there...

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  • Street Markets

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Good information about markets in Amsterdam on: www.dutchmarkets.org/markten/amsterdam/englishtour/markets.htm (full list) And for a bit of history and description http://www.dutchmarkets.org/markten/amsterdam/amsterdam.html#Overzicht

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  • Poezenboot

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    The " Poezenboot" is a houseboat that was converted into a cat asylum. It all started when Mr.s van Weelde living at the Herengracht found a stray cat mother and her kittens and started care for the cat family. Soon after other cats were adopted. In 1968 a first boat was bought and transformed into an asylum for cats. Mrs. van Weelde still had a...

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  • Rijksmuseum

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    RIJKSMUSEUM By far the largest museum in the Netherlands, housed in a monumental neo-renaissance building designed by PJH Cuypers. The Rijksmuseum (State Museum)ranks as a major European museum of Western European painting and decorative arts.

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  • Stamppot

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Dinner in Holland starts at about 6 o'clock in the evening. The old-fashioned Dutch dinner consists of one simple course: beans or potatoes, meat and vegetables. Traditionally potatoes with a large portion of vegetables and a small portion of meat with gravy, or a potato and vegetable stew. A typical traditional Dutch dinner would include stamppot...

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  • Stroopwafel

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    My fiance lived in Amsterdam for a year, and as a lover of all things sweet he soon discovered one of the most popular Dutch cookies: the Stroopwafel / Syrupwaffle. Stroopwaffels, Stroopwaffles, or Stroopwafels (also known as Dutch caramel cookies) are two thin, hard waffle-indented round biscuits, wedged together with a caramel syrup. They are...

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  • FEBO

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Before I visited Amsterdam - I read on VT (of course!) about Febo's. Naturally I had to try something from this fast food snack place. For just 1 Euro I was pleasantly surprised with my instant hot snack - I can't remember the name of it - it looked like a typical Dutch croquette. Self serve yourself from the coin operated mini windows - the food...

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  • Van Gogh Museum

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Van Gogh Museum. Now celebrating 150 years since Vincent van Gogh was born (on March 30 2003). Adults: € 12.50 13-17 years: € 2.50 0-12 years: free admission Museum card holders: free admission* Members of ICOM: free admission* I Amsterdam card holders: free admission There is no special rate for groups or students ANWB members: € 1,50 discount

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  • The Bulldog

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    One of the tourists' popular targets: a Coffeeshop, one from among much. Standing in front of Centraal Station there are about 40 coffeeshops within a 10-minute walk. You can get coffee at these places too, but if that is all you want just look around for a café and you will be set. The main attraction here is the marijuana or hash you can safely...

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  • Cheese

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    While Holland is not as famous for its cheese as a country such as France, this particular product, among many others of course, is absolutely spectacular. Even in a local Albert Heijn Supermarket, the quality of cheese is great. I recommend endulging in some cheese in any form, whether it be from a store or fondue or just really any which way you...

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  • Electricity

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in the Netherlands is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to the Netherlands with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. There...

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  • Canals & Boat Tours

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    The canals of course are one of the major attractions of the 'Venice of the North'. By daytime already very charming, by night they become even more enchanting because a lot of the canal houses and bridges are beautifully illuminated. The four main city center canals are Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Singel, and of course there are...

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  • Schiphol Airport

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Living in a country like Ireland where smokers are treated like wayward children is great when you are as anti-smoking as I am. ;) (BTW I don't object to someone's right to smoke, I just don't get why anyone would ever want to) From the time you get off the plane at Schiphol, the strong waft of cigarette smoke hits you in the face. I found it a...

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  • Pharmacies

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    If you see one of these while in Amsterdam and wonder what it is, I'll tell ya. It means that you've encountered a Pharmacist. You don't see very many of these around anymore but there are still a few out there.

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  • Jenever

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Jenever (pronounced ye-nei-ver) is very famous and popular in Holland and Flemish speaking region of Belgium. It has a taste that is similar to Gin, and so people often call it "Dutch gin" when explaining to tourists and foreigners. The drink distilled from malt wine and the taste comes from the 'juniper' berries that grows in Holland. Is it a...

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  • Anne Frank House

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Even if you just have a short time in Amsterdam, be sure to visit Ann Frank's house. I understand the lines can get long, but they are open until 9:00pm during the tourist season so I would suggest going in the evening. It is very moving to say the least.....

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  • Holiday Season

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Sinterklaas is the Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus, and is celebrated in the Netherlands and Belgium on December 5th eve and the morning of December 6th. Sinterklaas traditionally arrives on a steamboat from Spain during November month and parades through the streets. Zwarte Piet is known as Sinterklaas helper and climbs down the chimneys to...

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  • Gay Pride

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    For the second time i went to the Gaypride, the weather was just great. After lot's of rain it seems to turn to a real summer. Due to the nice weather it was also very crowded in Amsterdam. The Canalparade is mostly a happy and colourful parade of boats with music and lot's of people looking, dancing clapping and more. The canalparade is part of...

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  • Stedelijk Museum

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    About museums in Amsterdam, of course you have the world famous Van Gogh museum and the Rijksmuseum. In this last museum you can find the Nightwatch of Rembrandt. (Both near the Museumsquare). Then you have the Stedelijk museum (also in that neighbourhood). These three museums certainly are worth a visit, I think. Another famous place in Amsterdam...

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  • Souvenirs

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    The most famous "typical" Dutch thing is a CLOG - the wooden shoe. They are sold everywhere, typically lacquered and adorned with some pretty designs. Another popular souvenir is a Delft white-and-blue ceramic. There are also models of Dutch ships and mills. There are plenty of shops near the train station and along the Damrak.

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