Provincie Noord-Holland Tourist Traps

  • The City Hall on the Grote Markt.
    The City Hall on the Grote Markt.
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  • View up the tower of the Bavo Kerk.
    View up the tower of the Bavo Kerk.
    by Jerelis
  • Entering the Grote Markt of Haarlem.
    Entering the Grote Markt of Haarlem.
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Provincie Noord-Holland Tourist Traps

  • Red Light District

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    In the summer this place is heaving with tourists and where there are lots of tourists there are lots of undesirables such as heroin junkies, aggressive beggars, pickpockets and some real ugly looking prostitutes and seriously if you ain't going there for sex there no point going. If you have to go do it in the early evening as it is slightly...

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  • Coffee Shops

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    So, 7 years ago in Amsterdam I had my first holiday there, it was blinding! Fantastic weed at really cheap prices. I went there last week hoping things would be the same, oh how wrong could I have been. No longer is there a massive range of weed nor are there any cheap prices. Don't expect to go out there and get some cup winner weed and pay an...

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  • Canal Boat Tours

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    You can throw things if you want, but I think the canal cruises you get by Centraal station are a disappointment. Especially the ones on closed boats where you sit crammed in with 30 other tourists, staring out the windows of the low cabin, straining your neck to look up at the bridges. Just don't do the above.... it's a boring ripoff. Here on...

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  • Beggars & Scams

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    many many warnings about men mainly of an african background in groups or alone approaching you to sell cocaine or "sniff" avoid at all costs make sure you are in a group avoid eye contact and if you want such drugs dont buy from them or at all cannabis is tlerated but any other drugs and you may get locked up.picture attached shows one of many...

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  • Wooden Shoes

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    I think every tourist to Amsterdam gets trapped in one of these! Very kitschy, but good for a laugh nonetheless. There are a number of these in front of souvenir shops around the city. Get to Amsterdam and get clogged!

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  • Bulldog Coffee Shops

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    When in Amsterdam make sure you shop around for coffeeshops, it will definately pay off. Some are double in price compared to others. The ones covered in neon lights are probably best to avoid as they are aimed at tourists and will take the mick money wise. The ones that are off the beaten track are the best. We found weed prices range from 8 euros...

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  • Anne Frank House

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    Anna Frank House is one of the most famous attractions in Amsterdam and because of this the place is one of the crowded places. Sometimes the line is so big you can see people stand from the house to the westkerk, Try to come early and enjoy your visit.

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  • Leidseplein

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    If you are looking for a nice place to eat or to buy souvenirs, Damrak may be one of your first adresses. Anyway, most prices are expensive. And don't even think to buy a soft drink at one of the souvenir shops. You can pay for a can 2 € or even more. Try Leidsestraat and Leidesplein, there are also souvenir shops and cafés and the prices are less...

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  • Teasers

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    This is the closest thing to Hooters I have seen in Europe. The music is LOUD and usually upbeat dance or Top 40 type. The beers are big and maybe a little expensive. They serve food, but we have only had the fries which were OK. The bartenders and waitresses dress in butt baring shorts and tank tops that are at least two sizes too small....

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  • Souvenirs

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    I used to work in a souvenir shop on Damrak (the street just off central station) so let me share you a bit on one of the tricks those guys have. In many of these shops there is a display full of ships in bottles (impossible bottles); with many of them made from crystal that cost more than 150 Euro's. Now, out of the 12 or so different type of...

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  • Floating Flower Market

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    I've been to Amsterdam the past week and like every tourist I wanted to bring some tulip bulbs. In Bloemenmarkt (on Singel between Muntplein and Koningsplein) I saw many shops selling big quantities of bulbs - bags of 50 and 100 bulbs. Me and my friends bought 2 bags of (supposedly) 55 bulbs. When we divided the bulbs back in the hotel, we counted...

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  • Damrak

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    Perhaps con men is bit harsh, but these people were very annoying. As we stepped off of the train in Amsterdam central, we were bombarded by people trying to 'help' us find a hotel/transportation, etc. They were inevitably doing it for commission and despite us telling them that we already had accommodation booked, he continued to follow us down...

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  • Heineken Experience

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    Entrance: 15 euros (in 2010) What you get: A lot of Heineken advertising, a childish attraction in which you are a virtual bottle, and three beers along the "experience". As a souvenir you can keep wearing the green plastic Heineken bracelet you get at the entrance...But better get rid of that bracelet as soon as possible, because it shows to the...

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  • Street Artists & Performers

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    Dont think your in Kansas anymore. There are a significant no of people you would never think of broaching into conversation who accost you and they are mightily persistent .peeled eyes in this city Dont break your step

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  • Central Station

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    Right, taxi's. We used a taxi to get from Central Station to our hotel in the Rembrandtplein. We had been given the tip of setting a price before getting in the taxi so we knew up front what we would have to pay. The first guy wanted 20 euros! no way not for a 3 minute car ride. So we pulled back and waited for another, he wanted 15 euros, still...

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  • The Grasshopper Coffeeshops

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    I must say I didn't feel trapped by any coffeeshop I visited, and my goal was to visit as many coffeeshops as I could in two weeks. I got to 33, some of them more than once. I have to say that I loved them all for one reason or another. While expensive, The Grasshopper on NZ Voorburgwal and Bulldog on the Leidseplein have seating enclosed by...

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  • Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    Yes, we actually went in here. The admission price was about 5euro and I personally didnt think it was worth it. Its very small,TINY! It was as though someone did a class project and put it up on display. You can take all the pictures you want but I really didnt take any. We took a few of the cannabis garden they have there and thats about it. The...

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  • Stedelijk Museum

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    I am still trying to figure out just why I did not like this museum. The Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art is said to be one of the most collections of Modern Art in the world. For the fact that I in fact like Modern Art, I was actually was looking forward to visiting this gallery. For reasons that a hard to explain, I found what was on exhibit here...

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  • Cheese Shops

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    Conveniently located across the Prinzengacht from the Anne Frank house, the entrance looks interesting enough to enter. The first floor is an overcrowded cheese store with innumerably sale items, many with sample plates. Some good, some exotic, some not good. The so-called museum is an afterthougt in a small basement room access by a rickety...

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  • Sex Museum

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    The Erotic Museum in the red light district. I thought it was quite boring and tacky - apart from a few original drawings by John Lennon nothing you HAVE TO see. Take a pic of yourself in a window of the red light district! haha Go window shopping in the RLD ;)

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  • Diamonds

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    You will be able to go into so-called diamond factory tours to see the processing of diamonds in Amsterdam. The one I went to was around Van Gogh Museum area. I wouldn't say they are scams, but it certainly was not worth much of a visit. They have a few people on the main floor demonstrating the stages of diamond processing briefly, and then they...

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  • Van Gogh Museum

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    I wouldn't consider the museum as tourist trap, but you should only go there if you like Van Gogh's Art. Check out the famous paintings. There are a bunch of other museums in Amsterdam to visit (Historic, Anne Frank House, etc.)

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  • Tourist Office

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    I had to miss KLM flight as my prev flight was delayed. KLM staffs were very supportive and booked my hotel/next flights etc. So I had some hours for sightseeing the next morning, I went to Tourist Infomation at the airport to get some more information. I had only 3 hours so I wanted to have a look at Amsterdam quickly. The lady in TI told me I...

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  • Internet Access

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    This isn't really a tourist trap, although you will find a lot of tourists using the flat screen, high speed connections here. Easy Internet Cafes are the best thing for the budget traveler who wants to stay in touch with friends and family back home. They can be found all over Europe and even in New York and are a great value. In my hostel, the...

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  • Madame Tussaud's

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    If you have always wanted to see well-made wax-dollies go there. But beware of the entry fee! You can do a lot more with that 17,50 euro than watching few stiff historical figures and celebrities (such as Arnold). Anything that You enjoy! :)

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  • Boom Chicago Comedy House

    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

    Boom Chicago in the Leidseplein was a total bust. Its sad to see American actors talk crap about being American. If you are a PATRIOT avoid this place. You'll be disgusted at what the sellouts say to try to get a few laughs from the crowd. Order dinner and drinks and when the show starts and you start getting disgusted with it, wait till they ask...

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  • the final act..

    describe? what for? look at the last picture of the sequence.. ;-) well... this was just a photo joke, but quite probable.. don't you think?

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  • …the next stage.. tasting...

    and.. this was actually fun.. lots of brands.. different tastes… pity some of us.. didn’t eat much that day.. as we visited that museum before lunch.. definitely have a snack well.. 2 snacks is even better..

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  • it was supposed to be a visit in a...

    so we went to that museum to see how the fameous Dutch vodka was produced there.. It tastes of juniper.. and it takes the name after it.. (I must find this name somewhere, my sclerosis is just terrible ;-) do go too far experiencing ;-) have a snack?

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