Provincie Noord-Holland Warnings and Dangers

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Provincie Noord-Holland Warnings and Dangers

  • Drug Dealers

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    I saw tips that you should not buy drugs at all (except the coffeeshops and smartshops) and that it's illegal. That's true. But that's not the mentality of giving tips and information as we are used to in the Netherlands. What I mean to say is for example: if a tourist want xtc, there is no one to stop them. The first advise is: don't buy and use...

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  • Pickpockets

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    In the time it took my beloved Proserpina to raise her chipcard and swipe it while exiting the 2 tram, a pickpocket accessed her zipped and momentarilly not tightly clutched pocketbook and made off with her wallet and a pair of designer sunglasses. One swipe, two seconds, out the open door, and gone - an olympic class sprinter. An immediate trip...

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  • Walking Alone

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    I am from Amsterdam and you have nothing to fear as long as you don't fear, a bit of a cliche i know. Don't walk around as a typical tourist, especially at night, conduct yourself with confidence and like you know what you are doing, if someone approaches you with indecent proposals (drugs,sex or whatever) act like you have been there and done...

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  • Coffee Shops

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    I Don't Smoke at all. In Amsterdam there are coffee shops that sell soft drugs - marijuana and Hashish. You can smoke inside the coffee shop but not outside. Although you will find people that smoke outside that it is still illegal.

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  • Crossing the Street - Trams

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    It is perfectly understandable to be distracted by the splendour of Amsterdams architecture, but please do not get overrun by cyclists.The claim right of way everywhere, there are plenty of them, and stepping onto the road to get a better picture without looking might easily result in a collision.

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  • Cycling

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    Most of the smaller interconnecting streets are dedicated to bicycles! Please walk on the sidewalks. One more warning: Nowadays cyclist will sometimes be (very) busy with their cell-phones, texting, whatsapping, etc.). Don't expect them to be very watchful.

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  • Beggars & Scams

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    You cant buy public transport tickets on the street. You can only buy them at the public transport itself or some offices like at Tickets and Info at Central station, Station Zuid (South) Also possible to buy more day tickets here. Holland pass you need to give the coupon for public transport at the office you buy this pass. The scam works like...

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  • Driving & Parking

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    I came to Amsterdam last week and since we stayed in an airbnb close to westerpark, we planned to park at the P+R Bos en Lommer. Once we arrived there we didnt manage to enter the parking as there was no ticket coming out of the machine. After half an hour someone finally came and told us that P+R is booked out even though the garage was half...

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  • Urinating

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    If you have to find a toilet and you don't find... Try harder and don't urinate on the streets ! The citizens don't like it , the police can give you 50 euros penalty. There is a problem finding a public toilet and the pubs/coffee/restaurants will let you use the toilet for 30-50 cents (not all of them of course).

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  • Dam Square

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    Hello, My sister and I, both in our 40's, spent two weeks in Amsterdam and surrounding countries last summer. We did not intend to be out late but always found ourselves out after the trams closed and had to walk back to the apartment by Vondelpark. I quess we were lucky as no one bothered us..we did stay on the largest streets, etc; however, it...

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  • Central Station & Trains

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    After taking several trains in Europe, the trains in Holland were the least punctual. Warning: if you buy a ticket to a location, the trains will often change tracks so make sure you are constantly reading the computer screens to avoid missing your train or getting on the wrong one. If you are not in Amsterdam and speak no dutch, all the...

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  • Taxis

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    The average price for an airport transfer with a taxi from Amsterdam is €50,- If you book ahead of time with Tinker, prices fro Schiphol - Amsterdam center start at just €9,95 For one person, it's already very cheap but if you take the taxi with multiple people, the ride becomes cheaper than public transportation! Give it a try and pass it on!...

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  • Fake Police

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    people who say they are from the police they say that they think you have false money or drugs the want to see your wallet and then the steel your money. special tourists from asia beware. most of the fake cops are from east europe. real police see pictures on the website. phonenumbers emergency 112 non emergncy 0900-8844

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  • Mushrooms

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    If you are going to buy mushrooms make sure you dont get really expensive/good ones if you dont eat shrooms regularly... a friend i met traveling who said he had done them before ate about half a package and they were cheap ones, he said he was so glad he didnt eat a big pack or expensive ones. He said he woudlnt be able to function if he did.

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  • Steep Stairways

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    Everything in Amsterdam is small. The houses are small. The streets are small. The restaurants are small. The bathrooms are really small. This lack of personal space is not only due to the huge number of people crammed into the city, but can also be directly attributed to a medieval tax law of long long ago. Back in the olden days,...

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  • Hotel Reservations

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    Twenty % of the hotels of Amsterdam have bedbugs. This information originates from Rentokil, a company active in the destruction of vermin, and was reported in the Dutch newspapers Het Parool and De Telegraaf of 4/07/2009.

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  • Weather

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    This was my first time in Europe. I had read alot and I knew that it was going to be cold, that it might rain, and be ready for some cold weather with the right gear. As we were walking from Centraal Station to our hotel with all our luggage it started to hail. I wasnt prepared for these little hail balls coming from out of no where to be hitting...

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  • Long Lines - Queues

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    You may have heard that queues can be very long indeed. It is absolutely true. This is a very major 'attraction' indeed, a must-see for most people who visit Amsterdam and an absolute certainty for the many tour groups and school groups. I've been to Amsterdam 3 times over the past few years. On my first visit, in mid-February, I was in the...

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  • Credit cards

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    I got a shock one morning. I went into a bakery to buy 2 croissants and they would only accept credit cards. No cash! A €2.60 purchase! How much will my (British) credit card charge me for that? Bizarre. I've never come across that before. Of course some places don't accept credit cards. Cash only. Check before you buy. It happened again in...

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  • Schipol Airport

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    Schipol is a lovely airport, no doubt of that. But it has some oddities of organisation which may well cause you problems. Gates H are where some budget airlines from the UK arrive and depart. I nearly missed my flight because of the way Schipol organises access to these gates, so beware. You are told (by the screens) to wait in departure lounge...

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  • Maps

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    Just a little story here which didn't happen to me but I kind of wittnessed the despair and anger... Sitting in a cafe I watched a couple walking by, speaking my language, so I overheared they were looking for their rental bikes. It was time to return the bikes - but they had no idea where they had left them. It had been at a corner, near a toy...

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  • Dog Poop

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    It's actually gotten better in recent years but be on the look-out for dog poop on the street. It blends right in with the cobblestones. Should you happen to stomp one of these stinky sidewalk toads into oblivion, the link below lists Dutch swear words & phrases.

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  • Language

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    This is not a warning ! Dutch can be very difficult to pronounce and understand but the Dutchmen speak English well. Almost everyone i talked to was with great English and polite so don't be afraid to talk to them.

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  • never trust the sun in Holland ;-)

    our guides said we were lucky.. because most of the time we had a nice sunny weather.. Well.. maybe sunny but if you like warmer environment.. you better take a jacket or a jumper. When I asked a shop assistant in one of the boutiques for any jumpers she looked at me with amazement, as if I asked for a pair of woolen long legged-knickers, and...

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