Netherlands Tourist Traps

  • De Hof seen from the Sint-Joris Church.
    De Hof seen from the Sint-Joris Church.
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  • Saturday market at De Hof.
    Saturday market at De Hof.
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  • View at the Roode Steen of Hoorn.
    View at the Roode Steen of Hoorn.
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Netherlands 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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  • Dom church and tower

    Utrecht Tourist Traps

    Again a picture of the Domkerk. This church is the biggest in the Netherlands. It was seriously damaged by a hurricane a long time ago and now the tower is no loger linked to the rest of the cathedral.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • If like us you're driving, beware !

    The police care very tough in incorrect parking infringements. The 'wheel-clamp' and 'tow-away' are rigidly enforced. Just follow the rules and you won't go wrong. Don't try bribery whatever you do.Just take it on the chin - or wallet !The pic shows a safe one.Upcoming Video Clip will show result of error.

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  • To stay in thecity when you have a car

    When you have a car it is worth to stay in the hotels around Amsterdam. For example Spaarnwoude resort hotel is 20 min from Amsterdam but you do not pay triple price for accomodation, do not pay 40 Euro for parking and stay in the quiet ecologic area.

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  • Dutch sayings

    Proverbs are usually not exclusive to one country or language.But here are some that reflect Dutch culture or that are used often in daily communication. Beloofd = beloofdPromise is debtWat een boer niet kent dat vreet hij nietWhat the farmer doesn't know, he won't eatWie voor een dubbeltje geboren is wordt nooit een kwartjeWhoever is born a dime...

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  • The biscuit tin

    OK....so you are invited for midmorning coffee or midafternoon tea in a Dutch home. You will get a cup and saucer (preferably flowered china of ancient and unknown origin) and a spoon which was bought as a souvenir in some holiday country.Coffee or tea is poured, a biscuit is offered.... take the biscuit! It's the only thing you will get to eat....

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  • Mashing food - Prakken

    So you're at the home of a Dutch family at about 18 hrs which is dinner time. You get a plate of vegs, potatoes, meat and gravy. To your horror you see everyone pick up their fork, move it to their right hand and start mashing up the food on their plate. This is called PRAKKEN. Within a blink of an eye the food is eaten. Don't follow example! You...

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  • Traffic by car

    The Netherlands is a small country, so the longest trip you can make is about 300 km. if you go from south to north.Roads are good, so are the cars. Many of them. Which means that especially in the west of the country (Randstad = triangle Rotterdam-Amsterdam-Utrecht) you will find yourself in traffic jams from 7-9:30 in the morning and 16.30-18.30...

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  • Have your pants dropped? A Dutch...

    I was just emailing with Kiwi (Pam) when this expression came up that seems to be quite unknown in English. In Dutch, if you are baffled by something, your pants drop.You would say: 'that makes my pants drop'.Or even: 'good thing I was sitting down or my pants would've dropped !' Don't look surprised if you hear that: daar zakt m'n broek van af...

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  • it should be seen

    amsterdam is meant to *** with you. if you are traveling during the summer season, make sure to be prepared for the incredible confusion that resides within this beautiful and unique environment. for starters they give you all the drugs you could want or need. second they make the street names impossible to pronounce as if you were planning on...

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  • Charity and volunteers.

    The expression Dutch Treat is well known. It refers to the proverbial scringyness of the Dutch which in a way is true. We seem to have a lot of savings bank accounts. But the Dutch also give a lot to charity. Partly through their taxes but also through the many charities to support national and international causes.The Dutch give 1.2% of their...

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  • Valkenberg

    Will you folks please tell me what the big fuss is about? I know many people love this city and keep coming here over and over again. Well, not me..So they do have the manmade caves and they are pretty nice, but there are much more interesting ones in Maastricht, which is just "around the corner". Actually, everything in Valkenberg will look gray...

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  • Torture Museum

    Torture MuseumLocated in amsterdam at damrak 20-22. Telephone number is 020-6392027. I will say this, I was interested for about all of 5 minutes! If you've never seen anything like this and you've got some money to blow, well maybe it's for you? Otherwise don't...

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  • Sex Museum

    Sex MuseumLocated at Damrak 18, 1012 LH Amsterdam. I didn't think there was that much to it. I guess I had this preconceived notion that it was a museum and I might learn something?! All it was, basically, was nude pictures ranging in time. Even on a good day, how many nude pictures can you look at?

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  • Drugs

    Holland has a very liberal stance on drugs for personel use, but be aware...Tolerance can't be stretched,controls are usually swift and when caught with more the the listed grams, ya are in deep trouble....deportations is one of the punishments. I saw many young people flock over the border from Germany to Holland, many got caught up in Drugs...and...

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  • Street artists

    One thing you should do in Amsterdam is look around you, you'll be surprised by what you see. It's great fun looking at all the different characters on the street.

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  • Street artists

    Maybe it is a tourist trap, but I like it a lot, the street artist. This a picture I took of a street artists in Amsterdam. I think the street artists give a great atmosphere to this town. Looking at this picture just brings back the memories of my visit to Amsterdam last year.This is the Amsterdam I like, strolling around in one of the great...

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  • Sex museum sections!

    Some parts of the Sex museum are closed, it is frustrating, but I think it is just about the restoring or renewing stuffs!basically, a person could be satisfied with the visit there, but some closed sections are really in a paradoxal way seems to be the most interesting!

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  • Volendam

    I don't know why tourists still get lured to go to this place. Ignorance maybe? Of course it's an easy way to see something else than Amsterdam, but surely there are many much better choices available. Volendam is McTourism, it's quick and easy and it may even have some ' taste', but with just a little effort you'll find something far superior. If...

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  • Drug and porn industry

    When i visited amsterdam i was expecting a city openminded with legal drug use and porn...that's ok with me as long as it remains away. But it's not the openmindness but the whole industry built upon drugs that really annoyed me...you can walk to the streets ans people offer you coke! I m pretty sure that even the residents of amsterdam don't cope...

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