Netherlands Warnings and Dangers

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Netherlands Warnings and Dangers

  • Speed, drugs and p-ing

    Eindhoven Warnings and Dangers

    It is prohibited to drive if you are over the 0.5 blood alcohol level. Driving under the influence is a criminal offense and applies to driving a car and riding a motor bike, scooter, moped or bicycle. You risk a fine of euro 80(between 0.5 - 1 blood alcohol level) and euro 250 between 1 and 1.8 blood alcohol level. If you are over 1.8 blood...

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  • 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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  • 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

    There are separate bicycle roads; these are NO WALKWAYS. On the other hand, Bikes will be everywhere on the walkways. If you rent a bicycle be sure to include at least an additional heavy chain lock. And when you want to park at the Centraal Station, obey the parking rules!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Driving & Parking

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    When you see a cross where you want to park dont park your car here. It can be that it is sharing a car place like for car2go, connectcars. It can be only for police It can be a special Handicap parking mostly you will see a licenseplate sign. Your car will be tow away for cheaper parking look on the map web link I dont think there is any free...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Taxis

    Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

    I am living in the Centre of Amsterdam. My advice about taxi's: Avoid them. In Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport are many problems with tourist and drivers. They will scam you! Don't take a taxi at night. There are so many problems with taxi drivers at night. Best to travel from Airport Schiphol: * Take the train. The trainconnection with Amsterdam...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 was there by 8:40 in mid-February, in temperatures well below freezing (about -6). I was about tenth in the...

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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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  • The other RED CROSS

    If you drive on the Dutch highways and see a RED CROSS (X) on the electronic displays (matrix borden), it means a CLOSED LANE.

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  • PIN activated Credit Cards

    If you'all plan on using an American credit card in a Dutch or French train station make sure the credit card has a chip or at least it is verified by visa. If not it most likely will not work. You can go online to verified by visa to have your credit card enabled before you travel.

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  • Stilte Coupe: SILENCE

    In many Dutch trains there are sectection called "Stilte Coupe", a part where you are required to be silent, so people can study, read or relax.In these sections the use of cell phones is forbidden; the same goes for loud talking.These sections can be recognized by the the wording "STILTE - SILENCE" on the outside windows.

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  • EIKENPROCESSIERUPS

    Be aware of trees with a red/whire striped ribbon with the wording:PAS OP EIKENPROCESSIERUPS.These ribbons warn you for mainly oak trees that have processionary caterpillar colonies on them. The hairs of these caterpillars cause a red rash on your skin and a terrible itch.

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  • Road works

    In this small country, the road system is dense and well maintained. But that also means loads of traffic and loads of road works. This could turn a, say 80 km drive, into a 2 hour journey if you have the bad luck of getting into a traffic jam.It's good to know beforehand where the road works are.The road works are always well indicated on the road...

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  • Main danger: ME !

    When a friend of mine was introduced to my Netherlands page he pointed out that the main Danger was not listed on this page: ME !So he writes:Be aware that provoking this citizen is a hazardous activity. If confronted by this small Dutch person do not be unduly alarmed. Usually, offerings of small gifts such as chocolate or even large gifts of...

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  • money change

    Do not change money when people ask you in the street. Not even make a bank-note smaller or bigger. If you have to do that for your own use, go into a shop or bank.Look on the website for Euro information

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  • Working & living in the Netherlands

    I've seen many forum posting or I receive questions about working and living in The Netherlands. Now this is not so simple as many people think. For the necessary requirements for citizens of the USA, go to the link below.If you want correct information, please direct your questions to a Dutch Embassy or Consulate in your country. See also link...

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  • Changing guilders to Euro's

    In The Netherlands guilder banknotes can be changed until 1/1/2032, legitimation required. Coins can be exchanged until 1/1/2007 (max. 1000 coins per transaction, legitimation required). Both only at the Dutch national bank.The address is:De Nederlandsche Bank NVWesteinde 1, 1017 ZN AmsterdamPostbus 98, 1000 AB AmsterdamTelefax 020 - 524 25 00Until...

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  • Having fun with Dutch

    Fun side I think.One better laugh about it then get annoyed .. life s a box of chocolates, as Forrest Gump once stated, better be amazed because of it and try to be content with what you get.Or hear, in this case.

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  • Police & alarm numbers

    Alright, so you're either in need or trespassing....then you'll be happy or not so happy to see this police car!112 is the equivalent of 911 in the US.But only and ONLY for emergencies.If you need police but it is not an emergency you call 0900-8844See below: Dutch police website, information in English.

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  • Sharks Teeth!

    When your driving, walking or on a bike... the road sign for you to give way is like a row of sharks teeth across the road, when they are pointing at you then you give way. This is more important when you are on a bike... as you will mostly have the right of way, but if the sharks teeth are against you STOP!

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  • Tipping in restaurants

    In The Netherlands it's perfectly normal not to give a tip at all. I think I do so about half the time. The other half: not. And when we do tip, the height is usually determined by the amount of small change involved in paying the bill. Say something is € 35, I'd dig out a euro or two at the most. If I haven't got that euro, then no tip.Say...

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  • Crime maps of the Netherlands

    Recent crimes mapCredit Card fraud map (2008)Crime statistics

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  • SMOKING

    Since January 1, 2004 there is a smoking ban in all public buildings, including restaurants and work spaces in general.At the train stations you are only allowed to smoke near the PAFPAAL.From mid-2008 there's a general smoking ban in bars and restaurants. From 2010 there are small bars with a section for smokers.

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  • Luggage and Pickpocket Woes in Amsterdam

    Back in the spring of 2002 I had spent two wonderful weeks in London staying at the flat of a friend of mine who was attending the London School of Economics. During my first week there my friend and I decided to take a short trip to Holland. We hopped a flight from Gatwick and arrived just a few hours later near Amsterdam (I forget now which...

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  • Amsterdam's Red Light District

    This is just a warning, not a danger. I never felt like this area was dangerous.I'm going to be frank. We've been through a lot of tips, Gentle Reader, and I think by now you know I'm in this for the love of travel and seeing and experiencing new things but even I have limits. Maybe it's because I'm a woman and feel fairly strongly about women's...

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  • Offers of Help

    I encountered this several times while in The Netherlands, mainly in Amsterdam.What happens is, a man approaches someone they suspect is a tourist and offers to "help" by giving directions. Not a big problem, except after they give directions, they want money for helping.The first time this happened to me (and also the last, if I may proudly...

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  • Watch out when crossing roads

    This is for those of us who come from countries where they drive on the left because in Europe, they drive on the right or as they claim they drive the right way!! Be extra alert especially in the Netherlands. When crossing roads, You have to look LEFT FIRST for bicycles coming along the bike path, and CONTINUE LOOKING LEFT again for cars or trams...

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  • Maximum Speed

    There are different speed limits on the the Dutch roads:120 km/hr on the highways100 or 80 km/hr on non-highways60 km/hr on rural roads50 km/hr in cities/villages (The city name sign is the start of the speed zone!)30 km/hr in designated housing communitiesThe speed limits are enforced with laser guns, speed camera's, marked and unmarked police...

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  • Heavy traffic

    Heavy traffic in The Netherlands is expected daily between approx. 7-9.30 am and 4-7 pm.Especially in the western area (called Randstad), on the A4 (Amsterdam-The Hague), A13 (The Hague-Rotterdam), A12 (The Hague-Utrecht), A1 (Amsterdam eastwards), A2 (Utrecht southwards) and ring roads (A10, A9 around Amsterdam).Normal morning and evening traffic...

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  • Smoking legislation

    "Coffee shops are catering establishments and therefore subject to the tobacco legislation. Like other catering establishments, they may set up enclosed smoking areas."This means that the selling area has to be completely separate from the smoking area. There is no difference in weed/hasj or tobacco when it comes to where you are allowed to smoke:...

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