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Amsterdam City Center Private Historical Walking Tour
"Once you meet your private guide at a designated meeting point you will head off to explore some of the little-known secrets of this city: the quaint quiet corners; tranquil tree-lined plazas and private courtyards. Your guide will also share priceless tips helpful advice and cultural insights bringing an insider´s expertise to your visit to Amsterdam.On the tour you will see: the Dam Square Wester & Old Church & Hidden Churches
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Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local
"Meet your private guide near Amsterdam Centraal Station at a time convenient to you. Then hop onto your bike and head into the city to begin your cycling tour. Widely considered among Europe’s most cycle-friendly cities Amsterdam is a wonderful place to explore by bike!Pedal along seemingly endless cycle lanes through diverse districts such as Chinatown the Jewish District Jordaan and Nieuwmarkt and admire the striking architecture for which the city is famous.During your tour take in popular landmarks including the Houten Huys — the oldest house in Amsterdam — the Nationale Opera & Ballet and the 17th-century Trippenhuis
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Private Amsterdam Highlights and Hidden Gems Walking Tour with a Local
"Enjoy Amsterdam to its fullest during your private highlights tour with a twist. Your local guide will amaze you with all the hidden gems of this city; they’re just around the corner of all the must-visits. But they are kept away from the touristy crowds with a reason.  Wander past all famous monuments while you get to know all historical facts and unique local insights about them. And of course we’ve also taken care of your appetite by including a Dam Square and the previously mentioned famous Flowermarket. But what’s best about this tour is those unique places they take you to. A beautiful hidden chapel  one of the best sandwich you’ll ever have and an gigantic statue near Rembrandts house that most people don’t know of. This is the plan:Meeting Point: BeurspleinStop 1:Walk around the famous Dam SquareStop 2:Visit a bea""Visit Amsterdam’s beautiful highlights during your private tour of the city while discovering hidden local spots along the way with your local guide! Get to know the history and stories of the city like a local.   title=Highlights&1=Private%2C+3-hour+walking+tour+of+Amsterdam&2=Learn+the+fascinating+history+behind+the+city%27s+famous+landmarks&3=Stroll+through+the+beautiful+Flower+Market&4=Visit+a+hidden+medieval+chapel+in+the+Begijnhof&5=Savor+a+favorite+local+sna
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Fondest memory Amsterdam counts 100 canals with a length of 100 km span by 1000 bridges.
I think the most famous of these bridges is the "magere brug" show in my front page.
In 1963 Amsterdam put a lot of iron gates along the canals to protect cars from falling in the water, however they can't prevent that at least once a week a car ride into one of the canals.

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MATIM
Mar 19, 2004

canal tour/warehouses

Favorite thing Lots of warehouses along the canal, canal boats supply them with their goods in the old days.
They call these two warehouses, father and son.
If you look very closely at this picture you see the low iron gates to prevent the cars from falling into the canal.

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MATIM
Mar 19, 2004

Canal boat tours

Favorite thing While visiting Amsterdam, one good option is to do a tour by boat around the channels. That will provide a beautiful view of this beautiful city and allow you to get an overview of Amsterdam. Unfortunately i had no time left for this, since i thought i would do it by the end of my short visit, but i had no time left for this. On Centraal Station's square you can find several boats that will do city tours.

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micas_pt
Dec 12, 2003

Memories of guiding visitors around

Fondest memory More often I guide people around in Amsterdam, the number one tourist attraction in my country. One sticks out above all others. During the international choir festival (2001). I guided a wonderful Czechian girls-choir (Kantilena from Hradec Kralovy) around in our capitol and we had such fun. The expressions while walking through the red-light-district, hahaha. I will never forget the proud faces of three of them telling me secretly they got their hands on a joint. Thanks to them, especially to Magdalena and Tereza, for a perfect time.

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Pavlik_NL
Dec 14, 2003
 
 
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Take a Canal Boat Tour of Amsterdam

Favorite thing Take a canal boat tour of the gorgeous city if you can. In fact if you are on a layover at the Airport I would recommend that you hop on a quick train to the city centre and take a canal tour. They are only about two to three hours long and are a great way to become aquainted to this lovely city. There are several stops where your can board the boats through out the city including at the Amstel Train Station. There are also day tickets that you can purchase and use through the day as an alternative means of transportation.
While on the boat a cruise guide will give you information on the various sight that you pass as you snake your way around the canals. They also give you information about the canals themselves and how they periodically flush the water out back into the sea.

Fondest memory The canal boat tour of Amsterdam is a photographers dream. Do not forget you camera and bring lots of film on your voyage. There will be lots of photo opportunities.

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Paul2001
May 09, 2003

canal tour

Fondest memory In the past there was not enough living accomodation for the inhabitants of Amsterdam that is why the city of Amsterdam legalize living at houseboats.
Each of the houseboats has their own mailadres and each of them are conected to electricity.

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MATIM
Mar 19, 2004

Best Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

Favorite thing A canal cruise while in Amsterdam is mandatory, but the size of the boat you ride in and canal's you cruise down are not.

The St. Nicolaas Boat Club offers a canal cruise on a boat that will hold around ten people, has no glass top, and can maneuver through canals the big boats cannot navigate. You sign up for the ride at Boom Chicago in the Leidseplein, which is a fabulous part of Amsterdam and you should be there anyway, as far as I'm concerned. They are rather casual about the whole thing, completely unlike the very business-like, glass-covered, tourist-filled canal boats you find along the Damrak.

Your pilot will ask what you would like to see. We glided past the tourists waiting in line to get in the Anne Frank's house then wound our way through small canals lined with houseboats lined with potted flowers in full bloom-a definitive riot of color. We passed houses with tiny patios facing the canals.

You are welcome to bring refreshments and your favorite intoxicant along - Looza, Oranjina, Heineken, Super Silver Haze. It is an altogether refreshing, relaxing way to see Amsterdam.

Fondest memory Amsterdam is as much a part of me as my own home town. I feel about it as Gertrude Stein did of Paris. I fell completely in love with Amsterdam the first day and now have a burning desire to live there for a little while during my lifetime.

To pick a best memory would be like picking a favorite child. Was it lovely dinners with my B&B host? Was it the energy I discovered in the Leidseplein? Was it the acceptance I got that I didn't even know I needed when I sat in my first coffeeshop? Was it the trees lining the canals with their bright green leaves and dark bark? The list of fond memories is lenghthy; I cannot pick a fondest.

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Melodee50
May 31, 2008

Romantic Amsterdam by Candlelight

Favorite thing There are so many favorite sites and places to see in and around this city, choosing only one is impossible. Incredible people truly made Amsterdam my favorite destination. From the open air markets, to the wealth of culture and fantastic art museums, to great dining, partying and happiness everywhere I went.
One thing you must do is SEE Amsterdam from it's canals. A daytime and nighttime canal sightseeing tour is an absolute must if you want to feel this cities heartbeat.
The Wine and Cheese candlelight canal tour by Kooy was one of the most enjoyable 2-hours of total relaxation I experienced all week. 'Museumboot' during the day is another all day adventure not to be missed. (Please see my amsterdam travelogue for more pix and details)

Fondest memory Queensday 'Koninginnedag' parties and street festival extravaganza on Queen's birthday! This one-day (ahem...2-day) party was so 'goed', I'll be there next year decked out in my brightest orange attire.
And ohhh how I miss those Stroopwafels...

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adambeau
Nov 19, 2002

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"MY BIRTHPLACE"
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"God made the Dutch, but the Dutch made Holland"
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"Amsterdam - I love it!"
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"Amsterdam, is it real?"
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"Amsterdam, where the Dutch money is spend"
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LIFE ON WATER........

Favorite thing LIFE ON WATER IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM LIFE ASHORE....

Some INFO for you...

CANAL BUS
reservations: phone +31 (0)20 623 98 86

HOLLAND INTERNATIONAL CRUISE DEPARTMENT
Pier opposite Central Railway Station
Prins Hendrikkade 33 a
Phone: +31 (20) 622 77 88

REDERIJ LOVERS / MUSEUMBOOT
Prins Hendrikkade opp. nr. 26
Phone: +31 (0)20 530 10 90
www.lovers.nl

WATERTAXI
Stationsplein 8 (Central Station)
Phone: +31 0(20) 530 10 90
www.water-taxi.nl

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eden_teuling
Sep 16, 2003

Canal boat departure place

Favorite thing Amsterdam is famous with its canals and a boat tour in the canals is a must do..

However due to on going extensions of the metro line, Canal boats are now leaving from a different place..

So all canal boat companies near the central station is temporarily closed..

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Erkmen
Dec 07, 2004

CANAL CRUISES

Favorite thing TAKE A CANAL CRUISE

Fondest memory This was me just before the canal cruise set off. It was really nice to see Amsterdam from that perspective and its fairly inexpensive so I would recommend it to anyone with a little time to kill in the city.

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hevbell
Mar 14, 2004

canal tour

Fondest memory sailing along those beautiful canal houses, made me wonder how this all looked like during the old days.
Women dressed in beautiful long dresses wearing the most fancy hats. Coaches riding at the narrow streets along the canals.

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MATIM
Mar 19, 2004

Things to Do Near Amsterdam

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De Krijtberg

Officially dedicated to St Francis Xavier, De Krijtberg is another Catholic church in Amsterdam. The actual elegant Neogothic edifice was constructed in 1883 by the architect Alfred Tepe. The church's...
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Flower Market - Bloemenmarkt

New Year's is certainly not the season to visit a flower market, so Bloemenmarkt was not super exciting when I was there in late December 2014. There were definitely flowers being sold along with...
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Begijnhof - The Wooden House

The Begijnhof - Beguinage in Amsterdam is certainly a pleasant and quiet part of the old city but as a beguinage I felt surprised by the architectural heterogeneity of this ensemble! Maybe I am too...
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Allard Pierson Museum

Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. The museum is housed in a nice classical building formerly from the Nederlandsche Bank. Allard Pierson was a...
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Bijbels Museum

Biblical Museum. Located on Herengracht in a group of stately mansions called the Cromhouthuizen. I was impressed by their collection of Bibles, and the model of the Temple Mount. "Archaeological...
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Kalverstraat

If you're into shopping, you might want to check out this street. There are plenty of shops here selling so many things for men and women. The only traffic here are tourists! Lots of them. In fact,...
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