Amsterdam Local Customs

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  • 1. Urinating

    The cleanest toilet around is at the Central Train Station at track 2A. It's 50 Eurocents admission, but worth while. Downtown during daytime just go to the 4th floor of the V&D department store or...

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  • 2. Architecture

    Just keeping looking up to those nice old houses and their history. It's just amazing that it's a thing of all centuries. It's like a living history book, where the Amsterdam streets are the pages and...

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  • 3. Tipping

    I learned to look both ways twice before crossing a bike path, tram track or road. Cyclists are riding very fast, so I tended to let them go by first before crossing. Dutch people tend to cross...

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  • 4. Language

    Does anybody speak Dutch in Amsterdam? No they speak English (at least in the touristic centre of the city). I went in a restaurant, near the Leidse Plein, ordered in Dutch and the waitress asked...

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  • 5. Coffee Shops

    Although cannabis is not and has never been of interest to me, I did admire the tolerance and openness towards it in Amsterdam. It looks as though legalising it has been a successful experiment (and...

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  • 6. Red Light District

    What can I say about this? I love how the Netherlands promotes this on the tourist board web...

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  • 7. ATM - Credit Cards

    Netherlands was the first country (of 33) I have visited, that we had lots of problems with ATM:s. Outside Amsterdam most of them didn´t exept foreign cards! In AMsterdam there was also some witch...

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  • 8. Greetings - Kissing

    Kissing ¡V Three kisses starting on the right cheek & ending on the right cheek I always get my right & my left confused ¡K.. No not on purpose :-) If you are in a bakery, postoffice, deli etc make...

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  • 9. French Fries - Frites

    Shall I repeat once again that there are NO French Fries in the EU! Not in France - did you ever read Frites françaises on a menu in France - NOT in Belgium of course and NOT in Holland. The Dutch, a...

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  • 10. Beer & Breweries

    Heineken Beer is the number one international known brand beer of the Netherlands and it's other Brand Amstel is the second known and the other brand Grolsch completes the Dutch Beer Triumvirate known...

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  • 11. Street Performers

    In the early part of twentieth century the Netherlands became world famous for its street organs. Love it or hate it, or just putting a smile on your face, even today the sound of street organs...

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  • 12. Bicycle - Cycling

    Bicycles are part of the fabric of Amsterdam. Although many global cities are adopting cycling as a means of transport, Amsterdam has always been at the forefront, and at times it seems everyone in...

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  • 13. Smart Shops

    This was new to me. Smart shops sell harder drugs and its all legal or tolerated. They dont sell weed or hash here. Smart shops sell mushrooms and ecstasy (an herbal ecstasy) and even marijuana seeds....

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  • 14. Bitterballen

    My Dutch companions looked somewhat askance when I ordered bitterballen.....I don't quite know why, and I didn't like to ask. Basically, bitterballen are a minced beef stew mixed with flour and...

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  • 15. Street Markets

    Good information about markets in Amsterdam on: www.dutchmarkets.org/markten/amsterdam/englishtour/markets.htm (full list) And for a bit of history and description ...

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  • 16. The Bulldog

    One of the tourists' popular targets: a Coffeeshop, one from among much. Standing in front of Centraal Station there are about 40 coffeeshops within a 10-minute walk. You can get coffee at these...

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  • 17. Houseboats

    On the canals of Amsterdam there are some 2400 families on houseboats living there, about 750 live within the 17th century canal system of downtown Amsterdam. You will find some stretches with lots of...

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  • 18. Dam Square

    The pigeons on the Dam square are loved and hated at the same time. The birds are simply rude from all the food they get and the fact that they are in masses and you stand alone. There are various...

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  • 19. Gay Pride

    For the second time i went to the Gaypride, the weather was just great. After lot's of rain it seems to turn to a real summer. Due to the nice weather it was also very crowded in Amsterdam. The...

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  • 20. King's Day - Koningsdag

    Queens Birthday has a long history and it's not a day on current Queen, she's born on November, but she decided to change the day, at least the weather is better at the end of April. There are many...

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  • 21. Photography

    Are you taking a picture of me.... or am I taking a picture of you? Hahaha, a camera battle was on the go! We've been chasing each other around almost all day to get some fun pictures. And now it...

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  • 22. Rijksmuseum

    RIJKSMUSEUM By far the largest museum in the Netherlands, housed in a monumental neo-renaissance building designed by PJH Cuypers. The Rijksmuseum (State Museum)ranks as a major European museum of...

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  • 23. La Canna Coffee Shop

    The weed and hash menu is displayed openly for people to see. Look and decide what you want to purchase, or not. It is a CHOICE. Even though they are not really known for their weed, I have heard...

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  • 24. Schiphol Airport

    Living in a country like Ireland where smokers are treated like wayward children is great when you are as anti-smoking as I am. ;) (BTW I don't object to someone's right to smoke, I just don't get...

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  • 25. Haring

    For food on the hoof forget about MacDonald's (boo hiss!). Instead net a bit of raw fish from one of the many stalls around the city. Spankingly (once again for want of a better word!) fresh herring...

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