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Don’t take any wooden nickels!

Luggage and bags Lock it up with a pad lock folks. No joke!

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Take some crapy clothes with you. Then replace them with new cool new ones you buy alone the way. Donate you old ones to a hostel.

Miscellaneous And of coarse there’s this old one: “Lay out all the clothes you want to take with you. Take out half the clothes and double your money and you should be fine.”

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Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear Exchange point in Amsterdam:

Exchange Corporation
Damrak 12
Telefoon +3120-6248120
Where: when you come out of Central Station, walk straight on, that's Damrak

American Express
Head Office in Amsterdam
Amsteldijk 166/5
1079 LH Amsterdam
You can't visit the head office and you cannot exchange cheques but you can call them for information

Miscellaneous Other exchange points in Amsterdam:

GWK Travelex
When you've read this page, click Contact in the menu at the top, choose Find A Travelex Branch, then find Amsterdam. It gives a list of 11 exchange points in Amsterdam. The list is here below but if you go via above website, you can click View Details for each branch for opening hours and tel. no's.

Anton de Komplein 4-10
Amsterdam, 1102 DR

Dam 23- 25
Amsterdam, 1012 JS

Damrak 1-5
Amsterdam, 1012 LG

Damrak 86
Amsterdam, 1012 LP

Hoekenrode 21
Amsterdam, 1102 BR

Julianaplein 1
Amsterdam, 1097 DN

Kalverstraat 150
Amsterdam, 1012 XD

Leidseplein 107-109
Amsterdam, 1017 PR

Leidseplein 31A
Amsterdam, 1017 PS

Orlyplein 107
Amsterdam, 1043 DT

Amsterdam, 1012 AB

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"Always Be Prepared"

Luggage and bags You want to carry a back pack or small purse, but leave the big stuff back at the hostel.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Wear very secure shoes, the roads are very uneven and it would be easy to twist an ankle. Also, be prepared to walk a lot, of course.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies You can buy pads, but you might want to come prepared.

Photo Equipment Make sure you have an extra battery and card for digital photos.

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear TOWEL!

Miscellaneous Before coming to Amsterdam, make sure you have all the money you want to spend in cash. Most vendors only take cash, and ATMs are hard to find. Plus, it might make you budjet, and in a place with fabulous shopping, it's wise to watch your pennies.

If you carry a journal make sure to carry some tape as well, put in little maps and such to help you get back to your favourite places.

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Nov 10, 2004

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Miscellaneous Take your ATM card for a better exchange rate than you'll get from your travel agent in the UK. Use the machines with the 'Cirrus' logo if your card allows it.
Get a good map with a street index because the canals can all look a bit alike after a night out.
We liked the 'Time out' Guidebook the most.

Sep 08, 2002
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Luggage and bags I do fly and drive vacations when I travel. So all I worry about is a car big enough to hold my luggage. Do make sure you know what kind of car you hire before you pick it up. They are smaller than American cars.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Well make sure you have extra clothes, the weather is always changing. In spring time it was cool, so I had a light jacket with a long sleeve shirt. I wear black pants and good shoes. Sunglasses are a must the days may be cloudy but there still is glare.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies Only take what you want from home. You can buy any extra in Holland. I found the stores well stocked with all the travel items.

Photo Equipment I have a charger that fits the wall sockets there. And batteries are no problem to buy.

Miscellaneous Money, I came into Holland with no money. And in the late evening in Middelburg its hard to find a cash machine. I got there from Germany at 9 pm. Tired and hungery, I got lost and had no money to call Elisabeth. I was lucky to find a hotel that took some of my Marks. I then called her and they came and rescued me. I was never so glad to see 2 people that day. So get money as soon as possible when you get there. Its not a problem if you are in larger cities, but in small towns and villages. There could be no cash machines.

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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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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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Getting to Amsterdam


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