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Is that really an automobile?

No Mildred, all cars don't look alike. Some are big, some are small, some are boxy, some are stylistic. In Europe gasoline is between two and three times as much as we pay here. In most places now it costs about $6.00 per gallon. Most of the European community is interested in fuel economy. In the Netherlands the taxes on their automobiles are based on weight, horsepower, and the type of fuel used. The taxes are very high. Anyway, in order to have really good fuel economy the manufacturers have developed more efficient engines, lighter cars by the use of different materials, and smaller cars. True, there are still the big Jaguars, Mercedes, BMWs, and many others. There is even a small market for some of our gas guzzlers. But most of the Dutch people drive small cars and also use their bikes for local travel. There is a lesson there someplace.

These are photos of some of the cars you will see around Amsterdam.

Note: Please notice the railing behind the small truck. That is what usually keeps cars out of the canals. Sometimes it doesn't, and the fire brigade comes and fishes the drowned car out of the canal for about 1500 Euros. Apparently, if the driver remains with the vehicle, there is no charge.

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Oct 14, 2007

Driving in Amsterdam, Don't

Driving in Amsterdam

I can sum it up in one word… Don’t!

Many of the streets are narrow, parking places can be hard to find, and if you do find a place to part, it won’t be cheap.

The old saying, “I could have walked it faster… “ was never any truer.

Driving in Amsterdam should be left to the locals, and most of them won’t even drive in the city.

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May 21, 2005

Piet Hein Tunnel

The Piet Hein Tunnel is a fast way to reach the Amsterdam East Island and Central Station area fast. The 2 * 2 lanes 1900 meters long tunnel, completed in 1997starts at the East-side of the A10-ring (Zeeburg/IJburg exit) and exits at the East side of the inner city ring.

There is a seperate tunnel for the tramline 26 to IJburg.

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May 12, 2006

Amsterdam info at the A1 highway

If you visit Amsterdam for the first time and entering from the East via the A1 highway, there's an information point at the gas station at Muiden, 10 km before you enter Amsterdam.
The info area is at the right lane of the highway. During peak hours from the left lane you can take the center "wisselstrook"; a double lane that changes in riding direction dependent on the amount of traffic.

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Sep 28, 2014
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cheap or free parking

update 2010
The Park and Ride (P+R) parking facilities are located on the outskirts of Amsterdam near the ring A-10. then continue your visit using metro, tram or bus connections with the centre of Amsterdam.
I think some things are not correct on the site as i see people get 2 tickets with 2 X 1 hours max for 2 persons.This are chipcards so you need to check in and when you leave check out.
Check in you read a date check out tot ziens means goodbye
But the locations will be the same
think the site have some good tips i dont know about as i dont have a car.

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Jul 27, 2010

Go to Amsterdam by train or car

Although there´s a lot of water in and near to Amsterdam you better go by train or car to Amsterdam. You go 2.5 hours from Brussels by car, 3.5 hours from Hannover by car as well, train should be similar.
Take care in the Netherlands, they control a lot the traffic, don´t drive too fast. In the Netherlands max veolicity is 110 km/h.

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Jan 09, 2003

So You Think You Can't Do Without Your Car?

Amsterdam just has to be the easiest city I have ever visited for getting around without driving. Within the city centre itself, everything is walkable: for a little further afield; cycleable, and if you are a lazy sod like me then the combination of trams, buses, canal buses, metro, local and other trains, plus the more esoteric transport options, such as bike taxis or the IJ ferries, make the entire city immediately accessible.

Not only are all these options available but are simplicity themselves to use if you follow the advice here and elsewhere on the site. One of the really impressive things about the public transport network here is that it is a network, everything is integrated, one ticket fits all the main modes: bus metro and tram and these all complement each other.

Centraal Station, where most people will arrive, is the hub of the whole system with pretty much everything propagating from there to all four corners of the miniverse.

And if the worst comes to the worst - ie, either you have no idea where you are supposed to be going, you are drunk or you have brought all your household possessions with you (don't forget that even in Amsterdam the hotels actually provide at least a sink!), then there are always the taxis - that's why they are expensive folks, not that much business to go around given the other options!

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Dec 21, 2006


The car is a very easy way to get from A to B. The roads are good, and there are plenty of them. But.... be aware of the traffic jams. The roads are full here, and during rushhour a lot of road have traffic jams. Another disadvantage is finding a parking spot for your car. And if you find one in or close to the center of a city, you have to pay for it. There are parking meters everywhere! In this picture you can see a parking meter. You can recognize them by a big P. So don't forget to always have enough change with you when you come here by car. Parking can be very expensive in the major cities, and Amsterdam is no exception to that. If you don't pay for your parking you run the risk of getting a huge fine, your car will be clamped and towed away as well.

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Dec 02, 2002

Top 5 Amsterdam Writers

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"God made the Dutch, but the Dutch made Holland"
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"Amsterdam, where the Dutch money is spend"
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Leidseplein/Nightlife Parking

If you want to attend a late night show or spend some nightlife at the Leidseplein area, park at the Europarking.
The garage has 700 spaces and is well guarded.
From there it's just a 10 minutes walk to the Leidseplein.

Street address: Marnixstraat 250 - 1016 TL Amsterdam (Oppositie the Police Headquarter).

Business hours:
Ma-We: 6.30AM - 1AM following day
Tu - Sa: daily (24 hours opened)
Su: 7AM - 1AM following day

Parking fee: Euro 2,80 per hour (VISA/MASTERCARD accepted)

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Apr 04, 2011

Access by car

If you want to come by car to the center Amsterdam enter via the North and use the IJtunnel. Remember, there are few parking spots and they are expensive!

Amsterdam Road works map.

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Jan 08, 2012

Free parking, easy access

If you want absolutely free, go to the train station in Weesp. You can park your car there and the train takes you in 12-16 minutes to the Amsterdam Central Station.
There are about 4 trains per hour.

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Jan 03, 2004

Going by car - the hard way

For those who anyway want to penetrate Amsterdam with there own car, there's a lot of effort to be done to avoid being ticketed or - worse - get a wheelclamb. First take a parkingmeter-card, they widen the possibilities with some places where it is allowed to park for an X amount of hours. Furthermore have enough small change with you. Most parkingmeters operate with coins. Then finally realise that the further to get to the centre, the shorter the maximum-parkingtime is. Within the centre it is easily so that only one or two hours can be paid after which one either has to refill the machine or go away. Last tip from my side for those who want to be stuborn: try Amsterdam North and use the free IJ-ferry.

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Dec 15, 2003

Things To Do in 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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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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