Amsterdam Travel Guide

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Amsterdam Things to Do

  • Rijksmuseum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The last major attraction we saw while in Amsterdam was the famous Rijksmusem ("State Museum"), which is known as one of the great museums of the world. Unlike some of our other planned activities, I did not buy tickets online in advance but had no problem in obtaining our tickets right at the museum on the day we decided to visit it. Now...

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  • Anne Frank House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When we knew for sure that we would be visiting Amsterdam, one of the sites we most anticipated visiting was the "Anne Frank House." Nearly everyone in our immediate family is interested in World War II history, and particularly in those events which took place in the European theater. Consequently, it would be impossible not to be aware of the...

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  • Canal Boat Tours

    The Canal Boat Tour.......The tour that nearly everybody does! I wasn't going to do it, but was told it was a "must" by Dutch people I know - I really don't think it is a must. I didn't think much of it as most of the sights I had already seen through doing a lot of walking, also, taking photos through the rounded glass made it very hard to get...

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Amsterdam Hotels

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Amsterdam Restaurants

  • Humphrey's

    4 out of 5 stars

    .....if rather oddly named! This is where we ate our 'VT-meet' meal....and very pleasant it was too, Humphrey's is a chain, which provide set-price menus for 25 euro....three courses. Good value, imo. Their website has an English menu. I chose: Roman salad with scampi (prawns, actually), egg, bread croûtons with garlic and a rouille...

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  • FEBO

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Automatic vending machines for burgers, chips (fries) and croquettes. It's pretty cheap and pretty terrible. But if you're hungry, everything else is closed and you don't fancy a night shop rip-off, then needs must when the devil vomits into your kettle (c) Blackadder. Not a huge range for vegetarians. Situated all over town. I've only ever had...

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  • Hard Rock Café

    4 out of 5 stars

    Whenever we visit a city with a Hard Rock Cafe, I always make an effort to visit it -- to buy a Hard Rock Cafe pin unique to that particular city, to see music memorabilia, and also usually to enjoy a great American hamburger there. Before even arriving in town, I had researched the location of the "Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam." With a little...

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Amsterdam Nightlife

  • Red Light District

    The Amsterdam Red Light District (or the "Wallen" as it is called in Dutch) still attracts many. And it's not only members of a bachelor party you see here. It's still is a real part of the old center since the 15th century. The Amsterdam Counsel tries to decrease the number of red lights, resulting in illegal activities outside the Red Light...

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  • Leidseplein

    Don't bother! If you can find your way to the Liedesplein (very easy on the tram), then you've done 99% of the work of the so-called guides yourself. All the bars they take you to are within 5 minutes of each other, basically all either on or just off the same street. None of the bars charge a cover anyway, and all are empty until you go in (even...

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  • Boom Chicago

    Han & I are always on the look out for different things to do in Amsterdam, and as we both enjoy comedy we thought we'd try Boom Chicago comedy club as it is in English. To be honest I can't say that I found it very amusing although parts of the show were alright. It is quite American in feel and most of the acts that evening were bourne out of...

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Amsterdam Transportation

  • Bicycle - Cycling

    Riding bicycle is the #1 form of transportation in Amsterdam especially if you don't want to explore the city on foot. I would recommend that you rent a bicycle from one of the many locations throughout the city for the day or for the duration of your stay. Some of the places to rent are in the Central Station, Leidseplein and Dam Square for...

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  • Trams

    if you are stay far away from the Center of Amsterdam or would just like to go in and around the city at your own pace without walking much or avoiding to spend a lot on the bus tours, then you can ride the famous Amsterdam Trams, which are part of the Amsterdam Metro System and is operated by state owned GVB System. The Tram system has 15 routes...

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  • Central Station & Trains

    I was stay in Leiden city when we visit Holland, so we took a train from Leiden to Amsterdam and stop in Amsterdam Central Station. To around in this city so easy by train, and all the information so clear and also the people so helpful. One of the advantages of arriving by train to Amsterdam is the fact that the Central Railway Station is...

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Amsterdam Shopping

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  • Souvenirs

    Being a Major Tourist Destination in the Netherlands, you would expect and find a large number of souvenir shops and stores in and around Volemdam, particularly along Dam Square Area, The Amsterdam Centraal Station and around it and along the different islands and canals along the 17th century canal rings. These souvenir stores and shops sell...

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  • Magna Plaza

    Magna Plaza s a very up market shopping mall indeed. Loads of upper priced shops, but also a fair number of generally affordable shops as well. Specialty shops are here in numbers great for just a look round, and to get out of the weather. Almost anything can be found here

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  • Flowermarket

    The Oriental Art Co is a shop at the Flower Market selling all kind of Asian Art and gifts. You also can find Chinese clothing here and even stuff for kids. Business hours: Mo-Sa: 9AM - 6PM Su: 11AM - 5PM

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Amsterdam Local Customs

  • 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 the houses the lines.

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  • 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 is now also being implemented in some states in the US). Sales are confined to establishments known as coffeeshops (Kofiehuis in Dutch), which may also...

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  • 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 make a stopover at the many Amsterdam Café's (with varying facilities though). Women are a bit discriminated, because men can make use a the typical...

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Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets

    I was walking along the shopping street and never stopped, but my wallet was stolen from my back bag. I live in a smaller city in the Netherlands and never lost anything over the years, but lowered my guard in Amsterdam. Now i have to renew all cards and files, cost a lot of time and money in the Netherlands. SAD!! TIP, always watch out your...

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  • Cycling

    The BIERFIETS (Beer bicycle) is a bar on wheels driven by all the guest of the bar. Although the one at the steering wheel is required to stay sober, you better keep your distance to this vehicle. Bierfietsen are being rented and the riders will be inexperienced. Often passengers fall off after consuming a bit too much of the beer.

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  • Drug Dealers

    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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Amsterdam Tourist Traps

  • Red Light District

    In the summer this place is heaving with tourists and where there are lots of tourists there are lots of undesirables such as heroin junkies, aggressive beggars, pickpockets and some real ugly looking prostitutes and seriously if you ain't going there for sex there no point going. If you have to go do it in the early evening as it is slightly...

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  • Canal Boat Tours

    You can throw things if you want, but I think the canal cruises you get by Centraal station are a disappointment. Especially the ones on closed boats where you sit crammed in with 30 other tourists, staring out the windows of the low cabin, straining your neck to look up at the bridges. Just don't do the above.... it's a boring ripoff. Here on...

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  • Coffee Shops

    So, 7 years ago in Amsterdam I had my first holiday there, it was blinding! Fantastic weed at really cheap prices. I went there last week hoping things would be the same, oh how wrong could I have been. No longer is there a massive range of weed nor are there any cheap prices. Don't expect to go out there and get some cup winner weed and pay an...

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Amsterdam What to Pack

  • Rain gear

    Typical weather ranges from about 0 degrees Celsius in the depths of winter (although there is usually very little snow) to typically pleasant sunny days of +20 to 25C in the summer. However, the weather can be very unpredictable and change within a matter of hours even if it looks good to start with. Make sure you a warm coat, gloves, scarf and...

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  • Umbrella

    Take a backpack or suitcase with you. When it's summer dress lightly, but always bring a sweater, trousers and raincoat along, you never know...Also in winter and autumn it can be very cold. In winter it often freezes, so bring a scarf, gloves and a wintercoat then. You can get everything in the supermarket. Good shops for your film and...

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  • Guide Books - Journal

    I must admit that I am a huge fan of the "In Your Pocket" guides. Always when I am in a city which is covered by the In Your Pocket guides I try to get the latest printed issue. So in Amsterdam I found the guide more by chance than on purpose. It was available in the corridor to the bathroom of the Cafe de Pont in Amsterdam North. The guide not...

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Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

  • Jordaan

    A small sidestep South to the former Plaatboef at ROZENGRACHT 40; nowadays it's called VELVET MUSIC. Return to the PRINSENGRACHT. You will see the Anne Frank House across the canal and De Westerkerk in the rear. Proceed East towards the Leidsestraat. There's one more store at the Prinsengracht: SECOND LIFE MUSIC at Prinsengracht 366 (South-side)....

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  • Canals & Boat Tours

    Go North to the REMBRANDT PLEIN; through the HALVE MAAN STEEG to the AMSTEL river. At Amstel 100 you'll find AMSTEL ANTIQUES, a shop half filled with records. The owner is selling records on Saturdays at the nearby Waterlooplein market. Goto the East and cross the river via the BLAUWBRUG. Go along the city hall (STOPERA) to the WATERLOOPLEIN...

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  • Keukenhof

    “Guarded within the old red wall’s embrace, Marshalled like soldiers in gay company, The tulips stand arrayed. Here infantry Wheels out into the sunlight. What bold grace Sets off their tunics, white with crimson lace! Here are platoons of gold-frocked cavalry, With scarlet sabres tossing in the eye Of purple batteries, every gun in place. Forward...

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Amsterdam Sports & Outdoors

  • AJAX - Arena

    The Arena is AJAX home stadion. AJAX is one of the major soccer teams in The Netherlands. 2016 update: After the dead of Johan Cruijff, probably the best Dutch soccer player ever, his fans wanted to change the name of the stadium.

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  • Ice Skating

    If you can brake and keep up with the group speed, join the Friday Night Skaters. Tour Amsterdam on your inline skates. You will cover 20 kilometers and always a different route. Wrist, elbow and knee protection as well as a helmet are essential items.

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  • Walking

    The great things about Amsterdam is that so much is walkable. Exploring the Amsterdam hofjes sure will improve your walking condition. The Begijnhof is well-known with it's wooden house and English church. But did you ever visit these hofjes: -Raepenhofje -Lindehofje -Roetershofje -Suykerhoff-hofje -Broenshofje -Karthuizerhof -Hofje van...

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Amsterdam Favorites

  • Canals & Houseboats

    One of the most enjoyable things to do in Amsterdam was simply to stroll along the sides of some of the canals. From here it is possible to view some lovely buildings, lots of canal boats and bridges. A fun way to pass the time.

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  • Architecture

    At the Karthuizerstraat 11 through 19 in the Jordaan city quarters you find four adjacent houses with a neck gable. The buildings date from 1737 and have the names of the four seasons on top: LENTE, ZOMER, HERFST and WINTER.

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  • Canal Boat Tours

    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...

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Comments (5)

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    I have no prejudice against brothels, sex shops or soft drugs but when they appear on VT as first "things to do" for Amsterdam I feel perplexed (euphemism)!

    • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
      Dec 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      .... and even a local editor cannot change that. PJ

    • breughel's Profile Photo
      Dec 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      That's the difference with travel guide books whose editors are able to propose what they think is "for better". A well known example in the EU are the stars *, ** or *** of the Guide Vert Michelin.
      By curiosity I had a look how TA ranks the attractions of Amsterdam:
      1° Concertgebouw, 2° Anne Frank House, 3° Central Library,
      4° Prinsengracht, 5° Van Gogh Museum, 6° Amstelkring Museum,
      7° Rijksmuseum, …
      On 37° Canabis College and finally the long waited for Red Light District on 43°.

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    TRAVEL ALERT: Till Monday July 8 5:15AM No train connection to Schipol Airport. Also roadworks near the airport. Be aware of travel delays!

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Rijksmuseum Grand Reopening. Tomorrow, 13 April 2013, Queen Beatrix officially reopens the Rijksmuseum. The "State Museum" has been closed for renovation since 2003. Museum director Wim Pijbes said "It has been closed for 10 years, but now it can go on for decades." To the delight of museum lovers everywhere!

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    This year the las Queensday at April 30. From 2014 it will be Kingsday at April 27 (April 26 in 2014 though).

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    TRAVEL ALERT for NEW YEARS EVE: No public transportation from 8PM till 1:30AM New Years Day.

    • giampiero6's Profile Photo
      Dec 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      You might consider putting this is Amsterdam Transportation comment too....

 
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