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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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Walking Alone Tips (19)

Women travelling alone

Yeah, there were a couple of very persistant drug dealers selling their wares, but what about the guy who walked alongside me for about 10 minutes insisting that we get a beer together? Then a coffee. Then ____. No matter what I said, he wouldn't leave me alone. I began to ignore him, then after following a little while longer he trailed off on his own. These guys are probably harmless, but I didn't know what to expect. I don't think that I stood out as a vulnerable tourist- I had on a shoulder bag, there was no camera or map hanging out, I was just walking down the street.

Just stay on busy streets or duck into a shop, or just ignore them, I guess.

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ani10881
Oct 29, 2004

Amsterdam not unsafe, but be sensible!

In light of the many Danger/warning tips about Amsterdam, I'd like to show another view.

I don't perceive Amsterdam to be unsafe. Here's why:

I travelled a lot to Amsterdam for about 2 years when I worked there in the center, just behind Leidseplein (a famous nightlife location). As a woman alone, I walked or took a tram every day to my workplace from Central Station. Often late at night as well. I was never bothered by anyone, simply steered clear of suspicious individuals or groups. And I never felt unsafe.
I suppose that exudes a certain confidence which makes you less of a target. Or I've been lucky.

Unfortunately, a lot of tourists are attracted to Amsterdam because of coffeeshops and Red Light District. Both are on the fringes of legality. And so one shouldn't be surprised to be confronted with more crime. Or rather: don't complain too much, because one shouldn't seek out trouble, no?

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ATLC
Aug 27, 2007

Don't Be a ***!

I am a 20 year old female, and I walked all over the centrum by myself at all times of the day and night -- and was never offered drugs, never asked to follow anyone and not harrassed by anyone even once! Just look like you know where you are going, don't draw attention to yourself and for christ's sake don't carry your life savings with you in an easily accessible pocket!

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Gnar_kill
Oct 24, 2003

Traveling Alone

If you are planning on exploring the Red Light District at night by yourself then be careful! I've visited this city three times and people have tried to mug me three times. You will know the really bad areas when you see them if you have some street smarts. I just shoved the guy and walked away all three times somebody tried to mug me. I'm sure you could get hurt doing this but don't just give up your money to some loser who asks for it.

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Feb 07, 2004
 
 
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two eyes too few...

As a first timer in Amsterdam, i learned to be doubly careful with my money, and belongings. I almost got mugged at one of the metro stations.

A guy offers to help me figure out the ticket vending machine on the platform, and before i knew it, he had picked all the euros i had for the trip, out of my wallet.
I grabbed his hand- purely as an instinct- and somehow he owed up with a sorry face. Had he tried to flee, there was no way i could have done anything about it...
Guess it was my lucky day.

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husain
Nov 21, 2003

Warning Amsterdam

I am from Amsterdam and you have nothing to fear as long as you don't fear, a bit of a cliche i know. Don't walk around as a typical tourist, especially at night, conduct yourself with confidence and like you know what you are doing, if someone approaches you with indecent proposals (drugs,sex or whatever) act like you have been there and done that, they'll move on to the next very quickly. In the centre they target tourist especially, if you can come off as you were a local (not so difficult as Amsterdam is a big mix of people anyway) you have nothing to fear, even with the drug dealers you can have a laugh if you approach them right. A bit of confidence and even arrogance will bring you safely through a weekend of Amsterdam, but show weakness and you will be the main target every 100 meters in the wrong neighberhoods, which is mainly the red light district area, other then that area you should be safe anyway. Only thing is from Thursday to Sunday after 3 or 4 midnight can be tricky in the clubbing areas, but nothing letal. Most tourists that die in Amsterdam is either due to too much drugs, a tram, or people think they can fly out of hotel room windows because of excess mushroom use, No dutch person ever did that by the way, so perhaps that has not so much to do with Amsterdam anyway ;-)
Anyway Have fun !! That's what its all about.

miro2miro
Mar 26, 2009

Walking around Day or Night

As i live in a large city, i am very street wise to situations and can see a danger area developing before it happens.

In Amsterdam, i have not once had cause to worry about my surroundings be it day or night. Of course there are drug addicts around the red light area, and some of them can be a bit irritating, but my advice to you is just keep on walking and ignore them.. don't even make eye contact. If you do feel unsafe, head into the nearest pub or shop.

I have walked the streets of Amsterdam, at all times of the day and night. sometimes alone.. normally worse for drink in the night.. and i have never felt in danger.

Just remember....My main tip is this... Don't walk around holding your Map in your hand.... a dead giveaway that you are a tourist... plan ahead before you leave your hotel, get your minds eye... of your surroundings. Pick a monument as a meeting point if you get separated.

If you flash you wallet around, it will get noticed....don't put it in your back pocket...... If you must use a ATM, do it in daylight hours, in a main street.....not up a side street. Don't ware your expensive jewels and watches... and keep your voice down, as you will stand out in a crowd. And ladies.... don't leave your bags unattended under your chairs.. an easy target for the low life.

One important thing to remember is no matter where in the world you are..... If you are face to face with a robber who demands money or whatever, and he or she is armed with a weapon. a gun or knife... don't try and be a hero.. its better to be poor than dead.

Try to look as if you know where you are going..... even if you don't... be confident.

But remember most of all ENJOY Amsterdam... it s a wonderful place.

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kenliverpooluk
May 02, 2006

Alone is good, but not here.......

Please, fellow traveler, use your sober judgement if you decide to walk around this city by yourself. It is dangerous, especially after 1am. It is not Atlanta, but it is worth being very cautious while walking around late...

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Nov 05, 2003

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Beware if you are a female...

Beware if you are a female walking around Amsterdam on your own - I was accosted every ten paces, it was a real nuisance, either they blocked my way or tapped me on the shoulder, even just saying something (usually unintelligble) became enough to put me off ever wanting to visit again. I found though that to get away from the main shopping streets and as far away from the red light district as possible diminished the harrassment.

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lee_brown
Sep 08, 2002

I always felt safe

Amsterdam felt very safe to me. I never felt uncomfortable walking alone, and I'm a young female.

Exercise the same common sense you do at home (watch your bag, ignore the drug dealers) and you'll be fine.

yizzy99
Jun 25, 2005

Watch your back

Unfortunately Amsterdam has two sides to it. Great buzzing place by day, but a place for opportunists by night.
By day the only thing really to watch out for is trams creeping up behind you and cyclists whizzing past without warning.
At night the place becomes a haven for drug dealers, prostitutes and muggers.
Generally, if you avoid the `red light district` you will in effect avoid these dangers as Amsterdam is a good city to visit. On my first visit we went back to our hotel around 10pm after having a large meal and drinks as the `clubbers` began to descend on the city. The second visit we were constantly approached for`Charlie` who is not a local guy but a means of selling hard drugs down backstreet of the`Red Light` district. The third occasion unfortunately resulted in one of my mates being attacked and mugged after leaving our group early to return to the hotel.

Hooverboy
Nov 22, 2005

;-) Walking

There is a lot of public tranpsort in AMS and as a very good alternative you can rent a bike! Do so if you are planning to stroll around a lot on AMS; because the ways are often longer than expected and feet may hurt after a while...

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chancay
Nov 12, 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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