vandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 495 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1523 times:
Quoting NQYGuy (Thread starter): Can anyone recommend a boat cruise/tour for me and where I can catch if from?
As a local I, off course never took one of these boat trips. I don't know about the costs of them either. You really don't have to worry about where to find them. As the area behind the central station is overloaded with these tours. I recommend you to not get on the first who offer their product, thats probably something from the TUI group. Just walk on towards the Dam Square and you will find a couple of more tour companies. 6 Hours including a boat trip is short. I don't know if you already included you travel time. Which is about 15 minutes. I think visiting the main shopping district, the boat tour and the red light district is the best thing you can do. You will fill most of your 6 hours by that already.
If you've gotten back to Schiphol Airport too soon, I recommend you visit the panorama deck. You probably did so in your previous trips already...
TheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 2716 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1440 times:
Quoting petertenthije (Reply 4): Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 2):
You might try visiting the Anne Frank Huis if there is time, I have done it twice and would do it again. That would occupy an hour, at most.
The "Anne Frank tree" collapsed yesterday in a storm. So part of the place might be closed of, at least the garden area.
That's to bad.
I knew that tree was old and has been on the way out for a number of years now. I believe that seeds have been taken so they can grow a new one from the same stock, its a big part of the house's history.
BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 1267 times:
Being a part-time resident of Amsterdam due to work (I spend two weeks working from home in the UK followed by a week working in Amsterdam), I've found that my opinion of Amsterdam has changed due to where I live while I'm there. Before I got a job there I had visited several times, but was never really that keen on the place (yes, despite several visits!), but the company I work for has been good enough to rent an apartment for me to stay in while I'm there. That apartment is in the Jordaan, literally just around the corner from the Anne Frank House, and I have to say that I've fallen in love with the place!!
In the past I had always followed the tourist trail and done the whole Red Light thing (although just as a window shopper you understand!), and had always found the place rather seedy. But the Jordaan has totally changed my opinion of the city. The whole area is full of great cafes and bars (including the type of cafes for which Amsterdam is famous!), interesting shops, great restaurants and is just very very cool and laid back. It's a great place for just strolling and soaking up the atmosphere, having a beer (or whatever!) and something to eat. And with a ton of interesting shops and artist studios you can pick up some cool souvenirs if that's what you're in to. And of course it's very typical of Amsterdam Centrum, with the canals, nice houses, bridges etc., but without the red light district and the crowd that it attracts.
In case you're wondering where the Jordaan is, all you need to do is come out of Centraal Station, head due south along Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, veer off slightly to the west down Spuistraat (not the nicest of straats!) walk for five minutes or so then take any turning off to your right. Sorted!
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