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What To Do In Amsterdam?  
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8615 posts, RR: 43
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1493 times:

Hi there!

I'll have about two days to "kill" in AMS in the middle of August, would be great if some of you could give me a few hints! I'm arriving on AB8022 on the 18th and leaving early on the 20th, to go sailing on the Ijsselmeer. Of course, some time is reserved for AMS itself  Wink , but alas I'm a rookie spotter with little photographic expertise and no equipment.

Side note: I don't smoke anything, don't drink to get wasted and Red Lights are what annoys me at intersections.

Thanks in advance!
aloges


Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

Quoting Aloges (Thread starter):
I don't smoke anything, don't drink to get wasted and Red Lights are what annoys me at intersections.

You =

 Wink

Patrick


User currently offlineDan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1475 times:

Quoting Aloges (Thread starter):
Side note: I don't smoke anything, don't drink to get wasted and Red Lights are what annoys me at intersections.

Well the only thing that leaves is prostitiutes.


-Dan



A guy asks 'What's Punk?'. I kick over a trash can and its punk. He knocks over a trash can and its trendy.
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8615 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1473 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
You =

*gets out USB evil glance kit*  Silly



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineMisbeehavin From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 914 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1464 times:

Quoting Aloges (Thread starter):
I don't smoke anything, don't drink to get wasted and Red Lights are what annoys me at intersections.

Then what's the point of Amsterdam?  Wink

Quoting Aloges (Thread starter):
to go sailing on the Ijsselmeer

Ooh! That is so much fun. We drove early one morning from Dusseldorf to Enkuizen, sailed on the Ijsselmeer all day and returned to Dusseldorf the same night.  crazy  It was exgausting, but a great time.


User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3312 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

http://www.amsterdam.info/events/

You are missing the Gay Pride festival by an inch or two...but the Grachten festival and Sail 2005 are right on spot.

Quoting Aloges (Thread starter):

Side note: I don't smoke anything, don't drink to get wasted and Red Lights are what annoys me at intersections.

It is never too late to find the right path(s).  Wink


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

Seriously, I admit that I have never been to Amsterdam just to visit the city but only for excessive smoking, drinking and, well, you know.

For the "normal" visitor I would recommend this site. I am sure you will get lots of additional information because we have a lot of Dutch members here on A.net.

Patrick


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8615 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1458 times:

Quoting Misbeehavin (Reply 4):
Then what's the point of Amsterdam?

Getting their in time and spending 30 Euros in Amsterdam (instead of Berlin), rather than on the ticket for the next day!

Quoting Misbeehavin (Reply 4):
We drove early one morning from Dusseldorf to Enkuizen, sailed on the Ijsselmeer all day and returned to Dusseldorf the same night. crazy It was exgausting, but a great time.

20th to 26th August for me! Big grin



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1456 times:

Quoting Aloges (Thread starter):
Side note: I don't smoke anything, don't drink to get wasted and Red Lights are what annoys me at intersections.

Great!

Just enjoy the city in all of its beauty. Have a strawl through the Jordaan, visit the Westerkerk, See the famous squares (Dam, Leidsche Plein, Rembrandtsplein) and visit some museums. Just avoid tourist spots if you don't want to feel like you are walking around in England.



Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8615 posts, RR: 43
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

Quoting Iakobos (Reply 5):
http://www.amsterdam.info/events/

[...]the Grachten festival and Sail 2005 are right on spot.

Thank you so much!!!  bigthumbsup  Sounds great! There goes my wild dream of flying AMS-wherever-AMS for KLM's student fares just for the heck of it.

Quoting Wietse (Reply 8):
Have a strawl through the Jordaan, visit the Westerkerk, See the famous squares (Dam, Leidsche Plein, Rembrandtsplein) and visit some museums.

Also, big thank you!  Smile Though it seems much of Amsterdam is going to be in festival mode on those two days anyway.



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineMisbeehavin From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 914 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 7):
20th to 26th August for me!

One week? Wow! I am jealous.


User currently offlineCairo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

You should I think spend at least some time in Leidseplein, a safe square away from the redlight district, having a beer or two and watching everyone else drink too much/smoke too much/xxxxx too much - even if you don't do things to excess yourself.

I think it is fun to just hop on a tram and see where it takes you, even if you just go to the end and come back or just go in a circle. The trams are a great way to discover the city that isn't on the tourist maps. They operate without really checking your ticket too seriously, not that I'm saying cheat them, but don't worry if you may not know exactly which ticket to buy or where or how much to spend on tickets.

Anne Frank's house is very important, even if you're not into history, everyone should see it. It takes only a few minutes.

It's a great time, you'll have lots of fun.


User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4892 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

Dig a hole in the dike, and make all them Dutch folks mad at you for turning their country into a big swimming pool Wink


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User currently offlineBREmer From Germany, joined May 2004, 551 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

I agree with Wietse, strolling around in Amsterdam already makes worth the whole trip. The city is so beautiful, it's sad that everyone relates it to sex and drugs. Amsterdam is so much more...

Lukas


User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 949 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1389 times:

There are plenty of museums, and things to do in AMS. You have to go and see Anne Franks house (go early in the morning to avoid crowds) and take a canal trip. I would love to have a few days in AMS. I think if I stayed in Europe I would have moved there.

And don't even get me started about the nightlife. Next time I go to the UK, I am defo booking several days in AMS.

You will enjoy it, no matter what.


User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 41
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1375 times:

Lots of things to do in Amsterdam ! One of my favourit city in Europe !!

- Take a canal trip, the opportunity to take a first step in knowing the city in a short time.
- Visit Anne Frank's house.
- Among all the museums I'll recommend to visit the Van Gogh's museum, astonishing !
- Visit the Planetarium (near the Zoo if my memory serves me well).
- The flower market it takes only 'bout less than half an hour.
- Night life... as somebody mentioned above, go to Leidseplein, drink a couple of beers it's safer than the redlight district.
- Redlight district, well... I've been attacked a couple of times there with knifes and etc... so I have not really good memories but it was a long time ago. Went there with my girlfriend once and nothing happened so...
- Sex museum in Damrak (the avenue in front of the train station), it's fun.

...and well, have a good time !!!

Alphafloor



Whatever
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 12):
Dig a hole in the dike,

Hmm - digging a hole in a Dyke???!! - I thought he wasn't into the whole red light thing Big grin



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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3309 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1346 times:

Quoting Cairo (Reply 11):
Anne Frank's house is very important, even if you're not into history, everyone should see it. It takes only a few minutes.

You got to be joking about the "only a few minutes" part. Please tell me your joking!



Attamottamotta!
User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 50
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1341 times:

Quoting Aloges (Thread starter):
Side note: I don't smoke anything, don't drink to get wasted and Red Lights are what annoys me at intersections.

Yeah, good call, avoid those activities. You don't want to be cought up with the thousands of loud drunk British hooligans who can't handle beer that actually contains alcohol.
Amsterdam has more to offer and it's quite small, so everything is basically in walking distance. If you want to use the tram, buy a 'strippenkaart' at the railway station or newsstands. Just walk around and go to the places Wietse mentioned.


User currently offlineMKEdude From South Korea, joined May 2005, 1010 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

Quoting Aloges (Thread starter):
I don't smoke anything, don't drink to get wasted and Red Lights are what annoys me at intersections

You would love Utah!!!  bigthumbsup 

Seriously, in my moment (singular) of sobriety in Amsterdam I went to the Van Gogh museum-well worth a visit. The rest was very hazy.

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 12):
Dig a hole in the dike, and make all them Dutch folks mad at you for turning their country into a big swimming pool

That was funny.



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User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3305 posts, RR: 28
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1289 times:
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ehh go get some klompens (Dutch Wooden Shoes) and give them to your GF. Snack on some Gouda Cheese... Take a walk around Jordaan and Nieuwmarkt. If your into art, go to the Rijksmuseum...


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User currently offlineThestooges From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

Aloges,

I lived in Amsterdam for a year and even though the first thing that comes to mind are of course coffeshops and magic mushrooms there are plenty more things to do.

The best part is of course the Vondelpark and its really beautiful in summer, its basically the backyard of Amsterdam and on a sunny day the whole city is out, take a walk around the ring road and climb up one of the weeping wilows that hang over the ponds.

Anywhere you walk in any directon is going to be really intersting, the old town has of course all the funky Dutch architecture, with buildings leaning at all kinds of wacky angles due to the fact they they were built on mud and the supports have now tilted. Further out in the newer sectons there are many examples of impressive modern Dutch achitecture. Theres an island just to the west of the centre in the harbour that is a really cool place to visit (forgot the name but its really easy to find on a map).

But one of the best things to do is to rent a bike and ride around the city or even better get right out of the city and ride north into the countryside to towns such as Monickendam, Marken, Edam and Volendam. It only takes 20 minutes to ride outside of the city and the countryside is really beautiful and a very stark contrast to the city. There are many beautiful traditional Dutch villages where some of the older inhabitants still wear their traditional dress and even wear clogs. There are many places to rent bikes in Amsterdam and they can give you maps to show you the way, and quite a few will also offer guided tours.

Just hanging out for a bit on a crowded crossrods or public sqaure is always a good place to watch the world goodbye and belive me alot of the world is Amsterdam, tourists from everywhere flock here in summer and many young people from all over Europe and the world come here to live for a bit as well.

So enjoy your stay!!!


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8615 posts, RR: 43
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1238 times:

Thanks again for all the help, it's very much appreciated,

Thestooges, may I ask which Youth Hostel you worked at?  Wink



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineLifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1907 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1219 times:

Quoting Iakobos (Reply 5):
You are missing the Gay Pride festival by an inch or two...but the Grachten festival and Sail 2005 are right on spot.

When you're in Amsterdam during Sail, you need to visit it. It just simply stunning to see al those ships, from small to very large!

Have a look at the Sail website

Cheers!  wave 



Only Those Who Sleep Don't Make Mistakes
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 25
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1197 times:

There are two best experiences I´ve ever had in Amsterdam:

  • Spend New-Years eve in Amsterday - but that´s off-topic for now ...
  • I´ve been on a nightly 2h+ canal trip ("Grachtenrondvaart") which included dinner - but that was a business trip and, I assume, quite expensive ...

One establishment I visited a while ago is a restaurant with (constantly changing) live music acts (no real stage) in A´dams RedLight-district (nothing to worry about!) is the Paleis van de Weemoed. website: paleis-van-de-weemoed.nl (I intentionally left out the "www.").

Just in case you´d like to do some spotting at Schiphol, there´s a very good guide available on http://www.plane-spotter.com/Airports/index.htm

But you will not have any problems to fill your 2+ days in central Amsterdam !
-HT

P.S. Try some Asian cuisine in Amsterdam !



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineThestooges From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 25, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1197 times:

Aloges,

I worked at the infamous Flying Pig Hostel, not the one in the center called the Downtown but the one south of Leidseplein just off the Vondelpark called the Palace. Ive stayed and worked at many different hostels all over the world and this is still my favourite.

I dont know if you're planning to stay in a hostel during your time there but if you are I would definitely recomend the Palace, not as sparkingly clean and sanitized as the YHA across the park, but a really fun place nonetheless.

It is filled with quite a bit of stoners etc., maybe not you ideal crowd, but everyone is really laid back and friendly there and its a great place to meet people and some of them are very interesting to say the least.

It is usually very full especially in summer so to guarantee a bed you need to book in advance on their website www.flyingpig.nl, or show up very early in the morning at least by 8am as they have many beds reserved for walk-ins on a first come first serve basis.

Have fun !!!!


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