nqyguy
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Amsterdam Travel Tips

Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:32 pm

Hello all,

I'm travelling to Amsterdam on Wednesday. Although this isn't my first trip to AMS, it'll be my first to the city.

Does anyone have any recommendations of things to see throughout the day to cover 6 hours or so in the city?

I would like to take a city canal cruise, which I understand are around 1 hour/10 Euro? Can anyone recommend a boat cruise/tour for me and where I can catch if from?

Thanks, Christian.  
 
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RE: Amsterdam Travel Tips

Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:43 pm

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...
 
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RE: Amsterdam Travel Tips

Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:51 pm

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.
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RE: Amsterdam Travel Tips

Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:22 pm

What a shame that you couldn't make it on the weekend for Sail Amsterdam. Maybe you'll be lucky and some ships are still there.
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RE: Amsterdam Travel Tips

Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:34 am

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.
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RE: Amsterdam Travel Tips

Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:44 am

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.

Quoting NQYGuy (Thread starter):
it'll be my first to the city.

Be careful of "pick pocket's" they are rampant in the city.

The cruise are great, its one of the best ways to see this city, i love it >

Have a good time, and remember a visit to Amsterdam is not complete unless you visit the cafe's !!   
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RE: Amsterdam Travel Tips

Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:15 am

Quoting petertenthije (Reply 4):
The "Anne Frank tree" collapsed yesterday in a storm. So part of the place might be closed of, at least the garden area.

Damn! I saw on the news that there was lots of damage due to the weather we had yesterday, but didn't hear anything about this though.

Quoting NQYGuy (Thread starter):
I would like to take a city canal cruise

Trust me, after 10 minutes you wish you had spent your money on something else as it all looks pretty much the same viewed from the boat.
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RE: Amsterdam Travel Tips

Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:51 pm

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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