Amsterdam Tourist Traps

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  • Red Light District, Amsterdam

    1. 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...

  • Coffee Shops, Amsterdam

    2. 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...

  • Canal Boat Tours, Amsterdam

    3. 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,...

  • Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

    4. Anne Frank House

    This was on our wish list. Probably its on most visitors’ hit list. It’s on the route we’d walk from the apartment to the Dam area. We went past several times wondering what the huge queue was for. I...

  • Beggars & Scams, Amsterdam

    5. Beggars & Scams

    many many warnings about men mainly of an african background in groups or alone approaching you to sell cocaine or "sniff" avoid at all costs make sure you are in a group avoid eye contact and if you...

  • Wooden Shoes, Amsterdam

    6. Wooden Shoes

    I think every tourist to Amsterdam gets trapped in one of these! Very kitschy, but good for a laugh nonetheless. There are a number of these in front of souvenir shops around the city. Get to...

  • Souvenirs, Amsterdam

    7. Souvenirs

    I used to work in a souvenir shop on Damrak (the street just off central station) so let me share you a bit on one of the tricks those guys have. In many of these shops there is a display full of...

  • Bulldog Coffee Shops, Amsterdam

    8. Bulldog Coffee Shops

    When in Amsterdam make sure you shop around for coffeeshops, it will definately pay off. Some are double in price compared to others. The ones covered in neon lights are probably best to avoid as they...

  • Floating Flower Market, Amsterdam

    9. Floating Flower Market

    I've been to Amsterdam the past week and like every tourist I wanted to bring some tulip bulbs. In Bloemenmarkt (on Singel between Muntplein and Koningsplein) I saw many shops selling big quantities...

  • Teasers, Amsterdam

    10. Teasers

    This is the closest thing to Hooters I have seen in Europe. The music is LOUD and usually upbeat dance or Top 40 type. The beers are big and maybe a little expensive. They serve food, but we have only...

  • Heineken Experience, Amsterdam

    11. Heineken Experience

    Entrance: 15 euros (in 2010) What you get: A lot of Heineken advertising, a childish attraction in which you are a virtual bottle, and three beers along the "experience". As a souvenir you can keep...

  • Sex Museum, Amsterdam

    12. Sex Museum

    The Erotic Museum in the red light district. I thought it was quite boring and tacky - apart from a few original drawings by John Lennon nothing you HAVE TO see. Take a pic of yourself in a window of...

  • Leidseplein, Amsterdam

    13. Leidseplein

    If you are looking for a nice place to eat or to buy souvenirs, Damrak may be one of your first adresses. Anyway, most prices are expensive. And don't even think to buy a soft drink at one of the...

  • Damrak, Amsterdam

    14. Damrak

    Perhaps con men is bit harsh, but these people were very annoying. As we stepped off of the train in Amsterdam central, we were bombarded by people trying to 'help' us find a hotel/transportation,...

  • Cheese Shops, Amsterdam

    15. Cheese Shops

    Conveniently located across the Prinzengacht from the Anne Frank house, the entrance looks interesting enough to enter. The first floor is an overcrowded cheese store with innumerably sale items, many...

  • Street Artists & Performers, Amsterdam

    16. Street Artists & Performers

    Dont think your in Kansas anymore. There are a significant no of people you would never think of broaching into conversation who accost you and they are mightily persistent .peeled eyes in this city...

  • Central Station, Amsterdam

    17. Central Station

    Right, taxi's. We used a taxi to get from Central Station to our hotel in the Rembrandtplein. We had been given the tip of setting a price before getting in the taxi so we knew up front what we would...

  • Madame Tussaud's, Amsterdam

    18. Madame Tussaud's

    If you have always wanted to see well-made wax-dollies go there. But beware of the entry fee! You can do a lot more with that 17,50 euro than watching few stiff historical figures and celebrities...

  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

    19. Van Gogh Museum

    I wouldn't consider the museum as tourist trap, but you should only go there if you like Van Gogh's Art. Check out the famous paintings. There are a bunch of other museums in Amsterdam to visit...

  • Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum, Amsterdam

    20. Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum

    Yes, we actually went in here. The admission price was about 5euro and I personally didnt think it was worth it. Its very small,TINY! It was as though someone did a class project and put it up on...

  • The Grasshopper Coffeeshops, Amsterdam

    21. The Grasshopper Coffeeshops

    I must say I didn't feel trapped by any coffeeshop I visited, and my goal was to visit as many coffeeshops as I could in two weeks. I got to 33, some of them more than once. I have to say that I...

  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

    22. Stedelijk Museum

    I am still trying to figure out just why I did not like this museum. The Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art is said to be one of the most collections of Modern Art in the world. For the fact that I in...

  • Diamonds, Amsterdam

    23. Diamonds

    You will be able to go into so-called diamond factory tours to see the processing of diamonds in Amsterdam. The one I went to was around Van Gogh Museum area. I wouldn't say they are scams, but it...

  • Internet Access, Amsterdam

    24. Internet Access

    This isn't really a tourist trap, although you will find a lot of tourists using the flat screen, high speed connections here. Easy Internet Cafes are the best thing for the budget traveler who wants...

  • Tourist Office, Amsterdam

    25. Tourist Office

    I had to miss KLM flight as my prev flight was delayed. KLM staffs were very supportive and booked my hotel/next flights etc. So I had some hours for sightseeing the next morning, I went to Tourist...

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    Amsterdam Tourist Traps

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    How to define an Amsterdam Tourist Trap? That is hard because half of the tourista look for classic things like a canal boat ride, the flower market and souvenirs, while the other half is here to...

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