Amsterdam Travel Guide

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Amsterdam Things to Do

  • Red Light District - De Wallen, Amsterdam

    Red Light District - De Wallen

    4 out of 5 stars

    A quite different way of window shopping you can do in the Amsterdams red light district with the ladies sitting in shopwindows, closed curtains mean they are busy. There are also several gay leather bars in the area.

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  • Canal Boat Tours, Amsterdam

    Canal Boat Tours

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Canal Boat Tour.......The tour that nearly everybody does! I wasn't going to do it, but was told it was a "must" by Dutch people I know - I really don't think it is a must. I didn't think much of it as most of the sights I had already seen through doing a lot of walking, also, taking photos through the rounded glass made it very hard to get...

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  • Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

    Anne Frank House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When we knew for sure that we would be visiting Amsterdam, one of the sites we most anticipated visiting was the "Anne Frank House." Nearly everyone in our immediate family is interested in World War II history, and particularly in those events which took place in the European theater. Consequently, it would be impossible not to be aware of the...

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Amsterdam Restaurants

  • FEBO, Amsterdam

    FEBO

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Automatic vending machines for burgers, chips (fries) and croquettes. It's pretty cheap and pretty terrible. But if you're hungry, everything else is closed and you don't fancy a night shop rip-off, then needs must when the devil vomits into your kettle (c) Blackadder. Not a huge range for vegetarians. Situated all over town. I've only ever had...

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  • Sea Palace, Amsterdam

    Sea Palace

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I ate here years ago, It looks nice from the outside and interior décor was ok but the food was very average with nothing special or original, It's one of those places that was frequented by tour groups in the evening, I'm sure there are much better Chinese restaurant's tucked away in the streets of Amsterdam that while not looking as good produce...

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  • Humphrey's, Amsterdam

    Humphrey's

    4 out of 5 stars

    .....if rather oddly named! This is where we ate our 'VT-meet' meal....and very pleasant it was too, Humphrey's is a chain, which provide set-price menus for 25 euro....three courses. Good value, imo. Their website has an English menu. I chose: Roman salad with scampi (prawns, actually), egg, bread croûtons with garlic and a rouille...

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Amsterdam Nightlife

  • Adult Spot, Amsterdam

    Adult Spot

    THERMOS DAY- Contrary to another tip posted here, Thermos Day is very clean (yes, of COURSE wear flip flops!). No matter when you go, the men are extraordinary. Each time I've gone I couldn't believe that an American lad NOT Dutch appearing (tall, lanky, thin, huge-hung) was coupling with the stuff of dreams and calendars. They feature a hot tub,...

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  • Red Light District, Amsterdam

    Red Light District

    The Amsterdam Red Light District (or the "Wallen" as it is called in Dutch) still attracts many. And it's not only members of a bachelor party you see here. It's still is a real part of the old center since the 15th century. The Amsterdam Counsel tries to decrease the number of red lights, resulting in illegal activities outside the Red Light...

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  • Leidseplein, Amsterdam

    Leidseplein

    Don't bother! If you can find your way to the Liedesplein (very easy on the tram), then you've done 99% of the work of the so-called guides yourself. All the bars they take you to are within 5 minutes of each other, basically all either on or just off the same street. None of the bars charge a cover anyway, and all are empty until you go in (even...

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Amsterdam Transportation

  • Trams, Amsterdam

    Trams

    There are a lot of ways to get around Amsterdam, on ground and on water. We mainly used the trams for our public transportation needs. If you have the i Amsterdam card, transportation is included but as we didn't use that, we bought Strippenkaarts (Strip cards). For a few days, it's definitely worth buying the one with either 15 or 45 strips. Two...

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  • Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

    Schiphol Airport

    We flew out of Toronto's Pearson International Airport. We booked a flight on Air Transat which we have used many times over the years. For the two of us we paid $1470.52 CDN which is a very good price. We departed on a Wednesday evening and arrived at SCHIPHOL AIRPORT the following Thursday morning. As our flight to Ohrid Macedonia was not until...

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  • Free Ferry across het IJ, Amsterdam

    Free Ferry across het IJ

    If you are along the Amsterdam Centraal Station and Old Center Area and would want to experience a free ferry ride or to want to go to the attraction in the northern part of Amsterdam at Amsterdam Noord, then you can ride for free along the Centraal Station Ferry Wharf to Different Points in Amstedam Noord like in Buiksloterweg, IJplein and NDSM...

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Amsterdam Shopping

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  • Souvenirs, Amsterdam

    Souvenirs

    Being a Major Tourist Destination in the Netherlands, you would expect and find a large number of souvenir shops and stores in and around Volemdam, particularly along Dam Square Area, The Amsterdam Centraal Station and around it and along the different islands and canals along the 17th century canal rings. These souvenir stores and shops sell...

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  • Clothing Shops, Amsterdam

    Clothing Shops

    Juffrouw Splinter is a nice shop with brick-a-brack, home decoration and much more. You find accessories, furniture, lamps and souvenirs for all ages in this shop. Business hours: Mo-Sa: 10:30AM - 6PM Su: 10:30 - 5PM

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  • Magna Plaza, Amsterdam

    Magna Plaza

    Magna Plaza is a tourist orientated shopping center in a maginifcent historical building. The building is a 19th Century post office that has since been converted to commercial use, the shopping is mostly upscale.

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Amsterdam Local Customs

  • Urinating, Amsterdam

    Urinating

    The cleanest toilet around is at the Central Train Station at track 2A. It's 50 Eurocents admission, but worth while. Downtown during daytime just go to the 4th floor of the V&D department store or make a stopover at the many Amsterdam Café's (with varying facilities though). Women are a bit discriminated, because men can make use a the typical...

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  • Tipping, Amsterdam

    Tipping

    I learned to look both ways twice before crossing a bike path, tram track or road. Cyclists are riding very fast, so I tended to let them go by first before crossing. Dutch people tend to cross regardless, as long as the path is clear. Dutch people will easily and graciously speak perfect English when asked. Dutch people are almost always very...

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  • Coffee Shops, Amsterdam

    Coffee Shops

    Although cannabis is not and has never been of interest to me, I did admire the tolerance and openness towards it in Amsterdam. It looks as though legalising it has been a successful experiment (and is now also being implemented in some states in the US). Sales are confined to establishments known as coffeeshops (Kofiehuis in Dutch), which may also...

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Amsterdam Warnings and Dangers

  • Red Light District, Amsterdam

    Red Light District

    Photographing Amsterdam during the day or night can get a tourist carried away capturing this vibrant city. However, there are sections of the city that photographs are not wise during the evening hours. This pertains to the famous (or infamous depending on your perspective) Red Light District. DO NOT attempt to photograph the girls in their stalls...

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  • Drug Dealers, Amsterdam

    Drug Dealers

    I saw tips that you should not buy drugs at all (except the coffeeshops and smartshops) and that it's illegal. That's true. But that's not the mentality of giving tips and information as we are used to in the Netherlands. What I mean to say is for example: if a tourist want xtc, there is no one to stop them. The first advise is: don't buy and use...

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  • Pickpockets, Amsterdam

    Pickpockets

    I was walking along the shopping street and never stopped, but my wallet was stolen from my back bag. I live in a smaller city in the Netherlands and never lost anything over the years, but lowered my guard in Amsterdam. Now i have to renew all cards and files, cost a lot of time and money in the Netherlands. SAD!! TIP, always watch out your...

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Amsterdam Tourist Traps

  • Red Light District, Amsterdam

    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 prostitutes and seriously if you ain't going there for sex there no point going. If you have to go do it in the early evening as it is slightly...

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  • Coffee Shops, Amsterdam

    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 been. No longer is there a massive range of weed nor are there any cheap prices. Don't expect to go out there and get some cup winner weed and pay an...

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  • Canal Boat Tours, Amsterdam

    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, staring out the windows of the low cabin, straining your neck to look up at the bridges. Just don't do the above.... it's a boring ripoff. Here on...

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Amsterdam What to Pack

  • Packing for Winter, Amsterdam

    Packing for Winter

    Pare your crap down & pack light! I work for an airline loading freight & luggage & have found a travel-type backpack to be the best of all worlds. Travel-type packs have the option of protecting the straps & sholder harness behind a zippered cover. Check out LL BEAN, or REI.com or any outdoor store. Trust me, strapes & loose gear get torn off ALL...

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  • Rain gear, Amsterdam

    Rain gear

    Typical weather ranges from about 0 degrees Celsius in the depths of winter (although there is usually very little snow) to typically pleasant sunny days of +20 to 25C in the summer. However, the weather can be very unpredictable and change within a matter of hours even if it looks good to start with. Make sure you a warm coat, gloves, scarf and...

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  • Comfortable Shoes, Amsterdam

    Comfortable Shoes

    I had read that wearing white tennis shoes would label you as an American tourist, and it appeared that it was probably a true statement. I wore boots, and my boyfriend wore his tennis shoes the first day, but by the second he was wearing some black shoes! (But after all that walking, he was back into the white tennis shoes!) And I would definitely...

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Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

  • Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam

    Zaanse Schans

    We loved the Zaanse Schans. We're in Europe now with to married couples and no kids an we looked for a place for a nice walk. At www.dutcmills.eu we read that you better avoid Zaanse Schans on Mondaybecause most 'attractions' are closed and the mills close at five every dat.....but you are free to walk around 24/7. ;) So we did. Only cost we had...

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  • Statues and Sculptures, Amsterdam

    Statues and Sculptures

    Besides graffitti, statues and sculptures are usually the only form of public art in a city - but not in Amsterdam! I discovered the first truly public and free art gallery is located in the center of Amsterdam, on a street corner near the Dam square. Located at the corner of "Spui straat" and "Paleis straat", It looks like a regular painting...

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  • Jordaan, Amsterdam

    Jordaan

    A small sidestep South to the former Plaatboef at ROZENGRACHT 40; nowadays it's called VELVET MUSIC. Return to the PRINSENGRACHT. You will see the Anne Frank House across the canal and De Westerkerk in the rear. Proceed East towards the Leidsestraat. There's one more store at the Prinsengracht: SECOND LIFE MUSIC at Prinsengracht 366 (South-side)....

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Amsterdam Sports & Outdoors

  • AJAX - Arena, Amsterdam

    AJAX - Arena

    The Arena is AJAX home stadion. AJAX is one of the major soccer teams in The Netherlands. 2016 update: After the dead of Johan Cruijff, probably the best Dutch soccer player ever, his fans wanted to change the name of the stadium.

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  • Ice Skating, Amsterdam

    Ice Skating

    If you can brake and keep up with the group speed, join the Friday Night Skaters. Tour Amsterdam on your inline skates. You will cover 20 kilometers and always a different route. Wrist, elbow and knee protection as well as a helmet are essential items.

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  • American Football, Amsterdam

    American Football

    We were able to watch American Football (NFL) around midnight at the sports bar next to the Bulldog Coffeeshop in the Leidseplein area. Time zones require you to check starts but it was great after a full day of sightseeing to settle down with a cold one and a nice smoke and cheer on my favorite teams. Unbelievable!!!!

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  • Statues and Sculptures, Amsterdam

    Statues and Sculptures

    The statue of the Vrouw met Stola (Lady with a scarf) is made by Pieter d' Hont in 1977. It's located at the North side of the Singel canal facing the Spui square. If was a gift to the city of Amsterdam after an expotion of sculptures in 1977.

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  • Architecture, Amsterdam

    Architecture

    At the Karthuizerstraat 11 through 19 in the Jordaan city quarters you find four adjacent houses with a neck gable. The buildings date from 1737 and have the names of the four seasons on top: LENTE, ZOMER, HERFST and WINTER.

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  • ATMs and Money, Amsterdam

    ATMs and Money

    ATM's are widely spread at Amsterdam, You will find them at stations, major shopping streets (at banks and inside some shops), supermarkets and shopping malls. Before using check if the machine will accept your credit- or bank card.

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Comments (5)

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    I have no prejudice against brothels, sex shops or soft drugs but when they appear on VT as first "things to do" for Amsterdam I feel perplexed (euphemism)!

    • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
      Dec 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      .... and even a local editor cannot change that. PJ

    • breughel's Profile Photo
      Dec 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      That's the difference with travel guide books whose editors are able to propose what they think is "for better". A well known example in the EU are the stars *, ** or *** of the Guide Vert Michelin.
      By curiosity I had a look how TA ranks the attractions of Amsterdam:
      1° Concertgebouw, 2° Anne Frank House, 3° Central Library,
      4° Prinsengracht, 5° Van Gogh Museum, 6° Amstelkring Museum,
      7° Rijksmuseum, …
      On 37° Canabis College and finally the long waited for Red Light District on 43°.

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    TRAVEL ALERT: Till Monday July 8 5:15AM No train connection to Schipol Airport. Also roadworks near the airport. Be aware of travel delays!

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Rijksmuseum Grand Reopening. Tomorrow, 13 April 2013, Queen Beatrix officially reopens the Rijksmuseum. The "State Museum" has been closed for renovation since 2003. Museum director Wim Pijbes said "It has been closed for 10 years, but now it can go on for decades." To the delight of museum lovers everywhere!

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    This year the las Queensday at April 30. From 2014 it will be Kingsday at April 27 (April 26 in 2014 though).

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    TRAVEL ALERT for NEW YEARS EVE: No public transportation from 8PM till 1:30AM New Years Day.

    • giampiero6's Profile Photo
      Dec 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      You might consider putting this is Amsterdam Transportation comment too....

 
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