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Amsterdam Advice Please

  1. Charles James profile image79
    Charles Jamesposted 6 years ago

    i am going  to a conference in Amsterdam in February. I will have nearly a full day spare. What should I do/see?

    1. prettydarkhorse profile image65
      prettydarkhorseposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      you can see numerous museums - the Van Gogh museum is nice, the sex toy museum and shops and the women on the streets caged (if you are interested). You can also ride the train and proceed to Rotterdam (less than an hour by train) or Leiden (twenty minutes by train). You can walk along the streets of Amsterdam and go by the canal.

      I went to a garden Keukenhof Gardens (you can ride a train to Amsterdam Central, then another bus) but I don't know if there are flowers by then.

      There is train in the city and you can travel by it to nearby places.

      Good luck!

    2. profile image47
      Jesus was a hippoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      They have a very interesting museum of porn, of course it may have just been interesting after smoking some cannabis in a local coffee shop.....

  2. maxoxam41 profile image76
    maxoxam41posted 6 years ago

    Why don't you enjoy the pleasure of the adventure. Or do you want to baby-sit you? There are plenty of books that can help! People are more and more dependent. It is a shame!

    1. Gordon Hamilton profile image98
      Gordon Hamiltonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hmmm, what a, "Helpful," comment to what seems like a very legitimate and interesting post. hmm I have never been to Amsterdam (or the Netherlands) but believe it is a fascinating city in very many ways and totally understand that Charles would wish to make the most of his time spent in the area. Glad to see prettydarkhorse affording some tips and hope the author has more forthcoming...

  3. WriteAngled profile image86
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    If I had a free evening in Amsterdam, I would love to go to a concert at the Concertgebouw, particularly if this was being given by the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

    On previous visits, I've found just walking the streets is a wonderful experience, since there are many talented buskers.

    If I had time for a meal, my number one choice would be a rijstafel. However, I have heard that these can vary a lot and that it is therefore useful to get a recommendation for someone local or from your hotel.

  4. recommend1 profile image71
    recommend1posted 6 years ago

    I agree with Writeangled, if you are tehre in the evening go to a show but the day is best spent just wandering the streets.  I would recommend getting a map and making a circular route or you will end up going over the same damn bridge every forty minutes - and the chips (french fries) with mayonaisse, oh yes, and the beer.  Amsterdam is flat and so hiring a bike is definately a worthwhile way to cover more ground, we decided not to and regretted the decision half way around and so missed the other half in a terrible experience involving bad women, beer and chips with mayo !

    1. WriteAngled profile image86
      WriteAngledposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Oh do tell!!!

      1. recommend1 profile image71
        recommend1posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I would like to but I am getting married (again) shortly and I would not like to spoil her rosy view of me at least until after I am trapped and can't get away big_smile

  5. Peter Hoggan profile image72
    Peter Hogganposted 6 years ago

    The Dutch also do a peanut sauce that’s a bit like satay but I can't remember its name. It's incredible with chips. You must try it out.

  6. profile image0
    Stagesterposted 6 years ago

    If you have only one day you have to go to the Reichs Museum and maybe squeeze in the Van Gogh Museum as well (they are close to each other). I also agree with WriteAngled about the Concertgebouw but they are closed on certain days.

    I found the canal tour worthwhile also.

  7. kkflowers profile image81
    kkflowersposted 6 years ago

    Definitely visit the Van Gogh museum. Totally worth it!

  8. europewalker profile image76
    europewalkerposted 6 years ago

    If you like history, the Anne Frank House is very moving. You can buy tickets online.

  9. barryrutherford profile image74
    barryrutherfordposted 6 years ago

    ride a pushbike

  10. rbe0 profile image60
    rbe0posted 6 years ago

    roll a cone

  11. Charles James profile image79
    Charles Jamesposted 6 years ago

    Many thanks to all contributors.
    Yes the tourist guides can be good, but some are so commercially oriented they miss out the simple pleasures.
    Thank you all.

    1. profile image0
      Stagesterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Lonely Planet and Amsterdam Underground are great guides that show things most the tourists don't.

  12. freecampingaussie profile image61
    freecampingaussieposted 6 years ago

    Thanks for the advice here , I came to read it as we were talking about maybe visiting Amsterdam & after reading this we will as I would love to visit Ann Franks house .
    There are guide books however it is nice to hear other peoples opinions & ideas on places .