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Amsterdam
Radiating out from the Dam Square, the canals and cobbled streets of Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, are filled with exciting sights and sounds. With more bicycles than cars, a liberal approach to prostitution and cannabis, and much of the population living on houseboats, Amsterdam is a city of fun for the young and seriousmore
Amsterdam itself was brilliant! - Colin Ball. Date of travel: Dec 2010
Thoroughly enjoyed the city, just a shame it was let down by the awfull Hotel Barbacan
Culture and class - H. Monroe. Date of travel: Apr 2006
Amsterdam is a wonderful city full of cultural gems, outdoor art, wonderful architecture and friendly people. The list of museums and galleries is endless, from the Van Gogh museum to the Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt Van Rijn's house, the Anne Frank museum, the Stedelik Modern Art Museum and more... there are also canal rides, visits to the floating flower market and more. The trams are efficient and easy to use and most atractions are easily accessible. Queues for places such as the Van Gogh museum can be very long, but worth it to catch a glimpse of masterpieces such as the Sunflowers. There are also plenty of clubs, bars, restaurants, and of course the infamous red light district to explore. A wonderful city full of culture and class! Tour Operator: Own
CS. Date of travel: Oct 2005
This was my first trip to Amsterdam and after reading some of the reports and hearing a few stories I wasn't entirely sure what to expect!! But, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. The airport is attached to the station where you can purchase a ticket to Central Station for around 3.50 Euros. From there its a straight road to Dam Square where I was staying which takes about 5 minutes to walk, although there are trams from the station to take you anywhere else in the city. Top tip - get a decent map which shows you which trams go from place to place, they're cheap, always on time, run every 5 - 10 mins so you're never waiting for very long and most importantly, they're clean! The city itself is far more picturesque than I'd imagined, a sort of cross between Venice with all the canals and Paris with the beautiful architecture! Its clean, no litter around the streets and very safe to wlak around. As far as the infamous coffee shops and red light district was concerned, yes, they are around, but its not blatantly everywhere you look. If you want that side of Amsterdam its there for the taking but there is more to it if its not your thing. In fact after the initially sniggering at the sex shops you walk past, you begin to not even notice them! The food in Amsterdam was fantastic, loads of choice and reasonable prices. Plenty of pubs and bars to choose from, the Leidseplein area was good for this - not very Dutch but the Irish pub in this area does the best seafood chowder this side of Dublin!!!!! Loads of nightlife too, from wandering around the pavement cafes and bars (great for people watching) to nightclubs and music bars. Daytime, if you want to go to see Ann Franks house make sure you pre book. We really wanted to see it but the queue was ridiculous. Van Goghs museum on the other hand was easy to get in to and quite interesting. (Approx 13 Euros)The highlight for me was definitely Madame Tussauds, you can get 5 Euro discount vouchers from your hotel for this which is well worth it. Far from being full of Dutch people you may not have heard of, its got presidents, prime ministers, pop stars, film stars and more. Great for photo opportunities and trying to impress your friends at home with a photo of you and Robbie Williams! For anyone planning to travel there, my tips would be to get a good map, pre book your tram passes if you can, (only slightly cheaper but that way you can hop on and off and see much more without the hassle of buying tickets), pre book any attractions in case of queues if you really want to see them and leave some space in your luggage, the shops are fabulous!
A.M. Date of travel: Nov 2004
wicked, a must go for stoners
Jamie Strutt. Date of travel: Aug 2002
While Amsterdam is certainly a great place for stoners it also has loads more to offer. Great people, scenic canal trips, world famous museums, good restaurants and clubs and much more. So best to avoid the coffee shops for at least part of your trip!
 
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