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Tacktheritrix
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Heading to Amsterdam

Heading to Amsterdam for a few days. Any recommendations of places to go, things to see, restaurants to eat at, Clubs to party at?

Looks like weather might not cooperate. Possible light rain the whole time we are there. Still a week out so it very well could change.

The only thing we've planned is a tour for the Anne Frank House. Outside of that just was going to wonder.

Any recommendations are welcome, TIA!
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blueridgeTiger
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re: Heading to Amsterdam
I recently did a canal boat tour - very interesting.


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Zappas Stache
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re: Heading to Amsterdam
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Possible light rain the whole time we are there.


So that's pretty good weather for Amsterdam. But the cold wind is what really hurts.

Reminds me I need to finish my trip review from this summer. I'll come back later and make some recs.
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H2O Tiger
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re: Heading to Amsterdam
We went last year during our honeymoon and had a great time. Only planned thing we did was a canal tour and a visit to the Rijksmuseum.

Writeup from our Trip


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H2O, nice review. I was there in the mid-90s, pre-European Union. Things have certainly modernized.

Loved the pankooken (spelling? but it's those big flat pancakes) and the patats met mayo (french fries with mayonnaise), as well as the Dutch coffees, beers, sandwiches, and the cheese. Gouda cheese that you can buy here only scratches the surface of the cheese options in Holland (but admittedly, you can get alot of that here now).



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It was a great trip. Amsterdam is a place we'd absolutely visit again!


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wiltznucs
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re: Heading to Amsterdam
Make sure you have the tix to the Anne Frank House beforehand. There’s no on-site sales and tours are by reservation only. Their site explains the process pretty thoroughly. I was in Amsterdam a few months back and the number of people disappointed to not be able to visit the house was very large. Hundreds of people each day show up without a ticket and get turned away.

It’s a very walkable City. If you like scenic architecture then do a self guided walking tour jumping off from the Grand Central area. You can find the tours guides for free on the net.

I booked a one day excursion to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague on Viator. Was definitely worth it.

The Heineken experience is pretty popular as are canal cruises. Obviously; a trip through the RLD De Wallen is part of the Amsterdam experience.

You’ll find friets/fry shops are all over the place. Find one that looks busy and try them. Delish…. A fresh Stroopwafel is a delight too.

Cheese shops are a big deal there. Be sure to check one out.

I didn’t really plan meals or zero in on any particular restaurants beforehand. I will say that I experienced arguably the best Chinese I’ve eaten since I was in Shanghai in their Chinatown area.





Tacktheritrix
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re: Heading to Amsterdam
H2O Tiger Thanks for your review. Your trip looked awesome.

I saw a few people recommended boat tours, unfortunately it's going to be rainy the whole time we are there. Not sure if we will be able to do one. I don't know if they run them in the rain.

We do have our tickets already for the Anne Frank house. We bought them about a month ago.


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H2O Tiger
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The only enclosed boat I saw doing "tours" was the "Smoke Boat". That may or may not be your thing


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SDVTiger
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re: Heading to Amsterdam
Club Escape in Rembrandtplein. Pregame at 3 sisters


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texastigerpaul
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re: Heading to Amsterdam
Keep in mind that the website for buying Anne Frank tickets opens based on European time. When I bought our tickets at 10am CDT the earliest tickets available was at 1700(5pm).


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TigersMaul Bammers
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re: Heading to Amsterdam
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum
"Dutch Courage" bar near Red Light Dist for cocktails
Winkel 43 for apple pie
Arendsnest for Dutch beers
Fabel Friet for fries
The Pancake Bakery for pancakes

Although we did not get in due to line,
Van Stapele Koekmakerij for cookies.



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Napoleon
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re: Heading to Amsterdam
$20 booze cruise is a lot of fun. All you can drink beer or wine. 420 friendly. Had a great time I was the only American in the boat.
Was interesting to see how prude we are compared to Euros.

Nightlife is crazy there and depends how wild you want to be.

Public street urinals are disgusting but beat paying a euro to pee.




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I recommend doing an actual red light disrict tour. It was really interesting and you learn a lot about the history of it. Also enjoyed the Van Gogh Museum.


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LemmyLives
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re: Heading to Amsterdam
You do take damn good pictures.

I didn't prioritize the Netherlands when I spent months in Brussels. Of course, I'm heavy into reading stuff about Market Garden, and I coulda made the trips into NL, but didn't when I had the chance.

OP, if you're into it, I'm sure there are plenty of WWII sites to visit. The Dutch were very different under occupation than many of the French, etc., and it could provide some interest.

I remember speeding from Amsterdam to Brussels for a meeting, and there is literally a tiny canal or road called, "Tank Ditch (road/canal.)" It was just out of sorts to see that kind of thing this century. It's either on the A4 out of AMS or the A11 out of Antwerp. It's absolutely nothing to see, but there is hidden WWII history all over.


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