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1. Posted by kaycapps (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

Hello again. Sorry I'm new to this. In our Europe trip we are planning 2 nights in Amsterdam and I know nothing about it. What are the main attractions that I should not miss out on???? Alsooo....What is a good area to stay in? Thanks so much. Kay Capps

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hi, Amsterdam is a Great, Beautiful, FUN city. A good place to stay is around Rembrandtspein or Leidesplein.

Things to see: The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum (they're next to each other). Anne Frank's house. Rembrandt's house. Dam Square (look at the palace), Leidesplein (great to hang out at night) and the RLD.

3. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

smoke a joint in the grasshopper restaurant/bar

....seriously, it's culture

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 11y

Quoting zachary

....seriously, it's culture

But only for the tourists. The natives just easily avoid them by the smell. :)

Personally I'd schedule an hour or two to just wander around the canals. Get outside the immediate center of town - head out toward the "prinsengracht" or "keizersgracht" or thereabouts, and just follow it. Marvel at the surprising quietude and beauty here. Sit outside by the water for a drink at one of the many little cafes or restaurants.

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I second that. I really enjoyed just cruising along the canals in the morning in Amsterdam, then having some breakfast outside a little cafe and watching the world go by. ;)

6. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Yep, the Red Light District is really worth a visit, to see the difference between the day and night versions. Really an eye-opener.

Also the area where the Ajax fan shop is situated is quite interesting. Can't quite remember the name, but it had a variety of shops.

Also, just get a map and walk around. Who knows what gems you might discover? ;)

7. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

If you fancy taking your life in your hands id recommend hiring a bike for the day. Cost is minimal and you'll get to see a lot more of the place than you would walking. Finding windmills can pass some time. be aware though, the bikes tend to be slightly antiquated and to stop you have to pedal backwards rather than pressing on breaks. If you have spare time take some time to cycle through the Vondelpark. They often have free concerts there in the summer.

8. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member 73 posts) 11y

kaycapps: I am a big proponent of bicycle tours for two reasons; it is terrific way to see a lot in 4 hours and it is also good exercise. Amsterdam is a great walking city and with a good map nothing is too far away. The trams are convenient especially if you buy a strippenkaart at a tobacco shop for 6 euros that can be shared and greatly reduces the price of a tram ride. I stay in the Munt/Spui/University area since it is close to where my friends live and I prefer the Rembrandtsplein over the Leidseplein. Feel free to contact me for hotel suggestions or bike tour operators and by all means visit the Puccini chocolate shop on Staalstraat and Vlaams Frites Huis on Voetboogstraat for the best french fries in town.

JAC

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

Quoting nickla

If you fancy taking your life in your hands id recommend hiring a bike for the day. Cost is minimal and you'll get to see a lot more of the place than you would walking

Good one!!! If you want to see Amsterdam (and the rest of Holland) this is the way of transporting yourself. Hiring a bike in the railwaystation will cost you only 6 euro per day.

10. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Uncle_J

I prefer the Rembrandtsplein over the Leidseplein.

Me too, It's more centrally located than Leidesplein. From Rembrandtsplein/Muntplein you can basically walk anywhere.