I have a layover in Amsterdam and I hope to stop by for 2-3 days (I wish it could be more!). I want to make the most out of the 2-3 days (yeah, I know it's too short to see so much of this great city!) so I would really appreciate if some one could point out what are the not-to-be-missed sights.
Besides a tight schedule, I also have a very tight budget. Any good hostels/hotels which has the most attractions in close walking distance?
Will be in Amsterdam in mid-Nov. Thanks for your help!!!
To be honest the only place I have seen in Amsterdam is the red light district.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Have a great trip and enjoy Dutchland.
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Thanks Jackboy! Yup, I've read that one has just gotta visit the red light district and I certainly will! Amsterdam seems to be a rather small city, almost everything is within walking distance and for those which are not, I believe they have an excellent transportation system.
all youth hostels are supposed to be quite good (haven't been there but people told me). holland's quite pricey (as all euro countries are) but street food can be quite cheap, and at least u get what u pay for (especially with transports, very efficient).
make sure u also visit the van gogh museum, the waterlooplein market, and if u're into architecture u have so many things to see. just drift around and visit odd nightbars, coffeeshops, weird little shops, flower markets, canals...
if u need rest there's a beautiful wood just outside the city centre (amsterdam bos).
Take a boat trip down the canals too. Late afternoon! Its really nice!
For accommodation check:
http://www.roomforanight.co.uk/ (mostly dutch hotelrooms)
http://www.hotelaanbiedingen.nl/ (only in dutch, very cheap: only €30,- p.p for a 3 or 4 star hotel)
I've used these both websites to book a hotel (i'm a dutchman myself) and the quality of the hotels is very good. If you book last minute, you can get the best deals. One time I needed a hotelroom in Utrecht, because I couldn't get home anymore. I booked via the second link a room for €30,- only ten minutes in advance. The normal price for the room was €150 per night!
If you need any help in translating Dutch, just send me a message.
Latest news: I will be able to spend only about 1½ days in Amsterdam which means I need to plan my itinerary wisely. And thanks for all the tips, keep 'em coming.
And Jaykay, I might take you up on your offer to translate for me. The rooms are only €30!!! I'll holler if I need any help!