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Amster from 05.12 till 09.12 2008 by car

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1. Posted by Regret (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

What to do?
No mushrooms please ;)

2. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 8y

Quoting Regret

What to do?
No mushrooms please ;)

by car? why? parking tickets gonna cost you a small fortune if you park in the city.

My top 2 choices:
Van Gogh Museum.
Anne Frank House.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 8y

Yeah, a car is pretty much pointless in Amsterdam. Find a bike, or catch public transport. If you were planning on hiring that car, then I'd really suggest saving the money for something better!

There's a few main suggestions for Amsterdam in the Amsterdam Guide.

I'd agree with the Van Gogh Museum as a pick (haven't been to Anne Frank Huis, otherwise I'd probably second that also). If you like art, you should visit the "Stedelijk Museum" and "Rijksmuseum". All three museums (Stedelijk, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum) are on the same street within walking distance, so you can do them in one day (it will be a very full day though!)

Spend some time wandering around Vondelpark. Although you will be there in winter.. I've only ever been in summer when it is full of people. I think it would still be nice in winter though, just a bit colder.

Catch a canal boat to see the city from a different perspective (well worth it, even if it does seem like the "touristy" thing to do).

Other than that, just walking around the cobbled streets along the canals is quite nice. Stop in some caf├ęs/pubs along the way for refreshments.

4. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 8y

Quoting Peter

I'd agree with the Van Gogh Museum as a pick (haven't been to Anne Frank Huis, otherwise I'd probably second that also). If you like art, you should visit the "Stedelijk Museum" and "Rijksmuseum". All three museums (Stedelijk, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum) are on the same street within walking distance, so you can do them in one day (it will be a very full day though!)

The Stedelijk (Modern Art) is undergoing a facelift, so this museum is now located near the Central Station, and opposite NEMO (science museum) at the Oosterdokskade. Also the Rijksmuseum is undergoing a massive renovation, and the 'New' Rijksmuseum will be finished in 2010. That doesn't mean that it is closed, but not all galleries will be open, and some artworks, are displayed in different rooms, during the renovation.

But still like everything in Amsterdam, it is walking distance, but I don't really think that doing all these museums in one day is really healthy ;)

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 8y

Quoting Herr Bert

But still like everything in Amsterdam, it is walking distance, but I don't really think that doing all these museums in one day is really healthy ;)

lol, yeah, it is a big day I did it once and didn't mind it too much at all. Then again, I quite like art :)

Can't believe the Rijksmuseum is still being renovated. I don't think that should stop anyone from visiting though. I went a couple of years ago while it was under renovation (same renovation I assume?) and they had a "highlights" show on. If anything, I found it more enjoyable than visiting the whole museum, because it was a much smaller scope and all the good stuff was nice and close together. I assume roughly the same highlights are still on display..

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 8y

Yeah, the highlights thing is still going on. I was there last week with a friend from the USA; quite refreshing to see that museum in just an hour and a half. :) (They seem to have stopped the lightshow for the night watch though, which I thought was a shame.)

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 8y

They had a light show ?? whoa.. I missed that one.

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 8y

Yeah, quite a good one, too. They lit up specific parts of the painting to bring attention to them (such as the little dog, and the musket shot being fired), telling about how they featured into various theories of hidden meanings Rembrandt might've put into it all. Very stirring. *g*