Me and my significant other plan on travelling to London, Glasgow and Amsterdam for 9 days in late Sept 2008.
This is our first time travelling to Europe so we would love to hear any helpful tips/advice on things like: hotels/flights/rails/restaraunts/must see attractions and of course any "hidden gems"!
Our interests include: food & drinking, architecture, shopping, museums, gardens,
Also, we are musicians, so we would love to see some live venues/bands
Thanks in advance for all your help!!
Well to start you want to look at easyjet.com for flights from london to Amsterdam. These will cost about 50 pounds return. Easyjet will easily be the cheapest option. In fact at the moment they are 50 pounds but they always do deals throughout the year so if u keep lookin u will get them for about 30 pounds. But dont leave it too late to book them, if u havent found a deal 2 months before you fly then buy the tickets. Amsterdam is a great city and as it is only small you can either just get a map and wander round the canals or hire a bike and do it that way. Or take a canal boat cruise which will show you all round amsterdam in a couple of hours and after that you can go back to the places that you passed that you liked the look of. There are loads of nice restaurants, try the places in china town which is in the red light district (the red light district is a must see!) and also loads of great bars and cafes.
There is a place called the Watering Hole in Leidseplein which has live blues jams everynight where anyone can get up and play, so if that is your type of music then get down there and play!! Also check out Winstons on Warmoesstraat (i never spell that road properly) in the red light district that has either live music or djs everynight. it is also part of a really nice hotel/hostel that is worth staying at.
Enjoy your time there, you will love it. Everyone does!!
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 10, 2008, at 4:40 AM by bwiiian ]
yeah amsterdam is good for live music... you can check out www.iamsterdam.com for a few hints.
the melkweg, just off the leidseplein often has livemusic too... depends what kinda music youre into!
the chinatown area in asmterdam is nice, there are loads of restaurants, my pick is the Nieuwmarkt tho, there are tonnes of places to eat there, and its a really nice place for a photo with the In de Waag cafe in the middle which looks like a little castle! you can get a good cheese fondue at a place called cafe nieuwmarkt for €13,50 to share!
theres a newly opened wine bar located at Nes 37 (the lane running parallel to Rokin and behind the Tara) called Bubbles & Wines which ive heard great t hings about!
you have to try bitterballen, a kroket, stroopwafels, poffertjes and if theyre available then, something from the olliebollen stands!!
Thanks for all the info! I have heard that easyjet and ryanair are the ways to go!
Also, as far as live music, we are into live ALT/ROCK music, so any suggestions
for venues that play that type of music would be great!! Where is the best area
to stay in Amsterdam? We want to be close to the action but not unsafe!
There's a very good restaurant review site for the Netherlands - many posts in English:
List of live music venues in Amsterdam here:
It very much depends what sort of music you're into but my favourite is The Waterhole
Have a great trip