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1. Posted by TylerB (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

I will be 17 when I will have the money to travel anywhere. I wanted to go to Amsterdam for the obvious reasons. What can I still do if I'm only 17?

2. Posted by cctrav (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

My advice to you is wait until you're a year older than 17, maybe 2. That way you can save more money and your experience would probably be better.

I don't know what things you can get up to in Amsterdam at the age of 17, unless you look older.
Obviously the age for drinking isn't 21 like in the US, but I'm not too sure whether its the same for the UK (18.)

It would probably cost you a lot to get there too, which is always the main thing.

I'm planning a trip to America at the moment for when I'm 18/19, and I'm giving myself this time to save up and think things through.

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

what are you into then? museum? anyways, i suppose you won't face much trouble in Amsterdam being 17 regarding the things you like to do. also be careful, know where your money is.

[ Edit: Edited on May 9, 2008, at 1:32 AM by wouterrr ]

4. Posted by TylerB (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

pretty much the red light. I'd have a week or so, so I'd definately check out the Anne Frank house among other sites. The site says you only need to be 16 to buy alcohol and tobacco? I was wondering if this was up to date. Also, money isnt an issue :D

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

Quoting TylerB

pretty much the red light. I'd have a week or so, so I'd definately check out the Anne Frank house among other sites. The site says you only need to be 16 to buy alcohol and tobacco? I was wondering if this was up to date. Also, money isnt an issue :D

16 is indeed the limit for alcohol and tabacco, also for the coffeeshops. I assume also for the red light.

6. Posted by TylerB (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting TylerB

pretty much the red light. I'd have a week or so, so I'd definately check out the Anne Frank house among other sites. The site says you only need to be 16 to buy alcohol and tobacco? I was wondering if this was up to date. Also, money isnt an issue :D

16 is indeed the limit for alcohol and tabacco, also for the coffeeshops. I assume also for the red light.

Is there anywhere I can confirm this? I've tried google to no avail.

7. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

I am 100% sure the minimum age for buying alcohol and tabacco is 16 years old, don't worry about it (I am from the netherlands myself so I can tell;)). I can't find english websites to back that up. For the redlight i assume it is 16 as well, as long as the girls get their money. Check also this info. http://www.amsterdam.info/red-light-district/. I also want to tell you that amsterdam is more than drugs and sex. And also that some women might be trafficked from eastern- european countries and work basically as a prisoner, which is morally unacceptable.

[ Edit: Edited on May 9, 2008, at 1:59 AM by wouterrr ]

8. Posted by TylerB (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

Quoting wouterrr

I am 100% sure the minimum age for buying alcohol and tabacco is 16 years old, don't worry about it (I am from the netherlands myself so I can tell;)). I can't find english websites to back that up. For the redlight i assume it is 16 as well, as long as the girls get their money. Check also this info. http://www.amsterdam.info/red-light-district/. I also want to tell you that amsterdam is more than drugs and sex. And also that some women might be trafficked from eastern- european countries and work basically as a prisoner.

I know, haha. I just assumed you don't have to be a certain age to enjoy the sites and museums. I'd still like someone to confirm the coffee shop and women age limit.

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Minimum age for visitors of coffeeshops is 18 in the Netherlands.

And it seems you might get lucky with some Ukrainian girls

[ Edit: Edited on May 9, 2008, at 2:33 AM by Utrecht ]

10. Posted by TylerB (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

I'm also looking for a cheap place to stay.