hi, i'm Steffen, a 24 year old male from Norway, and i am going to Amsterdam.
i'll land on Schipol 15.sep 18:05, and i'm so super-excited about it.
it will be my first time alone out in the big world, i've been camping with friends in Sweden and been with my parents in Spain.
but not like this.
of course i have already planned somethings i want to do:
when i have checked in on the hotel i'll be on my way to the closest coffeshop
i've heard that pancakes is a dutch speciality, and if they're as good as my grandmothers, there will be a pancake-shortage in the Netherland.
i also intend to visit the red light district, i doubt i will be using the services, but i'll enter rld with an open mind.
i cannot keep from thinking that i have no business there, sort of going into a store when you don't intend to buy anything.
and a boattrip in the canals.
maybe visiting some museums.
but for the most, i will just hang out, taking it easy and looking at people passing by.
what i wanted with this thread(apart from telling the whole world that i'm going to Amsterdam)
is to ask those of you who have been there:
is there something non-touristy stuff, that isn't mentioned in travel guides, i should check out?
First and foremost,
Congratulations! With that out of the way, you should check out the Amsterdam guides you can find in the travel guide section of this website, they have a great deal of information.
For local advice in terms of what you should go see, that really depends on what kind of thing you are into.
Museums? Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum.
Relaxing and picnics? Vondelpark and Rembrandt park.
Culture? Walk around the city and breathe it in, explore small alleys. Take a day trip to Brugge and Antwerp.
Things that are illegal elsewhere? Look up smartshops and research beforehand, not all coffeeshop produce is of equal quality.
Also visit Sauna Deco, a strictly nude co-ed Dutch sauna. But it's not the red light district, so don't stare. People are there to relax.
Enjoy your time there. How long are you going for?
For a great canal cruise go to Boom Chicago on the Leidseplein and sign up for a cruise with the St. Nicolaas Boat Club. The boats they use are small and open so they can go where larger (more touristy) boats cannot fit, you can eat/drink/smoke whatever you want to bring along (lighters can be challenging), and the driver (pilot?) will take you where you'd like to go.
There is a pancake house on the Leidseplein, as well as a Bulldog coffeeshop. My favorite coffeeshops are Homegrown Fantasy, Abraxas, Tweede Kamer, and Stix. -snip-
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]