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What to See
Anne Frank House
If you have a pre-purchased ticket, you can enter through the door on the left and avoid the line completely. Tickets can be purchased at Annefrank.org. You'll need to print your ticket and bring it with you. If they sell out, try visiting during lunch or dinner hours when the line is less intimidating. The Anne Frank house is located on Prinsengracht near the Westerkerk Church. There are no student discounts. Adult tickets are €9.
Amsterdam’s Chinatown is small. There is the mandatory temple and a handful of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai restaurants and businesses. Near-ish the Red Light District, look for Zeedijk Street at the Nieuwmarkt Church.
What to Do
What To Do
When you need to memorize some time schedules for your travels. Just take a picture with your cell phone or camera of the time table(s).
You will have all the information neatly available for you to recall information. It's a faster way than when you need to note down a lot a information. And you don't have to worry about your hand writing!
But don't forget to recharge your phone or camera.
In Amsterdam there's some must-do's. Yes, the red light district, yes the Van Gogh museum, but also the Anne Frank house. It will definitely make a lasting impression.
Very close to the AFH is Nemo, a big science museum, shaped like a giant green boat.
To really feel the soul of Amsterdam, on a sunny day you should go to the Vondelpark, one of the, if not the biggest park in the Netherlands.
The best tip is to reach all these places by bike. Rent one (forget about helmets, biking is much safer here than anywhere in the world) and follow the signs.
The red light district is a must see, if for no other reason than to say you have seen it. But something the red light district vendors won’t tell you is that the ‘special’ desserts that the town is famous for are actually much more potent off the overly touristy block.
Renting bikes is also a must in Amsterdam, the city is set up in a spiral design and there is a very popular bike path that loops the city. Bikes can be rented almost anywhere and the very environment friendly locals will respect you more for joining.
The Van Gogh museum is also a must! Amsterdam has a lot of great museums, but the Van Gogh museum will not eat up your whole day and is a very memorable site.
What to Eat
Two recs for those craving Asian food. New King in Amsterdam's Chinatown (see photo) serves up some tasty soups for only €5. Also, Rakang (Rakang.nl) serves Thai buffet take-out for €4,25 (main dish) and is located in Jordaan near the corner of Prinsengracht and Elandsgracht near Coffeeshop Johnny. It’s in a beautiful area of town along the canals not too far from Leidseplein.
Worth The Splurge
It's a very busy, but cosy place. It's in a bakkery style and they even have their own bakkery. It's in a parc called Westerpark and the name is De Bakkerswinkel (Bakkery Store). You can order nice coffees, cakes, juices and beautiful sandwiches.
If you're looking for a nice cosy place for lunch, this is where you have to go. It's a 10 min walk from the Leidse square towards the Overtoom, Overtoom 255. It's called Dish.Global kitchen. Here you can have a very good lunch for a good price in a nice atmosphere, near the Vondelparck.
Megabus only recently started operating in Europe and only currently travels between the UK, France, Belgium & the Netherlands, but if you are travelling to any of these places it's well worth checking out! I went to Amsterdam from London for only 4 pounds.
These are sold at the GVB Ticket Office near the Tourist Information Building outside Centraal Station. You may be able to purchase a 1-day pass on trams with a ticket booth, but not all trams have a ticket counter. One-day passes are good for unlimited travel on all city transport and cost €8,50 (€2,70 for one way). Amsterdam can by navigated easily by foot, so it's not necessary to get one, but if you don't feel like walking, it is an option. Most major attractions in Amsterdam are within 20-30 mins of each other.
1 To 3 Days
Amsterdam, a city that can be seen in under a week in my opinion! If you're checking out Amsterdam as part of an interrail around Europe then I'd recommend the following sights and activities as must-sees and definitely-dos on the agenda:
1) The Sex Museum
3) Anne Frank House
4) The Red Light District
5) Ice Bar
And it's definitely worth renting a bike to get the full authentic Amsterdam experience, trams and bikes definitely have right of way over pedestrians and its a quick way of getting to see as many sights as possible in one day!
What to Avoid
Well the Dutch are very nice people. They are helpful and polite to tourists...to their face. They don't even mean to be rude behind your back, but they are jokers. It is wise to remember that the Dutch are anything but patriotic on a day to day basis. Therefore, after a long night of drinking and partying they find themselves peeing on every thing that a tourist might touch. They wont even be onsite the next day to watch someone take a photo sitting in a large clog that they urinated in. They do it to make their friends laugh in the moment. I've seen Dutch guys peeing all over the eye piece of a telescope which thousands of tourists touch their face to each day. My tip is to be careful what you lean on during your visit to Amsterdam or it's famous, surrounding cities.
If you are desperate for some internet time, but don't wanna waste your time in some danky internet cafe, I suggest going to the Openbare Bibliotheek van Amsterdam, or OBA (public library amsterdam) It's very close to the central station, the building is amazing, the interior design is incredible, there's a multitude of computers you can use and most importantly: the view is spectacular! Extra tip: there's a restaurant on the top floor with great food and great views!
What To Bring
Before going aboard do some research of the place you are heading to online is the best option as there many up to date information, and make a list of place to see and things to do including festivals, clubs etc, just make a random list because you may or may not do everything but at least you have some sort of plan like a back up place if at some point you find yourself with nothing to do or wanting to do something specific.
For those who do not have time or leave it last minute (for example, me :p ), you can download apps of the place showing you things to do and see.
Plus it is helpful for those on a budget. You can still have loads of fun!