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10 things to do ...

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10 things to do ...

In Amsterdam for 4 days,

What would everyone suggest doing? I want a fun long weekend. Not interested in museums really ... well maybe the sex one 😂 So what's people's thoughts on a fun trip to Amsterdam? What to see and what to avoid? Thanks guys! 😍

Montrose, Colorado
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that's a very general question. You can start by reading "What is there to see and do" in the TOP QUESTIONS about Amsterdam section. This board has some very helpful people but they aren't mind readers. You need to figure out what sounds good to you.

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Where are you from? You don't have that in your profile! But I'm guessing UK?

I have lots of ideas for "fun", and I'm sure other people do. ;-)

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"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness"--Mark Twain

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I have done a few searches but I can't find nothing quite as blunt.

I just want to know what people go and do in Amsterdam and get back home and think woah that was good.

I am completely open to all options/opinions so if you've enjoyed something then tell me. I've had a look through the 1000 things to do in Amsterdam but it doesn't quite say what people's favourites are.

😀 also yes I'm from the uk.

Thanks again xx

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1. Anne Frank House and the Westerkerk (A2) - You should not miss the Anne Frank House. It is such a moving experience. It is generally advised to book online via this link. Failing that it may be best to get in line to visit the house during the last hour as the queues tend to be shorter then. More about online tickets and the queue in this article.

Do not miss going up in the Westerkerk bell tower. If you are up for the climb, there are some GREAT views of the city from there.

2. Museums : Amsterdam has some world class museums including the Van Gogh & Rijksmuseum, both recently re-opened after extensive refurbishment. The Stedelijk and Scheepvaart (Maritime History) Museums have also both opened again after years of renovations. The newly opened Film museum across the IJ river from Centraal Station is great and has a lovely café overlooking the water. Lots of info about the many musems in Amsterdam here: Museums and Galleries

3. Canal Boat Tour - There are several companies offering boat tours. It is a great way to get an overview of the city and it is a very different view of the city than walking around or on the trams. Peope often ask which are the best ones and the Rederij Kooij on Rokin has a good reputation www. rederijkooij.nl/en/ . Also the ones on Damrak up from Centraal Station are good mainly as they are cheaper than the likes of Lovers . Some of the tours are hop-on hop-off, like the Canal Bus (www.canal.nl) so you can use the tour to get around town. Some also are good for a 24 hour period, not just the day the ticket is issued. For those who prefer something a little less touristy, the cruises offered by https://www.canal.nl/en/canal-hopper are in smaler boats and can be chartered if there is a group of you. You can also rent your own boat if you feel like being captain for a few hours. Mokum Boat ad Boaty.nl will supply you with a small electric powered sloop.

Some hints and tips about the best canal companies on this forum thread http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopi...

4. Coffeeshops (if you indulge in other than coffee) – Amsterdam is famous for its liberal attitude to soft drugs and for some a visit to a coffeeshop is a must. Even if you do not Indulge, some of the trendy houses are great places to get an actual cup of great coffee and people watch. www. coffeeshop. freeuk.com/ is a good site with reviews and locations of these establishments.

5. Public Parks . Amsterdam has a plethora of green spaces. Probably the best known of these is the Vondelpark because of its close proximity to the Leidseplein but there are many others such as the Westerpark, Rembrandtspark, Oosterpark and local smaller one such as the Sarphatipark in De Pijp area. Grab yourself a bottle of wine, some bread and cheese and have a picnic on a sunny day. In the Vondelpark there are often free concerts during the summer http://tinyurl.com/ogsfgol

6. Amsterdam’s Market culture – There are many open air markets in Amsterdam http://tinyurl.com/pprpdhc from the famous Albert Cuyp to the flea market on the Waterlooplein where you can bag cheap souvenirs and oddities. Also many people like to wander along the flower market on the Singel.

7. Red Light District (RLD) – The RLD has been there reputedly since the 15th century when most of this area (De Wallen) was a haunt of sailors from ships moored close by. The area was very different in those days as a lot of the canals have been filled in Amsterdam actually has more than one RLD. The world famous one is a five minute walk from Centraal Station. Given the substantial police presence it is a safe place to be night or day. It can get very crowded on weekend evenings. You can take guided tours of the RLD such as Randy Roys or Omy, which can explain the history of the area in detail.

8. Chinatown – Centred around a street named Zeedijk, adjacent to the RLD, this is the place to go if you are looking for authentic Cantonese food. Not as big as say the ones in NYC or London though but still good for food. The Zeedijk also has a number of brown bars, some of which are the oldest in Amsterdam.

9. Get on yer bike ! – Probably the best way to get around and the most popular by the locals is by bike (fiets in Dutch). There are many bike rental laces in the city and from around €10 per day you can rent anything from a traditional bike to a tandem made for two.

10. Dam Square - Such a hub for SO many visitors, 24 hours a day. Several times a year there are carnivals or festivals there in the square and you can also visit inside the Royal Palace. Please remember though that the National Monument in the Square is a memorial to the victims of WWII so try to be respectful and not drop litter all over it.

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1- Coffeeshop stop

2- Canal boat cruise

3- Puccinni Chocolate Bon Bons

4- Albert Heijn for snacks

5- Maniquin Pis for frittes

6- Sex Museum

7- Walk the canal streets (to)

8- Wine at The American Hotel bar

9- A really Good Dinner

10- Live music at The Waterhole

That's my perfect day one. Day 2 takes me into another list of 10 activities.


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