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    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 3rd Aug 11, 6:14 AM
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    • 3rd Aug 11, 6:14 AM
    If you're staying for more than 3 days, and want to visit some of the excellent museums on offer, coupled with travel on buses, trams and metro across Amsterdam, buy a combination of all-in tickets. The main museums charge 10 Euros or more for entrance.

    But forget the overpriced I Amsterdam City Card (59.00 for 3 days) - go for the 39.95 Museum card (valid across the whole of the Netherlands for a full year and covering all the main museums in Amsterdam), coupled with a travel card (15.50 for 3 days and 30.00 for a week):

    http://www.museumkaart.nl/

    http://www.gvb.nl/english/travellers/tickets-and-fares/Pages/GVB-24-48-72-96-hour-tickets.aspx
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 04-08-2011 at 3:03 PM.
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 3rd Aug 11, 7:24 AM
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    Top moneysaving tip-whatever you do,get a basic grasp of getting around amsterdam on foot BEFORE you go.Its confusing and essential to recognise the dutch words for canal (-gracht) and street and square (plein).The basics as i understand it is the centre (centrum) is the gratchengordal( canal belt),these are about three horshoe shaped concentric canals.Another central point is the station with the rather seedy wide street Damrak leading off it .http://goamsterdam.about.com/od/planatrip/tp/tipsfornavigatingamsterdam.htm


    explains it better .http://www.frommers.com/destinations/amsterdam/0043020015.html


    Amsterdam hotels aren't cheap, like any international destination,but the flying pig hostel, consistently gets good reviews.Its a fun place,not quiet so probably for the youngsters or young at heart.

    Areas that are "lively" ,Dam and rembrandtsplein area,I avoid staying here.

    More hotel suggestions from Frommers
    http://www.frommers.com/destinations/amsterdam/0043020002.html

    I once booked a top secret hotel that turned out to be the Moevenpick hotel 4 or 5 star, outside the centre, but only just,nearish to the station,not in the red light area.
    I sometimes have stayed at a flat in a gorgeous village outside Amsterdam called Monnikendam,and bus in.

    For cheap eating,research indonesian restaurants
    and falafel eg the Maoz on Muntplein
    http://www.eurocheapo.com/blog/amsterdam-cheap-eat-healthy-treats-at-maoz.html

    Indonesian food can be fab and great value ,they do something called a rijsttafel (ricetable?)
    .http://www.channels.nl/knowledge/25137.html

    Local snack is an Uitjsmiter (pronounced oots-might-er),Eggs and ham on toast,some varations including cheese beef etc,yum,its served at most cafes ,but the ones on the side streets are cheaper.

    Areas to maybe avoid staying ,with families
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070610162123AA1w1yo

    Last but not least,one treat I like to buy from supermarkets there-Stroopwafels.
    Once tasted,you will have to join the ASA (association of stroopwafel addicts) see below.Take some back for friends.
    http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Association_of_Stroopwafel_Addicts

    If you arrive at the Station, and are walking,the first supermarket is Albert Heijn chain,on Damrak,not the cheapest,something like Waitrose I think.You can buy strippenkarten transport tickets at theis chain.Also the Main AH dept store has a great value food plaza.
    Dept stores and supermarket info.
    http://www.amsterdamby.com/tourist/tour16.htm



    Grocery store Souvenirs:
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g188590-i60-k4131232-o10-Grocery_Store_Souvenirs-Amsterdam_Noord_Holland.html

    Things to do
    Visit the fleamarket on Waterlooplein.
    Last edited by hollydays; 03-08-2011 at 10:18 AM.
    • Roberta1
    • By Roberta1 3rd Aug 11, 7:28 AM
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    I would recommend the wonderful Stayokay as a budget place to stay for families. There are a few in Amsterdam - we stayed at the Zeeburg one.

    We had a clean, private, ensuite room, breakfast included. The whole place was fab and cheap for Amsterdam.

    As a fun activity I would recommend taking a pedalo onto the canals. You can hire one (much cheaper than other boat hire) from the canalside just outside the Anne Frank House.

    • lucy1038
    • By lucy1038 3rd Aug 11, 9:29 AM
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    • 3rd Aug 11, 9:29 AM
    Beware expensive hotels!
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    • 3rd Aug 11, 9:29 AM
    I found the cheapest way to get accomodation for amsterdam was with a flight+hotel package through lastminute.com. The flights we wanted were with klm and were 125 per person if bought by themselves. We got them along with 2 nights in the eden hotel amsterdam (great location but super pricey if booked seperately- 200 per night) for 400 for two people flights plus hotel. We also had a superior not standard room included in the price. Was by far the cheapest way to do it. Also book well in advance. We had friends there the same weekend who booked relatively last minute and ended up paying way more than us (50 each per night) for a grotty hostel in the red light district with 8 to a room!

    The hop on hop off canal pass was good value for the day and very enjoyable sightseeing. Restaurants were expensive but we found Bird, a thai restaurant to be great value. Avoid restaturants around Rembrandtplein in general as they are aimed at tourists and therefore expensive. One exception is Coco's Outback which in the only australian bar restaurant in amsterdam. It does decent reasonably priced food and a great happy hour on cocktails and beer.
    We didn't use the tram system at all as Amsterdam is relatively small so we walked everywhere.
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 04-08-2011 at 3:04 PM.
  • coffey1
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    • 3rd Aug 11, 11:11 AM
    BOOM! free boat ride (ish)
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    • 3rd Aug 11, 11:11 AM
    If you want to see Amsterdam from the water, you can avoid the over crowded glass top boats and head to Boom Comedy club on Leidesplein. It's a bar come comedy club but they also do amazing insider boat tours (there's a folder on the bar/ ask staff). The tours are free but they do ask for a donation at the end (you'll want to give them something- it's brill). You will be taken out in a small boat by an really nice guy who encourages you to bring your own wine/ smoke etc if you want to (if you are against the Dutch tradition or easily offended by those who partake, this might not be for you but it's authentic and done in good humour). You'll see the Dam from a whole new angle, learn lots and go down canals that the big boats can't. We donated after our trip but a lot less than you would spend for a stuffy half hour on tourist boat.
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 04-08-2011 at 3:05 PM.
    • sjg666
    • By sjg666 3rd Aug 11, 11:17 AM
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    ^^ Love the above post! Thank you.

    Myself and a couple of friends are off to Amsterdam (well Duinrell in Holland on a Sun 9.50 holiday - 50 each for a week away isn't too shabby - including accommodation, ferry and petrol money!). We want to do things like the Heineken Experience and the tour of the Bols factory (we all work in bars so it'll be good for us to see these kinds of things).

    If anyone has any suggestions regarding these and suggesting for parking in Amsterdam (as I've read online that this can be expensive and difficult) that would be brilliant!
    • xfive71
    • By xfive71 3rd Aug 11, 11:30 AM
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    Amsterdam is great anytime but the most fun I had was going during the Queen's Birthday (end of April). The whole city turned to a big fleamarket with people hawking their 2nd hand wares on any available space and almost everyone is dressed in oranje and is in a party mood. That time is lovely to go since the Keukenhof would be in bloom too. And don't miss the market at Waterlooplein and ethnic food at the Pijp
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    • 3rd Aug 11, 4:25 PM
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    Best thing we did in Amsterdam, though sobering at best and depressing at worst - the wartime museum opposite the Zoo (and you definitely do need to go by tram, much too far to walk from the centre). It takes you through the whole of the occupation during WW2 and really helps you to understand what it was like. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g188590-d266245-r91421216-The_Resistance_Museum_Amsterdams_Verzetsmuseum-Amsterdam_Noord_Holland.html Really great for kids who are doing WW2 in history and actually you'll be lucky to avoid Dutch school parties going round it, but quite right.

    Also - if you're going to the Van Gogh Museum which opens at 10, it is *really* worthwhile getting there by 9.30 so you're near the head of the queue (or maybe even earlier - we were there in April and that was when the queue really started building up, but it may be worse in high season). Basically, the day before we got there at five to ten, took one look at the queue and walked away, but it would have been a shame to miss it.

    The day ticket for the canal boats is really good - we used ours from 11.30am one day to 11.29am the next and covered a LOT of water and saw a huge amount. Much easier on the feet than walking!

    Another brilliant and slightly out-of-the-way sight is the East Indiaman, a replica of a 17C sailing ship that you can go round. Great for kids too. http://traveldk.com/amsterdam/dk/east-indiaman-amsterdam

    And if you're a cat lover, don't on any account miss the cats' home on a boat http://www.poezenboot.nl/?taal=uk Very near the station. My husband refused to come in with me but still got ambushed by a trusty, a cat that's allowed to wander around freely, and ended up giving it a ham sandwich , it was so nice to him.
  • houseswap
    If you want a great choice of freshly cooked food at lunchtime or early evening, go to the Vroom and Dresman department store for the wonderful selection of cafeteria style food on offer.Everything that you could wish for is there and many things are cooked to order. Everything looks Very tempting, not forgetting the fab cakes, drinks etc. I can really reccomend it, plus its not too expensive.
  • Aussie photog
    first ever post, so be nice.
    drove over amsterdam a couple of weeks ago but the hotel wanted 25 euro's to park the car!!!
    amsterdam have Park & ride's just off junctions of their M25 equivilent. and it's 8 euros per day and you get a return public transport ticket into the central train/tram station for every passenger in your car. Bargin.

    becuase this is my first post i can't cut & paste the hyperlink so copy & paste this search string into google. the first hit back is the page you want.

    " iamsterdam parking and further travel "
    • Roberta1
    • By Roberta1 4th Aug 11, 8:12 AM
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    If you want a great choice of freshly cooked food at lunchtime or early evening, go to the Vroom and Dresman department store for the wonderful selection of cafeteria style food on offer.Everything that you could wish for is there and many things are cooked to order. Everything looks Very tempting, not forgetting the fab cakes, drinks etc. I can really reccomend it, plus its not too expensive.
    Originally posted by houseswap
    Another vote for Vroom and Dreesman here. Good, freshly cooked and cheap food in a very expensive city.

    • dug123
    • By dug123 4th Aug 11, 10:35 AM
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    For accomodation I would recommend the Amstel Botel which is moored on the side of the river with regular free ferries over to Amsterdam central station. It is cheap but warm and the beds are good and all en-suite.
    For a trip out I would highly recommend the Heinekin Experience. It is a nice walk from the centre (if it is not raining) and a fun few hours with a few excellent Heinekin to sample. (It is one of the best trips I have beem on anywhere!) It is all in English and great fun.
    I love Amsterdam, sadly my wife doesn't! (she likes beaches)
  • Amsterdam Fan
    I suggest if you only have 3 days in Amsterdam to do the museums and attractions that the Amsterdam card is STILL a good deal. You get a lot of choice, discounts and freebies and free canal tour. It's just a shame I couldn't stay longer, it is a lovely city.

    Also go see the Windmills at Zaanse Schans - well worth the train fare out of the city. A real taste of the old Dutch ways with clog making demo's, cheese tasting, and of course the windmills, The Cat is the best!

    We stayed outside the city too at Zaandam, where the hotel prices were cheaper than the city centre, even with paying the train fares in. Although it made for a longer day the train journeys were on time and trouble-free - and of course, nearly everyone is bilingual so language is no problem either! Didn't want to go home...(sigh)
  • Regge
    Do NOT buy comfort class train tickets from the airport into Amsterdam
    The train ticket machines at the airport offer a shortcut to buy a ticket to Amsterdam using "comfort class". This is actually first class and will cost you 6,30 (one way). If you navigate the menu instead (available in English) you can buy a second class ticket for 3,70.
    • spugzbunny
    • By spugzbunny 10th Aug 11, 8:49 AM
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    I have just come back from Amsterdam last week.

    A few of my recommendations are:

    We travelled by Eurostar. We actually booked it through http://www.nshispeed.nl/en (the dutch high speed network) rather than Eurostar as it worked out significantly cheaper.

    We stayed at the Globe Hostel in teh red light district. It worked out at around 100 for 3 nights but we were in a 20 bed room. We were really lucky in that we actually had a seperate 4 bed portion of the 20 bed room so if I booked again I'd request room 101 beds 1-4. The bar here was also cheaper than most with a large smoking area if you liek that kind of thing!

    Food wise I can't recommend Chipsey King enough for cheap and yummy street chips. About 2 Euro for a huge cone! Yum!
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    • jrandrews72
    • By jrandrews72 10th Aug 11, 9:25 AM
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    Best not to stay in Amsterdam
    The Netherlands has a great railway system, its clean, reliable and in places fast. Amsterdam is a tourist trap, and busy city. I lived in NL for 1 year and my tip is to stay in a nearby city. My choice would be Leiden, Delft or Gouda. When you want to go in to Amsterdam to do the dam stuff people do there then get the train. When I was there the Dutch Railways (NS) had a weekend unlimited thing where you could go anywhere all weekend for 50 euros so you could also get to Maastricht and other places you might not have normally considered. Plus as its all europe.. why not get a train into Germany (e.g. Cologne) Belgium or France. You could easily base yourself in South Holland, Enjoy major european cities in the day time and enjoy the quiter and more genuine dutch experience in the evenings. Plus usually you get a slightly better hotel price outside of Amsterdam but still you will pay more than the average UK hotel. If you want a cheaper hotel then you need to get out of what they call the Raandstadt (sorry probably spelled wrong). This is a ring of cities from Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam. Oh.. and best tip for getting there.. It does not suit all people but look for the Rail and Sail deals. You travel on UK train, Ferry to Hoek Van Holland then Dutch railway. No cars.. but its greener and cheaper. I last saw this at 39 which I think is a bargain. Hope this helps some people.
    • Pembroke
    • By Pembroke 10th Aug 11, 1:30 PM
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    ^^ Love the above post! Thank you.

    Myself and a couple of friends are off to Amsterdam (well Duinrell in Holland on a Sun 9.50 holiday - 50 each for a week away isn't too shabby - including accommodation, ferry and petrol money!). We want to do things like the Heineken Experience and the tour of the Bols factory (we all work in bars so it'll be good for us to see these kinds of things).

    If anyone has any suggestions regarding these and suggesting for parking in Amsterdam (as I've read online that this can be expensive and difficult) that would be brilliant!
    Originally posted by sarahjgent
    Parking on the street is expensive and locals leave all glove boxes and boot areas open to show there's nothing in them worth stealing, although the situation is much better than it was.

    Couple of websites here should help.

    http://www.amsterdam.info/parking/

    This is the link that was mentioned earlier:

    http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/touristinformation/gettingaround/parking

    If I remember correctly the Heineken factory visit is quite early in the morning (Well early if you've had a heavy night the night before anyway) and was only available on certain days of the week (not weekends for instance, no use if you're only there for the weekend) so best to research when before hand.
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