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I'm planning a trip To Amsterdam! - March 1st 2010, 12:32 PM

My boyfriend and I are trying to plan to go to Amsterdam. Has anyone here been there? I'm trying to get some advice on where to stay, what type of accommodation, places to visit, things like that!

I've done a little bit of research, but anyones personal experience would be handy. I need to try and learn myself some dutch so I can talk to people there, that'll be interesting!

We can more than likely get cheap flights over there, I think we're planning to go in the middle of May, some time. I've been recommended to stay in a Hostel, because I doubt we'd be inside much. What with all the museums and such.

Basically! I'd really appreciate a bit of advice for travelling to Amsterdam, and any other useful travel information you could tell me.

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Re: I'm planning a trip To Amsterdam! - March 1st 2010, 10:07 PM

3 words. red light district


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Re: I'm planning a trip To Amsterdam! - March 1st 2010, 10:55 PM

It depends on which part of Amsterdam you'll be staying in however, dutch people generally are quite good at speaking English, and if someone doesn't understand, it's likely there will be someone nearby who does speak English.

The train and tram system is awesome, and they are rarely late, so be sure to get to the train/bus/tram station on time.

There is heaps to see and do and such, so I'm not going to list it all, however Scheveningen seaside is very nice, it has sculptures on the seafront and stuff, and is not far from central Amsterdam by train, and also the minature world place Madurodam is cool, if you're into that kind of thing. Oh, and the Dutch do not have the queueing skills that british people have, if you're in a queue, people will shove infront of you, so stand your ground.

Amsterdam is an awesome place, and I'm sure you'll have a great time.
Anyway, if you have any questions about Amsterdam and the Nederlands, feel free to drop me a message, I've been there enough times :P


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Re: I'm planning a trip To Amsterdam! - March 5th 2010, 01:51 AM

Dutch people are SO nice and helpful, you'll have no trouble at all!

My friend and I are going to Holland for a bit this summer, and I think we're stopping in Amsterdam. We're staying with some of her relatives, and then when we get to Amsterdam, we're staying in her uncle's spare house(yeah...spare house..), and we're going to try couchsurfing a few days with someone we don't know.

A hostel would probably be the safest bet though, Amsterdam has quite an abundance of them to pick from.


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Re: I'm planning a trip To Amsterdam! - March 6th 2010, 04:36 AM

I'm 50% Dutch, and according to my relatives there the Dutch people have to learn English as well as Dutch because they are such a small country. Everyone seems to associate pot with Amsterdam but when I was there I didn't see a single person smoking it.

I think it's a very beautiful city and I'd recommend taking a boat tour if you're interested. Don't rent a car because they parallel park their cars less than a foot away from the canals(no fence) haha. Apparently they have a special department in their fire department just for fishing cars out of the canals.


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Re: I'm planning a trip To Amsterdam! - March 6th 2010, 05:37 AM

Look up City Hotel on Google. I stayed there last summer with friends and they were really nice. It's a cheap hotel, without being a hostel. I pretyy central which is good.
I'd recommend buying food from supermarkets if you can and making food to travel around with some days, because it's quite expensive to eat out. Also, from the supermarket you can get a tram pass, that allows you so many rides on the tram (ask someone there to explain it to you properly) it's a nice quick and cheap way to get around.
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