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Welcome to my travel site

Throughout the years I have learned so much from other travelers I met online or in real life. This website is my way of paying it forward. Feel free to 'follow' and/or leave comments! I hope my website helps other travelers find general travel savviness and suggestions for cool places. It is also a way …

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Amsterdam tips: daytrips to other places

If you have 3 or more full days in Amsterdam you could consider visiting another place in the Netherlands. There are various beautiful historical towns and other sights within a 30 minute train/bus ride, even more within a 60 minutes radius. Zaanse Schans windmills & craft shops Okay, this was built for tourists, and yes …

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Amsterdam tips: facts and figures

Animation of Amsterdam's growth 1600-1700 Watch a beautiful animation of how central Amsterdam expanded and the canals were built from 1600 onwards. Credits: Stadsarchief / City Archives Amsterdam Amsterdam in numbers Source: Iamsterdam.com, August 2016 Inhabitants: 834,713 Inhabitants in Amsterdam Metropolitan Area: 2,388,318 Nationalities: 180 Visitors per year: 17.3 million Visitors per year (daytrippers): 10.6 …

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Amsterdam tips: links and other locals

Here are some links to other pages full of info about the city. I Amsterdam The city's website for visitors and expats with lots of info about events, museums, hotels, parking, etc. Your Little Black Book A fantastic website full of the latest new hotspots such as rooftop cinema nights, hip new coffee cafes, vegan lunch …

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Amsterdam tips: getting around

Walking Amsterdam is tiny compared to other capital cities. From one end of the center to the other is about 45 minutes on foot. If you are able-bodied you can walk between most of the sights. For example the walk from Anne Frank House to Rijksmuseum is around 25 minutes walk alongside pretty canals:   …

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Amsterdam tips: where to stay

This page is not so much about specific hotels or apartments, but about the city districts in general. Which districts are nice to stay in if you're visiting for more than a day? What is Amsterdam like? By comparison, Amsterdam is tiny, so do some 'Google Maps > Directions' test walks to see how far …

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Amsterdam tips: (flea) markets, vintage

There is a flea market on Waterlooplein 6 days a week, Mon-Sat from about 10 am to about 4 pm. More and more stands offer new clothes though... but the shop called Episode on the corner near Rembrandt House is nice for second hand clothes. A bit expensive though. They also have a shop on …

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Amsterdam tips: off the beaten track

Tired of running into so many other tourists? These are some nice places off the beaten path. Buurtboerderij Ons Genoegen - local farm & cafe This formerly squatted farm Buurtboerderij is a tranquil and unique place in Amsterdam. It's a hippie sort of place with very cheap tea from a big tank and pancakes (not …

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Amsterdam tips: parks and city beaches

Vondelpark The most famous park of Amsterdam, and still very beautiful. The part closest to the center can get very crowded though. You can go have a drink at Blauwe Theehuis in the middle of Vondelpark or at Vondeltuin (way in the back near Amstelveenseweg; less tourists!). Go see a show for free at the …

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Amsterdam tips: nightlife / clubbing

Amsterdam has a wide variety of nightclubs and bars. For concerts or a night out dancing try the following clubs. Paradiso (center) Lovely medium sized nightclub in old church, great atmosphere. Concerts and club nights. Due to several levels (stairs, balconies) you always have a good view during concerts. After a concert you can stay inside …

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Amsterdam tips: recommended restaurants

You can find restaurants and eateries all over town, but here are some of my favorites. It's always a good idea to make reservations in advance. City center / North: EYE restaurant This modern design building and film institute has a very good and popular restaurant. It has a design interior but with a warm …

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