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: 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: 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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Amsterdam tips: nice places to have coffee/drinks

There are over a thousand cafes and bars dotted all over the city. But if you're looking for something special, consider these.     City center: Double Tree hotel's SkyLounge rooftop bar This hotel is next to Central Station, 5 minutes walk, and close to the red light district. The fantastic views all over the city …

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Amsterdam tips: things to see and do

Canal boat tour A tacky canal boat round-trip is actually very interesting and nice! You will see a lot of the city in one hour, and hear a lot about the history and the reasons why the houses stand crooked, or how many bikes are stolen or thrown into the canals every year.
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Amsterdam tips: recommended museums

Although Amsterdam is mostly known abroad for other things, the city features many fantastic museums. Only visit Van Gogh museum if you actually like his work. I personally prefer other museums like: Huis Marseille (photography) FOAM (photography) Rijksmuseum reopened in 2013 after 10 years of renovations and turned out splendid. It contains works of the …

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