Amsterdam Journals

Going Dutch

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A May 2002 trip to Amsterdam by Mutt

Bloemenmarkt/Amsterdam Flower Market Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: The first stop on my world tour finds me in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam.

Going Dutch

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Overview

Down the Canal Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The medieval heart of the city was founded in the 13th century with the damming of the Amstel river (hence the name) at what is now Dam Square. The city quickly built up around it and was a major centre for trade for many of the following centuries. This heartland ringed by canals is still the major draw for tourists with its picturesque old buildings, including the famous Anne Frankhuis, and its atmospheric waterways and bridges, 15 of which are visible for the aptly named Bridge of Fifteen Bridges. In the 60s and 70s Amsterdam's liberal attitudes made it a major draw for a new variety of travellers, it became the first stop on the hippy highway to India and a number of attractions h...Read More

Dam Square

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In the thirteenth century the river Amstel was damed and a city was formed. It was here in Dam Square at the heart of the city that this momentous event occurred. In the intervening 800 years, the square has become a major tourist draw and is now thronged with visitors from all over the world. The star attraction here is the Royal Palace, covered in a separate journal entry, but even if that isn't open, and it usually isn't, there is still plenty to do here. The square is surrounded by overpriced street cafe-bars, and tacky souvenir shops, buskers and hawkers vie for the tourist dollars and old fashioned horse-drawn carts take the tourists for a ride. There is a branch of the famous ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2002

Dam Square
Dam
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 JS

Koninklijk Paleis

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Attraction | "Koninlijk Paleis"

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Dam Square is dominated on it's western side by Jacob van Campden's 1948 Royal Palace. Originally constructed as the town hall for Amsterdam, this was the largest non-secular building in the world at the time and the poet Contanryn Huygens dubbed it "the eighth wonder of the world", but he was prone to exaggeration. The exterior is dull and forbidding but if you can gain entry to the building which has been called "the house with no doors" then your E4.50 entrance fee will be well rewarded. A mildly diverting video presentation called "The Heart of Amsterdam" gives you a brief introduction to the history of the palace and highlights some of the features to look out for but nothing can adequate...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2002

Koninklijk Paleis
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 RJ
+31 (20) 620 40 60

Red Light District

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Attraction

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The liberal Dutch attitude to drugs and sex is renowned throughout the world and has made Amsterdam a major tourist draw since the freedom seeking days of the 60s. Perhaps not unsurprisingly for a city that chooses three Xs as its coat of arms the red light district continues to be a major draw today. During the day the twin canals of Oz Vootburgwal and Oz Achterburgwal on the far eastern side of the old town are a seedy no-go area inhabited by drug dealers and pimps a far cry from the well to do origins of the neighbourhood. After dark however something magical happens as the sun goes down and the neon comes on the entire district comes alive as entire families of locals and tourists alike ta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2002

Red Light District
Oz Vootburgwal and Oz Achterburgwal
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bloemenmarkt/Amsterdam Flower Market

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Attraction | "Bloemenmarkt"

Bloemenmarkt/Amsterdam Flower Market Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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In the shadow of the spectacular bell tower of the Muntplein, now a gallery and souvenir shop, on the Singel canal lies this floating flower market open 6am to 5pm Monday to Saturdays. The disappointingly short row of stalls is laid out along the southern side of the Singel canal on a series of floating pontoons that are accessible from the street. Here you can find a variety of cut flowers and plants, including the ubiquitous tulip as well as bulbs, seeds and all the necessary equipment to allow you to grow your own. Also available are a wide variety of tacky souvenirs including wooden tulips, clogs both wooden and porcelain and models of windmills highlighting this markets status as somethin...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Bloemenmarkt/Amsterdam Flower Market
Singel Between Muntplein and Koningsplein
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1017 AZ