Amsterdam Journals

Amsterdam-the Best of Europe's Canal Cities

A September 2002 trip to Amsterdam by Drumnotes

Quote: Amsterdam is a city of canals, restaurants, museums, and a cool attitude and ambience all its own. Despite a "sin city" reputation, it is quite middle-class and offers attractions for older tourists who are not easily offended.

NH Barbizon Palace

Hotel | "Golden Tulip Barbizon Palace"

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This upscale hotel provided a large, newly furnished room with three phones, one next to the toilet. Unfortunately, as soon as we moved in, the phones began ringing and eventually had to be ripped out to stop the ringing. However, the location was wonderful for sightseeing, as it was right across from the Centraal Station, where you can catch canal boats for tours as well as public transportation. The hotel has two excellent restaurants, with prices comparable to those in the U.S. We had a wonderful dinner, and the waiter was delightful and helpful. The breakfast buffet (ours was included with the room rate) was excellent and hearty, with many selections. I have only seen one better...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 29, 2002

NH Barbizon Palace
PRINS HENDRIKKADE 59 72
Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 20 5564564

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Attraction | "Canal boat tour"

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The canal tour boat has several stops near the most popular sights, where you can get off and explore and then get back on and float to the next sight. The major stops are Anne Frank's House, the museums, the Flower Market, and the Red Light District. Whether you get off or not, it is worth the trip to see the sights pointed out. Be sure to get an early start, as the museums and the other sights may take some time. The Rijksmuseum has the most famous collection of old Dutch Masters and is must-see. At the same canal boat stop is the Van Gogh Museum, another important sight. Even if you are not a gardener, everyone enjoys the Flower Market. It is a good place to find inexpensive souve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 29, 2002

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Amsterdam

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The live-aboard boats along the canals make you want to rent one for your next vacation. When you check out the ads for them, you'll be even more convinced. Many are very luxurious, complete with every convenience. They go for about $1,000 a week. This is quite a bargain if you are bringing children or are traveling as a group, as it is cheaper than hotel rooms and you can prepare some or all of your own meals on the boat. You also can sit out on your deck and watch the world go by. You can find the ads and information by using a search engine and keying in "Amsterdam" and "Canal Boats." The sites have pictures and descriptions of boats for rent. They also have articles and people ...Read More

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Williamsburg, Virginia