Amsterdam Journals

The Great Waterways of Europe/Amsterdam

A travel journal to Amsterdam by Matt Keedy

Quote: A 3-week cruise down the waterways of Europe--from Amsterdam to Budapest--is a mixture of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that will mix and mingle into a crescendo of senses.

The Great Waterways of Europe/Amsterdam

Overview

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*Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in 18 days aboard the luxurious Swiss II (through INTRAV here) *Lunches and dinners in castles,historic hotels, and world famous restaurants (included) *Cruise over 66 locks on the Danube-Main canal *After dinner strolls in small riverside villages with local guides *Full day tours to Heidleberg, Rothernberg, Melk *Visit Cologne, Wurzberg, Bamberg, Nurnberg, Regensberg, Passau, Linz Bratislava *Overnights in Vienna and Budapest *American cruise director and travel staff *Local historians on boardQuick Tips: I am a veteran European traveler, with over 30 trips under m...Read More

Restaurant Café in de Waag

Restaurant | "De Waag"

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Cafe de Waag describes its menu as international cuisine with a Flemish twist. De Waag was originally built as the city's gatehouse and now houses a restaurant within its turreted and sinister exterior. The walls were once used for public executions. Inside, there are beautiful high ceilings and a fairy-tale cafe. I enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing lunch. In warm weather, there are tables outside on the square that are great for people-watching.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2003

Restaurant Café in de Waag
Nieuwmarkt 4
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 422-7772

Bilderberg Restaurant

Restaurant | "Bilderberg Restaurant at Kasteel Doorwerth"

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We stopped at Kasteel (Castle) Doorwerth on our way from Amsterdam to the Kroller Muller Museum in De Hoge Veluwe National Park. The castle is near Arnhem, as is the park and museum. The castle is surrounded by a moat, and in the courtyard are old lime trees where tables were set up for alfresco dining. The acacia tree in the middle is over four centuries old. There are delightful paths in the woods around the castle, and I enjoyed a short walk after our meal. There are also three different museums housed in the castle, but we did not have time to go inside, as we were headed on to spend the afternoon at the Kroller Muller Museum. The castle itself has stood since the Middle Ages, although it was badl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2003

Bilderberg Restaurant
Fonteinallee 4
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(026) 333-3420

Knsm Island

Attraction

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KNSM Island, in Amsterdam's eastern harbor, contains modern, sleek structures that rise like the Emerald City. It's a great source for housewares.

DOMINIO (KNSM--Iaan 301): Retro-Italian
**WORLD OF WONDERS (next door to Dominio--Iaan 293-299): Eclectic interiors from Surrey to Siam
*KEET (Iaan 303): Things for the kids
**POL'S POTTEN (Iaan 39): Dutch hybrid of Urban Outfitters and Smith & Hawken

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 11, 2003

Knsm Island

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rijksmuseum

Attraction

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The Riksmuseum surveys the artistic and cultural developments of the Netherlands. Most important are the 16th and 17th century Dutch paintings. The collection features works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, Ruysdael and more.

There is also a fair collection from the 18th and 19th centuries. Other collections include Delft Blue and children's doll houses. This is one of the great art museums of Europe and I highly recommend going on a guided tour, or purchasing a guided tour book or tape.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2003

Rijksmuseum
Stadhouderskade 42
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 ZD
+31 20 674 70 00

Kroller Muller Museum

Attraction | "Kroller Muller Museum/Park Hoge Veluwe"

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Eclectic and exciting! What other art museum is set in the midst of a national park where you can rent bikes and explore between viewings of paintings and sculptures from van Gogh to Rodin? The Kroller Muller museum is near Arnhem, in the Netherlands. I have been twice and highly recommend it. It is a lot less crowded than the museums in Amsterdam, and the setting is so relaxing it is easy to become absorbed in the art and the surroundings. The museum was named after Helene Kroller Muller, the daughter of a German industrialist who amassed an extensive collection of van Gogh's work and then started adding impressive works by Suerat, Picasso, Leger, Mondrian, and many other artists' si...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2003

Kroller Muller Museum
Houtkampweg 6
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The Hoge Veluwe National Park, which was once the private property and hunting grounds of the Kroller-Muller family, is now the largest national park in the Netherlands and can be easily transversed on foot or by bike without impediment. It offers endless moors, vast forests, and expanses of grasslands and sand drifts. The best aspect of the park is the 1,000 white bicycles that are free to visitors. The park has over 42km of scenic cycle paths, and visitors can pick up bikes at any entrance to the park or at the visitor center. Specially adapted bicycles for disabled visitors are also available. I spent a whole day here riding bicycles through the park, eating alfresco at one of the two restau...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2003

De Hoge Veluwe National Park
Houtkampweg 9
Otterlo, Netherlands

Switzerland II

Attraction

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Every time I've been to Germany, I have had bad luck. I wanted to like it, but the logistics of travel always ended up leaving a bad taste in my mouth--which is frustrating to me, a veteran European traveler. This is even more distressing because Germany is known for its strict adherance to timetables and easy access for travelers, so this time I decided to do something different. I took a cruise. It was the best decision I've ever made. I joined the Swiss II in Amsterdam, unpacked in my luxurious room, and 18 days later tried to re-pack it all back in with the added souvenirs! Along the way, I made a lot of new friends and enjoyed the leisurely pace of river travel as I watched Europe, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2003

Switzerland II

Amsterdam, Netherlands
(314) 655-6700

Supper Club

Attraction

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I went to the Supper Club with a group of friends in Amsterdam. It is in an out-of-the-way ally near the Royal Palace. You ring a bell and are ushered up a short flight of stairs to a cavernous loft-like space. Lining both sides are cushioned banquettes (think 75 foot long overstuffed beds) scattered about with silver platters and candelabra. At one end of the room there is DJ spinning tunes and the other has an open kitchen. We had a great time -- lots of bright young things dressed up for a hip night out!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 12, 2003

Supper Club
21 Jonge Roelensteeg
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Day 1: Embarkation in Amsterdam

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Story/Tip

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Amsterdam. Sights, sounds, smells and tastes are what I return home with. Over the next three weeks, they will mix and mingle into a crescendo of senses; but today, as I walk out of Amersterdam's Central Station and walk west into the Jordaan, I am confronted by silence. The morning rush hour is in full swing. The sound of silence is only occasionally punctuated by the ring-ring of a bicycle bell. I sense that everyone is hiding somewhere nearby--that a whole city lies behind a closed door waiting to yell "surprise!" This is the city of Anne Frank. I am sure she knew this same silence on mornings when she was too scared to tip-toe in her attic for fear of being caught or seen by the unseen. The...Read More

Day 2: Amsterdam/Kroller Muller Museum

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We spent our first night in Amsterdam docked in the city and after breakfast boarded buses for a full day excursion that includes a morning at the Riksmuseum, lunch at Doorwerth Castle and the afternoon at the Kroller Muller Museum, set in the midst of a national park, before meeting up with the Switzerland II further down the Rhine. Amsterdam is known for its tree lined canals, great nightlife and shopping and its beautiful multi-lingual people, including our guide Greta whom we met this morning. As seasoned traveler I usually shun rubberneck tours on buses in favor of independent exploration; today, however, I was reminded of what a wonderful tool an excellent guide can be. We drove ...Read More