Amsterdam Journals

Amsterdam New and Updated for 2004!

A January 2004 trip to Amsterdam by Dr. RingDing

Quote: This series of entries documents my recent (and first) visit to Amsterdam. The entries address arrival, getting around town, and several of the museums. These journal entries provide a 'Winter perspective' on Amsterdam. Most of the Amsterdam journals describe Summer travels or don't specify the season of travel.

Amsterdam New and Updated for 2004!

Overview

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My favorite activity was just walking around the city off of the main streets to admire the canals and architecture. The highlight of my visit was the Amsterdam Historical Museum.

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Best Way To Get Around:

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If you suddenly experience a craving for Chinese food during a visit to Amsterdam's Old Centre, one good option is the Kam Kee Chinese restaurant at Zeedijk 103. Kam Kee offers an extensive menu in both Dutch and English at reasonable prices.

As a cat owner, you can imagine my surprise and delight when I was visited by the restaurant's resident cat. A few scratches behind the ear later (the cat's ears, not mine), the cat was on its way to find another vantage point from which to survey the patrons. On the other hand, however, if you're susceptible to cat-related allergic reactions, perhaps another restaurant would be a better choice.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2004

Kam Kee Chinese restaurant
Zeedijk 103
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Anne Frank House and Museum

Attraction | "Anne Frankhuis update"

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The Rough Guide does a nice job of characterizing the Anne Frankhuis (Museum) in the context of the entire neighborhood. However, it's difficult to fully appreciate the history until you hear the bells of Westerkerk while standing in Anne's room. UPDATE: The 2003 issue of the Rough Guide lists the admission price to the Anne Frankhuis as €6.50; however, this has increased to €7.50 as of 1/1/04. I strongly recommend that you plan to arrive early for your visit. The Museum contains a number of glass-encased exhibits and ceiling-mounted television monitors running short programs in multiple languages. These would be difficult to see and hear (especially for children) in the presence of l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2004

The Anne Frank House and Museum
Prinsengracht 267
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1016 GV
+31 20 556 71 00

Amsterdam Museum

Attraction | "The Amsterdam Historisch Museum"

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The Amsterdam Historisch Museum (AHM) is a mandatory stop on the Amsterdam museum circuit for anyone who is interested in the archaeological aspects of the city. The museum's exhibits are arranged in a chronological, walk-through fashion comprised of 20+ different sections. One distinct strength of the AHM is that every exhibit up to approximately 1750 includes item descriptions in both Dutch and English. As the Rough Guide to Amsterdam book notes, however, "it's a garbled collection, lacking continuity." While the museum's exhibits are displayed chronologically, making your way through them is somewhat challenging. My experience was that there was a conspicuous gap in exhibits between 1700 and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 18, 2004

Amsterdam Museum
Kalverstraat 92 and Sint Luciënsteeg 27
Amsterdam, Netherlands
020 5231822

Getting in to AMS

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When I arrived at Schiphol Airport, my plan was to take the train to Centraal Station and walk to my hotel (Victoria). The Schiphol Arrival Hall can best be described as one part airport, one part high-tech shopping mall, and one part train station. If this is your first visit, be prepared for information overload! One difficulty I encountered upon arrival was purchasing a train ticket to Centraal Station. From the latest Rough Guide book, I knew the ticket price should be €3.10; however, the train ticket kiosks display purchase information only in Dutch. As a result, the four-step process to purchase a ticket included several educated guesses that included the choice of a seat in second-class. ...Read More
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In the Rough Guide's Directory section, the entry for "public toilets" describes that many are pay toilets. My experience walking around Grachtengordel South was that ALL are pay toilets, even in such unlikely places as the De Bijenkorf department store and the multi-story shopping mall in Kalvertoren. If you're inclined to take frequent bathroom breaks for health or Heineken reasons, be sure to keep a plentiful supply of change handy.