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Water, water everywhere

A December 2003 trip to Amsterdam by fizzytom

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Water, water everywhere

Overview

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Amsterdam is a city of museums -- art, history, sex. You name it, there is probably a museum dedicated to it here! The red light district, while a bit sad, is worth seeing if only to say that you have. I like the kitsch aspect of it all. The floating flower market is one of the prettiest sights I've ever seen in any city; even in December, the colours were spectacular. Quick Tips: If you are planning to visit some museums, don't over-estimate what you can fit in. There are often long queues so leave enough time to see museums properly.Best Way To Get Around: You can easily get around on foot and this means you get to see the interesting side streets. Trams, buses, an...Read More

Quentin England Hotel

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Hotel

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The hotel is situated in a good location, on a quiet street, just off the Leidsplein. It is a good position for access to the city centre and the nearby Museumplein (The Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Musuem are nearby). It is also well placed for public transport. We arrived early because it was raining heavily and luckily our room was ready. The staff was friendly and helpful (in that efficient Dutch way). Our double room was in the basement and was pretty small, but contained everything we needed for one night: a comfortable bed with crisp, clean linen, a small wardrobe, and a TV (which we watched for all of about 5 minutes). The en suite bathroom was spotlessly clean and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2004

Quentin England Hotel
Roemer Visscherstraat, Leidsplein
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Van Gogh Museum

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Attraction

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The Vincent Van Gogh Museum is housed in a modern building close to the centre of the city, but is most easily found by saying it is just round the corner from the Rijksmuseum. It is a modern building, which was built in the 1960s, but one that complements the 19th-century collection it houses. The museum has a good selection of Van Gogh works through the early days of his painting when he lived with his art dealer brother, Theo, in Paris to those he painted whilst in Arles in Provence in the south of France. On the ground floor, there is a display of various personal items, including a portfoliio of letters carefully bound by Theo's wife - sent by Vincent to his brother. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2004

Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 CX
+31 (20) 570 52 00

The Anne Frank House and Museum

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Attraction | "Anne Frank House"

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The museum dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank, the young, Jewish girl who, with her family, hid in the attic at the rear of this typical central Amsterdam house during the German occupation of the Netherlands in the Second World War, is one of the best things to see in Amsterdam. Access is gained through the modern visitor centre and there is a prescribed route to follow. While it is possible to pass straight through rooms, it is not possible to plan your own route because the corridors are very narrow. This is perhaps a good point at which to mention that there are lots of stairs and most of them are pretty steep. This is not a great place for anyone with mobility problems. There i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 20, 2004

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