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The one and only--Amsterdam

A May 2004 trip to Amsterdam by Laalasa

De Waag Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: We wandered around and what do we find in the church courtyard right next to the sign to Anne frank House? A rainbow-colored, government-run information booth for gays and lesbians. There were also brochures for the Red Light District among others-only in Amsterdam.

Kantjil en de Tijger

Restaurant | "Kantijl en de Tiger"

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If you are a carnivore and/or like spicy food, it’s one of the best places for a meal in Amsterdam. We got the smallest rijstaffel (or rice table, a Dutch-Indonesian creation of rice, with anywhere from 10 to 20 small side dishes) with 12 dishes. Every single dish was perfect.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Kantjil en de Tijger
Spuistraat 291-293
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 VS
+31 20 620 09 94

A thousand bridges and more Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam actually has more canals than Venice, so there are lots of bridges, nearly 1,300, but since the city is shaped like a horseshoe, they rarely line up. For the most part, it is fun walking around looking at the bridges. There is one popular spot where nine major bridges line up. After the long walk, it was disappointing to realize that they can actually only be seen clearly from underneath, like from a boat. Magere Brug, or the skinny bridge, was another let down. The original bridge was so narrow that two people could not pass each other, but it was replaced in 1871 AD. At night it is illuminated with thousands of tiny lights, which is supposed to make it special, but during ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

A thousand bridges and more
All over the city
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Red Light District

Attraction

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Red Light district-it's true; there are girls in windows and guys trying to entice you inside for live sex shows. It is perfectly safe during the day, and we heeded the warnings not to go in to watch any of the shows, as they are complete rip-offs. The main street is wider and on either side of a canal, but the side streets are about 5 feet wide with 6-foot windows lined with all types of women (a few men too) in everything from jeans to bikinis. We checked out Condomerie, a store that sells different types of condoms from all over the world. We also decided to see what the Sex Museum was all about. The Erotic Museum is on Damrack, so there are actually two museums in Amst...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Red Light District
Oz Vootburgwal and Oz Achterburgwal
Amsterdam, Netherlands

De Waag

Attraction

De Waag Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Neu Market area has the De Waag, or the old weighing station. It was originally a gate in the castle wall built in 1488, but later became the weighing station in 1614 when a new castle wall was built.

Currently, it is a restaurant serving typical Dutch food. The special features are the huge chandeliers that hold hundreds of lit candles at night.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

De Waag
Nieuwmarkt
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 CR

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Attraction | "Canal cruises"

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Boat rides are tourist traps, but you get to see the city in a totally different perspective and also see that the Amsterdam Central train station is actually built on the water!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Amsterdam

Westerkerk

Attraction | "Westerkerk Church"

Westerkerk Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Across the street (or should I say canal?) from the Anne Frank Haus is the Westerkerk, an old 16th-century church. We got lucky and found tickets for a half-hour tour. They only offer guided tours for only groups of five or less-we would soon find out why. If you are claustrophobic or scared of heights, this church tower tour is not for you. Forgetting about being politically correct, it is also not for you if you are too young, too old, too fat, or too tall. We climbed the narrowest, steepest, tiniest stairs I have seen in my life-they were more like a series of rickety ladders. What makes the already narrow tower so much more constricting is the massive and bulky wooden scaffolding bui...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Westerkerk
Prinsengracht 281
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1016 GW
+31 20 624 77 66

Begijnhof

Attraction

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Begijnhof is a 14th-century courtyard surrounded by houses, where, in the old days, wealthy widows and spinsters lived who served the church, the elderly, and the poor. One of the houses was built in 1420, and there is also a hidden chapel.

It is still inhabited by a single women today and open to visitors from 8am to 11am.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Begijnhof
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 373
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 RM
+31 20 623 35 65

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Stroll through the touristy shopping street of Kalverstraat-it runs parallel to Damrack (the popular beeline from the train station to Dam Square), but is much narrower with a lot less traffic.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Kalverstraat and Damrack
Parallel to Damrack
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Puccini Bomboni

Attraction | "Puccinis"

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A stop at Puccinis for what is claimed to be the best chocolate in Amsterdam. If you like dark chocolate, this is a good place. They make their chocolates fresh everyday, and apart from the regular flavors, they have some really odd ones like tamarind, lilac, anise, lemongrass, etc.

http://www.puccini.nl/index.htm

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Puccini Bomboni
Staalstraat 17
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1011 JK
+31 20 626 54 74