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Amsterdam: A Week in the Summer

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An August 2005 trip to Amsterdam by W.Anderman

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Quote: The perfect halfway point for a summer in Europe, Amsterdam provides its visitors the opportunity to become citizens of adventure under a flag of fun! A cultural grab-bag not to be missed!

Amsterdam: A Week in the Summer

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Overview

Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt residing. Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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It is a cinch to self-plan incredible day tours in this Venice of the North. Walk the canal rings of Nieuwe Zidje (New City) to enjoy the hustle-and-bustle of the modern city center's shops, museums, and churches. Enjoy a stroll through the cobblestone yards of the Historisch Museum. Make your way to Kalverstraat's (named for the medieval Livestock markets) shops, bars, and cafés, and then see Nieuwe Kerk's (New Church) fabulous carvings and stained-glass windows that escaped the fire that razed the city in 1645. A few steps away, slip into the Jordaan District, where a Bohemian calm saturates the shops and cafés lining the beauty of peaceful canals. Wander around Weterkerk, where the church boasts...Read More

Crowne Plaza Amsterdam

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Hotel | "Crowne Plaza Amsterdam The American"

Crowne Plaza Amsterdam  Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Right behind a large fountain surrounded by cobblestones, where a canal meets a colorfully busy street, the Hotel American towers above its equally famous café of the same name. If you have never stayed in a castle, the Art Nouveau Hotel American delivers this feeling as its turret-like features and Gothic overtones welcome you through her arched doorways. Step inside and you are whisked into an immaculate lobby, where all the chic modes of a modern five-star hotel take over. On March 4, 2005, Intercontinental Hotel Group sold this exquisite landmark built at the turn of the last century to the Dutch-owned Eden Hotel Group for 37 million euros. My trip was several months prior, so whether ...Read More

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Crowne Plaza Amsterdam
LEIDSEKADE 97
Amsterdam, Netherlands
31205563000

Café American

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Restaurant | "Cafe Americain"

Café American Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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You will have trouble finding a better place to digest the day's or evening's Amsterdam experiences than at the Café Americain at the American Hotel. The brasserie’s terrace spills to the fountain fronting Leidsestraat and is adorned with faux granite tables and stainless steel framed canvas director style chairs. It provides chic juxtaposition against the backdrop of the original café’s almost 15-foot-tall stained-glass windows.Inside one of the oldest grand cafes in the country (built in 1902), high Venetian arches, Tiffany chandeliers, and art-deco paintings of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream scenes land you in an era gone by. Outside, I noti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

Café American
Leidsekade 97
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1017 PN
+31 20 556 30 00

The Anne Frank House and Museum

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Attraction | "Anne Frank House"

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Historically informative as well as brooding and solemn, my tour experience was fed by diary excerpts, personal belongings, letters, historical documents, and video presentations. At the risk of losing credits on ratings, I do not find photos appropriate for this tour. I was that affected. It is located at 263 Prinsengracht and accessed by walking through number 265, the adjacent building. Anne Frank and her family spent a tad over two years hiding from the Nazi occupiers of Amsterdam at this address. Anne kept a diary of this experience while living in an upstairs secret annex of this house. I could feel the fear of deportation to the death camps still lingering in the walls. Fle...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2005

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

Rantings from the Red-Light District

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Story/Tip

Stellar architecture marks the skyline Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Red Light, or Walletjes District, meaning "little walls," sits in the oldest part of the city. As the sun sets, it becomes a hive of junkies, pickpockets, and tourists galore. Most of your guidebooks tell you to avoid it. I recommend it as a Disneyland of taboo for the American puritanical mind. It is simple to grab a walking tour specifically designed for this area if you like walking through the seedier parts of a city following families and a tour guide. Pay up and you can tread along with mom, dad, little Mike, and three generations of extended families on tour and see the Sex Museum and glass-walled carnal kennels of Amsterdam. It is more expensive for a family of three to have a ...Read More