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Amsterdam basics

A March 2001 trip to Amsterdam by TyGuy

Quote: Hopefully this will give you a no-nonsense guide to Amsterdam, which has so much to see and do, that it would take a month to see it all.

Amsterdam basics

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Overview

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The usual (Rijksmusuem, Van Gogh, Anne Frank, red light district), walking around in the cold, and pub crawling at nightQuick Tips: - Leidseplein is under construction (3/25/01), so keep that in mind if you're planning to go. - Be cautious, not paranoid, at Centraal Station. - Keep an open mind when seeing the city. It is full of tourists (and locals) from all over the world and not everyone will be to your liking. Just remember you might not appear friendly to them, either. So get to know someone before you judge them. - BOOK EARLY! To find a decent price, book your room at least one month in advace. -Have fun by finding places where the locals hang out, they ...Read More
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Located a block away from Leidseplein, but in a relatively quiet location with a nice canal view. Room was small, but had shower/toilet, phone, and a TV if that matters. The room was clean and the building is secure. There is a soda machine downstairs that also has Heineken for f2.50 (US$1.00) which is a bargain. The desk staff is friendly and has all the tourist brochures available if needed.

To get there from Leidseplein... Walk behind the Irish pub and past the white drawbridge (Milkweg club) on your left and the police station on your right. You''ll see the Hotel De Lantaerne sign to your left across the canal.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2001

Hotel De Lantaerne
leidsegracht 111
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 (0)20 623 2221

Red Light District

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Attraction

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You've heard it all and I can only hope to put a little perspective on the matter. By all means you should visit the place, but don't expect an all out party going on. You'll get a good chuckle out of seeing the gals in their windows staring you straight in the eye trying to lure you in. You can spend about an hour in this area without getting bored. In addition to the gals in the windows there are numerous 'coffee shops' in the area and street dealers. Ignore the street dealers and they should leave you alone. Amsterdam is actually very safe and the Red Light District is probably safer than most US cities. Pop into a coffee shop if your so inclined and indulge in smoking without worrying ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 29, 2001

Red Light District
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Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Anne Frank House and Museum

Attraction | "Anne Frankhuis"

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Every person in the world has been touched by her diary and this is a 'must see' if there ever was one. Briefly, you walk from room to room and then walk through the door behind the bookshelf to the secret annex. The rooms are left as they were, but there is not much to see in them aside from some photos and a few knick-knacks. In some of the rooms, there are video monitors throughout the tour that tell the story of Anne and her family. I think the house is more of a pilgrimage rather than informative. While you are in the house, notice that is very quiet and gives one pause to reflect on the terror that ran across Europe. Being there tugs on your emotions and you might want to bring some tissues with...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2002

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