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Amsterdam: Home of Anne Frank

A June 2006 trip to Amsterdam by ReachForAStar

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Quote: My recommendations:Anne Frank's attic. Van Gogh Museum A canal cruise The diamond factory to see Gassan diamonds. Volendam where there you can check out the famous windmills and clogs!

Amsterdam: Home of Anne Frank

Overview

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There's lots of canals and even boat houses on the water where people live. The bikers don't watch out for you, you're supposed to watch out for them. Some of them have a bell so if they're coming up behind you, you'll know. There's thousands and thousands of bikes everywhere and a separate place for them to ride on the street.  ANNE FRANK'S ATTIC!!!! It was such a great life experience. I was very touched by this story. The book case and the stairs looked just like I had imagined. The stairs are so vertical, it's hard to climb. All the room are empty, but they have picture on the wall of what it used to look like. They were so small! Anne's room was the only room with somethin...Read More

't Slothuys

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Hotel | "Hotel 't Slothuys"

't Slothuys Photo, Spanbroek, Netherlands
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This hotel was fantastic!

The rooms are large. Rooms with three beds are almost in two separate locations inside the room. A half wall is inside. There is a huge room with a toilet and sink and another huge room with just a shower. These rooms make it easy to share because one can take a shower while another one uses the toilet.

There's a cute garden in the center of the hotel. I saw people dancing and playing music out in the garden.

The food was good and the servants were very nice.

I would definitely recommend this hotel!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 18, 2007

't Slothuys
Zaagmolenweg 14
Spanbroek 1715 GB
+31 226 36 01 60

The Anne Frank House and Museum

Attraction | "Anne Frank's attic"

The Anne Frank House and Museum Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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I was in "The Diary of Anne Frank" in high school and the story affects me still to this day. I felt that I was really apart of this story since I played Mrs. Frank for months. Seeing Anne Frank's attic gave me the sense on enclosure and claustrophobia. There really is a bookcase with stairs behind it. The rooms are so small and narrow it seems impossible for two people to share. Anne Frank's clippings are still on the walls. They are pictures of the celebrities she admired in her time. No large bags, huge luggage, baby buggies, mobile telephones, making films, or taking photos are allowed, nor are dogs. It is not possible to tour the site in a wheelchair and guide dogs are not allowed. The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 18, 2007

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

Van Gogh Museum

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Attraction

Van Gogh Museum Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. The paintings date back to the 19th century. Paintings by Van Gogh include: Impresionism, Post-Impressionism, and others. There are two buildings to this museum. The main structure and the Exhibition Wing. The museum officially opened in 1973. Every year the amount of visitors grow. The museum is accessible for the disabled. There are lifts all around the museum. Wheelchairs and buggies are free. Traveling by public transport: From Central Station in Amsterdam, take tram 2 (towards Nieuw Sloten) or 5 (towards Amstelveen Binnenhof) to the Van Baerlestraat stop. From Station Amsterdam Zuid/...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2007

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

Canal Cruise

Attraction

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The Canal Bus was built in 1909. It can fit about 40 people. The Canal Bus (www.canal.nl) runs every 40 minutes from 9:50 until 7:25 with 14 stops along three different routes throughout the city. Explore the city by water! See all the house boats and historic sites like the Anne Frank house, Leidseplein, Heineken Brewery, The Gassan Diamond Factory. Meet at Hotel Pulitzer to get on the boat. A day pass is €16 and there is no age limit. This is a nice relaxing way to get around the city!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2007

Canal Cruise
Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Gassan Diamonds

Attraction | "Gassan Diamond Factory"

Gassan Diamonds Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Explore the Gassan Diamond Factory in Amsterdam. it's home to the only original Gassan 121 diamond. This diamond has 121 facets, 16 additional facets on the top and 40 extra on the bottom. Take a tour or just explore it by yourself. Do you want to take a tour? It's FREE! There's multilingual guides, tours 7 days a week, all year round. Open 9am to 5pm. The tour lasts about an hour. You can see them cutting diamonds right before your eyes! Complementary beverages are included along with parking for tour buses. Take the canal tour boat to the factory. Or simply find it on Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173-175 in Amsterdam. The location is right on the water. Buy a ring, see diamonds being cut, or just enj...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2007

Gassan Diamonds
Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173-175
Amsterdam 1011 LN
+31(0)20 - 622 5333