Amsterdam Journals

24 Hours in Amsterdam

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A June 2007 trip to Amsterdam by Travelny2

Quote: Whirlwind of a day. Packed a lot into a little more then 24 hours.

30 Hours in Amsterdam

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Overview

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Amsterdam is essentially a one of a kind city in this world. There is a lot of stuff to do and see in a small area, most of which will be experiences unique to this city so squeeze in everything you can while you are here! We had a great time and did everything mentioned below in a little more then 24 hours without feeling rushed. We missed Boom Chicago (see below) because the shows sold out but other then that covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Quick Tips: There is a ton of stuff to do in this city and because everything is so centrally located you can accomplish a lot even if you have a short amount of time. If you are arriving you can probably walk to your hotel/hostel as l...Read More

The Bulldog Hostel

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Hotel

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Everyone we talked to said The Flying Pig was the place to be when staying at a hostel in Amsterdam so we were naturally disappointed when we found out it was fully booked and turned to The Bulldog. The Bulldog turned out to be an excellent choice and none of us had any regrets whatsoever. This hostel was considerabely nicer then some of the budget hotels we stayed at in places like Barcelona. The staff was very friendly, attentive and well-organized. We got a private room at a very reasonable price, I think about 120 euros for the night. Obviously more expensive than sharing a room but you don't have to worry about your belongings and you get your own bathroom and shower (which was very clean)....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2008

The Bulldog Hostel
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 220
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 (20) 620-3822

Heineken Brewery

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Attraction

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The Heineken Brewery (Brouwery) was a very fun experience and at only 10 euros, one of the best values that we found in Europe. At least with admission here you get something tangible in return, in the form of free fresh brewed beer!The Brewery is a bit of a walk from the most central part of Amsterdam but still relatively short, probably about 15 or 20 minutes. There is usually a small line to get in but it moves quickly, we waited less then 10 minutes even though the line went all the way out the door. The tour first takes you through a series of rooms that illustrate and educate the guest on the history of Heineken, the brewing process and the various stages and looks of the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 26, 2008

Heineken Brewery
Stadhouderskade 78
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1075 AE
+31 (0)20 523 92 22

Van Gogh Museum

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Attraction

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The Van Gogh Museum was a very interesting experience. Even if you are not a huge fan of art it is worth a trip just to pay homage and learn a little bit about one of the most famous painters of all time.The museum is about a 20 minute walk from Dam Square or the Red Light District where most people tend to stay. It is located on museum square, a big open space that was recently redesigned into an expansive public plaza. It is a large park like setting with benches and fountains and we sat out here for a while just taking in the scene before going into the actual museum. Bring a couple of beers or some lunch and just sit and enjoy the people watching for a little while if you have time. ...Read More

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

Amsterdam Experience

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Story/Tip

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It is no secret that one of the primary draws to Amsterdam for foreign tourists is that many things that are illegal elsewhere are perfectly kosher here. Should you choose to indulge in many of the things Amsterdam has to offer there are a number of tips that can help keep you safe and having an enjoyable experience. First of all with regards to smoking...marijuana is legal in Amsterdam. There are coffeeshops everywhere which are the venues where it can be purchased. Some of the larger hostels such as The Bulldog actually have a coffeeshop attached to the building. These places will all have a menu for you to choose from displaying the product's name, country of origin and price. Smoking i...Read More