Amsterdam Journals

Three Nights in Amsterdam

An August 2009 trip to Amsterdam by artslover

Amsterdam canal Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: Our first trip to the Netherlands starting with three days and nights in Amsterdam where we walk a lot and check out some of the museums.
Amsterdam canal Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam is meant to be explored on foot. A canal boat tour gives a good overview. Bicycles are good transportation but the locals pedal very fast and do not appreciate slow moving sightseers in the bike lanes. On foot you can explore the many concentric canals and the multitude of bridges. This may mean you will get lost, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.By walking, you get to see details you might miss at a faster pace. Walking allows you to stop to gaze in amazement at the many bridges and their varying styles. Or you can stop to enjoy a concert on a canal. You soon discover bicycles are chained to nearly everything. They are as plentiful as the gardens, mailboxes, and chain lik...Read More

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Attraction | "A Good Introduction to the City"

Amsterdam Canal Cruises Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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A canal boat tour is a quick and easy way to see the city and explore the many canals. There are lots of canal tours by boat. We picked up a very basic one near the Rijksmuseum for €11 which lasted a little over an hour. No dinner or tourist photographs of ourselves which suited us fine. On the tour, we were able to see the harbour and the Shipbuilding Museum, two places we did not get to on foot. It also gave us a different view to see houses we had walked past but were now looking at from the canal. The guide was also helpful in describing some of the things we had seen but did not know very much about. A canal tour does not take long and is not expensive. I highly recommend...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Amsterdam

Bella Vista Restaurant

Restaurant | "Authentic Italian in Amsterdam"

Bella Vista Restaurant Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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It was starting to rain so we went looking for a restaurant close to our hotel which was near Vondel Park. Bellavista with its white linen table cloths and gleaming wine glasses looked appealing so we went inside. We were greeted with "buona sera" just like when we were in Italy. This proved to be a good sign as the food is very authentic Italian – very fresh, simply prepared and extremely tasty. I had probably the best fish soup ever – full of a variety of seafood and the flavours perfectly balanced. My spaghetti vongole had so many clam shells at first I could not see the pasta. Other pastas and pizza were also very good.We had the fun of getting a waiter who spoke Dutch and Italian but ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Bella Vista Restaurant
Johannes Verhulststraat 156
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20-6713888

Van Gogh Museum

Attraction | "Two Museums for the Price of One"

Van Gogh Museum Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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It took us about five tries to learn how to say Van Gogh the way the Dutch pronounce it. But however it’s said, it was a really informative visit. The museum contains the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the world. The displays are organized to provide an opportunity to track Van Gogh's developments as an artist by organizing his work both chronologically and comparing his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century to show how those artists influenced Van Gogh. The museum also offers exhibitions on various subjects from 19-th century art history. The Van Gogh Museum is situated in the Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter, between the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

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

Rijksmuseum

Attraction | "Appreciating the Art of the Dutch Golden Age"

Rijksmuseum Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Rijksmuseum is best known for its collection of Dutch paintings from the 17th century, or the Dutch Golden Age, as it is often described in the Netherlands. But the museum has a wider focus which includes crafts and history. The collection includes substantial Asian artworks as well.A major renovation is being undertaken but the museum is still open for visits and is well worth the time. The huge four story castle like structure is unmistakable when you are near the open square of the Museumplein.We bought tickets online which saved us another long queue. The website can be found at: www.rijksmuseum.nl/?lang=en. Tickets for adults is € 11and for those 18 and under, admissio...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Rijksmuseum
Stadhouderskade 42
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 ZD
+31 20 674 70 00

Sama Semo

Restaurant | "First Taste of Dutch Indonesian Cuisine"

Sama Semo Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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We were walking to the Van Gogh museum and walked past this restaurant. It looked nice with its Indonesian decor, a dining area and a bar area. None of us had eaten Indonesian cuisine before so planned to return the same day for dinner. We showed about early in the evening without reservations and got a table for the three of us. The waiter told us we were very lucky to get a table without a reservation and we saw soon thereafter that the place was packed. Making a reservation looks like a good idea.As we did not know our way around the menu, our waiter recommended the multi-dish rijsttafel, litterally translated as rice-table. The dish is a Dutch adaptation of Indonesian dishes. The menu ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Sama Semo
Pieter Cornelisz. Hooftstraat 27
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071
+31 20 6628146

Hotel Zandbergen

Hotel | "Spacious Penthouse in a Small Boutique Hotel"

Hotel Zandbergen Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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This small hotel is located in the Museum district on a mostly residential street. For that reason, it is great for a good night’s sleep as it is relatively quiet. The hotel is very convenient to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum and well within walking distance of the central canal areas. Lots of restaurants are close by as is Vondel Park, providing a green oasis within the city.They have a variety of room sizes but we stayed in the penthouse which allowed my spouse and I to stay with our teenage daughter but not have to sleep in the same room. The penthouse is huge by European standards. It has a bedroom area, a bathroom with shower only, huge living room with a double sofa bed at ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Hotel Zandbergen
Willemsparkweg 205
Amsterdam
+31 (20) 6769321