Amsterdam the capital of Holland

My experiences with Amsterdam city

CitizenM amsterdam

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Jctravel1983 on May 10, 2011

For our city trip to Amsterdam I was looking for a centrally located, but not too expensive hotel in which I primarily on depended on cleanliness and also depended on a good bed and comfortable atmosphere. The decision was made on the CitizenM Amsterdam City.

We have paid for the room without breakfast 70 € for 2 people 4 days before we booked the journey and it was not refundable. CitizenM is a kind of budget - design hotel which is still rather new in Amsterdam. The building comprises 6 floors with a total of 215 rooms and is a modern building with lots of glass. The lobby is already a first impression of what to expect as a guest - there are check-in kiosks, where friendly staff is at your side, a large living area with designer furniture and art books, which acts very inviting, a great 24 / 7 food sector (CanteenM "), where fresh and packaged foods such as fruit, sandwiches, coffee and sweets are offered and there is free wireless Internet access. It is also the hotel bar, where evening cocktails, etc. are served. From the lobby you can reach by elevator or stairs to the rooms.

The situation is, in my opinion, quite good, there are tram 4-5 stations in the inner city and the museum district and also 4 stations to a large P & R car park (at the Olympic Stadium) where you can very park (!) Cheap. The tram station is 2 or 5 minutes (depending on the line). By bike it takes about 8-10 minutes to downtown. Within 3-5 minutes walking distance to several shops, fruit and vegetable trader to the small supermarket, you can get everything you need for everyday life in the inner city culture and shopping of course, knows no boundaries anyway.

The room is not particularly large but furnished very stylish. Left the door there is a small wardrobe, then a glass cabin in which the toilet is hidden. To the right is the round sink and amenities. Across from the glass is the round shower. Across the entire width of the room lies a large window with blinds and blackout blinds before the huge bed with 2 bedside tables. A chair was ready, under the bed is a large drawer for storage. On the wall above the bed is the television.

The room had a great atmosphere, we enjoyed it great, although I can imagine that it’ s for older guests not so appealing. It is also for longer stays (> 1 week) because the place is not quite optimal.
Everything, however, was maintained in top condition, very clean and immaculate. The bed was perfect, I've never slept so well in a hotel. The huge bed cover (2.20 x 2.20 m) and the pillows were optimal. In addition, another blanket would be available, if you want separate cover.

The shower was amazing, you had the choice between a rain shower from above or a hand shower (which were also of using the hand shower occasionally drop from the top). The colourful light, the atmosphere was unique in the shower, shower gels were prepared in two different donors. Towels were also adequately prepared. The ability to store shelves and the cases are adequate but not luxurious. The air was still very pleasant, the temperature could be adjusted by the air conditioning by Moodpad comfortably between 18 and 24 ° C.

CitizenM was great for us. The stylish rooms and the unusual design are great, the bed is top class - we slept wonderfully, it is very clean and pleasantly quiet, the price-performance ratio is right. The location is really ideal as a starting point. I would definitely book the CitizenM again, I can’t think of anything negative, and so of course I give 5 stars and absolutely a recommendation!

CitizenM Amsterdam City
Prinses Irenestraat 30
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1077

Van Gogh Museum

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Jctravel1983 on May 10, 2011

I have visited the Van Gogh Museum during my vacation. In principle I am not a fan of certain mainstream sightseeing tours, but the museum's visit I saw this as an important element of my to-do list in Amsterdam.

To get in I had to pay an entrance fee of 12,50 euro’s which I think is quite a lot and discount is only available for children. I have mixed feelings about paying this because in a city as London as the museums are for free so why not here? Anyway I knew it was going to be worth it so without complaining I paid the 12,50.

The waiting time was negligible for me. This must be noted however that I visited on a Thursday morning so I can imagine that the lines are much bigger when it’s the weekend and especially during high season but that’s what one can expect going to a popular attractions as this one. Coming inside you could first hang your coat at the wardrobe before you have even a body scan in airport-style security you had to go through - annoying, but tolerable.

On three floors extending the comprehensive Sammelsorium of the museum. I particularly found that in addition to excellent works by Vincent van Gogh and Expo Ante of icons such as Claude Monet, Eduard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne, etc. were on display. A very impressive selection of Impressionist and early days of Expressionusmus so I could ogle and now happen in my mind's eye can still look back - beautiful woman calculations. Particularly breathtaking, I found a sculpture by Auguste Rodin. He is considered one of the founders of public sculpture in his work "thinker". The artist presented the first time any person from history, etc. However, a hero but a natural template inspired and backed by allegorical functions.

The conversation with other museums in Amsterdam seems to work: There is an impressive collection of the Stedelijk Museum Malevich to see here. Well I also found the very exploratory nature of the exhibition: The Vita van Gogh's attempt to outline the basis of important key works and to be empirical data in English and Dutch to the recipient, presented

Too bad I was, however, again the very entertaining character in the form of the offered audio guides. Surely this is just for foreign visitors a good services respecting But I am personally of the opinion that as the visitors far too much is removed and no longer an independent examination of the exhibits is given. Also uses the art of any single language. Therefore, one should be documented with stories about particular works very carefully. This Perspektve to frontal clouds the view of alternatives or their own thoughts. The accessibility of the museum's is very easy and public transport is good. Worth the visit.
Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1071 CX
+31 (20) 570 52 00

Holland International Canal Cruises

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Jctravel1983 on May 10, 2011

I was recently in Amsterdam and I wanted to get first insights from Amsterdam and we decided after our arrival to first make a canal tour. Since we are arrived in a coach and we were right on the main train station we have discovered there directly to the canals. So we wanted to make a ride.

The boats are always very well attended, we have a very nice place l so that you could also make very nice photos. Each of these boats has a covered part and an open. Information on the ride to get over loudspeakers (in Dutch, German and English), these voices are to be understood very well what you get to hear is very interesting. Only because everything is told three times in three different languages it does get a bit confusing at times and you have to pay attention. Oh yes each of these boats is equipped with a toilet just in case.

On board you can also buy photo packages of 10 photos will be bought for a price of 2.00 €. What I personally found very nice that is entered before the canal was taken a photo and you could buy this after the trip costs 3.00 €, it is put up in a kind of postcard.

Amsterdam has to offer 100 canals that together produce a length of 100 sqm. A total of 1000 bridges lead over it. During the trip there is plenty to see, you see some houseboats, some of them are very striking and beautiful and some are not. Many are quite legal and there are established with the electricity and gas supply of the city. The tight housing in Amsterdam makes it possible.
Then you come to the Herengracht at that time the canal over where rich merchants lived. Many buildings are really great because they are decorated really nice. What really surprised me was that most of the houses looked really narrow, of these houses were also crane hook and gables of the houses. Because you moved since the furniture through the windows up, because the hallways were too narrow. Through this journey we have been given a good overview of the city and you knew already where some of the main attractions were.

I personally find that a canal boat is worth in any case, because this is a nice city tour. For this you can really look first where is everything you want to view. I thought this canal tour was and could have spent a few hours but there was of course an end to it. The price of this trip is also perfect in the frame when you compare that with many other attractions there.
Holland International Canal Cruises
Prins Hendrikkade 33A
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Madame Tussaud

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by Jctravel1983 on May 10, 2011

The wax museum is located in the center on the Dam Square right on the Royal Palace or the New Church. You can reach it well with good public transport or on foot. The Madame Tussauds is open daily from 10:00 - 17:30 clock. To get in you have to pay 19,95 euro’s which is expensive and it made me doubt if that was worth the money. There was also a really long queue but we decided to go in anyway.

At the entrance you are greeted with the first celebrities and we saw Johnny Depp of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean in which the room was styled. It looked really impressive and although I never met Johnny in real life I can imagine he would look like that.

Now you had to go to an elevator, to get to the other figures. This elevator was not immediately there but going up costs us around 3 minutes and then you get at the fourth floor and you could enter the wax museum.

Upon entering the cabinet there was a very large figure standing in the form of a man who told everything of the history of Amsterdam and while we told the story some wax figures were lid up and were dark again. It was really nice the way they told us and really entertaining.

One level further down you could then politicians discover the world and also the members of the Dutch royal family. Even Anne Frank, famous painters such as Van Gogh, Picasso, there were readjusted. Some could not immediately recognize but it was always to the side of it a sign where you could see who was to see exactly. I can say I do not have all recognized and liked it very much that you could look up who that is. Elvis, Michael Jackson and see many many more: One level further down we came to music stars were there.

But even here it was realized not every person. What was funny that the late pope was to be found between the music and movie stars, he has been fitted between any circumstances. Even not every actor could not immediately see who it was but there were Mel Gibson, Brad Pitt, etc. there.

There is a shop at the end with some nice things and also again stuf of the Pirates of the Caribbean but to be honest everything was overpriced. When you leave the shop could climb the 4 floors to walk down or use a lift. In the staircase area could be seen still the butt of Jennifer Lopez and some handprints. But nothing more.

The price for this visit of the Wax Museum is just too high for it to be just a few figures shown.
Interestingly it was already see this in Amsterdam, because I knew that's only from London. I must say that with London but has simply fallen much better. What a positive aspect that's really the people are represented in life size. A visit there last as between half an hour to perhaps 45 minutes.. Therefore the price is way too overpriced. So I commend you, dear visited many other museums, which are made much more beautiful.
Madame Tussaud
Dam 20
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1012 NP
+31 20 522 10 10

Museum of Torture

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Jctravel1983 on May 10, 2011

On the second day in Amsterdam I visited the Museum of Torture what I had done some research prior to arrival. At home I had already picked out the address for it and at the reception from the hotel were brochures where the torture museum was to be found. The museum is located near the center of Amsterdam near the "Bloemenmarkt" at the Singel 449 and is hardly overlooked, as it is signposted well in advance.

As the museum is quite central one can also easily get from the Centraal Station to this place. Either get off the tram 1,2 or 5 and get off at "Koningsplein" or get off the tram 4, 9, 16, 24 or 25 and at "Munt". After that, you direction Bloemenmarkt, "where now is the museum. Anyone who wants can go right at the foot but it advisable to take the tram rather because it come together for so few miles on foot.

I have never been previously visited a museum, so I wanted to do once in Amsterdam, I had planned before the departure. In the museum are medieval torture instruments from all over Europe which were intended to punish issued. Next to each instrument is a text panel, which describes what each instrument was used and when it was applied. The texts are in German, illustrated English and French.

The building left a very different impression on me. It looked like an ordinary house, with a few signs that have pointed to the museum. What exactly I could expect behind it was impossible to tell because it was very dark inside and even when people have left the museum, it was too dark to see anything. First we went to the checkout to pay and then came the first room was very dark and illuminated with a few artificial torches. Everything was dark and made of wood and made a very gloomy impression, which has also fitted to the instruments. The museum is quite narrow, so that, if there are already several people in it, a bit of space problems

The instruments of torture were all described and some of which were next to the description and drawings, on which was depicted as someone being tortured. A method of torture was the water torture, to confess where the stomach by the person who should be punished, was filled through a funnel with water until it began its action. Even though many were innocent they would never know.

A distinction was drawn between pure punishment and execution, but said it occurred too often, that after the accused, or even during the torture the person deceased. Then there was a thumb screw, the first only as a deterrent, but afterwards should be used as a torture instrument, if the defendant refused to speak. Besides the instrument depended also a document which indicated what was to procure the equipment has to be like.

The sting chair was another instrument, known as torture, fear, chair, Virgin or Virgin's womb chair.
The wooden chair had a back and seat that had been occupied with conical steel pins. In the chair was a fireplace where a fire could be made to heat the iron pins. According to Museum of the chair was "only" as a deterrent and was never really used.

Really interesting museum and for for the innocent ones but I was glad I saw it.
The Torture Museum
Singel 449
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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