Amsterdam is the main capital in The Netherlands and is a true great city to visit. It has many great restaurants, shop and cultural activities.
by Jctravel1983 on December 13, 2010
How to get there?From Amsterdam Central Station you walk straight ahead (Damrak), which then turns into Rokin. On your right you will see at some point the Amsterdam Dungeon. This is about 10 to 15 minutes. Who does not like to walk can also take the tram from the station. Trams 4, 9, 16, 24 & 25 stop at "Spui" or "Rokin."PricesTicket prices are quite high, but through internet you can always buy cheaper tickets. At the box office in Amsterdam, you pay € 16.00 per child and for each adult€ 21.00. Your online purchase at least one child for one ticket for only € 12.80 or € 8.00 for a visit after 15:00 pm Adults pay € 16.80 online if you come after 3:00 p.m. € 10.50. So who wants to be cheap, plant his visit in the afternoon after 3:00 p.m and buy tickets online. The dungeonThere are several dungeons in the world and each site tells its own story. In these cities you can do the adventure: Edinburgh, London, York, Hamburg and Amsterdam. Www.thedungeons.com you can click through to the different locations and learn more about all the experiences you can have. Nice to even think if you go on holiday toanother dungeon. The London dungeonBefore you can really go in there first a picture taken of you are with. Nice of course to do, but they of course hope that they at the end of the ride you will buy these photos. After the photo you will get a ticket, at the exit where you can view free the pictures and if you want you can buy him. I do not know the exact price, but personally I think these photos are very expensive.But what is now the Amsterdam Dungeon?You make a journey through time. Five hundred years of Dutch history, you can experience in just 90 minutes. A dark history that is terrifying. Are you one moment in the pub, the next time you come by a kidnapper to the VOC-ship Batavia. That life there has been no fun, you will soon notice. A ship full of rats and scurvy which is the rule rather than exception. Do you get alive ashore?Good for you if you survive, but time to recover is not there. You'll also have to be accountable to the Council of Blood, you get the vengeful side of Rembrandt on display at the house of correction and wander through a true mirror maze. The story of Cornelius Meynes definitely gives you goose bumps. After a visit to the Dungeon you will know everything about all the agonies that the executioner had to put people into a confession. Still have some courage? Go with the Grim Reaper in the hellish ride to doom! (Forbidden for pregnant women, people with heart conditions).DisabledThe main part of the journey through the history books is on leveled floors. There are some stairs and there are uneven paths. Per tour are allowed for safety reasons only one wheelchair at once. Electric wheelchairs are not allowed. Whoever comes with a wheelchair should definitely plan a visit on the Internet. Personally, I would just email or call at how this goes by the stairs.My opinionWe certainly had a lovely day at The Amsterdam Dungeon. We had arrived early, so that we could join the half past ten tour, the first tour. After checkout you must walk through until a rope and wait there until the tour starts. It won’t say to much about it, so you will get right in the atmosphere there. In total, you have eleven shows and seven different players on your path. Besides information about the past you get a true experience. Excitement is certainly applicable to this attraction. What I found very well done, the actors take you through a story that is bilingual. Dutch and English are interspersed, and this goes really fast and smooth. It seems like they tell a story but in reality the story is told twice, but in two languages. They are always pieces that tell them in both languages, so your attention does not slip. Before you know it they go on in Dutch. The roller coaster at the end is not very long but very spectacular. Definitely a must for a time to go, but my advice is to or in advance via the Internet to buy your tickets.
by Jctravel1983 on December 14, 2010
The exhibition is dedicated to the Russian court in the 19th century and is about the time of the last six Romanov Czars who had residence in the Winter Palace on the Neva (river) in St. Petersburg.How to reach the Hermitage-Tram: Line 4 (Rembrandtplein) and station 9 (Waterloolein)Metro: Line 51, 53, 54 (Waterloo station, exit Nieuwe Herengracht)-You also have the option of a shipping company Lovers Hermitage Cruise booking, then you sail from Central Station to the Hermitage. If you book online it will cost 20 euro’s per person, it includes a return ticket for the hermitageWe chose tram line 4 and then had to walk for about 600 meters to the entrance of the Hermitage.The HermitageAmstel 51, Amsterdamwww.hermitage.nlOpening hours: daily from 10.00 am to 17.00 pm, Wednesday until 20.00 hoursThe Hermitage is closed on December 25, January 1 and April 30. At the Russian court was to visit from June 20, 2009 to January 31, 2010For access to pay 15 euro’s adults, children under 16 years pay nothing.The buildingIt is a beautiful historic building and the interior very light and transparent, which I did not expect. We entered through a courtyard. At the entrance you could buy their tickets and there wasn’t a big queue. We received the tickets (two adults) and a map and explanation of the exhibition. You can leave your coat / bag in the cloakroom but the weather was nice so we had no coats with us and had a rather small bag with me. At the entrance gates of the exhibition is where you need to scan your ticket. You walk through a beautiful staircase to first floor.The exhibitionThe structure of the exhibition is as follows: you have two major exhibition halls with two themes: On Audience (found on the Imperial Wing) and To the Ball. The cabinets adjacent to the large halls find lots of information about St. Petersburg, the tsars and their families, ceremonies and celebrations.We start on the first floor. In the large room you are more or less guests at a ball. You look at beautiful dresses and uniforms and beautiful accessories. The dolls are arranged in circular cases that can also turn around. Then there are images of a ball projected on a wall, I felt really just a guest at a big party. On the walls hang beautiful paintings and vases are made. On the ground, a sort of dotted line, this shown were you were not allowed to step over, a guard warns people when they do this anyway. I would love to take pictures but that is forbidden in this exhibition. The paintings are so lifelike, especially the fabrics of the dresses. Next to each piece is a sign with a description. The cabinets adjacent to the hall we see costumes that were worn at theme parties like pretty dresses, a fool's costume, knight armor.Through the sanctuary and a space where you can view the history of the Hermitage, we arrive at the Imperial Wing (also 1st floor). The Audience Hall we saw ceremonial dresses, costumes and the Romanov throne. The cabinets include panorama of St. Petersburg. Through the stairs we go to the second floor, photos of the Winter Palace before and after the revolution make a big impact from this floor you have a beautiful view through to the first floor.On the Men's Wing (2nd floor, theme To the Ball!) The treasures (great things) and a look behind the scenes. On the Emperor Wing (2nd floor, themed on audience) is about the tsars of the 19th century, the church, the walks, the Russian ribbons you can admire paintings by state banquets, Russia and the world.Good to know * Keep your tickets with you, if you want to eat something in between here in the restaurant than you need to go through a security gate and after visiting the restaurant again through the gate (you must scan your card again). * We wanted to have dinner at cafe-restaurant Neva but there was a row of people waiting so we did not. You can drink as well as a lunch or dinner. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and on Sunday from 10.00 am to 18.00 pm. * In the booklet you receive at the entrance you will also find a map, toilets are well marked. There are wheelchair toilets in these areas. We have visited the toilets, it looked neat. * You can sit in the hall on arrival but in the rooms where the exhibition is held, I have seen no chairs or benches, we did not need but I can imagine that people who have difficulty walking will miss it. * People in a wheelchair, everything is easily accessible, the aisles are wide enough, there are elevators in the building. There are also (3) wheelchair toilets. * Photos you may unfortunately not make (the temptation was very great though). Once I saw a guy take pictures with his phone but he was immediately accosted by security guards. You can find images on the site or postcards in the museum shop. * There is an audio tour in English, Dutch and Spanish Cost: 3 euro’s. I saw many people who used it, we have not done. * You can show a valid ticket for a free introductory guided tour, they are given by professional guides from the Hermitage, there is room for up to 30 persons, the tour lasts one hour. You can apply on the day itself at the information desk. On the site of the Hermitage, you can see when tours are given. * You have two museum shops (one in each wing), they are open daily from 10.00 am to 17.00 pm and on Wednesday from 10.00 am to 20.00 pm. There is also a children's gift shop, which is open all week from 10.00 hours until 17.00 hours. * You can not bring pets into the building, an exception care dogs. * When visiting be sure to pull a couple of hours (we were there three hours).My opinionThe very rich court life from the time that the exhibition is made had a great impression on me. I enjoyed the beautiful dresses, jewels, beautiful ornaments, the throne. The gifts of the tsars from other countries had been very worthwhile to see, and the beautiful room keys that men wore.But what I missed, you were given a map but no set route, that was desirable, so you walked from one to the other wing. Also I mentioned that you can’t sit anywhere in the exhibition halls. With every piece hung a sign with information was unfortunately, in very small print so you really had to stand very close of it. Too bad you are not allowed to take pictures. But all in all definitely worth the visit!
First a brief explanation of what actually Pampus is. This is an artificially made island fortress in the lake and is located 3 km off the coast of Muiden and 3.5 km off the coast of IJburg / Amsterdam.It is a very fortress island with a long history. The island is also on the UNESCO list. It is part of the "Stelling van Amsterdam."The fortress island is open to the public and you can moor your own boat during the opening of the ferry sailing from Muiden. There is only one house on the island, which is the fortress guards. There is also a reception room and of course the fort. Stelling of AmsterdamThis is a 135 km long circular defense of 15-20 km around Amsterdam. It is largely built between 1885 and 1914 by the War Department. It consists of inundations, as many as 36 forts, two coastal forts, two offices, three batteries and two coastal batteries. In 1996, the 'Stelling van Amsterdam " was put on the on the World Heritage list. Opening hoursFrom April 1 to October 31, the island is open to the public. THE ISLAND IS CLOSED ON MONDAY! For exact opening times you can best look at ferry times.FERRYThe ferry sails in low season only once a day (Tuesday to Friday). On weekends three times. In high season the ferry sails three times a day on weekdays (Tuesday through Friday) and weekends five times a day. NOTE: There are regular sailing times, visit Pampus lasts three hours (half hour to go sailing, island two hours, half hours back). Stay longer on the island only if the skipper on the day indicates that spot on the next boat. So if you want more than two hours longer than you should say so to inform you if you can!Prices including ferryAdults: € 14.00Children 4 to 11 years: € 10.00Children under 4 years: freeTicket sales is at the skipper, cash or debit card!Wheelchair accessibleAre you disabled or you're in a wheelchair you can do on the boat, but the fort was not exactly calculated to disabled people or people in wheelchairs. It is not really a must do, since then you can only see a tiny portion of Pampus.WHAT TO DO?Guided tour:Upon arrival at Pampus, one of the guides take the group for a tour. This tour lasts one hour. Obviously you are not obliged to go along with this tour. We ourselves have not done this tour because we prefer to have time for ourselves. Do-it-yourself tour:You get a booklet with a map. Here you can find the description of everything you encounter. Not going along with the guide you will get the book free, otherwise you must pay € 1.50. The booklet is also available in English, French and German. We chose this option, the tour on paper. The nice thing is that you in your own time you see those things that you find interesting. You can walk through the tunnels and explore all areas of the fort. Personally I find this a real must to do. You have enough time to see everything.Enjoying the view:For fans just enjoy the view, some simple snacks food and drinks in the reception area (no ice cream!) In very hot weather can swim from the tiny beach and swimming dock.Enjoying the view we have of course done! The weather was not so clear that we could see land. So and so fun to just go and enjoy the view because there is enough activity on the water. The Swimming, we have not done, such as good weather was also not!My opinionA trip to Pampus, is that worth? Yes, absolutely! We have found it very much. Because we do not like organized tours and prefer to keep things out for yourself that we did. Thus, there are various rooms and areas of the fort and discover a huge system of tunnels. There is even a tunnel that is completely dark! Also very nice to walk through it, although you should not be claustrophobic. It is small ... very small. And sometimes the tunnel seems to be no end (benefit of the dark tunnel: you do not see how long it is) but well, it's pretty exciting to walk through the pitch-black tunnel as you can really only two directions (forward or reverse). In the meeting there is a small museum and if you have time left after you have seen here enjoy the view before you go back to the ferry to the mainland is. You have panoramic views over the IJmeer in the distance Almere, Amsterdam and Weesp. With good, clear day you can even see the horse van Marken!
The location of Artis is striking. Just in a residential area is the entrance to the zoo. Artis zoo is really a city, accessible to residents and tourists from the capital.ParkingParking is super easy. So if you want to visit zoo, you do not have to worry about parking, as you would normally have to do when you go to Amsterdam. Next to the park is in fact a special parking reserved for visitors - I think - less than 10 euro’s cost for a zoo day. For Amsterdam standards is no money.The ParkEntryYears ago I've been here ever so when I arrived, I compared it with the past, the fragments of memories left in my memory has been cleared. There is almost nothing has changed. It is still pretty much the first thing you see the monkey island where the monkeys running around happily. It is a small island. It’s a fun start for the zoo. InsectsLeast interesting are the insects. In very small containers behind thick glass, you see them sitting motionless. I never really had a great interest in Insects but they have quite a lot of them. We just quickly walked trough it.PredatorsThe worst part of the day. After so many years I had hoped that the owner had developed some love for his animals. These animals are almost locked up in cages and do only have a some walking ground but not much. For them there’s not much to do than just eat and sleep. DolphinariumNot that there were dolphins, but good. You can see seals do tricks. As in the Dolphinarium so. But hey, great otherwise. The 'big' pool is almost 10 square meters, while the other half is smaller. It has a little seal in training. We just missed the show of the larger group but could still see the smaller training. The RestShould I mention all the animals? No, really Artis has too many animals. Camels are there and elephants, llamas, giraffes (were gone due to renovations!), Tigers (also renovation plans!), Big bulls with gigantic horns, Gorillas, bears, birds, penguins, and more . All live in a small area.The animals felt so constrained in their actions. It resulted in sleep, get up and walk to another place to sleep .... For adults, Artis Zoo is a somewhat depressing. The animals are put down for fun and for the money. RefreshmentsIt was crazy, but despite that every corner is something to be gained, it is never really busy. Only at the beginning of the restaurants. Everywhere you can find little stands with food.PriceUp to 9 year old you only pay 9 euro’s. Under 3 years of age you can enter for free. Otherwise you have to pay the full price of 18 euro’s. ConclusionArtis is a zoo where quantity over quality is provided. They want us to see many animals as much as possible. This is strong at the expense of the psyche, especially the predators that are either sleeping or pacing behind the bars of their cage. It's been proven that having more space does not only make animals happier, but also offers visitors more fun.Artis zoo is now a depressing and just a smile can turn on our youngsters. It's fun for a child to see real lions and monkeys jumping around. But as an adult you will notice and feel the depression and stress the animals experience their limited habitat.
by Jctravel1983 on October 27, 2012
The restaurant has a wonderful location near the main Dam square in Amsterdam. It’s an upscale dining restaurant with among a great bar, outdoor dining when the weather allows it and a sushi area in the middle of the restaurant. On the menu there is a lot of choices including meat, fish, vegetarian and of course sushi dishes. It’s something you would expect in a city as Amsterdam.When we arrived at the restaurant we were both in the mood to try something new and we asked the waiter what was the specialty of the restaurant. The waiter advised us fried oyster and since we both never eaten any we were quiet curious. Also the salad with watermelon sounded too good to pass up.I was truly amazed by the fried oysters, they were a real treat and they burst in your mouth when you eat them. It’s a very unusual sensation. The salad was very good and a pleasant dish for during the summer. It was very refreshing and we both really enjoyed it. For the main meal I went for a fish dish and i chooses the roasted salmon. Normally I’m not really a fan for fish but it was certainly a night full of surprises and trying new things. The fish dish was excellent and came with salsa sauce which was spicy and added a realy nice touch. There were potatoes and vegetables which both tasted really good.The service at the restaurant was really good. Our waiter could not have been more attentive but he was never intrusive in any way. I loved the atmosphere in the restaurant with low lightning and some soft music. We were sitting at the window and the view was lovely.Since the restaurant is in the center of Amsterdam, parking is quite difficult so you can better take public transport.
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