on October 29, 2006
If you've been to the dungeon in London, you'll find the dungeon in Amsterdam to feel very familiar. They're run by the same folks. However, I made a deal with my 12-year-old. I got to tour the Rembrandt House without hearing his complaints. HE got this attraction without hearing MY complaints. The moral of this story? Be careful of the deals you make with pre-teens. In truth, this is an okay thing to wile away a couple of hours... especially if it's raining. But under no circumstances should you be under the illusion that this has anything to do with culture. While the dungeon is based loosely around the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition that befell on the Netherlands as well as much of the rest of Europe, this isn't about history. Actors guide you through the dark rooms and then tell you about various methods of torture for people accused of treason. Adults might get a little bored with some of it. Boys will find the whole thing brilliant. The mirror maze here was the big hit. You're stuck in a room of mirrored passages for several minutes. My kid LOVED this. At the end there is a short (and I DO mean SHORT) ride on a roller coaster, but I did find the fact that such a thing could fit into such a narrow building absolutely fascinating.Bottom line? This attraction is expensive. It's not worth the cost of the tickets if you're paying full price like I did. If you look, however, you'll be able to find discount coupons. I know because right after we left to go to the next thing, I found a 50% off coupon in the booklet I had in my purse that showed me the city's tram map. (Yes, I felt like kicking myself when I found it.) If you DO get a deal, and you've got kids with you who love things like Halloween, well.... okay. You've got to give them something.
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