Going to Amsterdam - what to do?

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  1. Greg_Y

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    Or, should I say, what not to do? [​IMG]
    I'll be leaving for Amsterdam next week, staying for about a month. I'm going with some other crazy Americans who've been there before but I'm looking for recommendations on what to do while I'm over there?
    The best restaurants? The best "coffee" houses?
    What about cool things to see and/or do? Museums?
    I'm not into the stuff that's overly touristy and I prefer natural sights to man-made creations, although I do enjoy museums also.
    Also, how's the Melkweg (Milky Way?)? There's a concert I'd like to see there right after I arrive (Ratdog.)
    Thanks!
     
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    Oh, I can think of a kind of "bar" that I'd like to visit in Amsterdam...
     
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    Trying to get this thread back on track...

    I've never been to Amsterdam, but when I do go (and I WILL go, oh yes, I will) Number One on my list of things to see will be the Anne Frank House.
     
  8. Richard_T

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    You have to go to the Van Gogh museum. Simply a must see. Just stay away from the waterfront at night. It's really a nightmare down there. The Hard Rock coffee house as well as the Bulldog are great coffee houses. The "menu" is huge! There's also a small coffee shop called the Tie Stick (not sure of the spelling of "tie") if you look of the bar, you'll see a 2 dollar bill I signed when I was there last. Hope it's still there. Also check out the Heineken beer tour. Very cool. There's also a museum of sex and torture you could go to if you were so inclined. ENJOY
     
  9. CharlesD

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    I'd second the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank Museum. Both are very impactful in their different ways.
     
  10. Matt Krapf

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    Having done the "Month in Amsterdam" thing, I can say that you HAVE to get a day or two outside the city. Maybe 3.
    Vollendam, and Haarlem would be good, but trust me when I say that motoring in the farmlands just outside(within 1 hour radius)is fantastic.
    The rivers and canals that are so prevalent inside the city seem to extend well into the country-side, if less frequently. The windmills, churches, houses, and restaurants provide many opportunities to experience "Holland", without having to go too far from the city.
    In the City: Having been there, I can suggest the Rijksmuseum. I wasn't so impressed with the Anne Frank house(given the lines, and minimalist exhibit).
    I've been to the Museum of Sex and Torture, and it was actually cool...if underwhelming.
    As a landmark, if you make it to the Planet Hollywood(which has alternated between shut-down and open in the few times I've gone) you're well situated to see SEVERAL spots I recommend in the Rembrandt Plein...
    Planet Hollywood for a dose of US culture.
    The Tuschinsky Theater, if you time it right. I missed it last time, but my EXCELLENT hosts regarded it highly.
    Smokey Cafe - Light-hearted beer and Pool hall, but also a cool safe place to try out some plant products other than tobacco. [​IMG]
    The Bloemenmarket(Flower Market) and surrounding shopping can be cool. It's also next to the Hotel Jolly where I stayed once.
    Working your way back North from that area, towards and on the Rokin(street name)...Catch Dam Square and the Royal Palace. The Nieuwe Kerk(New Church) is amazing. as are the shops and pubs on the walking street(mall) behid the palace.
    Further up the Damrak, approaching the Central Station, are the other 2 hotels I stayed at. The Renaissance, and the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza. Both have great restaurants, but TRUST ME, the Renaissance has a Brown Cafe that's small and cool, and a resaturant across the street that kick's ass. I cant recall the name of it. [​IMG]
    All along the Damrak is a tourist haven/trap depending on your perspective. The whole right side of the Damrak leads into the "Red-Light District". Don't be afraid of this district. It's a lot of fun finding restaurants, brown cafes, shops, churches (see the OudeKerk), and many other distractions unique to the area [​IMG] .
    Suffice it to say you should have a great time.
    If you want, I can give you the number of a top cab company, in case you need lifts anywhere. They're really the best, imho, and usually pick you up in Mercededes'. This is very common there, but these guys' service-level is the bomb.
    Lastly, the one BLIGHT I'll mention about Amsterdam that you should be VERY CAREFUL about is...petty theft. Anything left alone in public for even a few seconds(not kidding) can or will be stolen. My friend even had her laptop taken from right at her own feet as she picked up some croissants and coffee, at the bakery. If you can't keep what you need over a shoulder, around your neck, or in a pocket, don't take it. This isn't the same as pick-pocketing, but that happens too, on the trolleys.
    Dude, have a great time. Let me know if you want that limo service's number.
    Wanting to preserve their privacy, just in case, I also want to thank the family that played host to me one day while I was there in 2001. It was great to see them again, after so long. Proof-positive of the value of the HTF Meets.
     
  11. Jared_B

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    Do people that don't smoke pot go to Amsterdam? I mean, if one doesn't want to, and doesn't want to be exposed to it, is there any reason to ever go there?
     
  12. Shane Gralaw

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    Well, I would avoid The Bulldog- it's the TGI Fridays of the coffee houses. Very clean, corporate nice-nice atmosphere that seems to attract lots frat types. Grey Matter is a nice little hole-in-the-wall coffee house with good weed, but this place is tiny, so not so good for hanging out. There's a coffee house that's pretty cool called "Hill Street Blues" that most Americans seem to avoid cuz of the uncool 80's reference name, but it's really laid back and has a terrific back room with some crazy graffiti and some comfy couches for lounging.

    As for non-coffee house stuff, the Sex museum has cheap admission and interesting exhibits and is worth checking out. The Torture museum next door is less exciting- it has few exhibits but as long as you're there you might wanna check it out. There's a swell little bar well off the beaten track called the Absinthe Night Bar where you can chase the green fairy while eyeing the strange decor. If you're tired of getting a chemical high, you can stop by Koan Float and trip out naturally in the floatation tanks.

    As for shopping, there's lots of cool stuff to be found in the resale shops, but if you're feeling a little kinky, there's no shortage of quality rubber/leather gear to be found- the best probably being Demask where the merchandise is a little pricey, but incredibly well made.

    As others have noted, watch out for pick-pockets and never never NEVER buy any drugs from the dozens of dealers who will approach you in the streets. Also, if you do smoke pot, please be respectful and only smoke out in those places that allow it (you will see some restaurants with a sign near the door with a no pot leaf logo). Be careful and have fun!
     
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    I'll test the waters, and re-edited my post.
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  17. Anthony Moore

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    I went to Amsterdam for a little over a week and had the time of my life. It was one of those life experiences that you just don't forget.
    Im 21, and went to Amsterdam in March while we were out for Spring break.
    Amsterdam can be described in one word: Amazing.
    Everything in Amsterdam is amazing. The scenery, the people, the pot.
    I do not suggest the Van Gogh museum AT ALL. Not worth the $20. I suggest the Rijksmuseum (spelling?). It has a multitude of great paintings by very famous artists.
    As for cafe's, nothing is better than HOMEGROWN FANTASIES. It has some "spacecake" that will knock your socks off. My advice: eat it at a time you dont plan on moving for about 8 hours. You'll see what I mean when you try it. You HAVE to try it! Also a great atmosphere and a cool bathroom.
    Another cafe to try is De Dampkring. It has some stuff called AK-47 (another one that will knock your socks off).
    My main advice for visiting cafes is to walk around and visit them all. They all have their own cool atmosphere.
    Also, I dont recommend the Frank house. Not much to see there, really.
    On a closing note, I liked Amsterdam so much I'm going to finish off my last semester of schooling there in 2003.
    Well, if i can think of anything else , and im sure i will, ill post again.
    If you have any questions, BMoore09@aol.com
     
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    ok, after actually reading all of the posts, I see youre not into the "smoking." So , sorry for all of that bad advice.

    I guess I'll leave my previous post alone for others who are curious.
     
  19. Joseph_W

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    I took my wife and two teenage sons (ages 12 and 16, at the time)to Amsterdam two years ago. The flights in and out of there were too low to pass up. We spent three days, all on public transportation. We passed up coffee shops there just like we do bars everywhere else.

    We enjoyed the tulip gardens, boat rides on the canal, endless miles walking up and down the vaious streets. Even checked out the Red Light district (on Saturday morning, of course).

    The place is clean and the people are great. We loved it.

    Joe
     
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    Just looked back, and realized that my rambling post had one simple sub-text...
    Amsterdam is fantastic!
    I guess I really want to go back more than ever, now. [​IMG]
     

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