I'm going to Amsterdam soon and was wondering if anyone could suggest some interesting attractions or places to visit?


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Stan Smith Profile
Stan Smith answered

I'll leave the attractions for others to answer. There are a lot of things to see there and you can't really go wrong even if you have no idea of what there is to see. You can on the other hand really screw your trip up by not having a room reserved.

Americans think they can pick up an empty room, but there aren't any empty rooms. Seriously! You could easily see lines of people at tourist information places looking for affordable rooms and those might be several hours away.

On my third trip to Amsterdam someone else was in charge of getting rooms for us and they mistakenly thought we could just show up and grab something. Unfortunately we didn't find this out until we were already there and it really messed up our weekend.

Since then I've heard more than one story of people mistakenly doing the same thing. Don't do it!!!

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Melinda Moore
Melinda Moore commented
Great advice, thanks! My son went fairly recently and pre-booked a fantastic apartment though air b'n'b. He said the process was really easy, and the apartment looked gorgeous, in the photos.
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Dan Banks answered

Amsterdam is a great choice for a getaway. There are so many interesting places to see, and here are some of my favorite:

  • The canals. I'd highly recommend you take a tour of Amsterdam's historic web of 165 canals. They allow you to get in touch with the city in a far more interesting way than touring it on foot. You'll be able to see some impressive architecture and some beautiful sights.
  • If you're interested in history then I would encourage you to visit the Anne Frank House museum. Here you can see for yourself the secret area that Anne Frank and her relatives lived in for years, and where the famous diary was written. Even if you're not that interested in history, I will guarantee you'll be moved by this museum.
  • Visit De Wallen - Amsterdam's red light district. There is far more to this area of the city than just sex tourism and seedy old men. It's a beautiful part of the city and you'll certainly find it an eye-opening experience. De Wallen is also home to some great restaurants.
  • Hop on a bike! Cycling is the city's favorite form of transport, so why not explore Amsterdam's many beautiful streets Dutch-style.
  • Visit one of Amsterdam's famous coffeeshops. The legalisation of cannabis in this part of the world has not led to depravity, instead the coffeeshops offer an alternative to a normal cafe and are a great place to hang out with friends. A quarter of all visitors to Amsterdam pop into one of these coffeeshops during their visit, and its probably because of their unique atmosphere and feel.

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Stan Smith
Stan Smith commented
They changed the law so that the coffee shops couldn't sell marijuana to tourists anymore and it turned out to be a disastrous law for the coffee shops. Many closed and many more had to let staff go so the law has been changed once again from a nation wide law to a city-by-city choice. My point is that you shouldn't expect things to be the way they were a few years ago.
Stan Smith
Stan Smith commented
Here's a quick tip about the red light district that may be useful so that you stay out of trouble. It is strictly forbidden to take pictures of the women in the windows.
Dan Banks
Dan Banks commented
Ha okay, thanks for the advice!
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Roz Soccorro answered

When you are visiting such a touristic hot-spot, I think it becomes very difficult to distinguish the good from the bad. So we were lucky enough to discover a lovely little pancake restaurant in the old district of Amsterdam:


It is renowned for being the smallest restaurant in the world and the decor is very quirky but they make amazing pancakes (sweet and savoury). And although not cheap, prices are standard for the area.


If you're not into pancakes then it won't stop you getting hungry, but the Van Gogh gallery was also pretty special. It has been temporarily relocated to The Hermitage, but will return to the Van Gogh Museum on 25th April:


It doesn't really matter if you're not into art - impressionism is pretty impressive. I would recommend reading up on it beforehand if you are not familiar with the 19th century art movement.

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Stan Smith
Stan Smith commented
So impressionism is pretty impressive? That cracked me up! My wife loves impressionism and while I also enjoy the painting from that time period what I think is more impressive is something like the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. When someone using paint based on an egg while painting by candlelight standing on scaffolding (he wasn't laying on his back as people believe ... that mistaken belief came from a scene in a movie) it should put all other artists in their place. By the way that is also why I have little use for so called modern art. Paint splatter may be art, but it doesn't require much talent in my opinion.
Roz Soccorro
Roz Soccorro commented
Its okay Mel, they did savoury ones too!
Melinda Moore
Melinda Moore commented
Ah - now that has changed my mind. Thanks!

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