Trip to Amsterdam? Ideas? Tips?

posted 1 year ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

opheliaprimrose :  I only went for one day and one night but we used public transport from airport and then walked to our hotel (cheap and cheerful as was only one night). My top tip would be watch out for bikes. I am not even kidding, as soon as you step outside the train station etc, they basically own the roads (which is great) but don’t expect them to be looking out for you.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I’d recommend summer, even then I found it very cold. But it’s a beautiful city for sure. Rent some bikes and just explore. The trams are also very good. We rented an Airbnb, it was cheap, modern and very clean. Anne frank museum is a must.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Are you just staying in Amsterdam? Absolutely don’t rent a car if you are, the city is small and very accessible. Seriously watch out for cyclists when you are walking. Definitely check out Anne Frank’s house, take a walking tour, visit a couple “cafes”, and see a live sex show if you feel up to it 😉 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Buy tickets online to museums. Rent a bike or do the hop on off tour (either bus or boat). The Van Gogh museum is very lovingly put together. Also, do take a drive out of town to see the tulips (provided you go in the spring).

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I went last year with my best friend and sister and we had so much fun! 

We stayed at an airBNb close to downtown so we just walked everywhere. The city really isn’t that big and if you’re able bodied you can just walk to most places. The bikes. They are everywhere and they are intense. They have the right of way so always watch out for cyclists. Also only rent a bike if you’re super comfortable riding them.

The first thing we did when we got there was go on the Heineken VIP tour. The tour guide was informative and the sample sizes were pretty decent. It’s a little more expensive to get the VIP but I highly recommend it.

There is an ice bar where you have a couple of drinks out of ice cups in a freezing cold room. It isn’t a must see place but we had a lot of fun. 

If you’re into art/museums there are a few to choose from. We went to the Van Gogh museum which was pretty cool but we aren’t huge art people. 

The wind mill tour was a highlight for me. We got to drive the country and learn a little bit about their history. We had different types of cheeses, watch them make clogs and ate some waffles. 

Doing a canal tour is a great way to see the city. We did the lovers tour (although it might have looked funny three women going together) because there was unlimited drink haha

A few hours before we left we all got matching tattoos because we loved the city so much. I don’t know how long you are going for but you don’t need to stay for very long. We did all that in about 3.5 days plus went to a bunch of cafes and bars. 

 

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Oh and we went in late June early July and it was mixed weather. Some days (times) were hot but other times it was pretty chilly. It also rained a good portion of our trip. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

A show at Boom Chicago.  Museums.  Mostly, Amsterdam is a great walking/wandering city.  Browsing, shopping, popping into brown bars (which can be very romantic), galleries, etc.  Hop on hop off canal ride.  Smoke dope and eat mushrooms.  

I’ve stayed twice at Banks Mansion, it’s a good central location.  Has a good bar with a good DJ across the street.  A cheap laundry mat right next door.  And free booze and snacks in the lobby-lounge all day/night.  Pretty moderately priced.  Full of baby boomers though which might not be the crowd you’re looking for on a romantic trip.    

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

opheliaprimrose :  we LOVED Amsterdam when we went. It is an expensive city (we spent more $$ there than in Paris) but deals can be had. We did an Airbnb to save on accomodations which was lovely. Check out the museum/city passes to get combo deals on the museums you want to visit. If you want to go to the Ann Frank house book your tickets online now – they fill up months in advance which we didn’t realize and were bummed. 

We went in May and it was lovely weather. Plus Keukenhoff was still open and we got to see all the amazing tulip gardens. As a PP said the canal tours are really great too. You don’t need a car unless you plan on going out to the country (there are buses to Keukenhoff that make getting out there easy) and everyone bikes in the city. We mostly walked everywhere since neither of us are confident enough to cycle in a city though. 

And get the raw herring sandwich from any of the little street carts. It sounds weird but they are freaking delicious. As is ossenworst which is a raw sausage but crazy good and local to Amsterdam. We did Amsterdam and Paris together as a pre-IVF trip and I basically consumed only raw meat, raw fish, cheese, espresso, beer, and wine for 10 days straight. Had to get my fill before I couldn’t eat it for 9 months! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

LilliV :  I”m with you on the herring but man, ossenworst I can’t do!  There are few things I don’t like and it’s one of ’em.  It looks so delicious too, I tried really hard but just could not get down with it.  I like your pre-IVF strategy though, I’d be the same way!    

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I wouldn’t go in the winter, I found it too cold to happily wander around or to enjoy the canal boat tour. March or April is probably the best time to go for the tulips. I wouldn’t recommend the Reijksmuseum, we found that a little boring, the Van Gogh museum is apparently better. The trams are very easy to use and most people speak English.

Beware of using Airbnb as Amsterdam is having a huge backlash against airbnb at the moment and really tightening regulations so you could end up staying somewhere that’s being rented out illegally. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I’ve been a few times as I live in the U.K. so can get really cheap flights. As others have said Amsterdam is really expensive. I do like it, but personally I get bored after two days as it’s quite small, so would recommend some day trips outside of the city to see the windmills or tulips etc. if you’re staying for more than a couple of days.

Use trams to get around, I think hiring a car is very unnecessary, a bike could be good to hire too if you’re a confident cyclist. I recommend going to the Anne Frank museum, doing a canal boat tour, red light district tour, trying a muffin if you’re feeling adventurous 😉 and a bar crawl if that’s your kind of thing. I don’t know how old you are or if you like to drink etc. but I went with friends a few times between ages 18-23 and had a lot of fun. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Hotels are pretty expensive there, so I usually go for an Airbnb. First time there I stayed in a canal apartment right in the city which was a great home base, but realized the city’s public transportation was really good and staying further outside of the ring is totally fine. The next time we stayed further out and it wasn’t a problem. If budget is a concern look at Airbnbs outside the ring, along a tram line. You can get wherever you need in the city on the Tram. 

Summer has beautiful weather, it’s probably the nicest time to visit. Plus you have long days and there are lots of options to eat alfresco. Fall was nice too – but take a look at the weather for whatever month you consider, since I think a lot of Amsterdam’s charm is walking around and you want to make sure it’s comfortable to do so. 

Van Gogh museum was really great – if you want to go, buy tickets online in advance so you can skip the long line. I also enjoyed Rijksmuseum (I’m a huge fan of art and history though).

I loved just walking around the city and wandering through all the neighborhoods, stopping for coffee, etc. We came across random little museums and galleries (like the Foam photo museum) boutiques etc – just roaming around exploring the city without a plan is fun in itself. I’d set aside a day just to do that.

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