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John asks…

List of free/lost cost tourist attractions in Amsterdam?

What are some fun things to do there that are preferably free or low cost. My budget allows for one or two activities a day such as museums and I would like to do as much free stuff as possible.

Are there any free guided tours or where it’s tip/donation only or anything like that? Also, where are places I can go that I can spend several hours at to kill a portion of the day without having to spend any cash?

Yaz answers:

Walking in Amsterdam can be fun, specially when the weather is nice.
If you want a day you do not spend much, take a bus or train out into one of the smaller towns in the area and sight see there, it is different and likely cheaper. You could do it by bus tour too, but that will cost you much more and local trains and buses are good.

On one of your first days in Amsterdam, walk into the tourist information office and ask them what is available in walking tours, they often have a good selection that are almost free.

This site also has a lot of information: http://www.amsterdam.info/
See the list of museums, check each of the museums you like, many have a lower entry price that you would expect, some are even for free.

Even better to find free things in Amsterdam is this site:
http://goamsterdam.about.com/od/whattodoinamsterdam/a/amsterdam_free.htm

In the almost free category, riding a bike should score high.
Decide whether you want to stay in the city or go out in the countryside, both are good to do and can be great fun.
This site has a lot of photos of cycling in Amsterdam and also some in the area:
http://amsterdamize.com/
I am not sure whether this is a direct link, but here I have seen his flickr albums, full up with cycling photos:
http://www.flickr.com/people/mindcaster-ezzolicious/

Mary asks…

Where are the best tourist attractions/places to go in Amsterdam?

I am going to Amsterdam next year and was wondering what shops, smoke shops, coffee shops, musuems and all around places I have to see before coming back to the states.

Yaz answers:

The Anne Frank House. Anne Frank

Rijksmuseum.

Artis zoo

Hortus Botanicus

Van Gogh Museum.

The 9 streets

Coffee shops and restaurants

the Red Light District

hope this gonna help, have a safe trip :)))))))

Chris asks…

What are the top tourist attractions at the following places in Holland: Amsterdam and Rotterdam?

Yaz answers:

I have been to Amsterdam twice. Must-see tourist destinations include:

Anne Frank’s House

The Van Gogh Museum, and

The Dam (which is the city’s central square and home to the Royal Palace)

For a full list of things to do in Amsterdam, I found this website for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tourist_attractions_in_Amsterdam

The above mentioned, however, you absolutely must see while in Amsterdam — especially Anne Frank’s House, which just received even more materials from her past and time spent under SS occupation.

Michael asks…

Are there any good tourists attractions in Amsterdam?

(details or point forms are acceptable)

Yaz answers:

Van Gogh Museum :
http://www3.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.j…
Rijksmuseum deserves a visit too fro the selection of Dutch painters; I loved the Night Watch:
http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/index.jsp……..
Anne Frank house and museum; impressive the way that family lived during the terrible days of the war:
http://www.annefrank.org/content.asp?pid…
Go the Flower Market; you´ll see the endless varieties of flowers!!
Go for a tour through the canals.
Rent a bike and cyple around the city, it´s not very big and there´s a wonderful bike lane.
Visit one of the Diamond Factories, amazing!
Munt Plein (Munt Square), there´s a beautiful tower there.
Rembrandt Plein (Rembrandt Square); there´s a wonderful representation in metal of The Night Watch; at night is just wonderful.
Go along Kalverstraat, a long, pedestrian shopping street.
Visit this site:
http://www.amsterdam.info/
I found it really useful and try its webcam. I did so before going and found out the name of one of the shops there; then once there, I used to stand at a fixed time for a couple of minutes so that my children could see me from home!!
Visit the Churches; I loved Oude Kirke (Old Church); West Church seemed to be beautiful in the outside, but it was closed when I was there. Check this site for churches:
http://www.amsterdam.world-guides.com/ch…
Vondelpark: it´s so beautiful! Go for a walk there.

Mark asks…

Is a trip to amsterdam worth 2000 dollars for one person? It isn’t even warm?

A trip to jamaica or mexico is like half of a trip to amsterdam.. What is the tourist attraction to amsterdam? Why should i go there instead of mexico or jamaica?

Other than hookers, that one is obvious.. But there must be cheaper places to get hookers.. Why do peole go to amsterdam?

Yaz answers:

Because some people are interested in history and culture. If you’re not then go and bake in the Caribbean.

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Your Questions About What To See In Amsterdam In 1 Day

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Laura asks…

I’m going on a transatlantic cruise stopping in Paris, London & Amsterdam 1 day each. What do I need to see?

I need help making sure I see the most I can in the short amount of time I have. Please help.

Yaz answers:

As your time in each town is short, and you do always risk missing your boat, consider using the tours the cruise company offers. Certainly for London and Paris.

If your cruise lands in Amsterdam itself you could just walk through the town, take a tour through the canals, many companies start at Centraal Station, which is within walking distance of the quay most cruise ships tie up.
More info about Amsterdam can be found on this site: http://www.amsterdam.info/ But remember that one day is short, too short to do many things.

In case of Paris you likely also face a longish bus ride to get to the city, as it is not near the coast. That can be the case for London and Amsterdam too, but both do have ocean cruise ships come into the city.
London is just too big to get a good view on your own in just one day.

Donald asks…

What is your recommendation in Amsterdam?

My wife and I will be in Amsterdam for only 1 day as stop-over before leave for home. Maybe from 2PM to 4PM of next day in late next month.

What is the must-see items there? This is my wife’s first time to be there.

Thanks in advance.

Yaz answers:

If you only have one day, that is a shame! But, much can be seen if you plan it out well! If you have never been to Amsterdam before, go to the east side of the Centraal Train Station and go to the tourist booth! They have I Amsterdam city cards for 24/hour, 48/hour and 72/hour periods, these are good for free museum entry and city transport and other deals and coupons! This is worth getting if you wish to see at least 3 attractions in a day but does not cover the Anne Frank House! 1.) Either first go on a canal boat tour (on city card) or save it for the end of the day. 2.) Go to the Anne Frank House. 3.) Go to either the Rijksmuseum (on city card), Van Gough Museum (on city card) or both! 4.) Go to the Dutch Resistance Museum (on city card) or the Amsterdam Historisch Museum (on city card). 5.) Next, dinner at a brown cafe of your choice. 6.) In the evening go see the red light district (its safer to go in a group of at least 2 people) or go to a coffeshop and chill before turning in for the night! Even if you dont want to do anything just walk or bike, this city is the most unusual and amusing city that I have ever been to! There is something fun around every corner!

William asks…

Going to Amsterdam alone for a week, what should I do?

I’m going alone to Amsterdam over part of my Winter Break (Dec 12-20). I am 25, male, and will have about $1,500 with me which is strictly spending money. My flight and hotel and already paid for. I;m staying about 15 min walking distance from the Vondelpark and I am about 15 or so minutes tram ride from the city center.

What kinds of things should I do there? Will I be able to meet other travelers to hang out with for a night or two or are most people keeping to themselves? I plan to smoke a ton there but I don’t want that to be the primary focus of my trip, I’d like to at least tell my family I did other stuff.

What kinds of activities are there in Dec., what is worth seeing/not worth seeing? Also, I thought about making a day trip to Brussels or Antwerp, is that in my budget?

What about safety, etc? Am I going to be robbed walking back to my hotel late at night?

Yaz answers:

Http://www.amsterdam.info/ has a ton of information. I can recommend you some museums but if you don’t give a shit about art that would be wasted.

Http://www.nshispeed.nl/en is the site for train tickets to Antwerp and Brussels. The earlier you buy the cheaper they will be.

Foreigners are inclined to overdo the weed, therefore I’d advice you not to carry all your money with you at all times. There’s street crime like in any other big city. Even though the center is patrolled quite heavily a lonely tourist that can hardly walk is easy pickings so perhaps you should take a taxi back.

Nancy asks…

What is there to do in Brussels, Belgium…what are the big attractions?

My wife and two sons (18,17yoa) are going for nearly two weeks and staying with my cousin. We’ve got day trips planned to Normandy, France (overnight at a B &B) and a train trip to London (1 over night stay) from Brussels. However, the bulk of our trip is in Brussels, what is there to do?

Thinking of going to Bastone or into Germany but where would be good? I see Ted Nugent is playing in Amsterdam while we’re over there….we’re big Motor City Madman Fans.

Yaz answers:

Check out the resolved questions about interesting things to see & do in Belgium & Brussels in particular, in this section – luckily there aren’t that many questions for Belgium – you’ll find everything from sights & sounds, sites, food & drinks.

Enjoy your trip. No time to get bored in Brussels as there is too much to see especially architectural wise, medieval parts of downtown, galeries, main square and surrounding cobbled alleys (Ilôt Sacré),
Sablon, Palais de Justice & antique shops, Sunday open Flea Market (Rue Haute)Royal Palace, musea, restaurants, cafés, etc…
Let’s not forget our Manneken Pis & his little sister Jeanneke Pis..

Hope this helps.

James asks…

What is the cheapest way to get to Europe, Amsterdam in particular, in August?

Ok i wish to travel to Amsterdam in August and I am pretty flexible on the dates. Most of the travel sites that search multiple airlines have the lowest price around 1000$. Seeing as I would be flying out of a Major international airport Miami and into another major Hub i feel like there may be a cheaper way. Can I still go to the airport without a ticket and say I am gonna be here all day and if something opens up I will pay xxx amount for 1 way ticket? Courier ? Anyone know a cheap carrier or cheaper way to travel there? I am very flexiable.

Yaz answers:

For MIA-AMS, try http://www.martinairusa.com as well as consolidators and specials http://www.bookingbuddy.com and http://www.cheapflights.com/flights-to-schiphol/miami-intl/

Martinair shows some late Aug. R/t for $974 total. These are nonstop flights to/from Amsterdam.

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Your Questions About Amsterdam Tourism Ban

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William asks…

Public opinion on recent Netherlands marijuana ban?

I’ve been reading about the recently-enacted ban on drug tourism in the Netherlands (a new law is making it illegal to purchase marijuana without Dutch citizenship), and want to know a little more about it from someone living there. What is the social situation surrounding the ban, especially in major cities such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam? Do you think that most coffeeshop owners will furtively ignore the ban or rigorously enforce it? And do you think that the ban will go unchallenged in forthcoming sessions of parliament?

Yaz answers:

Ah, another one. There’s no ban. There’s, at this time, just some towns in the south that are experimenting and the start of the banning of tourists is due to start in september with the big cities last.
I don’t see much serious challenge in parliament but there’s a possibility that a judge may say it’s illegal on some technicality in which case it’s back to the drawing board and a year’s delay

Dopeheads and coffeeshop owners are pissed off. Most normal people either don’t care or are very glad to see the drugs tourists leave. You see, problem with many of the druggies is that they seem to “think” that since they can freely get their fix here then other normal rules do not apply. That starts with littering (which the young dutch potheads also do, always, you’re not a true pothead if you don’t litter it seems) and goes from there forms of behaviour that would quickly earn you jail time or an ASBO in any civilized country.

Steven asks…

When is Holland going to ban selling marijuana to tourists?

I’m thinking about going to Amsterdam in April with my brother and his girlfriend and we like to have a smoke here and there and read that Holland are banning drug tourism but when.

Yaz answers:

There is no timeline laid out for it. GIven that fact I personally doubt that it will happen (with all the expected legal challenges and uproar) before April anyway

However that is just my take on it of course from reading/watching the news, and so no 100% guarantee of course

EDIT

Will it have an effect on tourism? Yes doubtless it will but personally I don’t think that is a bad thing. If it elimates the core that come only to Amsterdam to smoke then it is not a massive waste to the economy. It is a shame for those people coming to Amsterdam to enjoy the city and want to have a smoke as part of their visit. Those are the people who lose out

On the up side it will hopefully encourage people to come to Amsterdam for the many other things it offers in terms of culture, history, architecture, cuisne, shopping, museums, atmosphere, tourist attractions, quaintnes of the city etc etc etc Having worked in another town in the Netherlands during the period that they abolished all coffeeshop to reduce drug tourism from Belgium – this is exactly what happened.

So guess that rules out the ” tourism will collapse” syndrome.

John asks…

Amsterdam – New Law and Economy?

Hi, I’ve just heard about this crazy idea that Amsterdam is getting a smoking ban!?!?

First of all what does this entail and when does it come into play?
And second of all I’m going to go all political on you, what is this going to do to the Dutch economy and the wealth it gains from its tourism which are mostly due to it’s famous coffee shops?

That’s gotta be worth a star!

Yaz answers:

It’s not worth a star because it’s been a question that has been on here at least 3 times a month since the beginning of this year!

Ok, the smoking ban is already in effect actually (since 1990 already for public places) but it will be extended to cover catering establishments such as cafe’s restaurants & (yes) coffee shops from 01/Jul 2008, and by the way, it is not just for Amsterdam but laws here are made for the whole of the Netherlands – for locals & tourists!

What does it mean – well it means that you will no longer be able to smoking in an area either (a) shared by other people and (b) nor in an area where staff are working. It does not mean that the catering industry is going to implode overnight. It means that to allow smoking to take place inside, a seperate space must be made (e.g. With glass windows) away from staff & the general public.

Probably you already know that NL is not the first country to implement this (actually it is one of the last in Western Europe). In contrary to all the fuss created the actual effect on the economy was found to be non-existant or actually positive (e.g. More families with children started eating out due to the smoking ban)

I am sure that tourism will carry on irrespective….. Who knows, maybe we might get less binge-drinkers & stoners and more people that can once again enjoy Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands for the many things it has on offer apart from coffee shops & bars and that really would be “crazy” in a good sense.

EDIT – as I have in the past asked people to substantiate “facts” I did a quick check for the info I gave about the effects on business due to the smoking ban, and here’s good old Wikipedia confirming what I said http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking_ban#Effects_on_businesses and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking_ban#Economic_loss

Helen asks…

Coffee Shops in Holland – Law Changing?

I understand that the new conservative government is pushing through a law to ban tourists from using the coffee shops there. What i’m wondering is; when will they be put into practise (The Amsterdam local government doesn’t seem too keen on getting rid of something that brings a lot of tourism so will that delay things?) & i also heard that some believe it is against EU Policy to discriminate. Any info would be great as i’m hoping to go over to Amsterdam next August.

Yaz answers:

Yes the rules are changing. Amsterdam is not yet banning weed, but the law has passed. In 2013 selling soft drugs will be tolerated in private clubs for the local market. So you can registrate only when you are a local. Soft drugs tourists do not spend much by the way. But it is not against EU rules it seems.

It is becoming quite a standard question. In The Netherlands the policy on cannabis was quite liberal with good results. The possession of soft drugs for your own use is tolerated (but not legal). In the US, the UK, France and Germany there are more people (per 1000) who use cannabis than in the Netherlands. So the best would be to convince in those countries that a liberal option is better for the health situation.

The atmosphere is becoming less liberal because of the drugs-tourism and the rise of organized crime. That is why the new rules are being implemented.Coffee-shops will become private clubs for the local market.

These measures will be introduced in addition to the conditions that were already in place. These provide that coffee-shops are prohibited from placing posters, selling hard drugs, causing nuisance, admitting persons below the age of 18 or selling to them and from selling or stocking large quantities. (So you have to prove you are 18+!) And when you smoke be sure not to cause nuisance.

The new policy is implemented in the south of The Netherlands first and by 2013 the rules will apply in the north too. An official link below.

Maybe this link from the UN commission on drugs is interesting: http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/Report It says
– End the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others.
– Challenge rather than reinforce common misconceptions about drug markets, drug use and drug dependence.

Lisa asks…

Instead of banning cannabis for tourists in Holland, would this idea work better?

At airports, hotels, and exchange bureaus in the Netherlands (mainly Amsterdam), allow tourists to purchase permit cards that allow tourists to enjoy a limited purchase of coffeeshop cannabis per day.

Each permit card would have a bar code indicating the passport number of the purchaser, making it only possible to have 1 card per tourist.

At each coffeeshop, a tourist would need to show their passport and the permit card. Upon purchasing cannabi, the permit card would magnetically keep track of amounts of cannabis purchased per day, and there would be a max-out limit.

The cost of administering and maintaining permit cards would be covered by charging fees to purchase a permit card plus a profit for Dutch tourism, shared by the hotels and airports and other venues.

This would in my opinion create a nice balance between monitoring the drug-related activities of tourists and not punishing responsible tourists. Would this be a good idea?
AND if a tourist does commit a drug-related crime or causes a disturbance, then allow Dutch authorities to Void/suspend any tourist’s cannabis permit card in the system.

My point is you can charge money for the permit card, so this a profit-making idea, is good for tourism, and ALSO keeps marijuana crime in check.
So this isn’t about crime reduction or safety so much as international portrayal of Dutch culture?
So it is Dutch people’s cultural standard of common decency or do you speak for the entire West or the world standard of common decency to be led by Netherlands?

Yaz answers:

No, it would not be a good idea since the whole idea of the card system is to get the drugs tourists to stay away.

No, it’s about us Dutch getting slowly fed up with dopeheads. Dopeheads in Amsterdam who think they can puke and be sick everywhere. Dopeheads in the south and east who think that, since dope is “legal” traffic rules or even common decency don’t apply any more.

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David asks…

Where is another fun place nearby Amsterdam to travel by train?

My friends want to minimize there traveling, and would like to know where another fun, cool place is to go to. i looked on a map and saw denmark to the north, and poland to the east, and than uk on the west. they were thinking skydiving, any beautiful places to go? or any ideas at all? partying? hot girls?

Yaz answers:

You can pretty much get to anywhere in Europe by train from Amsterdam quite easily, but it will take longer than you probably expect. Poland and Denmark will take an long time to get to. Your best bet will be England, Belgium, Germany or France.

England will be expensive to get to by train though because the eurostar (the train that goes under the sea) is very expensive, so you might want to travel to Calais in France and take a ferry instead.

As for those ‘activities’ you mentioned, you can do those anywhere in Europe. Why not take in some of the culture instead?

Mandy asks…

AMSTERDAM AIRPORT: where can i get a map of it?

i am 14 and am traveling alone for the first time trans-atlantic (w/out shaperone)
im a bit nervous and thought it wud be easier if i had a map of the amsterdam airport.
ive tried eveywhere but i cant find it. pls help!!!

Yaz answers:

Try the airport website

http://www.schiphol.com/Travellers/AtSchiphol/Maps.htm

Michael asks…

Where and how to travel in Europe?

I have come across dozens of websites that provide helpful tips and advice on how to successfully backpack across Europe, but that’s not what I’m looking for.

I want a website or any of your suggestions of where to go in Europe, based on what cities are close to each other and easy to travel to. I basically want to land in Berlin (for example), spend a week or two there, take a train to another city, Amsterdam (for example), spend a week or two there, take a train to another city, Brussels (for example).

I can open up a map and see what cities are near each other, that’s not the problem. The problem is, I need advice on which is the ideal route based on their distance, what trains operate there, which is the least expensive, etc.

I am planning on visiting Europe next summer, so I’m planning ahead. I don’t really know what I want to see yet, but anywhere in Germany, France, Italy, and Spain sounds fun. I will have three months set aside for the trip, so I definitely think I can tackle some really nice cities. There has to be a website that gives recommendations on where to go, based on how close the cities are and what trains go and come from there.
DETAIS: I’m sorry I wasn’t clear enough, but thank you for the answers already provided. I basically want to land anywhere in Europe, and travel the rest by train or airplane (if it’s not too expensive). I want to see all that I can in three months, but would rather see less and do more, rather than seeing more and doing less. I want to see cities like Berlin and Prague, but don’t know where to start and where to go, based on how far they are from each other, and how much it costs. So, I basically need help by someone who can tell me where to start and where to go, all based on what cities are near each other and can be traveled to inexpensively. Again, I’m open to cities like Berlin, Prague, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, etc.

Yaz answers:

I do not think there is one site which has all the information you want, or when it has it will be buried under a lot more information.
Sites like Lonely Planet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/uk and Rick Steves’ : http://www.ricksteves.com/ have a lot of information. You will have to study the sites to find the parts with most useful information.

For travel planning you could try the German rail site in English:
http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en?newrequest=yes&protocol=http:&
Which can find you trains in all of Europe.
With that and a basic map, I use google maps for that, you can work out a schedule.

There are trains between all European cities, sometimes you will have to change, but for many main destinations you will have several direct trains each day. The name of the company that runs the trains does not really matter, as tickets bought for the journey will be valid on all trains running between them, with only a few exceptions. The most important exception are the fast trains, they often require a surcharge in the form of a seat reservation, in some cases they do need a different kind of ticket from the other trains. The Thalys between Amsterdam and Paris is one of those, and the Eurostar between the continent and London is not on any of the rail passes but only on its own kind of ticket.

A good site to work out what kind of tickets or maybe a pass is best for you is this:
http://www.seat61.com/
If you go to the rail passes page, click on the word rail pass in the top of the page, you will get a lot of information on them. But seeing your ‘schedule’ I would be surprised if a pass turns out the best for you. The site also has information on how and where to buy tickets.
And a lot of information on traveling from the UK to the different countries. Often that requires a change in Paris or Brussels, so the info is also useful if you start out form those cities. And they give a good idea on rail travel in the country they have selected as ‘destiny’ but often farther down the page.

And a bit of personal advise, do not just stay in the cities of Europe. Do at least day tours out of the cities, but I think it is better to select one city and one bit of countryside, or a small town, per country. It gives you a more varied feel for the continent. And it will be much easier to remember where you have been. All cities tend to blend together, villages and countryside are more distinctive and will break your cities into separate experiences.

Added:
Prague to Berlin is about 4 hours in the fast train.
Berlin to Amsterdam, about half a day, Amsterdam- Brussels about 3 hours, but count on using half a day with checking out of your hostel, travel to the station and finding your new hostel. Brussels to Paris, a little less again.
Paris-Barcelona, from 8 hours by day train to 12 hours for an overnight one.
Barcelona to Rome is a much longer travel and most people advise not to do it in one go, unless you have a strong reason. It will be much more pleasant to break the journey in the south of France, or North Italy, travel times for a journey in one go run around 24 hours.

Most of these times require you to travel in the fast trains, good if you book early, but otherwise they are rather expensive, and if you travel with a rail pass, you will have to pay a surcharge.
The seat 61 site will explain it all, better than I can.
You will have to learn to play with these planners and sites, makes your travel that much better.

By the way, you had explained it rather well, that ‘person’ asking for more information is a robot who is trying to get enough points to go up a level and be able to make life links, spamming is what he is build for.

Ken asks…

Advice on planning a cycling tour from Amsterdam to Gothenburg?

I have about 10 days, maybe more. I need ideas for routes and things to do on the way. It’s at the end of the month and I have, roughly mapped out a route from Amsterdam to Utrecht via Keukenhof, to Zwolle, Dersum, Wildeshausen and Bremen. From Bremen I would take a train to the Danish island where Copenhagen is, maybe I would take it all the way, depending on time, and then cycle to Helsingor to catch the ferry to Helsingborg and travel straight to Gothenburg via Halmstad or some someplace. Does anyone have any criticisms of this route and could anyone suggest places along it (or that I’ve excluded) that would be worth spending more time at and things I could do and see along the way? Primarily I’m trying to figure out how long to allow myself to get to the train station in Bremen. Perhaps it’s worth nothing that I’m not particularly fit (above-average but my training has been derailed by illness and injury), nor accustomed to touring, navigating and camping. Thanks.

Yaz answers:

Figure out how far you can ride a day and plan around that distance. If you are not very fit forget about it, you need to be in good shape to ride distances like that.

James asks…

Planning major trip, want to hit France, Spain, Italy, Amsterdam, Ireland, U.K, Greece. Need help w/the route!

Please help me map this thing out — I first need to figure out which country to fly into (obviously =). From there, I’ll do all my traveling by boat, train, etc. Right now I’m thinking:

Fly into Ireland, then take the ferry to England, then another ferry from there to Amsterdam, then a train to France…and then I’m lost as to which direction to go in! Spain’s location is kinda throwing a wrench into my already horrendous mapping skills. Any ideas? Should I just fly to Spain first – then ferry to Ireland, England, Amsterdam, France, Italy, and then end the trip in Greece and just fly back to the U.S from there? Or is there a completely alternate route that I’m just not thinking of?
Just realized it’s not Spain’s location that’s such a problem — it’s Greece’s! Let’s take that destination out of the equation and see if it makes this map-plan any easier!

Yaz answers:

If you’re on a budget, then a ferry from Spain to the UK or Ireland is a very expensive option as it takes a couple of days and you have to book a cabin. Also the Bay of Biscay can be very rough. The short ferry trips from France to England are much cheaper and quicker. E.g. Calais to Dover, and since the Channel Tunnel, you can simply go by train from, say, Paris to London.

I would recommend flying to Spain, then everything’s East from there and you can travel by land to most places. Also you can buy cheap interrail passes for travel in Europe. I would probably do Spain – France – Italy, then through the alps and Switzerland to Germany and Holland. Also, these days, flights are really cheap if you book in advance between large european cities. An Irish company that flys from Ireland and the UK to many European cities is RyanAir.

If you are going to fly between places, a good way to plan the times of your flights is to use a website that can display the prices for a whole month, and plan your trip around these dates. The one I use is called skyscanner, I’ve put a link to it below. Instead of picking exact dates you can select whole month, the same for cities as well, so you can get the cheapest flights, regardless of a fixed city in that country. This way, the trip could almost plan itself :-)

If you want read about Spain(and Scotland) from an English-speaking foreigner’s viewpoint, have a look at my travel blog below.

Good Luck!

¡Ciao!

John

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Charles asks…

What is the absolute best website for a “smokers guide to Amsterdam”?

I am soon planning a trip to Western Europe, I plan on spending quite a few days in Amsterdam…..any suggestions to websites or free E books on the topic of smoking up there?

Yaz answers:

Seriously dude, Google ‘smokers guide to Amsterdam’ and you will actually find a website called: smokersguide.com.

Make a little effort. Just a little.

William asks…

Need cost to travel by train from copenhagen to amsterdam, please guide where to purchase tickets & schedule?

Yaz answers:

I would start here:

Nancy asks…

Song from Not Your Average Travel Guide- Amsterdam?

Has anyone watched the show “Not Your Average Travel Guide” on the Travel Channel? I was watching the Amsterdam show and they played a song and I want to know the song name. It was at the beggining of the show and at end of the show during Queen’s Day. The lyrics I heard went something like ” I hope the band plays in Amsterdam tonight” and something like “I am tripping but my feet go no where in Amsterdam tonight” I am thinking it might be the Counting Crows, but I am not sure. Can anyone help me out? Thanks.
Thanks! Because of your suggestion, I found out the answer! It is Reed Waddle’s -“Amsterdam

Yaz answers:

I tried to figure it out, but no luck.

Did you post your question on the website below? If not, give it a shot:

http://community.discovery.com/eve/forums/a/frm/f/9191972558

Good luck!

Robert asks…

Does anyone know where I can get a travel guide for Amsterdam that can be mailed to me?

Yaz answers:

Http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=amsterdam+travel+guide&x=0&y=0

Betty asks…

Does one need a guide that speaks dutch if going to amsterdam on holiday?

Yaz answers:

Europe is way different than the US. Everyone speaks several languages.

I went into the Casino in Amsterdam across from the Marriott and of course they were speaking Dutch and I of course didn’t. I spoke to the dealer in English and the whole table turned around and spoke English. I was a little taken by how polite they were about accommodating my friend and I.

There are some people who don’t like Americans in Holland but for the most part they are civilized and decent people. When they weren’t I looked at them like they were from another planet and went about my business.

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Donald asks…

me and my family are planning a trip to europe. need advice on travel.?

we have planned a 15 day trip to europe starting from frankfurt-amsterdam-paris-zurich-rome-frankfurt. can anyone guide me on reasonable travel by either train or by bus. should we buy the euroline pass or some other pass which will be reasonable for a family of five (3 adults & 2 children). also if there are nice and reasonable accomodations in these places please let me know. thanks have a good day.

Yaz answers:

You are looking on Yahoo Answers for travel tips… How stupid do you get, if you are planning a trip please use real travel sights such as LonelyPlanet.com to get real, good information that people have been paid to write, not some random on YA that might have been there once on a holiday. I mean what do you expect someone to say? I doubt your trip will turn out very well, if you’re asking for travel tips on YA. I mean a reasonable question could have been “Could anyone recommend some good travel sights for planning a trip to Europe?”

Robert asks…

how much money would it be to back pack through europe?

My girlfriend and i want to spend a month in europe. We are thinking about going to london, to amsterdam, berlin, and to paris. We have done a little research but I need some more ideas and travel guides. Anything would help thanks!

Yaz answers:

Here’s what I could tell you.

Europe with it’s beautiful surroundings and rich culture offers some of the best packing around. Many guided tours can be purchased from countries throughout Europe.

Planning
Let’s begin with information that will probably surprise you and that is in Europe most people don’t have a plan when backpacking. In fact, that’s the joy of backpacking through Europe. You do not need to know where you are going. This sounds ridiculous but it is true. Many backpackers travel by train which is one of the best options to travel by because A, the cost of a train pass is fairly cheap and B, you can get an idea of where you want to travel and see the many beautiful areas that Europe has to offer. But with this freelance style of travel, you will need to know exactly how long you will be traveling, and also when you want to start your backpacking adventure.

When To Backpack Europe
Many travelers plan their backpacking adventures during the summer months. This offers prime timee backpacking throughout Europe because the weather is nice during this period. But, if you plan your trip during this time, keep in mind that many tourists will be traveling as well and prices for hostels and hotels will be increased during this time. Additionally, many of attractions and site’s you plan to visit will be flooded with tourist. On the contrary, if you choose the winter season you will experience low prices and ease of travel but you run the risk of running into bad weather and delays in your travels are to be expected. Case in point, choose the time you want to travel wisely, and make sure you are prepared for any bumps in the road you may encounter.

How Long???
The best part about backpacking in Europe is you do not need a specific plan of where you want to go but, you do need a length of how long you will be backpacking. Many travelers go for a week, two weeks, or even longer. For a first time backpacker in Europe, it is recommended that you plan for at least three weeks. This is because with all the historical sites in Europe, they are spaced apart and you will have enough time to reach a majority of them. Of course when you pack for your trip make sure you pack for more than the length of your travel. This is security for you just in case you need extra items.

And finally COST
This is a tricky subject because of the cost of your European trip all depends of the length of stay and the time of year that you travel on. It would be a good idea to research the prices of your hostel or lodging establishment before hand and give yourself idea on how much you will be spending because lodging will be the majority of your expenses. Also give yourself a comfortable spending amount for each day of your trip and always have emergency money, a credit card would work just fine. Try not to carry a lot of money on you and if you do store in a safe accessible spot. Try not to use your credit card at a lot of places in order to prevent you from getting outrageous user fees. In the end if you plan a trip early and well planned, a European backpacking trip total should cost less than $2500.

Hope This Helps

Daniel asks…

Cheapest travel – AMS ROME VENICE?

Hi

I am planning a trip from amsterdam/Eindhoven to rome – venice –amsterdam/eindhoven . Can anyone please guide me the best and cheap travel options?

Yaz answers:

I recommend flying. A good website that compares the prices of low-budget airlines is http://www.skyscanner.nl/

Mark asks…

I am traveling to Europe this summer?

I am going to London, Paris, and Amsterdam and want to know more about what to do. Whats a good travel guide and websites for me to learn more on what to do. Thanks

Yaz answers:

Lonely Planet’s ‘Western Europe Travel Guide’ is really good value. It provides information on each country, cities/towns within each country, transport, accommodation with hotels from budget to luxury, shopping, how to get around each town, where to eat and self-catering and, most importantly, what to see and do.

If you’re backpacking or on a budget then their ‘Europe on a Shoestring’ is also good with information on hostels and how to cut the cost of travel.

Thomas asks…

Hi, my employer wants me to relocate to Amsterdam to what salary should I request?

It will be for a major transport/travel brand working outside amsterdam, heading up the sales & marketing looking after a team of 10. I plan to work Monday to Friday then fly back to the UK. It looks like rent is very expensive in amsterdam, but I can seem to find any Dutch Salary guides on the internet, I have heard tax is 40%, but you get a extra 4 weeks holiday. Any help would be great. I don’t want to find myself worst off then living in the UK.

Yaz answers:

There is a Salary guide on http://www.intermediair.nl/overzicht/salaris-en-onderhandelen/salariskompas/9650/salariskompas.html but it’s only in Dutch.

I tried to fill it in using the info you gave. It distinguishes between a marketing manager and a sales manager so I used the latter, and also a couple of assumptions (so understand that these can all make a difference and if you want to Email me with any corrections then I can do it again on the basis of that info)
– that you have a uni degree
– that it’s mainly a male environment
– that you have been promoted within
– that you have 100-500 employees in the company
– that you have 5 years experience (pure guess!)
– that you haven’t changed employer in the last two years

The salary guide is a gross (before tax) monthly salary of Minimum: € 2151.10 & Maximum: €6937.36. With an average of €3616. Realistically (working as a manager for an International company managing 14 staff members) the €6937 is completely unrealistic, and you should aim for the around €3500-3600 but it completely depends on your experience, skill set, job responsibilities etc.

Also do check a couple of things before accepting a salary
– does it include the holiday pay http://holland.angloinfo.com/countries/holland/working.asp
– what if any is the bonus scheme and is this already factored in. Does the company have a 13th month policy or on a bonus/reward system etc
– do the company have a subsided health insurance scheme (insurance is mandatory in the Netherlands and if you are registered which you must be to get a BSN number to work, then you wil have to get insurance and this can be costly)
– are travel expenses included or extra (e.g. Daily work and also travelling abroad for meals etc)
– is there a pension scheme and how can it be claimed if you move back to the UK

The UnDutchables (recruitment agency for non-Dutch speaking jobs) has a good section on working in the Netherlands which would help you
e.g. Tax – http://www.undutchables.nl/working-in-the-netherlands/taxation/ (and http://hollandsouth.angloinfo.com/countries/holland/intax.asp is also helpful)
housing – http://www.undutchables.nl/working-in-the-netherlands/housing/
health insurance – http://www.undutchables.nl/working-in-the-netherlands/health-insurance/
BSN number – http://www.undutchables.nl/working-in-the-netherlands/citizens-service-number-formerly-sofi-number/

Good luck

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Betty asks…

Can a visitor buy weed and shrooms from amsterdam?

If I am a tourist am I just allowed to buy weed and shrooms from amsterdam? Do they sell it to just anyone?

Yaz answers:

Weed is no problem for the coming year, after that we’ll see. Mushrooms have been reclassified as a drug there’s only a few species of truffels still legally sold.

Paul asks…

If I go to amsterdam when I’m 18 for vacation can I smoke weed there legally?

My friend told me that his sister’s friend went there but she couldn’t smoke weed unless she was a resident of Amsterdam? I always thought that it didn’t matter if you are a tourist or not? Do you really have to be a resident of Amsterdam to smoke weed there legally or was my friend wrong?

Yaz answers:

Short answer: Your friend’s full of it, this idea of residents only never made it out of the planning stage, unfortunately. You too can get stoned more or less legally.

Long answer:
Apparently there’s a lot of publicity in the foreign press, enough to make the stoners, dopeheads and druggies wonder if there is any point in visiting Amsterdam (there is but only if you can broaden your horizon beyond being drunk and/or stoned). Currently the Dutch coffeeshop scene is as it has been for years. Coffeeshops are decriminalized as is use and possession for personal use (5 grams), the suppliers of the coffeeshops are still criminals. Shops require anyone to prove with a valid ID that you are at least 18 years old. This site: http://www.coffeeshop.freeuk.com/ is a fountain of English information about the Amsterdam coffeeshop scene.

The latest plan was that, starting in the fall of 2011, in the southern and eastern provinces they will start converting coffeeshops to members-only clubs. Each coffeeshop can have a max of 1500 “members’ and those need to be dutch residents. Additionally they will up the limit for distance to schools from 250 to 350 meters. Some municipalities are resisting this, others are welcomming the new laws. One of the left wing opposition parties, D66, has pushed for a legalisation of weed but idea got little support.

After that it looked all set to go until in June 2011 our council of state, which has the last word on some government and legal issues, ruled that an earlier experiment of the city of Maastricht with banning tourists was illegal. Not because you couldn’t ban them but because you cannot use additional local ordonances to regulate something that’s forbidden in the first place. And weed is forbidden in our “opiumlaw”. The fact that that bit of the law is hardly ever inforced apparantly does not matter.

So, now that our politicians are back from summer hollidays they have a few options.
1. Adjust our law that outlaws marihuana which is frankly not very likely
2. Start enforcing the law and close coffeeshops alltogether
3. Think of something different.

At the moment it seems to have disappeared from the political agenda and the national news. The only thing related that has happened recently is that heavy weed is now classified as a hard drug (much higher penalties, cannot be sold by coffeeshops any more) and heavy weed is defined as having a thc content of over 15%.

The reason behind the whole discussion is that most of the Dutch get sick of the foreign junkies that come here to score and behave like this country is lawless. Additionally the other reason behind the members-only is that it may discourage the determination of our teens to kill off as many brain cells as they can using dope and thereby forcing them back to energy drinks mixed with whatever alcohol they can get their hands on.

Mark asks…

amsterdam weed illegal?

so iv heard its illegal to some weed in amsterdam cafes now if ur a tourist was lookin to book a trip but not if its illegal not goin to go if

Yaz answers:

Tourists can still buy weed in Amsterdam coffeeshops in 2012.

Linda asks…

wht about amsterdam n new rule about tourists n weed?

please tell me something about tht rule !!!!!!!!!!!

Yaz answers:

It’s not a new rule :0))

The foreign media have just either quickly read a forum post or translated something very badly from Dutch to English!

The “rule” which you are refering to stems from issues raised by drug tourism in the bordering cities and towns with Germany & Belgium. There is an influx of German, Belgian and French tourists to small communities with coffeeshops and the nusiances caused. I have spent a lot of time working in Bergen op Zoom and Roosendaal which are two of the places which have had this, and the local perception is one of infuriation with litter, nusiance and a small increase in disordaly conduct. Basically people there feel that their small communuities are being invaded with people intent on getting high and nothing else, with little to no respect and also the lack of facilities to cope with this influx.

Amsterdam on the other hand is perfectly able to cater for the sector of tourism which inevidably visits for marijuana and the RLD so there is no disussion about this

Anyway, the discussion now for the bordering towns is two fold. The first is to move coffeeshops further away from the borders. However it is clear that this is not a deterent and moving the coffeeshops will only move the problem.

So the other discussion is to introduce a form of membership only policy (some have already done this). It doesn’t stop someone in another country being a member, but there is the issue of being registered with your details and also of having to pay electronically, therefore having a “trail” which can be followed of course. Not smart when your local laws are different from those in the Netherlands.

You can read about it here http://lem.localinet.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=9082&highlight=germany and even to restrict this to “Dutch citizens” (or I would read this as residents within the Netherlands) however due to issues of discrimination of EU laws and hence why it has been raised as a question to the European Court of Justice for consideration

Amsterdam on the other hand also has issued with closing coffeeshops, (but this is mainly to do with drug gang issues and also with coffeeshops being “too close” to a school) actually less than first reported anyway) and have not made any impact on availability. There are plenty of them around every corner in the centre

So in summary, no new rules in Amsterdam.

Donna asks…

amsterdam smoking cannabis?

im going to Amsterdam in 2 days for a week was wondering if it is still legal for tourists to smoke weed ?

Yaz answers:

As legal as it ever was. For the next year at least you can still smoke in coffeeshops. Any ban on foreigners will start in the southern provinces.

Smoking on the streets is not legal and could result (although it doesn’t happen often) in your dope getting impounded and you getting fined. Smoking in most hotels and bars is a good way to get thrown out.

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Sandra asks…

Can tourists still smoke marijuana in Amsterdam? I’ve heard the laws have recently changed.?

I’m going to Amsterdam for spring break and am looking forward to smoking legally but someone at a party told me tourists over 18 can no longer smoke due to new EU laws. Is this true or was this guy just trying to ruin my day.

Yaz answers:

As far as I know, the only thing that changed recently is that hallucinogenic mushrooms became illegal in November. Cannabis in all its forms (marijuana, hashish, hash oil) is legal for personal use, though technically illegal to sell. It is widely tolerated, however, as long as the practice is not abused.

It should go without saying that you must be a conscientious tourist. Wherever you travel outside your home country, you are essentially an ambassador for your country and your actions must reflect that. Avoid being obvious, belligerent or publicly altered (no matter the source), don’t try to re-sell weed and obviously don’t try to take any out of the country with you. Read the second link for more practical information.

Have fun! And don’t forget to stroll the red light district. Absolutely fascinating.

Joseph asks…

Are there any laws about to change the freedom with marijuana in Amsterdam concerning tourists.?

Yaz answers:

Not that I know of.
The only thing I see maybe changing, is how the tourist may go in or out of the country with any thing on them.

Helen asks…

Can tourists still buy weed in amsterdam?? Has any new laws been passed?

Yaz answers:

Not the system of passes has not been implemented as of yet, so this means that tourists can still buy weed providing they are 18+. Neither the process has been passed for this to happen, and nor has a time frame been put into place as yet

Some people say it will happen within the year and some say that with the legal challenges and opposition that it will not happen this year, so I guess it remains to be seen when it does. However providing the government itself holds itself together (and it won’t be the first time a coalition government has come apart at the seams and borken up) then it will be a case of when rather than if, at least this is the case from everything I have read (Dutch newspapers, tv etc)

Mandy asks…

Is smoking weed still legal in Amsterdam for tourists?

I was planning on making a trip there to see the city and smoke and I was wondering if it was still legal? I know there have been articles saying that laws would be passed outlawing tourists from smoking there but I was wondering if anyone has been recently to find out if there is still smoking at coffeeshops?

Yaz answers:

Yes smoking is tolerated in Amsterdam until 2013.

I will make a standard answer for this one. In The Netherlands the policy on cannabis was quite liberal with good results. The possession of soft drugs for your own use is tolerated (but not legal). In the US, the UK, France and Germany there are more people (per 1000) who use cannabis than in the Netherlands. So the best would be to convince in those countries that a liberal option is better for the health situation.

The atmosphere is becoming less liberal because of the drugs-tourism and the rise of organized crime. That is why the new rules are being implemented.Coffee-shops will become private clubs for the local market.

These measures will be introduced in addition to the conditions that were already in place. These provide that coffee-shops are prohibited from placing posters, selling hard drugs, causing nuisance, admitting persons below the age of 18 or selling to them and from selling or stocking large quantities. (So you have to prove you are 18+!)

The new policy is implemented in the south of The Netherlands first and by 2013 the rules will apply in the north too.

Betty asks…

Has the law prohibiting tourists from smoking marijuana in Amsterdam coffee shops been implemented?

I need someone that has visited there recently/has sound knowledge on this topic to answer, please.

Yaz answers:

Hm I can understand that. I mean it’s not like this question has already been answered 60 times here since January 1st.

The new law should go into effect on January 1st 2013 in Amsterdam. So if you want to play drugs tourist you’ll need to do that this year

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Betty asks…

What is the best way to get a good deal with P & O ferries?

I want to go to Amsterdam in March and always see offers for this with P & O but if i book it now its not very cheap. If i leave until nearer the time am i likely to get a better price? There are always deals on and i dont wanna book early and pay too much. Does anyone know?

Yaz answers:

Getting last minute deals are pretty much something of the past these days. Advance bookings are usually the way to go, and to keep an eye on the special offers page on the homesite of P&O

e.g. They have a 2 for the price of 1 offer on minicruises for A’dam now, so you might try this as a possibility http://www.poferries.com/tourist/bookMiniCruise.html?route=hu

Good luck

Thomas asks…

What is March like in Amsterdam?

We will be arriving in Amsterdam on the 13th of March which I suppose is just leading into Spring. What do you think the weather will be like and is it worth travelling to Keukenhof to see the flowers or will the season not have started (will the flowers not have bloomed)

thankyou!
We have very limited time with space for one day trip away from the city. At this time is visiting Keukenhof worthwhile?

Yaz answers:

I assume you’re talking about next year, since 13th of march is already in the past? Right now, the weather is not very warm. It is still very rainy and it’s 10 degrees Celsius (50 fahrenheit). So take a jacket and some sweaters, because march can be cold. In Dutch we have a saying ‘maart roert z’n staart’ which means something like ‘with march you never know’. It’s too early for the Keukenhof, right now it’s not even open yet. So, I assume it won’t be open this time of year in 2011.
Try to see something like “Zaanse schans” or go to “Volendam” if you want to see some touristic places.

If you want something different, go visit other Dutch cities like Rotterdam or The Hague.
Rotterdam is called “Manhattan at the Maas” (The Maas is a river), this city has some skyscrapers and is totally different from the old city of Amsterdam. This has something to do with the German bombings in 1940 at the beginning of WOII.
The Hague is a world reknowed city, with it’s international court of justice. Here is where for example Milosevic went to trial. The parliament of The Netherlands is also in The Hague and is definitely worth a visit. Both are within one hour distance from Amsterdam and have a very good train connection.

Lisa asks…

What is a cheaper place to travel to, Belgium or Netherlands?

I intend on traveling to England in March of 2012, but I would like to see mainland Europe. What would be the cheapest to travel to with consideration of food, drink, etc? What would be the best way to travel to said places(whether it’s Amsterdam, Bruges, Ghent, Utrecht etc) from England?

Yaz answers:

On average, they are the same. So much will depend on how you plan to travel.

If you plan to buy your own groceries and prepare your own food, then the Netherlands will turn out to be about 10% cheaper than Belgium.
If you plan on eating out a lot, price/quality wise, you’ll be much better off in Belgium. The difference being that while in the Netherlands, one should get recommendations on where to eat well, in Belgium, this process is much easier: When in doubt, simply avoid empty places and the Rue de Boucher in Brussels. Everywhere else, you can pretty much expect a decent if not great meal. And it doesn’t have to be expensive either.

For lodging, prices will on average be about the same in both countries. It will be more dependent on the size of the city, Brussels probably being generally more expensive and especially during the week thanks to all the EU institutions there.

The easiest and hassle free way to travel is by Eurostar from London to Brussels, Antwerp or Amsterdam. Just make sure to book early to get the best deals. The cheapest way however is to fly low-cost from Stansted to Eindhoven in the Netherlands (At least if you only take carry-on with you).

The easiest way to travel between cities in the low countries is by train. If you plan on visiting several cities during your stay, Belgium may turn out to be a lot cheaper as they offer several reduction formulas. The most popular being the go-pass for -26 year olds and rail-pass for 26+ year olds.
With the go-pass, you can make ten trips between any two Belgian stations of your choosing for a total of 50 euros. You can travel with several people on the same card and if you have any trips left, they are easy to sell for 5 euros per remaining trip, as they remain valid for a year. The rail-pass is the same, but costs 74 euros for a total of ten trips. But at 7.4 euros per trip, it may not always turn out to be the cheapest option available.

With the exception of Brussels, the cities in the low countries can all be easily explored on foot. If weather permits, the quickest and easiest way however is to rent a bicycle.

As for going out, there is always something going and it doesn’t have to cost much if anything, other than your drinks. Especially in the bigger cities. Just ask the locals about free live concerts in bars or any other activities that may be going on.

Carol asks…

Going on a European road trip – need some tip, tricks and things to see?

Since we are from Australia, we have no idea what to see, what the roads are like, how much diesel costs (we are leasing a diesel car) etc so we are reaching out to anyone else who either lives there or has done this before for some tips, tricks and places to see. If its of any relevance we will be going from 24 March – 24 April.

Our plan is to start from Charles De Gaulle airport (France), drive down through Bourdeaux, across to Monaco, up the side and top of Italy, over the alps to Austria, then to Germany, go up and spend a night in Amsterdam, cut through Belgium, back to France to Calais and into England, up to Scotland, down to Wales and back again into Charles De Gaulle airport where we make our way back home.

I know part of the adventure is having an element of the unknown… but I have a budget and a small window of time so I need help! Its only 4 months away!

Yaz answers:

I can speak for the UK.
When in England you such definitely go to London, Bath and the Stonehenge
Scotland the classics, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Wales Cardiff and the seas side, the Glan y Mor area is beautiful since you are driving.

Chris asks…

Where would you recommend for a great european city break in March?

I have a birthday coming up so my boyfriend and I are going to head away for 3 nights in March.

My ideal weekend away involves lots of walking around, just stumbling across things that tourists don’t usually see, I do like the sightseeing, but I like to eat where the locals eat and do what the locals do also, as well as a bit of shopping, and maybe a night of live music in a pub or somthing…

I have already been to Amsterdam, Paris, and Berlin, and I’m going to Dublin in October, so I’m looking for somewhere other than this.

So far my top 2 are Stockholm and Reykjavik I love the idea of going somewhere slightly off the beaten track, but I’m worried about the weather in March.

I really need some recommendations – help!

Yaz answers:

1. Prague is the best place : every building is unique, every street is a museum of its own, you can walk for hours, local food and beer are cheaper than anywhere else in Europe, good shopping and entertainment. Weather….that is a question.
2. Athens for so many reasons: ancient sights, weather, excellent food, hospitality, good weather…..more expensive.

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Betty asks…

Where are the best places to go to in Amsterdam?

I am visiting Amsterdam today and I’d like to know which places are the most fun, which restaurants have the best food for the price, and any little tips anyone can give me would be appreciated. :)

Yaz answers:

Probably too late:

1. Take a boat – tour on the water channels (8-10 EURO – for one hour).
2. Visit the flower market (splendid tulips)
3. Just take a walk in the center of the city – it is beautiful!

Sharon asks…

What is the best place to go while in Amsterdam?

I am going in the summer to work in Italy. On weekends we will be traveling, when we go into Amsterdam what is the best place(s) to visit?

**I am a 20 year old female… my girlfriends are relatively the same age**

Yaz answers:

Red light district, Coffee shops, Rijks museum, Van gogh museum, the house of Anne frank, Visit the canals, Ride a bicycle…

Lisa asks…

10 Best places to visit in europe?

Next summer i am going on a 3-4 week vacation to europe. I need to know places to go, i was thinking Amsterdam, Venice, Barcelona, Rome, somewhere in croatia. i am going to more than one location

Yaz answers:

Barcelona
Paris
Munich
Vienna
Prague
Krakow
Budapest
Dubrovnik
Venice
Florence

There are endless variations but that would give you a taste of the West, Central and Southern Europe. Cant do all 10 in 3 weeks, pick maybe 5.

Donald asks…

tips visiting amsterdam with 12 13 year old gds, best thngs to do is the Amstel Botel a good place to stay jul

Visiting with grandaughters 1st time in Europe for them, parents are uptight, I’m not . We have 2 days in Amsterdam will see Anne Frank Museum. Suggestions best places to eat and other sights, boat tours etc fun stuff. Is the Amstel Botel a good place to stay or the wildervanck B@B?

Yaz answers:

De Hortus ( botanical gardens ). Nice suspended walkways in the glass houses.

The zoo is also worth a visit. Not the best zoo i’ve seen for enclosure size but it’s always worth seeing baby monkeys !

Pedal boats are pretty cheap fun to hire. Available all over the place but especially at the Leidseplein.

The Botel is fine .. Far enough from the red lights. Don’t be suprized to bump into lost groups of stoners looking for their rooms though. You may wish to consider the B&B option simply so that you can stay in an old tall dutch building.

Have a nice trip.

Linda asks…

whats the best hotel to stay at in amsterdam?

visiting amsterdam for the first time this spring (is that a good time?) i will be traveling solo, and dont plan on driving. looking for the best place to enjoy the sights, @ the best price. also any other tips while visiting? thanks so much in advance! thanks

Yaz answers:

Dear Brian:

Spring, Yes, It starts to get warmer, then!

I always stay directly on Dam Square.
*Hotel Grand Krasnapolsky* is “The Best”!
(Google it)
Great Buffet Breakfast every morning!

Down the street, in The Red-Light District, are numerous
Youth Hostels, too. It’s cheaper, but quality is Compromised!

Good Luck~
Have FUN!
I always do!

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