Your Questions About Amsterdam Travel Guide

Sandra asks…

Best/Cheapest way to travel around Europe & how much money needed?

My boyfriend and i are heading over to Europe for 6-7 weeks. We are from Australia and are looking at going Oct/Nov. Since we are heading into the cooler weather we are planning to go to the southern countries first to make the most of the good weather
We are planning to fly from Aust to

Barcelona 2 nights
French Riviera (Nice, Monaco) 3 nights
Milan 1 night
Venice 2 nights
Florence 2 nights
Rome 3 nights
Athens 1 night
Greek Islands( Ios, Santorini, Mykonos) 4 nights
Dubrovnik 2 nights
Budapest 1 night
Vienna 2 nights
Prague 3 nights
Berlin 2 nights
Munich 2 nights
Lucerne 3 nights
Paris 3 nights
Brussels 2 nights
Amsterdam 2 nights
London 5 nights
Edinburgh 2 nights
Dublin 2 nights

This is just a rough guide at the moment of places we are really interested in. I have look up eurail, possibly getting a global pass for 2 months either 10 or 15 days, is this worthwhile.
I looked up eurolines (bus) but I thought it may take a long time to get places. Have also looked up flights, thought we would do that on the long distances eg Barcelona to French Riviera, & Athens to Dubrovnik

Any suggestions, tips & advice would be great
How much money do you suggest? We are happy to stay in hostels (private rooms) or hotels, cabins in caravan parks etc as we want to be comfortable and clean but also spend our money more on sights/attractions etc. We also plan to eat say one meal out a day/night and the rest pack our own

Yaz answers:

Wow… You’re planning on doing quite a bit while you’re in Europe! Most of your itinerary sounds pretty good, but I would suggest spending more time in Budapest rather than Prague. I spent a long weekend in Prague and was pretty bored, and when I was in Budapest I just wished that I could stay longer!! There’s loads to do there (the baths, castle & labyrinth are all a must) there’s great food, good nightlife and it is cheap. There’s a place in Budapest that does all you can eat and drink for £12 each (drink includes wine, beer & soft drinks). Nice I would miss as well, I personally think it’s just a bit boring and pretentious (but I have friends who enjoyed it there, so to each their own).

In the Eastern European countries and Berlin I would say that £100 – £150 would cover you both per night for everything (£50 each) and that would enable you to see the sights, have a few drinks, stay in a decent hotel and enjoy yourselves. Western Europe I would budget for at least £75 each staying in hostels, buying drink in an off-license, eating at cafes and only seeing free/cheap tourist things.

Personally, I think that you’re trip is a tad too ambitious because it
takes time to get everywhere so you will be spending so much of your holiday travelling and trying to fit things in so you will miss a lot. Based on my own experiences, I would skip Nice, Milan, Florence, Edinburgh and spend only 3 days in London so that I could see more in the other cities. Good luck with your trip!

George asks…

Traveling overseas first time ?

Hi i am traveling to Amsterdam for first time on my way i have a layover for 9 hrs in Germany. I am a US citizen andi know i don’t need visa to visit any European country. I wanna step outside during my layover, i am worried will that be a problem or its a normal thing to do. I have never travel overseas and i am worried if i go outside during my layover German authorities might gimme hard time. Please guide

Yaz answers:

It’s not unusual; you’ll need to go through passport control and customs to get out of the airport. You also need to make sure that you allow enough time to get back to the airport, get through security and get to your gate for boarding of your flight to Amsterdam. I do this myself sometimes when I have a long connection time.

Joseph asks…

What should I do in Hamburg, Germany if I have only 5 days time ?

out of which I need 2-3 days for the Official /business things, and then a Saturday and Sunday full day.
I would like to travel out of Hamburg, probably out of Germany – namely to Amsterdam or somewhere fancy.The first three days, I am free at night, so utilise it inside Hamburg, and 2 days, going somewhere, travel at night. I would really appreciate if you guys can guide me what I should be doing inside Hamburg and outside. I always had a passion for the secrets and History / archeology stuff, and ofcourse reeperbahn kinda stuff too :) Really appreciate all your answers, thanks

Yaz answers:

The reeperbahn, obviously. Not only a red light district, but also a place to party with many clubs, pubs, bars, discos, theatres, etc. Much alternative stuff, but also great for “normal” people who enjoy partying

hamburger michel. A church, the town´s landmark, great baroque architecture.

The harbor. The biggest in germany and thirdbiggest in europe, worth seeing.

If you want to get up early: sunday at 5 am the fish market. It´s a traditional thing and therefore probably worth seeing and if i am not mistaken they trade other things than fish there, too (but i am no early bird and that´s why i havent been there yet on my visits to hamburg)

the town hall. All town halls of bigger european cities are worth seeing (and of some smaller cities, too) because of their most often traditional architecture. Hamburg´s is great, too.

That´s all that comes to my mind right now, but there´s of course more. Try google, too, maybe, but i hope i helped.

Linda asks…

Inter railing Europe, need Irish advice please!?

2 of my friends and I are inter railing europe this summer. (our inter-railing tickets allows us to travel on European trains for one month as much as we like). We are all male, around 21, students and Irish (we are cheap, messy and will be mostly boozing and sight seeing on a low budget). I am looking for your advice, opinions and pass experience to guide me on where to go/visit.
This is our rough plan. We are flying from cork to Amsterdam in early June and our inter-railing pass is valid for one month. Our rough idea so far is to go like this…
Amsterdam to Berlin to Prague to Auschwitz to Krakow to Bratislava to Budapest to Zagreb. We would like to spend a day or two lying on the beaches of Croatia and then get a ferry over to venice for a day or two and then fly home from there.

Cost is a big factor for us. We will be staying in hostels!

Have you ever done something similar or been to any of these places?

I am looking for cheap places to stay? sights to see? things to do? places to go? etc etc. Or do you think my plan is un-practical and should perhaps take a different route?
Yes Orla, sleeper trains it is. And yes probably only one night in venice and then fly home! i know how expensive it is, one of us has already been. And Auschwitz we are because of the history, my cousin was their and says it was amazing (emotionally like, not pretty scenic like.) I study history… and also because, why not? its different and right along our route.

Yaz answers:

Yeah did the whole inter-railing thing with a couple of my class mates a few years ago. Same age and interests! We weren’t as ambitious. Mainly hung round rome, venice and then worked our way into slovenia. We loved it there so settled down in Lake Bled for 10 days, hired bikes and cycled around the place. It’s amazing. Lakes, castles, great food, CHEAP, amazing scenery. Was a great hostel there. Can’t remember the name of it but we met loads of people there. The owner even gave us lift to the town and picked us up. Was really friendly. I’ll ask the girls and get back to ya if they remember. They’re better at that thing.

Venice…loads to do. Just walk round. TOurist trap though. Expensive there unless you stay outside the city. We used to get the bus into it each day. Accomodation in the city VERY $$$$.

You’ll have a great time! I’m off to australia to roadtrip it in August. Sick of work and recessions:-)

Chris asks…

Why is the US Gov. removing God from things more & more? [Details inside…]?

I am sorry my question is long, but if you read you will see what I am trying to say.

I am NOT bashing anyone. I believe the Native Americans are also founders of the land we now call America. However, they too believed in a Creator, a spiritual guide so to speak. They prayed to God all the time, and based their lives upon what they heard and saw, which they were told/shown by God. My family is Cherokee and Choctaw indian, and my grandma, grandpa, great grandpas & gradmas, have all told me that they believe in God as Christians do, they simply worship & honor Him differently. My great grandma “Ollie Broadfoot” traveled the Trail of Tears.

NO, I am not saying America was founded FOR God. I am saying the forefathers who founded it were Christians. They started America from a Christian prospective. They added God into everything they did.
The first to emigrate for religious reasons were Puritan Separatists (known to history as the “Pilgrims”) who established Plymouth Colony in 1620.

During the reign of Elizabeth I certain English Puritan groups called Separatists, despairing of reform and unwilling to compromise, formed voluntary congregations. They broke with the Church of England, chose their own pastors by common consent, and lived as religious communities in accordance with their conception of the original church described in the Bible. They were savagely repressed by Elizabeth. Two laymen were hanged in 1583 for selling Separatist tracts; and three Separatists clerics were hanged in 1593. Severe pressure on these groups continued under her successor, James I (1603-1625), who had the Bible translated into the “Authorized King James Version”, and swore that he would “harry the Puritans out of the land”.

Seeking to escape persecution and the worldly excesses of English society, a small Separatist congregation from the area of Scrooby, England, fled to Holland in 1607. They lived first in Amsterdam and later moved to Leyden where they formed an English Congregational Church. After 13 years of exile in Holland, they decided to emigrate to America and returned to England in July 1620 to make final preparations for the voyage. They sailed from Plymouth on 6 September 1620 aboard the Mayflower with a company of 102 men, women and children to establish the Plymouth Colony. Two months later, on 11 November 1620, these Pilgrims disembarked on the shore of Cape Cod Bay. After prospecting the coast for the best place to settle permanently, they chose the site of the present city of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Yaz answers:

That is a common misconception. The majority of the founding fathers were not Christian. They did want to escape Religious persecution but the goal was for them to dictate what religion was practiced.

I suggest you do some further research to see the crimes and atrocities that have been committed in the name of Religion.

As for removing God from our country that is also a misconception. Our bill of rights grants us protection in practicing or not practicing any religion we choose. It also forbids setting up a national religion. Some religious kooks out there would make you think otherwise. On a side not have your read Revelations and the part of the false prophets – makes you wonder if these kooks are a false prophet.

Not being smart or nasty, I would suggest reading your bible, pray, follow your beliefs and let others follow theirs.

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Your Questions About Places To Visit In Amsterdam In Holland

Mark asks…

Fun places to go in Amsterdam?

This summer I’m headed to Holland for a week to visit a friend of mine. She lives in a small town about 45 minutes outside of Amsterdam.

She told me we’d spend a couple days exploring Amsterdam together. Her boyfriend actually lives in Amsterdam and has offered to show us around and let us crash at his place. He told me to start looking up and researching some places that I really want to visit and he’d make sure that we went to them.

So before I head off to Barnes and Noble to buy a travel book I wanted to get some suggestions from locals or other people who have visited Amsterdam and the surrounding areas for fun places to shop, eat, visit, and party at. Keep in mind that my friend and I are 17 year old girls.

Yaz answers:

Theres loads to do in Amsterdam.
Anne Franks house is a must, as well as Madame Tussuad’s, you can book tickets online to get a discount as well as being able to skip the line when you are there.
The Zoo is also good and the museums (Rijkmuseum and Van Gogh). In general just walking round Amsterdam is fun theres lot to see and plenty of shops everywhere!
Dam square is a good place to start and its within easy walking distance of the Red Light District which is a good place to go in the day.
There are also canal tours that take you all around Amsterdam.
The main shopping street Kalverstraat is good and there are streets coming off that that have good shops as well.
For the night, Boom Chicago is one of the best comedy shows around or the clubs in the Leidsplien are awsome! Try Paradiso and the Melkweg they always have something on at night check out their websites.
Www.paradiso.nl
www.melkweg.nl.
Also check out
www.iamsterdam.nl and
www.amsterdam.info
for more information and things to do.
Hope this helps

Michael asks…

Suggestions for Traveling to Holland?

My grandparents lived half their life in holland and emigrated to the US when my mother was 4 and her brother was 3ish. I’ve always loved the idea of going to Holland and presented the idea to my mom multiple times, which she liked but said my grandparents wouldnt be able to do it due to their age. My grandfather recently has brought it up and so we’ve presented the idea to them where those two, my cousins, my mom, and I would go.
The only problem is my grandmother is worried about the idea of touring and being so fast pace so we’ve decided we will stay in two places (one in Amsterdam and one close to their birth place which i believe to be near if not in Rotterdam) for a total of two or three weeks. The grandparents would stay at the hotel and we would go out and tour around, if they felt up to any excursions they would come.
Any suggestions for places to see, visit, or how to visit the country, specific hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, tourist sites, places that my grandparents might find similar to when they lived there (about 1930’s-1960’s). Keep in mind we would like to be close to the action in Amsterdam and less concerend with that where they lived.

Yaz answers:

The distance Amsterdam-Rotterdam takes about an hour by train, with an easy travel that also your grandparents will enjoy, so do not worry much about the locations.
Aditional bus travel will add to your travels, so having a central location near a station in Rotterdam or near the village they used to live might be worth it.

You will not find that much like the 1930’s to 60’s anymore, the Netherlands have moved on, very much so.

There are however still quite a few places that show live in the Netherlands in the past, like ‘de Zaanse schans’ near Amsterdam: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaanse_Schans or http://www.zaanseschans.nl/
Kinderdijk near Rotterdam: http://www.stichting-kinderdijk.nl/
Openluchtmuseum Arnhem, about an hour travel from either city:
http://www.openluchtmuseum.nl/en/
Zuiderzee museum Enkhuizen, about one hour from Amsterdam, almost two from Rotterdam:
http://www.zuiderzeemuseum.nl/

All distances are by train, by car it will take less time without traffic, but more in peak hour, morning and afternoon.

Added:
All these museums show live as it used to be in or before the start of the 20th century, so before the time your grandparents remember, but they will still find a lot they can relate to.

Betty asks…

Is the price of tobacco in Holland cheaper or dearer than Denmark?

We will be visiting Amsterdam and Copenhagan, which would be the cheaper place to buy tobacco?

Yaz answers:

The price of a pack of cigarettes (box 20) in Denmark is about 4.50 euros. In the Netherlands it’s 3.80 for a box of 19 (4 euros for box of 20), for instance Marlboro.
So you’re better of buying them in the Netherlands.

Linda asks…

What are these places like?

In 2011 a friend and I are going to World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain for a week, we are then extending the trip to Visit my family in the Isle of Wight in England then to Edinborough, Scotland then to Amsterdam, Holland. In total we will be gone 3 weeks!!! What are these places like? Weather?? People?? Community?? Atmosphere??? Shopping??? etc….
And are they like Adelaide, Australia in any way??

PS: When we go we will be in grade 10 and 16 years old, I will be on the trip when i turn 16!!

Yaz answers:

Only one I’ve been to is Amsterdam. It is kind of bustling, very open and free with the suggestive sort of pictures (like when I was there all the streets had this banner put up, by the city I’m assuming, to celebrate Rembrandt, and the banner was a selected close up of one of Rembrandts paintings where a man has his hand on a woman’s breast). Many parts of the city are kind of like a little mecca for the gay community. The houses and canals are very cute. It can get a little chilly, even in the summer. The people can be a kind of brisk, if not downright rude, although they may be deeply hurt if you ever say that to any of them. The prices for things are kind of expensive, because it’s quite the tourist city. The ladies like to do their hair in these manners where it pretty much looks like they just got out of bed, but you can also tell they did it on purpose, and they like the look where it’s in two pigtails sorta but all the lengths are choppy so half of it is hanging out, and their pants are tight but slung low on the hips so that a good portion of “meat”, we’ll call it, is hanging out the top, and even the skinniest girl manages to push some “meat” out the top. They look cute, don’t get me wrong, it’s just the different style that I noticed. I don’t think I ever saw one fat person in Amsterdam. Not one. And that’s probably because everyone, EVERYONE, rides a bike. I even saw a nine month pregnant lady riding a bike with a baby in the seat behind her and a young boy on the handle-bars, and she was riding around like it was no thing at all. The grocery stores are a trip. They don’t bag the food for you. If you didn’t bring a bag of your own, you are SOL. Or you may be able to buy a bag to put your things in before getting on your bike, and since you can only carry so much gear on a bike, you buy very little. So basically you must go to the store everyday, maybe several times a day, to have all that you need to eat or entertain. Water: I got so thirsty. In the restraunts (like many european restraunts) they don’t customarily serve water with food. So I requested it once and they brought me a little glass bottle of mineral water. Okay. Next time I ordered normal water, it was in a plastic twist cap bottle which I finished off in a split second, because I was already dehydrated, and both the mineral water and bottled water were the equivalent of like $5. Ouch! So I thought I would get water at the store, and I did, but you can only ride so much bottled water home on your bike, you know? Whatever you do, if you are riding your bike over a bridge, don’t just stop to look at the beautiful scenery, or someone might yell at you, because this isn’t just riding bikes, people are on their way to work on bikes, appointments, the emergency room, everything, and what you think is a bike lane is really a major thoroughfare! But do rent a bike when you go there, because you can zoom around all across town and go anywhere and see whatever you like and that’s fun. The red light district was weird to me. I didn’t stay long, because I just don’t really care all that much, but there are sex shops and ladies of the night, and the place is PACKED with tourists, even ones pushing their babies in strollers and young children holding their hands. I don’t suppose they could have left the kids at the motel, but there is some very blatant sexual stuff all over the walls and on neon signs and whatnot. Anyway, I’m kind of a prude. The neat thing about Europe is they leave it up to you to keep away from the edge of the cliff or ancient priceless artifacts. So in museums, often there isn’t a lot of red rope keeping you far away from the cool historic stuff. After walking through the Rembrandt house for hours I was very tired, and the guy was talking and talking, so I had a seat. Finally the group moved to the next room and he asked me to get up, and I said oh is it time to go? And he said no, its just that the chair you are sitting in is hundreds of years old! OH! So I stood up.

Nancy asks…

NEED PRICES FOR CAMPING IN ROTTERDAM AND PRICES FOR TRAINS AROUND HOLLAND!?

Hi guys and gals.
I went camping to Amsterdam last year and stayed at Camping Zeeburg. It was great.
I now want to visit Amsterdam, stay for a few days then travel to Rotterdam and possibly Utrecht.
First of all, how much is the train from Amstterdam Centraal, to Rotterdam, then to Uthercht and back to Amsterdam Centraal.
Second i need the cheapest camping and best at Rotterdam, and Uthercht for a tent with 1 person. Also if i get off the train in the centre do i need to get a bus.
I’m working on a very low budget and need to know any hidden charges etc as i wont bother if its gunna cost too much.
I really wanna visit all locations but am worried about costs. If any of you can help the great. I know i blab on so heres the idea in simple form.

Amsterdam– Rotterdam- Uthercht- Amsterdam.

Cost of any campsites at Rotterdam and Uthercht for a tent only for 1 person per night. Cost of train ticketts between destinations listed above.

There seems to be alot of differing info on google etc so tthats why i’m asking on here.

Any general info as well on best places to buy food, if its expensive or not, (i’ll be cooking on a campo stove), is transport expensive and best ways and cheapest to travel.

BASICALLY AN OVERALL REVIEW LOL!

Thanks guys and gals. Please let me know any info you know.

Peace out!

Yaz answers:

For planning your train trip, go this website. It has the pricing for you too.
Http://ns.nl/cs/Satellite/travellers

you can always contact the ANWB ( the Dutch AAA) they have great planning info for camping. Also the VVV (tourist info) they usually have the best last minute deals.

This is the best lik for find a great camoing place.

Http://www.campingcompass.com/camping/netherlands

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Your Questions About Visit Amsterdam In December

Nancy asks…

Where can I go skiiing if visiting Amsterdam in December?

I’m going to Amsterdam at the end of the year, and I’d like to go skiing. Is there any skiing close by, or should I rail to Germany, France, or other? Can I take a bus/train to a ski mountain? Can I rent skis? I’m American :)

Yaz answers:

The Netherlands is flat, flat, flat. No skiing anywhere near Amsterdam. So yeah, you’ll have to travel to Germany or France (or Austria or Switzerland). There are organised bus tours, but that wouldn’t be my 1st choice. I have added the link for the Dutch railways, which for some sick reason is only in Dutch.

Linda asks…

Is amsterdam worth visiting in december?

Ill be 16 and i was just wondering wether there would be anything for people my age to do at this time of year there. Id be staying until new years eve with my 18 year old cousin, will the weather interfere with our stay at all? Like will people be less outgoing because the weather is bad? Thanks

Yaz answers:

Actually I like Amsterdam in Dec more than in the summertime. Yes there will be less people but it is always ‘busy’ like any capital. The main tourist attractions are open year round and Amsterdam attracts a lot of tourist in the run up to Christmas and especially New Years, so there will still be plenty to do.

With the lights up, the stores trading for Christmas etc then it actually has a lot more charm about it at this time of year I find.

The weather doesn’t really impact on people of your age group normally unless it’s really snowy e.g. Last year in December there was a lot of snow for about a week and it caused chaos with public transport etc, but people adapt and deal with with a shrug and it doesn’t stop them from going out anyway :)

So I guess the only thing I’d say is come prepared. It can be wet, it can be windy and it can snow, so make sure you have the clothing and footwear to accomodate that and you’ll be just fine

Charles asks…

What are the must-do/see things in Amsterdam in 2/3 days in late-December?

To visit Amsterdam between 21-23 December…what are the things I should not miss?

Yaz answers:

Van Gogh Museum is a must:
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 (wear really warm clothes!)
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…

Lucky you!!

Sharon asks…

What should we see in Amsterdam?

My friend and I are planning to visit Amsterdam at end of December. Can any of you nice Dutch people give me any tips on what to see and what to do..please don’t ask us to visit the red light distric. I believe there a beautiful gardens and museums any tips would be most grateful.

Yaz answers:

How long will you be there? There is alot to do in Amsterdam and what to recommend will depend on how long you will be there. Below is a link to a one-day walking tour suggestion for Amsterdam, I would suggest starting there. I love the areas around Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. Just having a drink in a cafe in one of those areas is great.

But keep in mind that there is alot to see in the rest of The Netherlands as well. If you will be there for several days and have seen alot of Amsterdam, consider going to some other cities nearby so you can get an idea of the rest of the country as well. I would suggest, for example Haarlem, Delft and Utrecht. Each of these are within 1 hour from Amsterdam by train and are worth the trip.

You mentioned gardens. Amsterdam’s Vondelpark is nice and it is not very far from the Museum area (Museumplein). However, as you are going to be there in December, there might not be too much to see. Keukenhof is a famous Tulip garden and located outside of Amsterdam (near Leiden) but it is only open in the Spring.

In the days you will be there, expect cool weather and rain. When the weather is bad and you need a rest, do a canal cruise to get an overview of the city. You will find that Amsterdam is wonderful to visit year round. Have fun!

Ken asks…

Sale season in Amsterdam?

I plan to visit Amsterdam in late December (from 22nd till 28th) and I want to know whether I should expect to find large sales (like 60-70%) during this time?

Yaz answers:

You won’t find sales for 60-70% in Amsterdam in this period you mention.

The sales for this period generally start after 01 Jan. You may be lucky and find some retailers starting early on the 28th, but Xmas is on the 25th and retailers will try to maximise sales & profits especially with all the tourists around at this period.

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Thomas asks…

Any good young adult/teen books? help?

I’ve read noughts and crosses, twilight series, young bond series, darren shan/demonata series, Good Theif’s Guide to Amsterdam, junk, Book Thief, Black Tattoo, Owl Service and of course the HP series, Eragon and Eldest amongst others. Help greatly appreciated – looking for a good book :)
Thanks to everyone, for all your help!

Yaz answers:

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I’ve asked questions similar to you. Some books that I was looking at on amazon that looked good are called:

13 Reasons Why
Before I die
Unwind
The Host

… Some books I have read recently:
Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley
The House of Night Series

Donna asks…

Erotic and Exotic Places in Amsterdam?

Facinated with all sorts of fetishism, I would like to find places of this sort when I go in January :)
Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Sex Clubs, Shows, Transgenders, districts, museums, anything would be helpful, even magazines (English), guides, books, would help as well :)

Yaz answers:

Just go to Amsterdam, you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more without trying… It’s everywhere!

Richard asks…

Amsterdam?

Where is the canal and the popular restaurants etc. you see in the movies? Who has been to Amsterdam and can tel me what hostals are good and where to book?
Do I need a map book and is there free tourist booklets or something to guide me to see the landmarks or whatever they have there.
Please any help will do thanks.

Yaz answers:

Those canals you see in the movies are just a few minutes walk from the train station. There are signs that point you to the museum “district”. I’ve been there a bunch of times and never taken a boat tour on the canals, but I hear that’s pretty awesome, make sure you do that. If you go to one of the coffeeshops then you can just forget about the maps and landmarks and just start walking and have the greatest time of your life.

Daniel asks…

Anybody know which is closer the Salzburg Down town & Salzburg Trains station HBF OR Salzburg Airport and HBF?

I am traveling to Austria and i need to book the car on rental and i will return the car in salzburg and then i will travel from salzburg to Amsterdam through Train. I can handover the car on Salzburg Airport or Salzburg Downtown but i dont know which place is more near to the Trains station HBF. Please guide

Yaz answers:

You miss to let us know which car rental company you are going to use or the exact address of both offices.

But normally the office downtown is closer to the train station than the office at the airport.

Carol asks…

Traveling tips for backpacking Europe for 2 months?

Flying out at the end of April and plan to hit London, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Amsterdam, Spain, Italy, France, and Greece. Going to stay at hostels and going with one other good friend. We decided that the best plan was no plan so if anything comes up we can do it. These are just the main places we plan on visiting. Is the Euro rail pass really a good idea? Great money saving tips? Anything else very helpful you learned while traveling? Hidden Treasures? Favorite Experience? Juuust some examples of good tips, no need to answer all of those questions! I’m only asking people who have experience and I’m reading a first time traveler’s guide to Europe book so I don’t want any links, just experienced advice. Best traveling tip gets best answer!

Yaz answers:

First: You are WRONG!!! No plan means you’ll not finish, you’ll not see much, and you’ll wander around aimlessly for the whole time…wasting your time and money! It also pretty much guarantees that you will argue, or one of you will wind up unhappy about missing something crucial.
The best plan is a plan that has the flexibility to add/change things as necessary.

Get a good guide book, pour over it together, sit in a coffee shop and make plans and itineraries…build in the flexibility you’ll need.

Euro-rail pass: This is no longer the no-brainer it used to be. In my day, you bought the pass, boarded a train, and started traveling. The conductor stamped it on your first day, and you just hopped on and off trains, sitting on floors when necessary, pulling seats out and sleeping on overnight runs, with four or five complete strangers doing the same thing. NOW, you have to stand in line, buy seats, sit in your seats, pay surcharges, in some cases, it’s cheaper to just buy by the run. YOU are the only one who can evaluate this. It might be cheaper, and no more hassle to buy them one at a time.

Great money saving tips: Eat nothing but bread and butter, cheese, buy dried foods, and keep them in your pack, buy cheeses and sausages that don’t need refrigeration, keep a water bottle, and fill at taps (tap water is fine throughout Europe) Eat one real meal a day at a restaurant. Markets are great places to buy food. Cheap and fresh. Supermarkets are second-best.
Get the international Student ID Card (assuming you’re students) because it will get you in almost everywhere for free.
Staying at church crypts can be even cheaper than Youth Hostels, especially where the hostel prices are higher. I did this in London, where it was pretty expensive.
Not sure how you do it in Spain, because the Youth Hostel network, there, is less well-developed. It used to be, you could stay at bed-and-breakfast type places for less, and the Youth hostels were all far from everything you wanted to do, anyway.

Learned TONE while traveling. Have used much since.

Hidden Treasures? Where? DEFINITELY go to one of the Concentration camps. It is LIFE-CHANGING!

Best travel guides that I know of: Let’s Go was the bible when I was there. I hear Lonely Traveler is way up there these days. Any of Rick Steves’ books are terrific! Fodor’s. My faves (okay, I’ve moved up in my old age, to a slightly higher class of travel) is DKEyewitness. They are beautiful (more expensive, and rather heavy to carry around, but check them out in a bookstore, to get an idea) books with tons of information and photos, maps, drawings.

Never pay any attention to what ANY guidebook says things cost, the prices have changed by the time they go to press. They CAN be a good benchmark for how things stack up in values, but not what you can expect to pay.

I think you might be packing things a bit tight…make sure you don’t overschedule.

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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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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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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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