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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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Your Questions About What To See In Amsterdam In March

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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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Your Questions About Best Places To Visit In Amsterdam

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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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Your Questions About Amsterdam Tours And Tickets

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Linda asks…

selling tickets from brighton to amsterdam!?

i have tickets leaving from the university of sussex to amsterdam with discovery tours that i’m selling for 100 pounds, it leaves friday night, comes back late sunday night and it has a hotel stay and breakfast included!
http://www.discoverytours.uk.com/
im talking to the tour company to transfer the name of the ticket

Yaz answers:

Are you sure these tickets are transferable? Security and all that stuff

Lisa asks…

Cheap Europe Train Tickets?

Cost of EuropeTrain Tickets ?
Hi This is our itinerary in July. Where to buy tickets and with so many options makes it more confusing to decide. So here we go and maybe you can suggest:

How much would it cost us this itinerary? Is it cheaper to go for point to point tickets or railpass?

Point if entry: Munich, Germany
Germany- Tour for 2-3 cities within
Netherlands- Tour in Amsterdam and side trip in Brugges
France- next stop is Paris , then a day to Versailles
Last stop to Italy- roaming to Venice-Florence to Rome
Fly back home.

So how much would this tour costs in tickets alone? Please suggest the cheapest way to fulfill it.

Yaz answers:

Even with as detailed travel plans it is impossible to tell you how much the train tickets will cost.
It does depend on when you buy the tickets, when you travel and how much freedom to change you want.
The best you can do is reading the should I buy rail pass or point to point tickets chapter on the site of the man in seat sixty-one:
http://www.seat61.com/Railpass-and-Eurail-pass-guide.htm
About three down in the list.

A further good site is the German rail site: http://www.bahn.de/i/view/DEU/en/index.shtml
Via the seat 61 site you can find the travel planners for the other countries to work out your ticket prices. But remember that many countries sell cheap tickets 3 months before traveling but on the day the tickets will be much more expensive.
In between the prices will rise with humps and bounds, as the numbers sold will go up.

Robert asks…

Is the “I amsterdam” card worth purchasing?

And what is the rough cost fo travelling around amsterdam and admission to museums and stuff? Is it worth purchasing the card for 3 days or just doing it ourselves? Also, have you any suggestions about good places to go/stay while I’m asking? The card costs around £40 for 3 days.

Thanks.

Heres whats included in the I amsterdam card:

Free benefits include:
Free use of public transport: includes trams, buses and underground of the GVB public transport system. Important: not valid for train travel, including to and from Schiphol Airport.

Free entrance to the following museums:
Allard Pierson Museum Museum Het Rembrandthuis
Amsterdams Historisch Museum Museum Het Schip
Amsterdam Tulip Museum Museum Our Lord in the Attic
Museum Van Loon Biblical Museum
Museum Willet Holthuysen Dutch Resistance Museum
De Nieuwe Kerk Foam Fotography Museum
De Oude Kerk (incl. World Press
Photo exhibition 23 April-20 June) Hermitage Amsterdam
Portugese Israëli Synagoge Hortus Botanicus
Rijksmuseum – The Masterpieces Houseboatmuseum
Science center NEMO Huis Marseille Museum for photograpy
Museum of Bags & Purses Bakery Museum Zaanse Schans
Jewish Historical Museum Tropenmuseum
Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum Museum Geelvinck
Van Gogh Museum Dutch Press Museum
Cobra Museum Amstelveen Diamant Museum Amsterdam

Free Canal Cruise
Choose between Blue Boat Company or Holland International

Other Free Benefits
Amsterdam Diamond Group (free tour & surprise) Heineken The City (free opener)
De Bazel Cafe en Conferentiecentrum
(free cup of tea) Holland Casino Amsterdam (free entrance)
De Bijenkorf (free gift) La Place (free cup of coffee)
Van Dobben Sandwichbar (free croquette roll) De Drie Fleschjes (free glass of liqueur)
Varen op de Zaan (free ferry Zaanse Schans)

25% Discount at the following attractions:
Last minute tickets Concertgebouw Selected concerts Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ
The Muziektheater Amsterdam Amsterdam Arena – World of Ajax Tours
Karos Citytours (horse drawn coachtour) The Amsterdam Dungeon
Kooijman Souvenirs & Gifts (wooden shoes) Artis Royal Zoo
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam Boom Chicago (comedyshow in English)
Hop on hop off Museumline (Lovers) Canal Bike pedal boat
Olympic Stadium Amsterdam Canal Bus
TunFun Indoor playground Candlelight Cruise Holland International
VOC-schip Amsterdam Cheese Farm Catharina Hoeve
Cheese Gift Shop Magna Plaza Hertz Rent a Car
Mac Bike Bicycle rental Filmmuseum
Scooter experience (scooter rental) Heineken Experience
Waterland busticket Arriva House of Bols
Caulils delicatessen & catering Fun Forest Amsterdam
Gilde Amsterdam – Mee in Mokum walking tour Reypenaer Tasting rooms
De Saense Lelie – Zaanse Schans Jonk’s Herringcart

25% Discount at many restaurants:

Yaz answers:

Whether it will be worth it for you depends on how many museums you visit, how much you use the tram and bus, where your hotel will be, how often you eat in a restaurant where you get a discount.
And how expensive those restaurants are, compared to other restaurants you could go to.

Some museums many people want to visit are not included in the card, like the Anne Frank house.
And most people will not visit more than two museums per day, so the savings there might not be as big as you might assume from the list of museums.
And I see that some places that are on the list do not allow you free entry to all the site, like Zaanse Schans has only one or two items listed, they have many more and for each you will pay separate.

I think, if you want to do three main museums with high entry costs, like Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum, a canal boat tour and a few tram rides each day, you would be better off with the card.
But if you do not plan to visit the main museums, it will not.

A good site with a lot of information on Amsterdam is:
http://www.amsterdam.info/
It has a good list with museums, with explanations in English and links to the museums own websites.
It also has more information on the different cards you can get in Amsterdam, like just transport. Or a museum pass for many museums for a year, (worth it if you want to stay longer than a few days or will be back soon.)

Daniel asks…

How to plan a multi-country european vacation?

Hey, I’m going on a Euro trip with my 5 friends, all of us 18-20 years old. We want to go to more than one country. We decided we want to go to the following places: Amsterdam, Brussels, Germany (Berlin, Munich, possibly Frankfort),Vienna, Prague and Poland (Auschwitz). So what would be the best way to plan this? We will be flying from San Francisco, Ca. Is it possible to take a train to different destinations? Do we need visas or specific vaccinations ( I remember when I went to Brazil I was required to have had some shot…like yellow fever or something). & about how much money would things like excursions cost? like tours (walking, bus), museum tickets, bars, etc?

thanks :)

Yaz answers:

When you start planning a holiday with a group of people you first have to talk about what the people want, where they want to go and what they want to do there.
If they agree on the things to do, like whether to go to the beach, just go to museums, just chill out in bars, do long hikes or whatever, and can agree on the kind of mix that is mostly the result when several people travel together you need to select a few destinations that all want to go to.

If you can agree on that, you will have to look at the practical side.

One of the answers mentions InterRail. As you are from the USA, that is useless for you, as non Europeans you can buy Eurail passes, which might work out for you. But for many people it is cheaper to buy point to point tickets.
If you do not add more countries you may get a 4 country pass, which will be cheaper and might work out for you, as long as you are willing to pay separately for the bit in Poland, as the Netherlands and Belgium with Luxembourg are counted as one country for Eurail.
This page will tell you all you need to know about rail passes and a lot more: http://www.seat61.com/Railpass-and-Eurail-pass-guide.htm

Before you buy your passes, check that your planned itinerary will work, you can do that with the German rail planner, available in English, which works well for almost all trains in all of Europe:
http://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml

If you are all USA citizens you will not need visa and will get a stamp in your passport upon arrival that allows you to stay for 90 days in the Schengen area, and all locations you mention are within that area, for tourist reasons only.
Unless you travel through a tropical country on your way to Europe you will not need shots, as neither North America nor Europe has illnesses requiring them.
If one of your party does not have a USA passport he might need visa, it is best to search google for -visa information- and the countries involved, as there are many places that give that info but the one I used to use has changed and is no more available.

For money, at this time people your age using hostels, doing their own cooking or eating the cheapest local options, drinking little and spending little on sight seeing and travel use about $US 100 per person per day, but that number can change dramatically with the currency exchange rates.
If you can save enough that you can spend €100 per person per day, that will give you a bit of leeway and will allow you some more drinking.
On top of that comes your flights, from SF it is likely that you need more than $1000 per person for a return flight.

Some people here budget lower amounts, but from experience I say that most people overspend on their budget and very few return home with money left over.

Charles asks…

Has anyone use the InterRail Global Pass to tour Europe and would you recommend it or pay-as-you go tickets?

I’m planning to travel Europe this summer – there will be two of us 25 and 29 so looked at InterRails global pass which would be about £550 for both of but wondering if it’s more economical to just buy tickets as you and even fly between cities – has anyone done this comparison? we’re probably only going to be visiting 6-8cities at most like paris, budapest, krakow, amsterdam, rome, barcelona and maybe a couple of others. Hoping some of you can help me decide which method of transport is more economical and if it is by train using one of these tickets is InterRail any good? Thanks

Yaz answers:

I loved it, but then, I love being in a train and have done several long distance as well as many short distance hops.
But then, I think early bought point to point tickets might have been cheaper.

Whether it will be for your travel depends on how early you buy, how much flexibility you want and whether you are willing to plan your travels on a 10 out of 22 days pass.

The best place to work it out is the site of the man in seat sixty-one: http://www.seat61.com/
Go to rail passes on the top of the page, and in that page the internal link to ‘Should I buy a rail pass or point-to-point tickets?’.

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Betty asks…

How strict is Amsterdam for clubs?

Me and 3 friends are wanting to visit amsterdam in July, me and one of my friends are 18 whereas the other 2 are 17, I know they can’t buy weed but can they still get into clubs? if so which ones, if we get there before say 12 will they be more leinient?

Yaz answers:

That all depends on who’s at the door and if they have had any recent trouble. A small group of good looking kids who do not seem to be looking for trouble do stand a chance of encountering leniency.

Http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/spotlight/party
http://www.amsterdam.org/old_site/clubs.php

List the highlights of the club scene. All clubs will have an English language website so it’s a matter of visiting these and find out the age limits.

Maria asks…

How much money to travel to Amsterdam?

Me & my girl friend are planning on visiting Amsterdam next year July. And we live in Toronto, ON. How much would each ticket cost? And preferably if you could tell us about a round trip fare. And also are things down there expensive? I want to know just how much money to bring,
haha please & thanks (:

Yaz answers:

The Flight Prices will vary depending on what airline you go on, and what class you are in. You will also need to get a passport if you don’t already have one. When you get there, you will need to find a hotel to stay in, and get some of their money. They use the Euro, which can be quite expansive.
So in my opinion, you should take a fair bit.

David asks…

Going to Europe for my honeymoon in July. What is a better city to visit, Rome or Amsterdam?

Yaz answers:

Rome (and Italy in general) can be very romantic, but Rome in July is supposed to be extremely hot and crowded. Amsterdam will be crowded, too, but you probably won’t have to deal with the heat issues.

Donna asks…

Good places to visit nearby Amsterdam?

Hi

I will be travelling to Amsterdam between July 29- Aug 8. Could you guys please advise what are the best cities (preferably in other countries like Switzerland) that I can travel to and come back in the same day. I would like to travel for 2 or 3 days like that. And what could be the cost of train ticket also? Thanks a lot.
thanks for the answer. can i visit some country side in holland or places where i can see the tulips?

Yaz answers:

It’s too late for the tulips. If I were you I’d spend the time exploring Amsterdam as there is a lot to see and do. Most of the rest of the Netherlands can be easily reached by train. Fare depends on your final destination and if you purchase a round trip ticket. Switzerland is way too far from Amsterdam for a day trip.

Nancy asks…

Things to see and do ub Amsterdam?

We are planning to visit amsterdam for 3 days some time in July. So would appreciate any tips and advise on places to visit and things to see, like tulip gardens, windmills, typical dutch stuff ?

Yaz answers:

July is the wrong time for tulip gardens, for that you need to come in April.
But windmills will be available, as are pretty villages, dikes and polders.

An easy daytrip from Amsterdam is Zaanse Schans:
http://www.zaanseschans.nl/
There will be tours, but you can easily do it by train. There is no entry charge, they charge you for each separate building you enter, although there are some free to enter things too.
Trains run every 30 minutes and take 17 minutes, a day return ticket will cost € 5,20 from one of the ticket machines. The station you will use is Koog Zaandijk.
This can be done for a day, but also for just half a day.

An other option is going to Enhuizen, a small Dutch city with a good open air museum:
http://www.zuiderzeemuseum.nl/?language=en
Travel time by train is just under an hour, trains run each 30 minutes and it cost € 18,70 for a day return.

There are many more options for a day outside Amsterdam, there are many tours available.
If you read in the older questions about Amsterdam, you will find most of them mentioned.

For information about Amsterdam itself, I like this site:
http://www.amsterdam.info/
It has museums, walks, shopping, restaurants, and on and on.

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George asks…

Amsterdam Tourism Market: What is the tourism cannabis market compared to the brothel market in Amsterdam?

I am trying to find stats of the tourism market in Amsterdam. Does anyone know any credible sources to find this information, perhaps an article.

I am trying to determine how much of the tourism market is cannabis versus legal brothels in Amsterdam.

Yaz answers:

You are trying to compare an illegal section with a semi legal but not accepted section and you expect the financial information to be available online? Dream on.

Besides that, not all tourist do just one or the other or even either.
The municipality of Amsterdam might be the place to find some answers, as they did investigate the situation before starting with the current clean-up of the prostitution businesses.
As many of the brothels that are closed because of that were illegal or owned by people who had other illegal activities, you might be able to find more information online now that you used to be able to, but still most will not be available.

Sandra asks…

Amsterdam Tourism?

Hello,
I am planning one of my first vacations with my girlfriend. I would like to go to the Netherlands, during the summer of 2008.
I really don’t know much about the country in regards to history, and physical layout. but I do know that I want to see the Van Gogh muesem, the Ann Frank house, and be a stones throw away (no pun intended) from some quality coffeshops.

My question’s about this are…
-How reasonable (or unreasonable) are airline tickets around summer time?
-and hotel prices
-Where should I try to find a room based on my goals for this vacation. with consideration of relying on public transportation or taxis.
-Whats the deal with the canal system?
-What should I look out for?
-Any good recommendations for site seeing?

Yaz answers:

I followed the advice and info given on those websites and I had a fantastic time in Amsterdam! Don’t forget to buy the I Amsterdam card! It can be really useful and save you some money, especially if you are to move around a lot. I used public transportation only once, as you can easily move around on foot!
Http://www.holland.com/amsterdam/gb/
http://www.amsterdam.info/
http://homepages.cwi.nl/~steven/amsterdam.html

I stayed at the Owl Hotel near Leidseplein, which is a square where tram stops are and also some restaurants and coffee shops.
The only thing you should look out for is pickpockets, but I have to tell you that I’ve never felt safer anywhere else in the world!

Apart from the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank Huis, you should visit Madame Tussaud’s, Rijksmuseum, Dam square, the Red Light district, the zoo and Heineken Museum (an amazing experience, plus three free glasses of beer!)

Have a great time!

Susan asks…

Can i enter amsterdam for tourism with business schengen visa for sweden?

I got business schengen visa to sweden and i am planning to stay there for 4 days, my first entry to europe will be through amsterdam where i want to stay there for 2 days tourism.

is it possible to enter amsterdam with business visa?
As i didnt isue the visa from Netherlands embassy , will the 4 days in sweden be considered as main destination or i will face problems in amsterdam airport?

Yaz answers:

I might be wrong but as far as I know once you have a Schengen visa for one member State then that visa is good for all memeber States. Ireland and the UK aren’t in Schengen at the moment. So, if you get a Schengen visa for say Germany you can jump on a flight and go to say Spain without any problems as far as I know. But you should probably phone the relevant embassy to doube check or better still (for a more informed and impartial answer) the European Commission office in your home country.

Ruth asks…

How much does amsterdam make in tourism annually?

I am working on a project on amsterdam and i would like to know how much they make in tourism annually. also could you put your sources so i can check it myself

Yaz answers:

The best info is always that officially sourced and there is a pdf file with basic tourist stats compiled by Amsterdam’s council – ‘Research and Statistics Economic Development” http://www.os.amsterdam.nl/pdf/2008_factsheets_4a

There is a lot of info there for you to use and so no point me paraphrasing it in an answer here when it is in English and pretty easy to grasp

Hope this helps with your project :0)

Steven asks…

Some information on hotels and drug tourism in Amsterdam?

I am writing my dissertation proposal and I am looking for some research on hotel industry in Amsterdam and a study that connects drug tourism with hotel business again in Amsterdam. If you can direct me to some sites (or paid ones).
Thanks

Yaz answers:

You have a very specific question.
I suggest you call some organisations:

The brancheorganisation for cafes, restaurants and hotels is: http://www.horeca.org/smartsite.dws?id=8 Horeca Nederland. I would call them. The hotel-section is here: http://www.horeca.org/smartsite.dws?id=448

The VVV is the Dutch bureau for tourism. Http://www.amsterdamtourist.nl/nl/visiting/praktischeinformatie/contactatcb They may have some information.

The Chamber of Commerce of Amsterdam can be found here: http://www.evd.nl/zoeken/showbouwsteen.asp?bstnum=48830&location=

The last could be the city council: http://www.amsterdam.nl/

Start with the Horeca Nederland and the Chamber of commerce

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