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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