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So, I took advantage of the DFDS flash sale and booked a trip to Amsterdam sailing from Newcastle. Sailing on Monday the 28th, arriving the 29th and will have a maximum of around 5-6 hours to see A… Read More
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8m, 6d agoPosted 8 months, 6 days ago
So, I took advantage of the DFDS flash sale and booked a trip to Amsterdam sailing from Newcastle.

Sailing on Monday the 28th, arriving the 29th and will have a maximum of around 5-6 hours to see Amsterdam before boarding the boat again.

Question is, what to do in the limited time we have there?

Any 'Must do' idea's that any one has or 'Must see / Must try' ( no funny cake/cookie suggestions :D )

1st time there for me so any ideas/suggestions would be great.

Thanks in advance :)
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8m, 6d agoPosted 8 months, 6 days ago
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#1
go window shopping.
#2
shadey12
go window shopping.


If he buys some, will there not be an import tax? :P
#3
Go on the Sandeman Amsterdam free guided walking tour.

Edited By: elainep on Nov 15, 2016 11:10
#4
Honestly, with that amount of time, I'd just wander, and take it all in. Your coach will arrive near the Centraal station, and my ideal from there would be to take a boat tour of the canals (about €11 a head - make sure you get a window seat), then take a wander through the red light district, find a nice coffee shop or restaurant where you can sit outside and eat & drink, absorb the atmosphere, and then take a slow walk back.

It's up to you whether you kick it off by smoking a joint. I'd kinda recommend it, to be honest - Amsterdam is a beautiful city and carrying that light whoozy dreaminess around you that you get from a slight high does enhance it all, and make it that little bit more amazing.
#5
beware of the pick pockets around centraal station
#6
Funghi
shadey12
go window shopping.


If he buys some, will there not be an import tax? :P


if your lucky, you won't bring anything back.
#7
Limited time I know, kinda wishing I had now booked an over stay in a hotel, but C'Est la Vie.

1.The canal boat was one I was thinking about, anyone know how long these generally take?
2. Red light district will be a no go area, with the wife being with me I doubt she would look favorably upon that one :D
3. Thanks for the tip about pickpockets, nasty little blighters.
4. The guided tour would suit us more if we had more time unfortunately, but one for the future.
5. The 'Woozy' feeling will just becoming for a couple of beers I'm afraid, but thanks anyhow :)

I think in general it will be a slow walk around having a few coffee/beers and generally talking in the sights with a canal boat trip if time permits.

Thanks for all suggestions.
#8
With a very excellent train service I found myself travelling out to Haarlem most days from Centraal and wandering around the National Park

National Park - Near Haarlem
#9
I've seen lots of couples having a walk through the red light district just for the experience, you don't have to buy anything. :D

I accidentally walked through it without even trying, yes, accidentally! X)
#10
I've seen lots of couples having a walk through the red light district just for the experience, you don't have to buy anything. :D

I accidentally walked through it without even trying, yes, accidentally! X)

Ok, just out of curiosity I've just looked up a RLD are on google maps, and OK, your statement seems plausible :D seeing as it is 5 minutes from where we would be dropped off.

Just for the experience and your say so, I'll take a trip up and 'window shop' a little :D
If the wife slaps me, I'm blaming it on you :)
#11
The boat tour is well worth it, and with some you can get on and off as you wish.
http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/what-to-do/activities-and-excursions/boat
This is my favourite guide for just about any city - here's the link for the Amsterdam one. Free download, and you should be able to get a free paper copy there. https://www.inyourpocket.com/Amsterdam
#12
agree canal trip is good, red light district is a must just to say you've been (honestly it is a tourist attraction) below is also mini shopping guide (whatever floats you boat) but just wonder round and have a chilled day and enjoy.

http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/what-to-do/shopping
#13
Gandalfbaggins
I've seen lots of couples having a walk through the red light district just for the experience, you don't have to buy anything. :D
I accidentally walked through it without even trying, yes, accidentally! X)
Ok, just out of curiosity I've just looked up a RLD are on google maps, and OK, your statement seems plausible :D seeing as it is 5 minutes from where we would be dropped off.
Just for the experience and your say so, I'll take a trip up and 'window shop' a little :D
If the wife slaps me, I'm blaming it on you :)


Haha! Yup it totally happened, I was with my brother and parents at the time. Parents have been to Amsterdam before (regular DFDS goers at the time) and knew where we were, so they conveniently disappeared and left the two of us to, look around..

It's quite tame during the day I think, the women are wearing clothes, usually underwear so just tell your wife to take note of what to buy next time she's shopping for new underwear. X)
#14
If the weather is pleasant enough then when walking the centre aim to visit the cheese shops....and try umpteen different flavours. If your into international food, try Indonesian food....I knew an excellent one well worth the price and effort..."Kartika".
And if you can handle it...coffee shops are fairly interesting.
Oh and a small tip...a 5 min walk to the left of the central station is a library...on the top floor a lovely restaurant for lunch or breakfast and a great view....

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