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visiting amsterdam anyone got any tips about going there?

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going away for 4 days just wondered if anyone could give me any tips when i get there as i dont know what to expect really .Some people say its a lovely place as long as you stay out of the red light … Read More
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
going away for 4 days just wondered if anyone could give me any tips when i get there as i dont know what to expect really .Some people say its a lovely place as long as you stay out of the red light district ! but being quite nosey i would like to view it but would like to stay safe too !
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago

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Go to "dutch bakery"

I say no more.
Go to "dutch bakery"

I say no more.

do they sell cake ?lol:whistling:
Go to "dutch bakery"

I say no more.

That is the place to go :thumbsup: :whistling:
but being quite nosey i would like to view it but would like to stay safe too !

I think that you'd be quite safe. :)
I think that you'd be quite safe. :)

am not so sure about that ive watched amsterdam nights it doesnt look rhat safe at night !:p
but being quite nosey i would like to view it but would like to stay safe too !

loads of deals on here to keep you safe:thumbsup:
loads of deals on here to keep you safe:thumbsup:

wont b taking the laptop to amsterdam tho lol :-D
wont b taking the laptop to amsterdam tho lol :-D

buy before you go hun:thumbsup:
Amsterdam's great !!
Just need to be sensible as you would in any city and/or place you are not familiar with. Do some research before you go and find out about the area you are staying in.
I've stayed both in hotels in the city centre and in the Red Light district and there wasn't much difference apart from noise levels and cleanliness.
The Red Light district is pretty safe as long as you're not stupid and venture into unlit areas or away from the obvious walkways.
Stay with the other tourists, don't wear jewellery, don't use shoulder bags, don't put wallets in your back pockets, invest in a money belt and don't do anything that will make you stand out in a crowd. All things you would tell someone if it was there first trip to London, Paris etc etc. Careful of pickpockets around the train station, Dam Square especially but basically anywhere.

The pubs are fun and safe but not advisable to get drunk and act like the stereotypical English lager lout.
You are pretty certain to be approached and offered drugs in the street. Be polite and walk away, never get aggressive. There are usually plenty of police about.

Remember it is NOT legal to be seen using drugs out on the streets, there are plenty of licensed coffee shops for that.

Be prepared to be shocked if you've led a sheltered life. there are a lot of sights you would not see in this country and they have a far more liberal attitude. Doesn't mean though it's a license to be disrespectful. If you insist on taking photos in the Red Light District then do it discretely and don't take photo's of the working girls directly, they don't appreciate it.

As for other things to do and see in Amsterdam there are loads. As I imply do some research first and you won't miss the good things the place has to offer.

Not cheap over there now so be prepared !

If by chance you use the left luggage lockers in the train station make sure you understand how they work as you could well end up losing anything you put in them, I did !!
They may have changed them by now as it was a good few years ago but they used to work on a time factor and if you were late back the door would just swing open leaving your stuff on open view !!

Don't even think about bringing anything dubious back into this country and that includes porno ! Customs take great delight in seizing anything remotely borderline.

Have a good time ! Look out for the twins round the back of the Jansstraat ! Don't go swimming in any of the canals, lmao !

get a decent guide book
what he said.

plus, go to a bakery!!

Also, the science museumm is worth a look, and, if you're a little more open minded, the sex museum is a great laugh!! (its down the main street from the station). If you like beer, heiniken museum and a trip to one of the many bars, they are pretty expensive but sell goooood beer. If you go to Jacies (i think) which is on one of the corners of dam square its not as expensive and very friendly. Avoid the irish pub on dam square, unless you've taken out a loan beforehand. Have a toastie in the Grasshopper coffee shop, they are top.
Use the trams, they are cheap and work brilliantly, you'll realise how public transport over here is so bad.
With the red light, its worth a look at its a totally different atmosphere, but just stay with the flow of the crowd and be sensible.

Its a great place in general!
DO NOT visit the coffee shops. My son and his friends went for a long weekend and their first stop was one of the coffee shops. They all sampled the wares, had to get vast amounts of food after then spent the rest of the evening/night sleeping it off.
One of the party almost went off with a man/woman and only realised his mistake at the last minute!!!
The shows they went to were very interesting and some of the party were invited to take part!!!
They were approached constantly by sellers of illegal substances but if you just say no thank you and walk away it is okay.
My son said that the working girls are like models, but he tells me he was a good boy!!!!!!
Needless to say, they did not see any of the sights, other than the red light district!!
They had a great time, but it took them a few days to recover when they got back home.
Hope you enjoy your holiday.
Me and the missus went in November....would recommend visiting the red light district day and night, anne frank's house, sex museum for a laugh, having a walk up and down the canals.

I also think the heineken museum is still closed for refurbishment. :thumbsup:
Definitely visit Anne Frank's House, do a trip on the canals, & walk through the Red Light Area in the evening/night-time (i.e. all the usual touristy things).

Amsterdam is a great city to visit, but as others have said it has its share of pickpockets/theives so don't get too 'relaxed':whistling:

Oh, & visit the Sex Museum.
go and have dutch pancakes (poffetures) i think they are called there is a stall cum cafe near vondel park
WOW they are fab
also when its nice and sunny also go to vondel park and do as the locals do take a bottle of wine some bread cheese and ham and have yourself a lovely picnic its beautiful there.....
and have fun
red light district is fun just be open minded and watch your wallet you will be probably asked if you want to but all types of drugs usually when crossing the bridges just smile and politley say no thankyou and the y will leave you alone there is usually a fair amount of police presence around in the evenings which is re assuring do the sex museum just for the experience (please take note thet the top room is very very very graphic with plenty of warnings and you can bypass it if wanted)
also take a water taxi ride bit slow but yopu will usually see bits that youy miss whilst walking
OH OH oH and try the home made warm apple pie and chantilly cream WOW almost as good as the pancakes :) hope this helps
I got lost for 8 hours in Amsterdam on a bike after dark scariest freaking time of my life I tell you. If the camp site officials tell you to take the train...take the freaking train! If you've ever seen those black getto's on american was like that. They were just all stood out on the street on every corner looking at me (I'm white), and that was during the day. On the way back some people had switched the camp site signs around so I was going round in circles for a few hours through the roughest estate I've ever seen some guys out of no where tried calling me over, but I'm not stupid...and oh yeah the drug pushers on the bridge just look at the floor as you walk past and let them bother someone else.

P.S. wish I had had my TomTom then :-(
Any Day Cafe is the place to be.... :o)
im half dutch on my mums side and been more times than i can count. most tourists go to the bulldog coffee shops but if you want the best then try G-13 Haze from Barney's on Haarlemmerstraat 102, wins cannabis cup most years and is a really nice place with friendly staff. take my advice if you eat the cake take only one slice, effects can take 1 to 3 hrs to hit you.
canal trips are nice, cant say much about redlight area only ever passed through, honest. i do remember my uncle saying never ever go with a girl that isnt in a window. the workers are health checked, the ones that fail the health check are the ones that will solicit you in the street., they are not worth you risking your health.
try a frikendel they are sausage shaped piglips but i love em,
have fun.

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