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    Amsterdam or paris: which country is better to find more time in terms of torrorism, things to do, language barrier and general safety.

    I plan to visit both Paris and Amsterdam for the first time and I have actually booked my flight to Amsterdam (should have been more certain of plans before booking) the unfortunate high torrorism alert in France has made me pause for a second.

    The plan originally was to spend two days in Amsterdam and 4 days in Paris but with my main concern about torrorism, would it be better to stay less in Paris or even just do a day trip to Paris or one night in Paris?

    I am also concerned about the possibility of language barrier as I speak no Dutch or french. Which of the two countries mentioned can I get away with just English ?

    In the way of things to do and see, which of the two countries mentioned has more things to do and see?

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    More places to visit in Paris than Amsterdam (unless you're into drugs & prostitutes). The Dutch all speak good English so language is no problem there. The French aren't as keen to speak English but you'd get by in the tourist areas. Just learn a couple of words to at least show you're making the effort. As for the terrorism, the possibility of getting caught up in anything is so small it really shouldn't bother you.

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    g1bbuk

    More places to visit in Paris than Amsterdam (unless you're into drugs & … More places to visit in Paris than Amsterdam (unless you're into drugs & prostitutes). The Dutch all speak good English so language is no problem there. The French aren't as keen to speak English but you'd get by in the tourist areas. Just learn a couple of words to at least show you're making the effort. As for the terrorism, the possibility of getting caught up in anything is so small it really shouldn't bother you.


    No to drug and no to prostitution.

    Amsterdam is a friendlier city, and everyone seems to speak better english than you do.
    But Paris has more to see and do.
    Both have good metro systems/public transport.

    Dont worry about terrorism.

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    ibl0010

    No to drug and no to prostitution.


    Think the girlfriend wishes to be a kid again and visit Disneyland. If we stay close to Disneyland and get a train to main part of Paris to see the attractions of main bit of Paris. How long or easy i's it to get from Disney land to Paris via train.

    Both are great and I would worry no more about terrorism there than in London . I can't speak Dutch but had no problem understanding or being understood in Amsterdam . Both have good metro systems and getting around is easy . I spent a day in Paris a couple of years ago and it isn't long enough . Four and two would seem a reasonable distribution of time but I could easily spend six days in either city

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    psychobitchfromhell

    Both are great and I would worry no more about terrorism there than in … Both are great and I would worry no more about terrorism there than in London . I can't speak Dutch but had no problem understanding or being understood in Amsterdam . Both have good metro systems and getting around is easy . I spent a day in Paris a couple of years ago and it isn't long enough . Four and two would seem a reasonable distribution of time but I could easily spend six days in either city


    Lol.

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    ibl0010

    Think the girlfriend wishes to be a kid again and visit Disneyland. If we … Think the girlfriend wishes to be a kid again and visit Disneyland. If we stay close to Disneyland and get a train to main part of Paris to see the attractions of main bit of Paris. How long or easy i's it to get from Disney land to Paris via train.


    Can be a long trip by train/ tube we went from Disney land (wasn't great tbh but we have been to orlando a few times now) to the eiffel tower and then to the air port. On the other hand, its pretty cheap compared to a taxi.

    cokezone1112

    Can be a long trip by train/ tube we went from Disney land (wasn't great … Can be a long trip by train/ tube we went from Disney land (wasn't great tbh but we have been to orlando a few times now) to the eiffel tower and then to the air port. On the other hand, its pretty cheap compared to a taxi.



    It takes 35 mins on the RER, not really a long trip.

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    jcodonne

    It takes 35 mins on the RER, not really a long trip.


    Thanks. What areas would one consider as tourist area.

    I would just get an open top bus tour and it will take you to all the famous landmarks.

    You're far more likely to die on the plane on the way to either city than you are to become a victim of terror, so there's that. Paris has a lot to see and do and definitely needs more than 2 days, Disneyland alone takes an entire day.

    Paris is a cesspit, I'll never get over the amount of smog.

    GrantG182

    You're far more likely to die on the plane on the way to either city than … You're far more likely to die on the plane on the way to either city than you are to become a victim of terror, so there's that. Paris has a lot to see and do and definitely needs more than 2 days, Disneyland alone takes an entire day.


    I would say Disneyland needs at least 2 days. It takes a full day to do walt disney studios.

    jcodonne

    I would just get an open top bus tour and it will take you to all the … I would just get an open top bus tour and it will take you to all the famous landmarks.


    you can also jump out if sh** hits the fan

    We went to Amsterdam (2 nights) and on by train to Paris (2 weeks) in February. No problems although there was increased security at public buildings and tourist attractions in France. No problem with the language in either country. I would take a canal trip in Amsterdam and just walk about. Lots to see in Paris a great place to wander in.

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    margac

    We went to Amsterdam (2 nights) and on by train to Paris (2 weeks) in … We went to Amsterdam (2 nights) and on by train to Paris (2 weeks) in February. No problems although there was increased security at public buildings and tourist attractions in France. No problem with the language in either country. I would take a canal trip in Amsterdam and just walk about. Lots to see in Paris a great place to wander in.


    That's good to here from someone that has done both. Which area would you say are the tourist area in Paris? Which area /hotel did you stay?

    We stayed at Bastille at the Hotel Angely which was small but very nice. It's not too touristy but has lots of restaurants and bars. If you're travelling from Amsterdam by train the area is fairly close to the Gare du Nord. We like to walk and found it quite easy to get about but there are good public transport links all over Paris. Montmartre and the Marais seem very popular but, to be honest, it's really a matter of what you would like to do. I personally love the food markets and one of my favourite places is the Rue Mouffetard on the Left Bank. Lots of hotels, restaurants and bars around that area.

    shauneco

    Paris is a cesspit, I'll never get over the amount of smog.


    Obviously went at the wrong time

    Best time to go is august as most of the natives have gone down south. Very little traffic and people in comparison to spring , autumn.

    I read this wrong, anyone else

    if going to paris spend a day at Versailles

    http://www.historylines.net/img/versailles/versailles_water_terrace.jpg
    Edited by: "mattmerch" 21st Oct 2016

    chocci

    Obviously went at the wrong time Best time to go is august as most of … Obviously went at the wrong time Best time to go is august as most of the natives have gone down south. Very little traffic and people in comparison to spring , autumn.



    I guess so, but it put me off.

    jcodonne

    I would just get an open top bus tour and it will take you to all the … I would just get an open top bus tour and it will take you to all the famous landmarks.


    Don't forget the bullet proof vest. X)

    dereklogan7

    Don't forget the bullet proof vest. X)



    Good point. There are torrorists about.

    miikeyblue

    Good point. There are torrorists about.


    Nice one. Think he must be having a problem with the e on his keyboard because it was not just once. X)

    Amsterdam is so beautiful and lovely.
    also EVERYONE speaks English.
    everyone should visit this awesome city.it's just a 45 minutes journey.

    In Amsterdam it's a very laid back friendly city. The food is good and it's pretty there. There is a risk of mugging at night if you go walking tho. Everyone speaks English to a high standard.
    Paris is very commercial and at tourist spots the staff will understand English but reply often in French. The food is probably expensive unless you shop around. It's a very easy city to visit as everything is walking distance away in the centre. The museums are obviously worth a visit but will be busy. Disney is away from Paris and probably not worth the effort to go. Some of the hotels there are plagued with working ladies..
    Terrorism is a small risk in paris. In the netherlands it is unlikely.
    Edited by: "jonnithomas" 21st Oct 2016
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