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“Flowers Great in Holland” 4 of 5 stars
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66 reviews
13 helpful votes
“Flowers Great in Holland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2011

Spent April 6-14 in the Netherlands and want to report that the flowers should be peaking about now...we were just a tad early but still saw gorgeous displays at Keukenhof. We took a tour there from Amsterdam and had about 2 1/2 hours at the gardens - could have used another hour or so, especially since the weather was fantastic. A word of warning about the bus tours - always be a bit early for your times. We were 2-3 minutes late and found our bus gone! The time they give you is when the bus departs! We were able to hitch a ride with a bus from the same company fortunately.

2 Thank OhSuzanna
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
80 helpful votes
“Great City, but VERY EXPENSIVE.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

Amsterdam is a very nice city, with it's picturesque canals and streets. I would definately reccomend a canal cruise, but go at night as the cities canals are beautiful when lit up after dark.
A word of warning when crossing the roads, beware of bicycles as they make no noise, and there are thousands of them. You are unlikeley to be run over by a tram or a car due to them making a lot of noise, but cycles are everywhere so watch out..
Unfortunately Amsterdam is frighteningly expensive, when we arrived in Amsterdam we were dropped off by a coach near to the main train station, so we hopped in a taxi and asked to be taken to our hotel in Rembrandtplein, the distance was not all that far and the journey lasted less than 5 minutes, but I was charged 15 Euros. I expected to pay maybe 7 Euros.
A meal in a standard restaurant was around 20 Euros each.
An all day ticket for the trams was 7 Euros, but get this the cheapest pint of beer we found was 5 Euros, which is around £5 a pint, some places were charging around 7.50 Euros a pint.
This is ridiculous.
Amsterdam was great to see but I shall keep visiting Bruges in Belgium, it is slightly cheaper.

14 Thank Spotswood
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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3 reviews
3 helpful votes
“beutiful and erotic city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2011

amsterdam is one of the best cities i've been.
is one of the most beutiful and erotic city of the world.
with beutiful buildings and wonderful canals very friendly and helpful people and delicius foods and sweets.
is a fantastic citybreak.

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Monaghan, Ireland
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68 reviews
36 helpful votes
“A Great Cultural City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

18 of us headed to Amsterdam for a weekend and trust me, a weekend is not enough. There is so much to do and see here and it caters for all so it was great for a big group. Amsterdam has changed a lot for the better since I was there 10 years ago. Besides the obvious things to do, there are the fab parks, museums, Anne Frank's House (make sure you get there before 9am or the queue is awful), the Flower Market and the Heineken Experience is so much fun too.

When we first arrived at the Centraal Station we went to the tourist office which is a white wooden building to your left once you are outside the main doors of the station and there you can buy a 48hr transport ticket which covers the trams, buses and trains and is only €11.50. Make sure to get a map at your hotel or at the tourist office which has the tram lines and numbers on it and the city is so easy to navigate.

It is an expensive city for alcohol so you are far better getting out of the centre and heading for the Leidseplein area. We did find an amazing watering hole though in the centre called "Maloe Melo" on Linjbaansgracht which is the most amazing Blues club, so laid back and the price of drink is far cheaper and of course the music was incredible and it was only €5 in. It's only a tiny bit off the beaten track so it's easy enough to get to and stays open until 4am. Well worth a visit. (Once on Lijnbaansgracht keep walking out of the main area and it may look like you're going the wrong way but keep going until you see a Texaco garage on your left and Maloe Melo is opposite that on your right hand side).

The food in Amsterdam is fab, great choices and you can go cheap or expensive, just shop around although again the Leidseplein area is cheaper than the centre. Good choices for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

Would definitely love to go back. :)

6 Thank Suzi650
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175 reviews
59 helpful votes
“channels, van gogh museum and... most expensive parking ever!...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2011

while visiting Amsterdam you have to go to: van Gogh museum, erotic museum, red light district, and maybe to one of some coffee shops :)
if the weather is nice, you may take a boat ride through the channels.
consider leaving the car somewhere in the suburbs, as parking in the city costs 6EUR per hour....

1 Thank jacunio
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