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one week in Amsterdam

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one week in Amsterdam

We will be in Amsterdam for a week in late August and would like to get a taste of as much of Europe as we can. Recommendations please.

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1. Re: one week in Amsterdam

I recommend you have a look at the Top Questions, on the top right of this page. For example for you these would come in handy: What to do; day trips from Amsterdam.

Also see timeout.com/amsterdam/features/7/20-great-th…

and www.iamsterdam.com

Other than that you need to specify what you mean by 'a taste of as much of Europe as we can', and what your travel style is, and what your interests are. And it would help to know whether you have money to spend; i.e. we can recommend hopping on a plane to a new country every day, but what if you cannot afford that or find that too hectic?

So what is it you are looking for (cities? nature? music? art? food? just the Netherlands, or as many other countries as you can fit in?) and who is 'we'? All in all, help us help you.

Cecilia

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Edited: 10:46 am, June 21, 2013
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Is your week purely in the Amsterdam, between the Netherlands or spread throughout Europe?

There is plenty to do in Amsterdam to fill your week, or you could add in a few 'side trips' either to other cities in Netherlands; If you are looking to spread your time between other countries too, you may be too busy to actually enjoy your trip and do a whistle stop tour.

Let us know your likes and dislikes also and we can give better advice.

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We've been to Amsterdam so a whistle stop tour is what we have in mind.

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you have been to Amsterdam before, and want to do whistle stop tour - is that in Netherlands? or Europe? or Amsterdam? what did you do, where did you go last time, so we avoid wasting your time telling you places you know?

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That still doesn't tell me much about your interests... Sorry I'm going to have to refer to a guidebook.

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Your OP says you are in Ams for a week, then you say you want a whistle stop tour, which is it?

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this is where telepathy would be handy!

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For my response I am going to make a couple assumptions. First, when you say a week, I am going to assume seven nights. Second, I am going to assume you are arriving and departing from Amsterdam.

Since you list Minneapolis as your home, I am also going to assume you will be arriving early on an overnight from the states. This would be my suggested itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive Schiphol. Take train to Central Station. Catch train for Hamburg for overnight with a stop in Bremen. Be sure to visit Schnoor in Bremen Visit St. Pauli in Hamburg.

Day 2 - Catch train for Prague with a stop for sightseeing in Berlin. While in Berlin be sure to visit Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, the Kaiser Wilhelm Kirche, Take a walk through the Tiergarten and along the Unter den Linden. Don't push things. When you arrive in Prague just relax and take it all in. If there is anything you really want to see, then by all means do so.

Day 3 - Overnight in Vienna (Wien) with stops in Munich and Salzburg. In Munich consider catching a taxi out to Neuschwanstein Castle famous as being copied by Disney. As time permits try to take in the Hofbrauhaus, the Hellabrun Zoo, and maybe the Bavarian State Opera. In Salzburg I highly recommend the Hohensalzburg Castle, the Mozart Geburtshaus, and a quick walk through the casino for its panoramic views. After arriving in Vienna, a quick visit to St Stephen's Cathedral and Square.

Day 4 - Overnight in Florence with a stop in Venice. Be sure to take a gondola ride on the Grand Canal, take a launch out to the Lido, and visit St. Marks Square. Be sure to get into Florence in time to take in the Uffizi Gallery (my second favorite museum in Europe after the Van Gogh), the Ponte Vechio, and the Statue of David at the Academy of Art. Try to find a hotel along the Arno River.

Day 5 - Overnight in Geneva with a stop in Milan. In Milan, be sure to visit La Scala Opera House, the Milan Cathedral, and the Royal Palace. After arriving in Geneva, try to arrange a tour up to the Matterhorn or Mont Blanc. If you can try to arrange a drive around Lake Geneva with stops in Lausanne and Montreux. I also highly recommend stopping in Chillon Castle where Lord Byron was imprisoned.

Day 6 - Overnight in Paris with a stop in Lyon or Dijon. Lyon is the "Undisputed Capital of Gallic Gastronomy" so a nice midday meal might be in order. If you opt for Dijon, visit Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, Musee de la Vie Bourguignonne, or take a walk down the Rue des Forges. After arriving in Paris, be sure to take on the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame, the Avenue des Champs - Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (with its nearby favorite on mine, Place du Tertre).

Day 7 - Now you have some decisions to make. Do you want to stay in Paris and take in some more sights you may have missed the day before or head back to Amsterdam and take in some sights. If you choose Amsterdam, I feel sure folks on here will give you several suggestions. If you choose to stay in Paris, you should still plan on getting back to Amsterdam in time to get a good night's sleep before departing the next day.

These are just a few of my recommendations. If you have some specific questions please fee free to ask. While the schedule is just a little on the aggressive side, it does give you the opportunity to forge many long lasting memories and to have plenty to go home and tell all your friends about. Be sure to take your camera.

bon voyage

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9. Re: one week in Amsterdam

I think that's what they call the Grand Tour.

I was going to suggest Lisbon and Barcelona, but you might need a extra day or two.

Edited: 6:14 pm, June 21, 2013
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10. Re: one week in Amsterdam

ddavis - when do you breathe? Some fantastic recommendations but wow, whistlestop, I would think dont even blink, but well filled days.