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Jo Denyer

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Sight-seeing in Amsterdam?

I have 2 days in Amsterdam coming up (first visit)....is it worth joining the queues for the Van Gogh and Anne Frank museums, or am I better off sucking up the culture elsewhere and saving them for another time?

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  • Lo Ma

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    The queue to the Van Gogh Museum is still reasonable if you wake up early and stand by the museum just before its opening time. It also depends on which two days of the week you are travelling: weekends are obviously worse in terms of queues.

    I would avoid Anne Frank House this time ... the queue is just unbearable.

    With only two days, just stroll around Amsterdam and pick just one museum ... the city is lovely and it has a lot to offer.

    Go to the EYE - Film Instituut Nederland at sunset time for a nice aperitivo facing the IJ.

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      Great thanks for the fast response... :-) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Jo Denyer

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    Thanks all for your helpful responses. I've just got back from Amsterdam - already planning my next trip as two days wasn't enough!

    We spent a lot of time walking around, went on a boat tour, and also to the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam - which was definitely worth the trip - although buying a ticket in advance for this didn't seem to make much difference with queuing!

    I'll definitely check out Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum on my next visit.


    Thanks again

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  • Bente J

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    I agree with most resonses here. The Van Gogh Museum is one of my favorites, it is really quite marvelous.

    The Anne Frank House is in my opinion something you should visit at some point but maybe with only two days in the city it might be wise to leave it for another time and use the time to really explore the city. So I guess it depends on when you'll be back :)

    In terms of exploring the city, go beyond the main touristic areas and stroll along the canals, or maybe even better, rent a boat and experience the canals that way!

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  • Luciana Misura

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    The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam has reopened after a very long restoration, I would check it out - it is walking distance to the Van Gogh Museum, which is worth the visit (and the line really didn't take that long when we were there in 2011). Another tip is to visit on Fridays, when the Van Gogh Museum is open until 10 PM. You can also buy the ticket online and bypass the line.

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      The Rijksmuseum is great indeed, but since the re-opening expect looooooon queues so come early (or late afternoon). Anne Frank has an online pre-booking system with an indicated time of visit, to make sure you don't have to wait. And last tip: if you go to multiple museums (quite expensive over here!) buying a MuseumYearCard for 50euros can be a money-saver perhaps. Their website (Dutch only) http://www.museumkaart.nl/ and here an English explanation: http://www.dutchamsterdam.nl/133-museum-year-pass-amsterdam · (1 likelikes)

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  • Agnes van Duffelen

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    Dear Jo,

    Great that you take the opportunity to visit Amsterdam. For a first time visit I suggest to go to the Van Gogh Museum only ( buy ticket online) and then stroll around the city centre area like ' De Pijp ' or ' The Nine Streets ' that will give a great impression. Unless it is very rainy you can Always explore another museum like the recently openend ( after 10 years renovation) Rijksmuseum Amsterdam which is a fantastic collection and nice atmosphere. But I don't know your personal preferences and age group. Have a great time.

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    Hi Jo,


    Amsterdam is a small city and it's easy to get your way around by foot.. if you're feeling bit pampered or lazy, the tram would be the best bet.


    I don't know much of Amsterdam, apart from Vondelpark (it gets really tourist, but it's nice to wander around. Visit 't Blauwe Theehuis Vondelpark. It's nice to chill there..


    I'm not a big fan of museums, and I've heard mixed reviews of them. Last Summer when I was in Holland, I went to Den Haag, and visited the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and see the 'Girl in the Pearl Earring' painting by Vermeer. I got in for free, all thanks to a lady who worked for a Dutch newspaper. The beach in Den Haag is great too.. but of course not at this time!


    But in Amsterdam, I love their parks! Especially Westerpark. :)


    Hope this helps.

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    I would recommend taking one of boat tours which run around most of canals in the city to learn about the city and its history. On a second day, I would pick one of the museums and see it.

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    You should be able to bypass the line for the Anne Frank House by purchasing your ticket online. In general, go early but remember that the entire city is sort of like a museum. You don't need to go to all the museums to enjoy the city. However, I actually highly recommend Anne Frank. If you haven't, read her diary before you go. It's a quick read.

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    Van Gogh Museum is marvelous! I would go for it even if I had only 2 days in the city. The narrative in this museum is outstanding. Love it!

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    Joining the queue at the Anne Frank House is worth the wait. Opposite from the Anne Frank house you can take hop on hop off canal boat to do some sighseeing.

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