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First time traveller to Amsterdam

Hi we are 5 friends traveling to Amsterdam for the first time. Where should we stay and few good places to eat and visit if you could recommend? We are planning to spend 3 nights in Amsterdam.. Is it fine or should it be more or less?



17 Answers


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Hoogeveen

Three days in Amsterdam isn't enough time to see all the city's biggest sights. A good tip is to do canal cruise, which is a great way to get acquainted with the city. During your trip, you can also jot down a few places that you might want to visit later.

Spend your parts of the day at one of Amsterdam’s best-loved museums like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum or Anne Frank House. If you’re travelling with kids, then Science Center NEMO or Royal Artis Zoo should be at the top of your list.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Hengelo

I would say three days of Amsterdam sightseeing for a first visit.

A canal boat tour is a great starter.

For food I would recommend the area around the Leidseplein. Are you looking for a particular kitchen?

As for an accommodation it depends on what you want to spend. Just look for a hotel deal. There are many hotels from where you can travel to the center within 15 minutes by tram, metro, train or bus.

... and be aware of cyclist!

PJ




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

3 days is ok for a first visit but 3 nights only gives you two full days.

Personally, for a short visit I's suggest you stay as centrally as you can. You'll find loads of places to eat with a wide variety of cuisines and prices. I like Joselitos:

[original VT link]

and Mata-hari was a good refuge in rainy weather:

[original VT link]

What to do?

Take a canal cruise.

Walk the Red Light District in the daytime....it's perfectly safe and has some of the oldest architecture in the city.

Maybe visit the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum. Both have online tickets which avoid wasting time in queues:

rijksmuseum.nl/en/online-tic...

vangoghmuseum.nl/en/plan-you...

Visit the Anne Frank House (essential imo) but do book your tickets online in advance (which is now required between 0900 and 1530). Queues are always very long indeed:

annefrank.org/en/Museum/Prac...

Walk and walk and walk to see the houses along the canals, particularly along Singel (the canal nearest the city centre).

The VT Amsterdam travelguide has lots of tips and info about what to do and see, places to eat etc all written by VT locals and visitors:

[original VT link]




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Thank you. This info is really helpful. We are doing a backpacking trip. I would want spend around US $30 per person so I'm good if there any good hostel or any other reco you have. For the kitchen I'm open to any good places you can recommend - street food or fine dine.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Thank you all for your help. Is Heineken brewery worth the visit?




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Paignton

Yes the Heineken Brewery is worth a visit. It's no longer a working brewery but the "experience" gives you not only a tour of the ex-brewery but also a fascinating insight into Heineken's role in the history of the city - plus you get a couple of beers as part of the admission price.

[original VT link]




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Hengelo

I would want spend around US $30 per person ....

Is that for accommodation? You have to look for a hostel in that case. Start at: https://www.stayokay.com/en

PJ




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Canal cruise is a Must specially during this warm period.
I can give you tips on how to get 2 canal cruise for free. Let me know if you are interested :-)




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Minneapolis

And what tips would those be, gemsdispenser? Please provide them on this thread. We don't advise members to contact people they don't know: it's safest for all just to share information here on the forums.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

sorry again, as said i just would like to avoid a massive and speculative use of tickets 'bought' for free. So if my post is not helpful it can be deleted. FYI , in order to get these free tickets i would just suggest you to download an app and use a promo code, that's all. Even if you don't know me you do not risk anything contacting me, btw again i'm sorry for my post cheers




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Right. If that is the case then you can tell us about the app and give the promo code on here, can't you?

If you won't and, given the fact that you have only just joined VT, then I would sstronlgy advise the OP not to contact you.

Why should it bother you if there was 'a massive and speculative use of tickets 'bought' for free'?

To be frank, your username makes me suspect that this app or promo code is somehow linked to your business.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

i'll try to better argument my thought, and why i would avoid a speculative use of this app.

I discovered it during my last trip in amsterdam, i was going to pay 17.00€ for the canal cruise but i met a guy outside the box office that was converting his voucher to ticket. He told me how he booked it for free, so i just followed his istruction and i saved 17€ x 2.

Then i realized that i can book other atractions in different cities heavly discounted, but it's just because it's a new app trying to becam better know among travellers, as soon as many people will 'buy' tickets for free they will stop this promo code.

So i thought to share it just with people that can take advantage now, since the forum is accessible also to not registered users someone reading how to do could think about buying free tickets for selling it on line or outside the box office..

If you feel not safe asking someone you don't know, which app i'm talking about, then you should not travel at all, stay at home (far from internet) it's safer




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

So...you're not prepared to mention the app in public?

That tells us a great deal.

If you were not involved with this app then obviously you wouldn't be in the least bit concerned about how many people use it. .

Insulting other VT members by saying:

>If you feel not safe asking someone you don't know, which app i'm talking about, then you should not travel at all, stay at home (far from internet) it's safer

is really not a good way to convince anyone.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

i want to continue taking advantage of it, since it works also in my city, that's why i'm ready to help who need it, but not the whole internet community, so if you can use it ask me how, if not ask someone to delete my posts.
Anf Fyi it's not offensive saying that if you are afraid of sending private message you should be afraid of everything




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

If you are not prepared to tell people about this app in public then imo it is pretty obvious that you are involved with it in some way.

Whether people choose to contact you privately is up to them but...to be frank...you have only just joined VT. We know nothing about you.

Your final comment again simply demeans you.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

ok , i continue not understanding you, or simply you did not understand what we are talking about (i bet you 'll accuse me again to be offensive...)
Which is the problem for someone to ping me a message?asking me:

-ehy i'd like to use the app you are talking about because i'm going in amsterdam and i'd like to save some €, please which is the app? and which is the promo code to be used? thanks

So if you are worried about it, it's your fault, i see no problem at all, of courseif you say' people don't give your personal information or anything to people you don't know', i'm completely agree with you.
But since i don't care who is asking me instruction, and since the app i'm talking about is an offical app downloadable on apple/Play store, i can't see the problem you are raising, which are the involved risk??




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

So...it's an 'official app' but you won't give its name in public? Fascinating.

You've made an offer. Members can make a choice about whether they wish to contact you about your offer. I wouldn't. End of.





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