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Gina
Minneapolis

Amsterdam

What is the first thing I should do when I get into Amsterdam?

I'll be visiting Amsterdam for the first time with my sisters next year.  We'll likely have limited time, so what is the first thing we should do right after we arrive??


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top answer by
Jason from Cape Town

Get accommodation close to central station and red light district. Then you can mostly walk and use the trams. Get an "I Amsterdam" card for transport and free entrance to places as well as a free canal cruise. Excellent value for money with the card. I recommend visiting Haarlem, it's so beautiful if you have half a day.


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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Hope a boat and tour the canals.  It's the best way to see the city, get a real feel for how people live.  You can see the sights along the way.  Then, if time permits-rent a bike and find a bar to pop into for lunch and a beer.  If you really have time, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam just reopened after being closed for several years and a multi-million dollar renovation.  Stop in to see the classic Rembrandt's!


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answered first by
Denise from New Orleans

I had limited time in Amsterdam as well (one day), I came in via the Thalys and went straight to the tourist information booth right near the central station. The canal tours start right there as well and I would definitely recommend as a must do in Amsterdam. Overall, I feel it's a very walkable city- check out the red and green light districts, visit the Anne Frank House, walk the neighborhoods & definitely visit the Bloemenmarkt.


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  1. Anne Frank House (attraction)
  2. Bloemenmarkt (attraction)
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answered by
Jüri from Tallinn, Estonia

Sit on a first channel boat and take a trip around Amsterdam. Don't forget Your camera :)


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answered by
Lorraine

watch out for bike riders-there are designated parts of footpath for bikes and for pedestrians-mix them up at your peril! Easily walkable round city but trams are good value too.

Do a free walking tour-meet at the National monument in the Dam Square-they were at 11.15am or 2.15pm when we were there-takes a couple of hours but give you a good overview and guides very informative. Look around the Dam as well.

Take a canal tour-canals are UNESCO heritage listed-we found Blue Boat Company good. Look out for the passage where you can see 15 bridges. There is also a hop on/off canal boat ride. Evening canal boat rides are fun.

Ann Frank House-unless you pre-book, be prepared to queue, but worth it if you're interested in history.

Walk through the Vondelpark. Go to the Leidseplein-good nightlife, plenty of choice of restaurants and cafes.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and Van Gogh Museum worth it if art is your thing. The Resistance Museum is interesting. 

The Jordaan for shopping and has good brown cafes. Prinseneiland for great views of old houses, warehouses and the drawbridge.

The Begijnhof-lived in by a community of unmarried women-entrance is at Spui. No 34 is the oldest house in Amsterdam.Must be quiet while walking through and is very peaceful.

If you want to do something quirky-go to the room of riddles in Maassluisstraat 2. You are given 1 hour to solve puzzles which will give you access to the safe, in which there is a key to let you out of the room. Fun-a bit pricey-was 69 euros for 2 people when we were there. Great staff.


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  1. Dam Square (attraction)
  2. Blue Boat Company (attraction)
  3. Vondelpark (attraction)
  4. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (attraction)
  5. Van Gogh Museum (attraction)
  6. Resistance Museum (attraction)
  7. Jordaan (neighborhood)
  8. Prinseneiland (attraction)
  9. Begijnhof (attraction)
  10. room of riddles (attraction)
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answered by
John

Have a beer! Than go to the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. For beer I recommend cafe Café Gollem


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  2. Café Gollem (restaurant)
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answered by
Elaine from Norfolk

Find a pastry shop or bakery near your hotel and have hot choc.with pastry Yummy


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answered by
Michael

Walk out of Amsterdam Centraalstation straight to the GVB booth and purchase travel pass for the number of days you will spend in amsterdam, then get on tram 16 get off at Ruysdaelstraatt and have lunch at Het Loetje, order Steak frites (Everyone does! it's their speciality), after lunch you can continue down Ruydaelstraat to Museumpleinand check out either the Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum or hopefully if it's reopened the Stedlijk modern art museum. That's feeding and culture all satisfied in one afernoon!


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  2. Ruysdaelstraat (attraction)
  3. Museumplein (attraction)
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answered by
June from Charleston

Well, don't go to a coffee shop and ask for a latte unless you want something else (wink wink) with it. Grab a rental bike right off if the train station, plot a course or just ride. Rules for Amsterdam are bikers #1, walkers #2 and motorized vehicles #3. No need for a helmet because you're safe on that bike. The boat ride is a must. Quick way to see city. Food is great anywhere. Great little markets. If time permits, I would get out to the countryside and many little tours are available. Beautiful, very busy city. Have fun!


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answered by
An

It might sounds super touristy, but I'd definitely go with a canal cruise. Great way to get an idea of the city and to see what it is famous for.


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answered by
Juli from Salem (Massachusetts)

Definitely get on a canal boat tour.  You can get on and off around the city, so it becomes your transportation.  Don’t miss the Anne Frank Houseor the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.


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  2. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (attraction)
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answered by
Badal

Visit Anne Frank House, reach there on foot (you get to walk through the city).


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answered by
Carlyle from Washington, DC

Take a trip around the city on the train to get a lay of the land.


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