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Is 2 weeks in Amsterdam a bit much?

Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:07 am

I’m planning to visit Amsterdam for tulip season. I have never been to Amsterdam and we’re slow travellers. I do have my art interest, so a visit to some of the art museums there is a must. I’m thinking of going there in April. Any suggestions?

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Post by Tycoon » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:32 am

Two weeks is going to be a bit much. Venture out to some other countries during your second week.
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Post by nedsaid » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:33 am

I will just give you a list of places I have been there that I thought were worthwhile.

Dam Square.
Mint Tower. You can learn about the famous blue China.
Floating Flower Gardens.
Mint Tower.
Dinner cruise on the Amsterdam Canals.
The Anne Frank House.
The Rijksmuseum, allow most of a day for this.
The Amsterdam Museum.
Westerkerk, nice organ concerts there.
University of Amsterdam.

Lots to see. Two weeks wouldn't be too long as you could use Amsterdam as a base to explore outside the city.
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Post by baritone » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:36 am

DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:07 am
I’m planning to visit Amsterdam for tulip season. I have never been to Amsterdam and we’re slow travellers. I do have my art interest, so a visit to some of the art museums there is a must. I’m thinking of going there in April. Any suggestions?
Certain places you should probably not breathe too deeply. Oh, I would, but I reached adulthood in the 60's.

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Post by sg0422 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:39 pm

I’ve been twice. I’d stay for a week or 5 days. Then fly to over to Stockholm. Have fun!

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:56 pm

Tycoon wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:32 am
Two weeks is going to be a bit much. Venture out to some other countries during your second week.
I’m going to Paris after Amsterdam. I’m debating whether to do one week, or two weeks, or in between in Amsterdam.
Why Paris, my husband wants to see Normandy, Dunkirk, all that WW2 stuff.
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Post by anonenigma » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:01 pm

For art, the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk and Van Gogh Museums in Amsterdam are fantastic, as is the Kroller-Muller in Otterlo. A day for each, with other sightseeing mixed in.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:01 pm

baritone wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:36 am
DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:07 am
I’m planning to visit Amsterdam for tulip season. I have never been to Amsterdam and we’re slow travellers. I do have my art interest, so a visit to some of the art museums there is a must. I’m thinking of going there in April. Any suggestions?
Certain places you should probably not breathe too deeply. Oh, I would, but I reached adulthood in the 60's.
I plan to inhale, not to deeply though. Lol

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:02 pm

anonenigma wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:01 pm
For art, the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk and Van Gogh Museums in Amsterdam are fantastic, as is the Kroller-Muller in Otterlo. A day for each, with other sightseeing mixed in.
Thank you, I’m interested in seeing Rembrandt in person. I’ve seen one favorite painting in my art class. Would be nice to see it in real life.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:05 pm

nedsaid wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:33 am
I will just give you a list of places I have been there that I thought were worthwhile.

Dam Square.
Mint Tower. You can learn about the famous blue China.
Floating Flower Gardens.
Mint Tower.
Dinner cruise on the Amsterdam Canals.
The Anne Frank House.
The Rijksmuseum, allow most of a day for this.
The Amsterdam Museum.
Westerkerk, nice organ concerts there.
University of Amsterdam.

Lots to see. Two weeks wouldn't be too long as you could use Amsterdam as a base to explore outside the city.
Thank you. The reason for my two weeks is I found two first class tickets using frequent miles, but it’s early than I had intend to go. But it may work out because the rest of the countries are countries that it’s best to be there when it’s cooler, not warm or hot like when we were there two years ago, in the dead of summer.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:08 pm

sg0422 wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:39 pm
I’ve been twice. I’d stay for a week or 5 days. Then fly to over to Stockholm. Have fun!
Thank You, Stockholm might be too cold in April.

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Post by livesoft » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:13 pm

Only you can decide if 2 weeks is a bit much. Perhaps your personal experience gives you a clue: What cities have you already spent 2 weeks in already in order to see the museums, gardens, art works, culture? How did that work out for you?
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Post by runner540 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:15 pm

Plan some day trips outside Amsterdam: Delft, Haarlem, etc.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:25 pm

livesoft wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:13 pm
Only you can decide if 2 weeks is a bit much. Perhaps your personal experience gives you a clue: What cities have you already spent 2 weeks in already in order to see the museums, gardens, art works, culture? How did that work out for you?
We did spend two weeks in Switzerland, but we did move around, from Italy to Lucern and in between, then Zurich. But it was not enough, we did see the Bern area but we didn’t see other area as well. We plan to go back later for those areas.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:26 pm

runner540 wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:15 pm
Plan some day trips outside Amsterdam: Delft, Haarlem, etc.
My plan is to get an Airbnb after the first night in a hotel, cheaper than hotel and nicer too, so perhaps we have more time to explore other areas. Thanks for your suggestions.

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Post by Conch55 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:33 pm

For me two weeks would be long but it's a nice town. We did the major sights mentioned previously in 4 days but that included a lot of walking. The train station in town is your ticket to plenty of close by adventure if you want to get away. A word of caution, pay attention to the bike lanes and bike traffic. It's busy! :)

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Post by curmudgeon » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:40 pm

DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:07 am
I’m planning to visit Amsterdam for tulip season. I have never been to Amsterdam and we’re slow travellers. I do have my art interest, so a visit to some of the art museums there is a must. I’m thinking of going there in April. Any suggestions?
Keukenhof Gardens are amazing in April. They plant to cover a range of early/late blooming. Lots of commercial growing fields around there as well. Well worth a day trip out from the city. There are other day trips that can be interesting by train/boat to some of the older towns/villages in the area.

Staying in the inner core of Amsterdam (the ring canals) is more interesting, but not lots of hotels there (we did AirBnB). If it's not raining, the fabric market can be a surprisingly interesting, if chaotic, experience. 5 days would be plenty of time in Amsterdam to us, but of course everyone is different.

Obviously you don't want a car in Amsterdam or Paris, but road-tripping between can have a lot to offer. Keukenhof, Den Haage, Bruges, and Normandy/Brittany all work well for a car trip (Brussels and Rotterdam not so much). If it's a nice weekend in April, you may find that it seems like everyone is trying to make a trip to see the tulips; we found it surprisingly hard to find a place to stay on an April Sat night.

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Post by KyleAAA » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:40 pm

If you are into slow travel, two weeks will be fine. If anything, it might not be enough.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:12 pm

We plan no car at all in continental Europe, my husband likes to ride the train. But we plan to rent a car in London, I need to at least see Stonehenge sometime in my lifetime, I passed it so many times that I take it for granted. Now they don’t let you get there close.
I’m avoiding 3 months in Europe, was planning for 2 months but now it looks like it’s going to exceed my goal.
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Post by EnjoyIt » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:20 pm

nedsaid wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:33 am
I will just give you a list of places I have been there that I thought were worthwhile.

Dam Square.
Mint Tower. You can learn about the famous blue China.
Floating Flower Gardens.
Mint Tower.
Dinner cruise on the Amsterdam Canals.
The Anne Frank House.
The Rijksmuseum, allow most of a day for this.
The Amsterdam Museum.
Westerkerk, nice organ concerts there.
University of Amsterdam.

Lots to see. Two weeks wouldn't be too long as you could use Amsterdam as a base to explore outside the city.
Van Gogh Museum belongs on that list also.

5 days is plenty in Amsterdam. You will be bored with more then that unless you plan on significantly partaking in the cities seedier amenities.

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Post by Kelmscott » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:21 pm

I love Amsterdam. Definitely spent several days in the city, then add daytrips to Delft, Leiden, Haarlem, Utrecht, windmills, etc...all doable by train.

Take the train to Bruges, Belgium if you haven't been. Stunningly gorgeous. You could easily spend several days in Bruges.

Visit Ghent/Gent on the way to/from Bruges. Beautiful historic center, lots of activity. Don't miss Van Eyck's masterpiece, the Ghent Altarpiece/Adoration of the Lamb, while you're there.

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Post by Dick D » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:30 pm

We were in Amsterdam for 3 days and managed to see all of the sites on our list: the museums, night ride on the waterways, key sites on the city. I think two weeks is way to much.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:55 pm

I’m going to see Bruges on the way to Paris. So it will be Amsterdam to Bruges, then Brudges to Paris.

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Post by Starfish » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:17 pm

If you can stop in Antwerp for 6h there are some things to see, the central district and the diamond museum. But that's it.
Bruges is nice for about 2 days.

There are people who live in Amsterdam for years, some for a lifetime. 2 weeks should be a good time.
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We were in Amsterdam for 3 days and managed to see all of the sites on our list: the museums, night ride on the waterways, key sites on the city. I think two weeks is way to much.
If by traveling you mean checking a list of objectives, you might be right.
Other people think understand raveling in a very different way.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:18 pm

I know in Amsterdam, people do eat fish, is there any good, above average restaurant for fish/seafood.

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Post by Mapmaker » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:05 pm

DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:56 pm
Tycoon wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:32 am
Two weeks is going to be a bit much. Venture out to some other countries during your second week.
I’m going to Paris after Amsterdam. I’m debating whether to do one week, or two weeks, or in between in Amsterdam.
Why Paris, my husband wants to see Normandy, Dunkirk, all that WW2 stuff.
If you decide to spend some time in Normandy, check out the Churchill Hotel in Bayeux, ( Bayeux Tapestry across the road) the Overlord tours to the beaches, and the shuttle out to Mont St-Michel from the hotel. We spent a week there and I could easily go back and stay longer. I’m not a history buff, but the guides were just so interesting, and everyone, if they have the chance, should not miss the daily ceremony at the American cemetery.

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Post by canderson » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:45 pm

Amsterdam is lovely but please get out and see the Netherlands countryside. And go to Rotterdam because it’s better and more fun and real than Amsterdam.

But Volendam, Massdijk, FloraHolland, etc all demand attention imo. Enjoy - it’s my favorite country on earth.
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Post by Watty » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:51 pm

DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:07 am
Any suggestions?
One option would be to not decide until you get there.

You could make hotel reservations for the first five nights or so and then decide if you want to stay longer or not. If you decide to stay longer you might have to change hotels if you cannot extend your stay longer but that could actually be a plus since you could stay in a different part of town.

If you decide that you have seen enough of Amsterdam you could just get on a train and go somewhere else.

When we travel we will frequently leave gaps in our travel plans so that we have more flexibility when we are on the road.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:03 pm

Watty wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:51 pm
DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:07 am
Any suggestions?
One option would be to not decide until you get there.

You could make hotel reservations for the first five nights or so and then decide if you want to stay longer or not. If you decide to stay longer you might have to change hotels if you cannot extend your stay longer but that could actually be a plus since you could stay in a different part of town.

If you decide that you have seen enough of Amsterdam you could just get on a train and go somewhere else.

When we travel we will frequently leave gaps in our travel plans so that we have more flexibility when we are on the road.
I usually book my lodgings at least before I go. If I leave gaps it’s because I forgot to book it. It wasn’t fun to find out I had no place to stay in Zurich the last two days because I messed up, I booked the wrong date to go. I had to pay the rebooking fee to change flight. But thanks for the suggestion.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:08 pm

Mapmaker wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:05 pm
DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:56 pm
Tycoon wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:32 am
Two weeks is going to be a bit much. Venture out to some other countries during your second week.
I’m going to Paris after Amsterdam. I’m debating whether to do one week, or two weeks, or in between in Amsterdam.
Why Paris, my husband wants to see Normandy, Dunkirk, all that WW2 stuff.
If you decide to spend some time in Normandy, check out the Churchill Hotel in Bayeux, ( Bayeux Tapestry across the road) the Overlord tours to the beaches, and the shuttle out to Mont St-Michel from the hotel. We spent a week there and I could easily go back and stay longer. I’m not a history buff, but the guides were just so interesting, and everyone, if they have the chance, should not miss the daily ceremony at the American cemetery.
My husband is all fired up after reading the book about Churchill. I make sure to follow this advice and stay longer. We’re thinking of going to Bordeaux after Normandy and then book flight from there to Malaga. Is that a good idea or just go back to Paris.

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Post by GerryL » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:11 pm

canderson wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:45 pm
Amsterdam is lovely but please get out and see the Netherlands countryside. And go to Rotterdam because it’s better and more fun and real than Amsterdam.

But Volendam, Massdijk, FloraHolland, etc all demand attention imo. Enjoy - it’s my favorite country on earth.
Yes. Lots to see outside of Amsterdam, too. I loved Madurodam, a vast city in miniature near The Hague. And the outdoor museum at Enkhuisen, a former fishing village that became landlocked with the capture of land from the sea. Easy to do on buses and trains. I am a slow traveller too, but I'd probably extend a 2-week visit beyond the Netherlands. Antwerp? Bruges? Ghent? Hey, Dunkirk! A little bit further afield, but I remember years ago visiting a town in Luxembourg that had been in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge in WWII.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:11 pm

canderson wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:45 pm
Amsterdam is lovely but please get out and see the Netherlands countryside. And go to Rotterdam because it’s better and more fun and real than Amsterdam.

But Volendam, Massdijk, FloraHolland, etc all demand attention imo. Enjoy - it’s my favorite country on earth.
Thank you, this is why I have this thread. It’s also one of my daughter’s favorite countries.
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Post by Watty » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:17 pm

DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:03 pm
I usually book my lodgings at least before I go. If I leave gaps it’s because I forgot to book it. It wasn’t fun to find out I had no place to stay in Zurich the last two days because I messed up, I booked the wrong date to go. I had to pay the rebooking fee to change flight. But thanks for the suggestion.
I do usually make reservations for the gaps about two days ahead of time so I have never had a problem with finding a place to stay, but I typically spend a lot of my time outside the big cities so that helps.

You could also have reservations for the second week that you can cancel without a penalty if you change your mind about staying in Amsterdam the second week.
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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:19 pm

GerryL wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:11 pm
canderson wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:45 pm
Amsterdam is lovely but please get out and see the Netherlands countryside. And go to Rotterdam because it’s better and more fun and real than Amsterdam.

But Volendam, Massdijk, FloraHolland, etc all demand attention imo. Enjoy - it’s my favorite country on earth.
Yes. Lots to see outside of Amsterdam, too. I loved Madurodam, a vast city in miniature near The Hague. And the outdoor museum at Enkhuisen, a former fishing village that became landlocked with the capture of land from the sea. Easy to do on buses and trains. I am a slow traveller too, but I'd probably extend a 2-week visit beyond the Netherlands. Antwerp? Bruges? Ghent? Hey, Dunkirk! A little bit further afield, but I remember years ago visiting a town in Luxembourg that had been in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge in WWII.
I have about 6-7 countries in South of Europe I want to visit. Southern Spain, Greece and its island, Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia,and Italy(Lake Cuomo). Plus I don’t want to be away too long. I miss my garden.
I’m also thinking of adding some nearby places to the above places like Granada, Cypress, Morocco. I might not be able to do it. Reality will set in, I will have to cut back.
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Post by SrGrumpy » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:24 pm

You can jump on the train, go anywhere you want in those 2 weeks. Or get a cheapo flight for a crazy overnighter somewhere. Unroll the map, let your imagination run wild. Domestically, I'd recommend The Hague, if you haven't already overdosed on beautiful art in Amsterdam. If husband is a WW2 nut, he can check out the "Bridge Too Far" sites in the Netherlands. A week in Amsterdam should keep you busy.

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Post by Wenonah » Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:36 pm

Don't forget to figure out the system and spend a couple days riding a bike to different museums, restaurants like the locals. . It's a kick. You will be amazed! Check out all the bikes at Central Station. We did it last year and we are 59 and 61. A little stressful at first, but doable and an experience! Van Gogh museum needs to be on the list. I loved it. There is way more to him then the "ear."

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Post by 6miths » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:02 pm

Two weeks? A bit much? Are you kidding?! I'm planning on 3 months one of these springs. Tulip season comes early there. We have been to the Keukenhof a couple of times. First time was first week in May and we had already missed a bunch so don't leave it too late. Enjoy!
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Post by friar1610 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:19 pm

DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:56 pm
Tycoon wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:32 am
Two weeks is going to be a bit much. Venture out to some other countries during your second week.
I’m going to Paris after Amsterdam. I’m debating whether to do one week, or two weeks, or in between in Amsterdam.
Why Paris, my husband wants to see Normandy, Dunkirk, all that WW2 stuff.
In my opinion two weeks is a bit long for Amsterdam but that may just be me.

One museum that I rarely see mentioned but that I found fascinating is the Dutch Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum). It chronicles the WW II occupation of the Netherlands by the Nazis. The Nazis apparently started out in the Netherlands as "nice guys" who weren't going to disrupt life too much for the natives. As time went by they slowly but surely tightened the screws, affecting every aspect of Dutch lives. This museum tells that story. If you have a WW II buff in the family he will love it.
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Post by dsmclone » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:42 pm

I've been to all the places you have on your list. I would do a 8 or so days staying in Amsterdam and also visiting surrounding areas of the Netherlands via rail. On the way to Paris I'd spend a couple of days in Brueges. As far as Normandy, we stayed in Bayuex at the Churchill Hotel and loved it. If you're into WW2 stuff you could also do a road trip from Brueges to Bastongne. I've never been but I've heard great things.

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Post by mariezzz » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:59 pm

Plus, most people would enjoy renting a bike for at least a day or two, for longer rides, perhaps outside of Amsterdam, or possibly entire trip, both for longer rides & getting around the town. There are also white bikes around town, which anyone can use, for free.

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Post by Ztx » Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:43 pm

We spent 4 days and it was plenty (not interested in art though). I recommend to at least take a day trip somewhere (we went to Rotterdam and spent an awesome day biking do Kinderdijk (place with windmills- very prety!)

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:13 pm

Thank you for all your responses. I didn’t get the two first class seats even though it showed there were two available on that particular date. But I did book on business class a few days later. I’ve decided to spend about 10 days, more than a week, but not quite two weeks, enough time to explore Amsterdam and other areas as well.

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Post by sawhorse » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:13 pm

There are other areas of the Netherlands, not to mention neighboring countries, that are worth seeing and that I enjoyed more than Amsterdam. I particularly liked Den Haag.

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Post by GO-UK » Wed May 01, 2019 7:27 am

If you do nothing else, go get a cookie from Van Stapele Koekmakerij. Make sure to go early in your visit so you can go back! I would almost fly to Amsterdam to have this cookie...

Some of the best food we had was in a modern food hall called Amsterdam Foodhallen.

We took the train north to Zaanse Schans which was a great experience (albeit a little touristy). You walk over a bridge and have an incredible photo opportunity with windmills in the background. Enjoy the trip!

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Re: Is 2 weeks in Amsterdam a bit much?

Post by MtnTraveler » Fri May 03, 2019 2:28 pm

My daughter and I just got back from visiting during this years tulip season. We spent the first 3 days in Amsterdam which felt like enough. Rented a car and airbnb and spent the next 6 days outside of Lisse. Easily could have spent more than 6 days outside of Amsterdam as we didn't get to see everything we'd planned on. Biking through the tulip fields everyday is something I will never forget!

Three pieces of advice: 1) Your credit card will not work at any grocery store (except Marqt) regardless of if it's a chip and PIN so be prepared. I knew it wouldn't work at Albert Heijn stores but I was amazed that Marqt was the only grocery store that it would work at. Also parking garages will not take US credit cards. 2) If you rent a car get the full insurance from the rental car company. It's completely different renting a car over there than here. They meticulously go over the vehicle and any ding/dent/scratch on the car/tire/windshield they will make you pay for if it wasn't noted on the pre-inspection. Sure enough I noticed a scratch when we got to the airbnb that I didn't notice when we picked it up (lighting can be so tricky to catch it all) and when we turned the car in they noticed it. Had I not had full coverage from the rental company I'd either a) had to pay for it myself or b) worked with the rental car company and the travel insurance company to get it paid through travel insurance. I spent $60 more to get the full insurance through the rental car company and didn't get travel insurance that covered rental cars and the time I would have spent was well, well worth the $60. 3) Not having a rental car will be a lot less stress but while public transportation is excellent it takes more time so if you go that route take it into account. When we went to Haarlem it took 25 minutes by car but would have been over an hour by public transport. Given time was tight public transportation outside of Amsterdam wasn't super useful for us.

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Re: Is 2 weeks in Amsterdam a bit much?

Post by DrGoogle2017 » Fri May 03, 2019 5:31 pm

MtnTraveler wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 2:28 pm
My daughter and I just got back from visiting during this years tulip season. We spent the first 3 days in Amsterdam which felt like enough. Rented a car and airbnb and spent the next 6 days outside of Lisse. Easily could have spent more than 6 days outside of Amsterdam as we didn't get to see everything we'd planned on. Biking through the tulip fields everyday is something I will never forget!

Three pieces of advice: 1) Your credit card will not work at any grocery store (except Marqt) regardless of if it's a chip and PIN so be prepared. I knew it wouldn't work at Albert Heijn stores but I was amazed that Marqt was the only grocery store that it would work at. Also parking garages will not take US credit cards. 2) If you rent a car get the full insurance from the rental car company. It's completely different renting a car over there than here. They meticulously go over the vehicle and any ding/dent/scratch on the car/tire/windshield they will make you pay for if it wasn't noted on the pre-inspection. Sure enough I noticed a scratch when we got to the airbnb that I didn't notice when we picked it up (lighting can be so tricky to catch it all) and when we turned the car in they noticed it. Had I not had full coverage from the rental company I'd either a) had to pay for it myself or b) worked with the rental car company and the travel insurance company to get it paid through travel insurance. I spent $60 more to get the full insurance through the rental car company and didn't get travel insurance that covered rental cars and the time I would have spent was well, well worth the $60. 3) Not having a rental car will be a lot less stress but while public transportation is excellent it takes more time so if you go that route take it into account. When we went to Haarlem it took 25 minutes by car but would have been over an hour by public transport. Given time was tight public transportation outside of Amsterdam wasn't super useful for us.
Thank you for your post. I still don’t plan to rent a car, but it’s valuable information.

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