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City counsel-page with interactive streetmap.
Amsterdam Tourist Board.
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A walk in the old city
Amsterdam Communication Channels or Citysite with interactive picture tour.
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Urban Home & Garden Tour
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Amsterdam Centraal, Downtown news in Dutch.
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Not fond at all: Recent crimes
Tourist Office at track 2B of the Central Station
Favorite thing: The Amsterdam Tourist Offices can be found at:
-The Central Train Station (Stationsplein 15 at track 2B)
-The Koffiehuis in front of the Central Train Station (Stationsplein 10)
-Leidsestraat (corner with Leidseplein)
Amsterdam website of the Dutch Tourist Board or the Tourism & Convention Board
Major downtown attractions in one view
Downloadable flyers for your first visit
Fondest memory: Daytrips to attractions within one hour travel around Amsterdam.
Favorite thing: I recommend you explore Amsterdam by foot.
Any trip along the canals will you take along interesting places. Don't forget the alleys and the connecting streets between the canals; a lot of hidden shops and small businesses can be found just there.
Fondest memory: My favorites: Brouwersgracht, Noordermarkt, Elandsgracht, The nine little streets and the Kerkstraat.
Favorite thing: Kokadorus, aka Meier Linnewiel was a famous Amsterdam street market merchant, selling cloths and other stuff at the Amstelveld square. He became famous from the nonsense sales talks he held, not only on the street markets but at parties and festivals too. He claimed to be the Merchant of Northern Venice.
Since 1977 there's a statue at the Amstelveld; his beloved monday selling location.
Amsterdam Police Headquarter
Favorite thing: The Amsterdam Police Headquarter is located at the Elandsgracht 117.
The imposant figures on the frontwall are famous as is the words around them: "’T GEZAG DAT RUST BEHOEDT IN STAD EN STAAT, WAAKT RUSTLOOS TEGEN ’D ONRUST VAN HET KWAAD".
The police corps Amsterdam-Amstelland guards Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Diemen, Uithoorn and Ouder-Amstel, an area of 357 square meters where 900.000 people live.
The corps has about 6000 policemen with a yearly budget of 400 million Euros.
There also is a police post at track2 of the Centraal Station.
Homomonument - Amsterdam
Favorite thing: The Amsterdam Homomonument called Past, Present and Future consists of three stone triangles on the Westerkerk square; one is located at the Keizersgracht.
The monument was designed by Karin Daan and dates from 1987.
-Commemorates all women and men ever oppressed and persuated because of their homosexuality
-Supports the Intenational Lesbiann and Gay Movement in their struggle against contempt, discremination and oppression
-Demonstrates that we are not alone
Calls for permanent vigilance
At the nearby Westermarkt 9 you'll find Pink Point. a small Gay information center.
OBA Library Amsterdam
Favorite thing: The new central location of the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA) openend in July 2007 in a 10 floor building designed by architect Jo Coenen.
It's the biggest library building of the Netherlands.
It's located at the Oosterdokskade 143 - 1011 DL Amsterdam at a 5 minutes walk East of the Central Train Station.
All floors have special corners and seats & sofas for reading comfort. Many of them offer a great lookoff of the Oosterdok and Amsterdam's old city center.
Basement - Children's corner
Ground floor - Entrance, reception & Toilets + newspapers & magazines + reading café
First floor - Multi media, CD & DVD
Second floor - Novels
Third floor - Travel & history
Fourth floor - Art & Music
Fifth floor - Health + study rooms
Sixth floor Philosophy & Social work
Seventh floor - Theater + La Place restaurant
50 Multi media work stations, 110 terminals to explore the collection.
11 print & copy stations.
On the top floor is a small terrace with a spectacular view over the Oosterdok and the old city center and a big inside restaurant.
Opening hours: 7 days per week 10AM - 10PM
Membership for 1 year:
0 - 19 yr free
19 - 22 yr € 14,50
23 - 64 yr € 24,00
From 65 yr € 14,50
Surcharge for CD, DVD, CR-Rom and Video € 1,00 per item for maximum 1 week.
Garage: 1200 cars and 2000 bicycles
Fondest memory: Looking out over the Oosterdok from the top floor.
Favorite thing: One remark I got from a visitor from abroad was that he was unable to locate a post office downtown.
Things have changed over the years. The former Head Office behind the Royal Palace has been transformed into the Magna Plaza shopping Center and the distribution center at the Central Station has lost its function, because all mail is distributed by road.
The former PTT was split up into private post and telephone companies. The post is now handled by TNT.
Post facilities are often an integral part in a book- or cigarette shop and not always easy to identify from the outside.
Here are the downtown post shops:
Favorite thing: In the Oosterpark there's a statue called "De Titaantjes" after a title of a 1918 book by writer Nescio aka Jan Hendrik Frederik Grönloh (June 22, 1882 till July 25, 1961).
Favorite thing: The slavery monument is placed in the Oosterpark in 2002; at that year is was 140 years ago the slavery was ended.
More info; see: Slavernij monument website
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