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Waiting, waiting, waiting to see Anne Frank - Amsterdam

Waiting, waiting, waiting to see Anne Frank

Long Lines Long Lines - Queues Review

The Anne Frank House is the most popular tourist attraction of Amsterdam.
No wonder, that during the day long waiting lines grow at the entrance.

So, get up early and be there at 9AM sharp (or visit in the early evening hours).

BTW Anne Frank's real house before her family moved to the Achterhuis hideout is located at the Merwedeplein.

Website: http://www.annefrank.org/nl/Anne-Franks-historie/Emigreren-naar-Nederland/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 28, 2011
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No bikcycle parking! - Amsterdam

No bikcycle parking!

Fietsen Worden Verwijderd Cycling Review

You cannot park your bicycle at any spot.

Most shopkeepers have small signs in their window that they will remove your bike (they don't like to get scratches on the glass or worse).

At the Central Station each week a truckload of wrongly parked bicycles is hauled away.

And even at the Chinese Tempel at the Zeedijk your bicycle is not welcome!

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 15, 2004
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A near miss - Amsterdam

A near miss

TRAMS (they kill too!) Crossing the Street - Trams Review

The Amsterdam Trams (public transport streetcars) are great to use, but they travel through some narrow crowded streets too (Leidsestraat, Reguliers Breestraat). So, get customized to look out for tracks and fast trams crossing (when you are crossing the street).

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 18, 2006
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Construction works at the East side of the station - Amsterdam

Construction works at the East side of the station

Construction season Central Station & Trains Review

Around the Central Train Station works are in progress.
A new busstation will be build at the North side of the building with a pedestrian area at ground level and a motorway underneath.
Furthermore new metro and (high speed) train tracks are under construction.
The metro works needs digging and the train works need overpasses to be build.

At times expect heavy construction works going on. It's is well planned, but may confilct with your plans at times.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 20, 2006
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Warning sign - Amsterdam

Warning sign

PICKPOCKETS Pickpockets Review

There are Pickpockets! (also in the public transportation).

In the main shopping streets you are warned (see picture).

The top 5 pickpocket trics:

1) Cover. You will be surrounded by a group to cover the crime, using newspapers, coats etc. to cover the actual happening.

2) Broken glasses. Somebody drops glasses on the ground and steps on it. You will be accused and in the events that follow you will be pick-pocketed.

3) Back-to-Back. Very popular in Hamburger restaurants. While your coat is hanging on your chair and you finally start enjoying your food, the person that sits back-to-back with you starts his search.

4) Stain. Somebody stains your coat and offers to clean it. The moment you give your coat away..... well you get the picture.

5) Peeking at the ATM. Cover the keyboard when you punch in your pincode.

Besides these 5 there were cases people personating as fake policeman and asking for pasports and more.

Be aware!

Recent Amsterdam crimes map

A safer Amsterdam

Other Contact: Crime report line: 0800-7000

Phone: 112 (Alarm) or 0900-8844

Website: http://www.politie-amsterdam-amstelland.nl/frameset/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 3, 2010
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Vitamin Pills - Amsterdam

Vitamin Pills

Pills, Pills, Pills Coffee Shops Review

In Amsterdam you can buy "vitamin"-pills, smoke hash, go into the RLD, get drunk and more.....

It's up to you; I rather stay healthy.

For your information: the next list indicaties the likelyhood of trouble vs. cause:

1 - Spacecake (Many tourist confuse this with "normal" cake)
2 - Mushrooms (The strong [negative] effects are not well-known to many)
3 - Cannabis/Soft drugs (Overdosis is a likely cause of trouble)
4 - GHB/XTC (Pills are related to dance parties, but sometimes they are used to seduce victims. Keep an eye on your drink in an unfamiliar place!)
5 - Cocaine/Heroine (only in the illegal circuit and always good for trouble)
6 - Alcohol (Dutch beers contain more alcohol than US ones and drinking too much ...)

Website: http://www.gaylinc.nl/index.php/general-info/12-general-info/34-drugs

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 24, 2008
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WIELKLEM - Amsterdam

WIELKLEM

DE WIELKLEM (a thing of the past) Driving & Parking Review

Amsterdam has a strict and expensive parking control. If you haven't payed your ticket or have parked your car at the wrong spot, you end up with DE WIELKLEM. Removing cost a lot of money and retrieving your car once it has been towed away cost even more!

2008 Update: From January 1, 2009 the parking police will not use the "wielklem" anymore. It was not friendly enough for foreign visitors.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Bicycle path - Amsterdam

Bicycle path

More FIETSPAD Cycling Review

Most of the smaller interconnecting streets are dedicated to bicycles! Please walk on the sidewalks.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 23, 2003
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Policeman - Amsterdam

Policeman

Oom Agent Driving & Parking Review

If you get in trouble despite all the WARNINGS I gave you, look for Oom Agent (Uncle Policeman). This one is guarding the Dam Square.

And don't cycle at pedestrain areas or walkways!

Other Contact: 112 for emergencies only

Phone: 0900-8844

Website: http://www.politie-amsterdam-amstelland.nl/frameset/get.cfm?id=2017

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 26, 2008
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Amsterdam Canal Water souvenir - Drinkable - Amsterdam

Amsterdam Canal Water souvenir - Drinkable

Do not drink canal water

The Amsterdam potable water is safe to drink (you do not need to buy bottled water).

Canal water however is not suited to drink; except for the special bottled CANAL WATER souvenir.

In 1967 Peter J Muller, a well-known figure in the Amsterdams scene, already sold true canal water for as little as 2.50 guiders. In 2013 this idea was revived and bottles filled with a set of 4 bottles with water from the Singel, Heren-, Keizers-, and Prinsengracht canals that was sold for 50 Euro's (!). Each bottle has a QR-code with the indication of the exact part of the canal the water originates from and a short story of the canal..

Website: http://www.amsterdamcanalwatercompany.nl/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 17, 2013
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