"Welcome to Amsterdam, The Netherlands" Amsterdam by Phildagr8

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Downtown Amsterdam

OK, here's what you gotta do: Get A Map! A good map will have most of the following places highlighted. Check out museums, the infamous 'red light district', see the multiple canals (and maybe get a canal boat tour), try some food (there are multiple bakeries and french fry places), and see some of the buildings/sites.

Check out the market and go shopping!

There's also a "market" that consists of a street with tents on both sides, and it goes for about 5 blocks. You can find almost everything there. It was packed with people. It's Albert Cuyp Straat (street). I took a picture of the street sign for the record.

You'll probably see multiple tents selling the same items for a few Euro's more or less, so walk the entire thing first, take note of the tents you want to come back to, then walk it back and go shopping! Note clothing sizes are different, so either try them on or know your measurements.

There are plenty of street level trains that can take you to different parts of the city!

French Fries

You can get french fries with almost any topping, but beware that about every topping costs money! Small, Medium and Large, they come to you served in a cone of paper. Be prepared to tell them what topping you want on them. The menu shows mayonnaise as the topping, which seems to be the "cultural thing" to do. The topping is called "saus" and typically costs about 0.40 Euro's. Oh, and they use comma's instead of periods for prices above $1 Euro, just like the menu below shows.

First, just remember that vinegar is an ingredient in ketchup, mustard and mayonaise, so don't let the color make the judgment for you. And second, remember that it's all in euro's.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:I'd definitely go back. Good food, sites.
  • Cons:Dress warm if you go in March.. Know thy weather.
  • In a nutshell:Most everything's in walking distance!
  • Last visit to Amsterdam: Mar 2006
  • Intro Updated Apr 5, 2007
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