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Weekend of markets, museums, foodie shops, festivals?

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Planning our three night weekend stay mid August in Amsterdam and would appreciate your suggestions for our itineary. We are a couple in mid-50's, early 60's. This is my first time in Amsterdam and am not interested in the red light district or smoking.

With limited time in Amsterdam (only two full days), how would you plan a fun budget-moderate priced weekend of museums, markets, shopping for foodie gifts to bring home, sightseeing and festivals? We want to maximize what we see/do while at the same time not feel that we are on a forced march. I like selecting a couple of things to do each day, and identify "options" for the rest of the time (depending upon mood, energy, weather etc.)

The schedules are generally not up yet for festivals going on the weekend we will be in Amsterdam (e.g., Grachtenfestival, Pluck de Nacht, Parade Theater Festival, Vondelpark Open Air Theatre). "The first Saturday of the Grachtenfestival festival, 13 August, is dedicated to Street Performances, with new talent playing outdoors in a concert route." We don't speak Dutch--which of these festival/events would be good to consider?

We may be able to fit in a museum visit on Friday night. Our flight gets in at 6:35 pm on Friday. Museums are considering include those near our hotel (NH Amsterdam City Centre)--Rijksmuseum (open Friday until 10 pm) and Van Gogh Museum (open Friday until 8:30 pm), as well as Anne Frank Museum (open daily until 10 pm in July/August). The Museum of Bags sounds interesting to me but hubbie will probably resist--he is not a shopper (unless foodie gifts to bring home to share with friends and family).

Unsure about distance, length of time to travel, best way to travel, and best time to visit. Best place to pick up budget-moderate price breakfast or lunch at or near markets or museums?

Of the cities that we will be visiting in Europe this summer (Berlin, Prague and Amsterdam), seems that Amsterdam is the best for markets. Markets are considering:

Albert Cuyp (Saturday)

Noordermarkt (Saturday)

Flower Market

I did find a map of the markets:

www.schmap.com/amsterdam/shopping_markets/

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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    Personally, I would suggest Waterlooplein instead of the Noordermarkt unless you want to buy food.

    As far as festivals are concerned, you named a couple of very different festivals:

    Grachtenfestival is all about classical music (this year's theme: Dance)
    Pluk de nacht is an open air film festival

    De Parade is a carnival fair (more a modern artsy like thing)

    Vondelpark open air theatre is a mixed bag - on saturday aug 13 mostly cabaret and a bit of jazz, sundaymorning classical music and and sunday afternoon some typical Dutch pop-bands

    Thus it depends on your personal preferences where to go.

    If your flight arrives on Ams Schiphol airport 18:35, you prolly won't have much time to go and visit a museum. Depending on where the plane will dock, it'll take you anywhere between 30 minutes and two hours to collect your luggage and get through immigration. And if you're unlucky, the plane lands at the polderbaan, adding another 30 to 35 minutes taxiing before it even gets to the dock. Once out of the airport, the train adds another 20 minutes to get into the city. Trust me, you'll be happy to just stay at the hotel for a quick bite and than hit the sack ;).

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