3.5 days in Amsterdam, what to do :0)

Oct 25th, 2018, 07:03 AM
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If youre a beer fan, the Heineken brewery offers a tour package that includes the tour, a couple beers on their awesome rooftop deck, AND a canal boat ride.
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Oct 25th, 2018, 09:00 AM
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FEBOs are all over the centrum area and serve soft ice cream (or yoghurt) - in cone or in a cup with a variety of toppings on it - only take out though there are a few seats.

Heineken Brewery was torn down long ago and today's tours are just via films of the process plus a museum showcasing ingredients, etc but no factory tour in Amsterdam - but still a popular place for tourists and yes free tastings like always. The Heineken Experience it is called.

https://www.heineken.com/gb/Heineken...SAAEgIn4vD_BwE
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Oct 25th, 2018, 09:16 AM
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Free Heineken isn't much of a draw when you're surrounded by "real" beer. Personally I'd just take a canal boat ride and drink elsewhere (you can bring your own drinks on the boat if you're so inclined).
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Oct 25th, 2018, 09:44 AM
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There are better beers than gnats pee Heineken in Amsterdam. Try 't Ij brewery. Or Jopen in Haarlem.

There are better ice creams to be had than at a Febo.
One bloggers top ten: Tip 10 ? De beste ijssalons van Amsterdam |

Another list of Ijssalons: https://www.eet.nu/amsterdam/ijssalons

No recommendations from me.
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Oct 25th, 2018, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by StCirq View Post
Free Heineken isn't much of a draw when you're surrounded by "real" beer. Personally I'd just take a canal boat ride and drink elsewhere (you can bring your own drinks on the boat if you're so inclined).
is there a suggestion for a canal boat tour in
particular ?
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Oct 25th, 2018, 10:36 AM
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Get a canal boat tour that also goes thru the harbor a bit - great view of Amsterdam from the water.
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Oct 25th, 2018, 11:28 AM
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The commentary is kind of, well, really hokey, but Those Dam Boat Guys is a fun tour. And it does go out into the harbor.
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Oct 25th, 2018, 12:12 PM
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A great ides, kgvereran. Elton John's last concert series I believe. Enjoy!
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Oct 25th, 2018, 12:23 PM
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Some it might depends on weather. I ended up with a couple rainy days so walked (a long way) to the Tropenmuseum. That was interesting, both the walk and the place itself. I also went to one of the 'sex museums' in the RLD as another indoor activity.
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Oct 25th, 2018, 12:53 PM
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The museumkaart for non-Dutch residents is not valid for all Amsterdam museums - new rules that PalenQ is probably not aware of since he has not visited Amsterdam in a decade or more. If you follow the link that Pal gives, you will see this.

Do visit the Red Light District since it is one of the oldest parts of town, but go in the morning after the streets have been cleaned of the previous nights' filth left by drunk tourists. FYI Dutch people are not ashamed of it, and the government is not trying to close it down, they are trying to deal with drunk tourists and make the place safe for women who work there. Do go there late at night and report back on what you think about it.
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Oct 25th, 2018, 01:08 PM
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PalenQ, this is really starting to become tiresome. When exactly was the last time you visited Amsterdam? You continue to give out-of-date information, you google things and give links to places that you have never visited, you give wrong information, Do you read the links that you provide?
Recommending Febo is like recommending someone visiting New York that they get icecream at McDonalds.
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Oct 25th, 2018, 01:22 PM
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<According to new rules, only Dutch residents can use the Museum Card for a full one year. To others the card will expire after 31 days and they have to go through some paperwork to get it. The Museumkaart website is in dutch language only and online purchase is only to Dutch residents."

The Amsterdam Museum Card is available to anyone but for 31 days for foreigners> - right, so foreign tourists it seems can use the card but the site in Dutch only does not explain what that paperwork is and how one can do it? Anyone care to translate how foreigners it seems can buy an Amsterdam Museum Card? Seems they make it hard for tourists to get the Amsterdam Museum Card and pushes another City Pass that can be obtained online or at museum and covers only a few museums in full and gives 20% off some others and things like train fare in and out to airport and canal boat, etc - at about 80 euros per adult - could be good deal but if wanting to visit dozens of museums try to get the Amsterdam Museum Card if possible.

Anyway the options are explained: https://www.amsterdam.info/museums/museumkaart/

The Rubens House in Antwerpen is not covered!
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Oct 25th, 2018, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by kgveteran View Post
What i really see here is people helping, i have a list a mile long of information given by well meaning members.
The anxiety i felt when this began was in a mild way, very overwhelming. You all deserve a big pat on the back for offering up free friendly advice to a total noob :0)
i will always advise friends to hit the forums for advice, ur a wealth of knowledge, even if theres a bit of very light squabbling Lol, and you guys/girls even maintain politeness when squabbling :0)

thank you all

Now, back to Amsterdam, are there icecream shops LOL I would love to visit a coffeeshop then an icecream shop :0)
There's only one real one: Tofani, on Nieuwmarkt. Rows of coffeeshops nearby, so your wish can be granted.
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Oct 25th, 2018, 11:11 PM
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The museumcard that tourists buy is only valid for 31 days and 5 museums.
This explains it a little better; https://www.amsterdamtourist.info/ti...s/museumkaart/
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Oct 26th, 2018, 03:04 AM
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The reason for the change is that museums were losing money because so many tourists bought the card.
Initially it was changed to having a picture on it so it was person specific due to abuse of the card by AirBnB owners (amongst others) and now has change again this year to only 5 museums in a month.
Dutch taxpayers support all the museums, but subsidiies have been lower over the last few years due ot the econony. So the museums need the entrance fees more than ever. This is why it is now limited to residents only.
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Oct 26th, 2018, 09:09 AM
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Thanks for explanation of Museum Card currently. Too bad tourists can't pay more for the old type card as so many lesser museums one may never pay for were covered.
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Oct 30th, 2018, 12:31 PM
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Thank you for all ur assistance and wonderful suggestions!!!
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Oct 30th, 2018, 04:00 PM
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topping for planning
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Oct 30th, 2018, 04:43 PM
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Let's Go Amsterdam (a tiny pocket-sized guidebook) served me well on my 1st trip.
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Oct 30th, 2018, 05:14 PM
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The VVV or Tourist Office in Centraal Station and opposite itm last I knew sold walking tour maps that are neat for exploring an area on your own.
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