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Amsterdam on an Sunday what's open, what's closed?

Old Mar 10th, 2010, 10:59 AM
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Lear8118, two things.

Firstly tulips. Spring is cold so far, after a cold winter. It may (hopefully will) warm up soon, but we still have night forsts and had snow on Monday again. Normally when you are here would be peak time, but this year it is hard to predict. All bulbs are late this year. You will see some tulips, but whether they will be at their peak is hard to say.

Secondly where are you staying? April 30th is Koninginnedag (Queens day) and Amsterdam will be packed, even very, very early. The trains into Amsterdam will be crowded and the streets too. Trams may or may not be running, and many streets will be closed to all traffic. The same will apply to any town or city to a lesser extent.
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Old Mar 10th, 2010, 02:01 PM
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The trains into Amsterdam will be crowded and the streets too. and not may not be running IME - will not be running

the past few years all trains into Centraal Station i understand have been cancelled on Queen's Day - to me one of the very finest citywide street festivals i have ever witnessed - do not avoid it and go out of your way for it

But back to the trains -i was on a train at Centraal Station one Queen's Day and the mob scene was terrifying - unbelievable overcrowded trains - lots of young folk, each seemingly carried a case of Heineken off the train - descended from the train cars -it was like those old Volkswagen beatles ads - unfathomable number of people kept coming out of the train - the stairs and escalators were so mobbed - i can see why they scrub trains on Queen's Day.
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Old Mar 10th, 2010, 05:03 PM
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Well, you know that farmers depend on the weather. hetismij writes that it is still snowing in Holland. My friend in Haarlem wrote yesterday that it turned cold again. Meanwhile up here in mid-Michigan it is about 50F and my tulips (bulbs from Holland over the years) are about 2" out of the ground and the snow drops are blooming. Do you shoot craps?

The last time I was over there was end of April 2008. I shot a lot of pictures. My Keukenhof photos are at http://tinyurl.com/y8hltjl. As you can see the weather was beautiful and many of the tulips were two feet tall and in bloom.

As for April 30, Queen's Day, see my photos at http://tinyurl.com/yln3hrp. It was also a beautiful day and Amsterdam was mobbed. We took the train to and from Haarlem. It was SRO. We stood behind a Dutch punk and his punkess drinking from a bottle of rot gut booze which he finished and then threw the bottle on the floor of the train car. I advised him through his soaking wet eyeballs that that was not safe for other passengers. He picked it up and threw it on the tracks as he got off the train.

The Amsterdam trams in the city center were not running. Heck, you couldn't even ride a bicycle in town. Woe is a Dutchman if not on a bike. Since you are arriving very early Lear8118 you probably won't have a problem getting to your hotel (which? where?), but as hetismij indicates you never know. Ask your hotel for preferred transport.

Queen's Day should get you over jet lag -- right now!
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 11:08 AM
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We are hoping too walk to the southern canal belt where out hotel is (@ 1 mile) w/o too much trouble since were using backpacks?! I emailed Schipol and they said trains would be going to Centraal Station that day. Hope they are correct. We s/b arriving at Centraal @ 8 a.m. We figured we'd arrive in the chaos that day walk around a bit and call it an early night due to jet-lag. The best laid plans... we'll see.
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 01:38 PM
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The trains will be running at that time. They only stop running to Centraal if it gets seriously congested, which it hasn't done the last couple of years, and then only later in the morning or early afternoon.
If your hotel is walkable from Centraal you won't have too much of a problem, but do be alert - it is the pickpockets favourite day in Amsterdam.
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 08:22 PM
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"southern canal belt" What is that?

You might be walking for an hour, maybe more if you get lost. Do you have the name and/or address of your hotel? If the trams are running that would probably be a better way to go. Check with your hotel.
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