Amsterdam or Paris for 4 days in August?

Jul 16th, 2004, 05:08 PM
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Yay! So exciting. I will put out the good vibes for you that no rain shall fall on your long weekend!

This is a helpfu site:

http://www.amsterdamhotspots.com/

use the left nav to check their listings. The reviews are brutally honest & will give you a good feeling for places/neighborhoods.

I notice they have banner ads for bookings.nl, which I've used for hotels (if you still need one). Another NL-based, useful site.

Finally don't miss the cool content on

http://www.timeout.com/amsterdam/

again, they're right on the money.
Gezelligheid, hoor!
Have fun planning
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Jul 16th, 2004, 05:12 PM
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Since you are staying in Amsterdam for four days, I would recommend the Amsterdam Pass while you are there. It is good for admission to most museums (except Anne Frank House) as well as transportation on the trams and buses. When we were there last year the pass was Euro 36.00 for two days and we utilized it for the following museums: Amstelkring - Oude Kerk - Amsterdams Historisch Museum - Houseboat Museum - Theatermuseum - Resistance Museum - Rijksmuseum - Van Gogh Museum - Rembrandthouse - and two canal cruises (one by day, one by night). I recommend all of the above museums, except we found the Theatermuseum pretty boring even for us, and we're theatre people.

Then there is just walking...and walking....and walking...along the three canals, through the Jordaan, along the Kalverstraat, through the Waterlooplein Flea Market, down the Damrak, through the Red Light District...so many places and so many interesting sights to see.

If you have the time, maybe take a day trip by rail to Delft or Haarlem or Utrecht. There is so much to see in Amsterdam, you can easily fill up four days without having to leave the center of town.

Have a great time in Amsterdam. I think you made the right decision. Peace.

Robyn
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Jul 16th, 2004, 05:54 PM
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My family is going to both in August. Amsterdam is a great city, although some folks seem to really hate it. The areas around the outer of the big 4 canals are beautiful. Very easy for english speakers to visit. I have heard about Paris in August and have done lots of research into it. Most of what I have seen indicates that the city no longer completely clears out in August, although it is supposedly noticeably less crowded. The Unofficial Guide to Paris actually says that August is a good time to visit. Hotel prices are reduced. Average August temps. are not bad at all, although I imagine a heat spell is no fun in a city with spotty air conditioning. I guess we shall see.
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Jul 16th, 2004, 05:58 PM
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Do get the Amsterdam Pass. I believe it's now $40 for two days, and you should consider a three day pass, if you're there for four days. It includes transportation [trams], a couple ferry rides, and many museums. I hope you're staying in a good area. The only time I heard negative feedback from people I know, was because of the areas they stayed in. In my opinion, the area around the Leidesplein would be best. It's convenient to frequent tram stops, several museums and a lot of night life. Also, you're going at a time when the canals will be hopping. I was there in April, and the canals were quiet. Then, when I was back in June, there were people out all over, in all sorts of boats. It's amazing there there aren't frequent accidents on the water, with all the activity on those narrow canals, and the huge tour boats. I loved both visits there. Do get to the Rijkmuseum. Even though most of it is closed, it still offered some very interesting exibits. When going to the Ann Frank house,plan to arrive toward the evening. It is probably open till around 8 or 9, and when we went there was no line at all around 7:30 The weather has to be better in Amsterdam in Aug. than Paris, so for that reason alone, I think it worked out well for you. I should add that I do love Paris also. Enjoy!
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