Parking in Amserdam

Oct 1st, 2001, 04:57 AM
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Parking in Amserdam

Do you have any tips on parking in Amsterdam?
Oct 1st, 2001, 07:28 AM
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Nataly, there is some parking for businesses, hotels and such, but not much in the way of what we would consider "public parking".

If you find parking along a canal side, you are pretty lucky. Don't leave anything valuable inside as a precaution.
Oct 1st, 2001, 09:19 AM
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In a word - don't. You don't need a car IN A'dam. Here's a site that provides parking information. They recommend parking on the outskirts and taking public transportation [excellent in A'dam] into the city itself.

Oct 1st, 2001, 12:12 PM
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First time I parked in Amsterdam, our car radio was gone the next morning. At the hotel they apologized for not having told us to take it out of the car and inside with us. At the police station they had theft report forms in about 10 different languages; so, check with whoever you're staying. This was about 5 years ago, and I'm not sure if the situation is still the same.
Oct 1st, 2001, 12:55 PM
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Our children parked at the train station in Amsterdam because of no parking/not needed. They returned a day later to broken windows and stolen stuff out of main car compartment. Because it was a Mercedes (very unexpected upgrade!!) the robbers could not get into the trunk. Do not park overnight at the train station!!
Oct 1st, 2001, 06:08 PM
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Nataly, last spring we spent 2 weeks driving around Benelux. For our three nights in Amsterdam, our hotel directed me to a large commercial parking garage, which if I recall was about $75. The garage seemed very secure, nothing was missing, and you can use your visa card in the machine when you check it out. Never used the car while in Amsterdam. Parking on the street is a nightmare. We had a difficult time in Delft, and fines are hefty.
The public parking lots are interesting. In most cases, when you enter the lot, you take a ticket from the entry machine. Take the ticket with you when you leave the car. When you are ready to leave, before you go to the car, find the kiosk to pay for your parking ticket. You insert the ticket into the machine located in the kiosk, it tells you how much money to insert. It then returns the ticket to you, and you have about 10-15 minutes to leave the parking lot. When you get to the exit in your car, insert the ticket in the slot, up comes the gate, and off you go. In parking lots in Gouda and Siena we never saw a lot attendant.
P.S. - when you drive into Amsterdam, be sure you have a good city map and a navigator. We stopped outside of town and studied. Still, be prepared for construction detours and one way streets. Be patient, and you may even end up getting a cheap drive-around tour of the city. We enjoyed the adventure!

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