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Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by jamesblud on 26 October 2004 4:31pm
 
No i've not had the chance to take the Rhine cruise,i'll have to take a look at it if i go back to germany.I'm looking further away myself.I'm looking at going to Peru and walking the Inca Trail,you haven't been there have you?
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by jamesblud on 26 October 2004 4:31pm
 
No i've not had the chance to take the Rhine cruise,i'll have to take a look at it if i go back to germany.I'm looking further away myself.I'm looking at going to Peru and walking the Inca Trail,you haven't been there have you?
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by jamesblud on 26 October 2004 4:31pm
 
No i've not had the chance to take the Rhine cruise,i'll have to take a look at it if i go back to germany.I'm looking further away myself.I'm looking at going to Peru and walking the Inca Trail,you haven't been there have you?
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by peripatetically on 27 October 2004 2:58pm
 
No, James. I'm afraid not.
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by Jaq D Hawkins on 27 October 2004 7:19pm
 
Can't help with Germany but I used to do a yearly trip to Amsterdam. Plan what you really want to do in advance, there is so much that you'll end up sitting in the coffee shop discussing it and miss it all. Museums are best as early as possible, and I agree with the person above that the canal cruise is a must.

A nice balance of cultural museums and the 'unusual' museums is what I would recommend. If you're into art, you're going to Heaven.

Go to at least one coffee shop even if you're 'not into that', just to people watch. The funniest thing is the English and American tourists. ;)

Don't bother trying to learn Dutch, the Dutch speak better English than the English.

There are great restaurants of all kinds around, take your pick. Unfortunately my favourite one is gone.

Watch out for the bicycles!!! They are lethal and have the right of way!

Learn to walk everywhere, trying to work out the trams isn't worth it and you can get fined if you don't get the advance ticket (unless you lead a charmed life like me and get waved on by the only non-English speaking Dutch driver in the country).

Have some chocolate. There's a great Belgian chocolate shop just a few yards down the main street from the train station, can't miss it. Worth going in April just to coincide with the Easter stuff.

Walking down strange streets is fun, there are a lot of bizarre shops that you just have to happen upon. Another reason to skip the trams.

Get a hotel in the red light district if you can. Seriously, it's a perfectly safe area and you can wake to the bells of the Neu Kirk (new church, unlike any bells you've heard before).

Have fun. :)

Oh yes, drink the Amstel beer. And have one of those chocolate dipped waffle things at the various bakers around town.

~ Jaq
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by zak on 1 November 2004 11:52am
 
If your going to Rudesheim you must pay a visit to the Lorelei Rock just down the river Rhine from Rudesheim.
The rock is just down the river from a small town called St. Goar (St.Goar's nickname is "Die Lorelei Stadt" "The Lorelei town")
And there is a statue of the mermaid on a small island on the edge of the river and you can see it when you drive past the rock on the road that stretches the length of the river.

According to myth, a mermaid was said to have sung on the rock hundreds of years ago and her sweet singing and beauty lured boatmen to her but they crashed into the rock and died- how nice of her!
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by Grace on 27 November 2004 11:13pm
 
Annes Franks house is a very good place to visit in Amsterdam. The book fair every Saturday also has some rare finds. The Henekein experience is excellent.
 
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