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Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by irishtraveler on 8 September 2004 3:33am
 
We (4 Americans) are leaving soon for several days in Amsterdam and then on to Rudesheim and Munich. We've got the tour book perspective but would appreciate a fellow travelers view on good things to do and see.
Thanks!
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by irishtraveler on 8 September 2004 3:37am
 
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by amordue on 8 September 2004 10:44am
 
Amsterdam:
The Van Gogh Museum can get crowded - best to go first thing in the morning if you want to go.

A canal trip is a must to get a look at all the beautiful houses.

Personally, I like chilling out at the pavement cafes watching the world go by with a cigar and a beer.

To my mind the Indonesian restaurants are over priced and over estimated. If you fancy something a bit out of the ordinary, the Axum Ethiopian Restaurant is my favourite. It's a family run place and you eat with your hands (remember to wash them first!). Ask for the Tej to drink.
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by peripatetically on 9 September 2004 12:41am
 
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by peripatetically on 9 September 2004 12:45am
 
I could write a book on Munich!!!!! Walk through the English Gardens or better yet, ride a bicycle. Eat at one of the beer gardens there too.

Also visit the oldest beer cellar in town. Also, enjoy a great meal and beer at the Augustinerbrau along the Marienplatz. If you want the touristy stuff, try Hofbrauhaus and see the floor show on the 2nd floor. But it's not considered what a real Munchener does. It's for tourists mostly, but a lot of fun anyway. That's at night. If there during the daylight hours, eat and listen to the oompah band and have a wuick lunch and big pretzel on 1st floor.

Visit the Asamkirche, a small baroque jewel of a church. It's south to southwest of town but still within walking distance of the glockenspiel. It's tucked between city buildings so keep your eyes out for it.

Sts. Peter and Paul is a wonderful church too. (One church, double name).

And don't miss the Viktualsmarkt early in the morning. So much fresh food an flowers. Always a good way to get an idea of the local color and people. Buy some cheese and bread and a bottle of wine someplace and eat it later for lunch or take it back to the room for a late snack.

Another interesting and untouristy place is Dalmayers, the 2-story gourmet delicatessen next to the little park (square) at the east end of the Marienplatz ( north a couple of streets). Everybody knows it. It's a rea eye-opener, with a feast for the senses. A good place to buy some gourmet chocolates to eat sparingly along the way!!!! And you can rest in that little square and watch the people.

Wish I had more time to help you. When do you leave? and How long will you be there????

 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by Speedwaye on 13 September 2004 9:26pm
 
Not sure what exactly you're into, but i've been told the Sex Museum in Amsterdam is fantastic, as is any "cafe" (pot bar) named after a rock band (Stones, Pink Floyd, The Doors, etc.)
Have a great trip!
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by sianefx on 21 October 2004 12:15pm
 
watch out for german boys in the room under yours!!!

especially if theyre leaning out of the windows!!
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by sianefx on 21 October 2004 12:18pm
 
coke is soooo overpriced in germany- 2 euros!!!!! for 1 can of out of date flat coke!!!! still outraged about that 2 years later!!!
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by jamesblud on 21 October 2004 3:15pm
 
I was based in Germany with the Armed Forces,Whilst there i visited the Moselle Valley, which follows the Rhine river from Koblenz,down through lovely scenery with Vineyards and Castles some still inhabitable today,ageing from the 11th Century onwards.I visited a 12century castle in a lovely forest called Burg Eltz,which you take a tour of.There are also small towns along the river,some of which are full of Black and White buildinds going back hundreds of years.If your lucky you will be able to join the locals and visiters from all over in the wine and beach festivals which they hold on the banks of the river.I went camping with some colleges of mine and enjoyed a couple of days sightseeing and getting rather drunk on wide variety of locally produced wine.Hope this is useful. James
 
Re: Upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Germany-any hints? by peripatetically on 21 October 2004 4:29pm
 
Hi James. I've been to that area of which you speak. I have a friend who married a serviceman and now lives here. But she returns every year to see her family who lives near Hahn Air Base. Her town is small, Buchenbeuren, in the Hunsruck. She has taken me to many of the towns of which you speak--Simmeran, Bernkastel, Trier, Coblenz , Idar Oberstein and many many many many more.

Did you take the Rhine crusie? It's amazing. I'm sure a river cruise along the Moselle would be great too.
 
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