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    My new favorite city! I can't say enough good things about this amazing place! So beautiful and historic and so decadently grown up! It's a place for adults to play and be adults. The city attracts some of the most interesting people from around the world. And the Dutch in Amsterdam have all the quailities I love in New Yorkers, forward and friendly, hard but helpful. Love it!

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    I really love Amsterdam the city is so powerful for the legendary places that happened in the past and all preserved now a days.
    The city is better then the two most famous items as "drugs" and "sex" this is only a small part what the city offers for the visitants!
    There I saw a lot of different kind of people doing the same things : seeing the unevenness architecture of the buildings,

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  • AmsterdamPro 2014
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    The Dutch lead the world in humane, progressive, sane and egalitarian culture (yes, yes, I see you too, Sweden!). The Dutch capital of Amsterdam is a great place to experience the birth of this culture, a city of common merchants that shunned oligarchy (take notes, Russia!) to establish one of the world's first true middle-class societies. Granted, of course, we seldom travel for economics or for anthropological considerations, and though the above facts are some of the most fascinating things about the city of Amsterdam, you don't have to give a fig about either to enjoy what the city has to offer. For starters, the city center is GORGEOUS - like an ornate wedding cake city, filled with churches, parks, museums, and scads of architecturally-lovely private houses. A cycle along the endless network of canals is amazing, and the fine art on offer - Dutch Masters at the Rijksmuseum, the dizzying life's work of Vincent at the Van Gogh Museum - is as fine as anywhere in the world. If you're into vice, Amsterdam has legalized drug- and sex-tourism, and though the infamous Red Light district does attract some shady characters, you'll also be surprised to find that, like much else in this remarkable society, it WORKS. Take a canal-boat tour, smoke high-grade sinsemilla at a coffeeshop, hang out in the chilled-out Vondelpark, rent a bike and get lost, or just discover that Rembrandt might very well have been the best portraitist of all time. But for the love of God, do yourself a favor and go.

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    I bought this yogurt (chocolate chip yogurt) in Amsterdam and it is the best food I have ever had. Not just the best yogurt (which it is), but the best FOOD. Trust me. You want to eat this.

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    Completely diverse city with beautiful scenery, great beer and seedy scenes. Wander round the canals and stop in the local cafes or soak up some culture in one of Amsterdam's many museums. Amsterdam is also, obviously, a great night out, really chilled out - no fuss.

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  • AmsterdamPro 2014
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    The city is clean and attractive with thousands of things to experience. Easy transportation. Here's a tip if you're on a budget, stay in Haarlem and take the fifteen minute train ride to the Central Station in Amsterdam. Could save you as much as 100 USD per night!

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    Amsterdam? The golden teacher.

    Adult jungle gym
    Mind-altering
    Seductive
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    Dirty (perfectly dirty)
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    Amsterdam will inspire a deeper appreciation for beauty and romance, and it will get your creative juices flowing. Fun fact - Tarantino wrote Pulp Fiction in Amsterdam.

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  • Amsterdam

    A city, pulled from and guarded against the encroaching sea, lined with canals; it's an amazing place. Plenty to see and do here, including the infamous "coffee shops" that sell assorted drugs and a few world-famous museums.

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    Recommend doing a little research prior to arrival. Figure out what you want to see as there is too much to enjoy in one visit. History buffs will really enjoy the city. Heineken factory tour is great (especially if it is your birthday!).

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    Amsterdam did not disappoint. The coffee shops were just as advertised - full of everything that's outlawed in the States (well, almost everything). Heckling the Johns as they sheepishly exited a prostitute's window front 'din of sin' was almost as much fun as the Van Gogh Museum and nearly as enjoyable as Dutch hospitality (well humored and as accommodating as ever). Kindly note though that Amsterdam is not Holland - it's a world onto itself.

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    I have been back too many times to count! Amsterdam is a Beautiful City with Great People! The culture and hotels are exquisite. I can't wait to go back!

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  • Amsterdam

    Oh, Amsterdam. I give it four stars out of pure nostalgic affection, though in the last decade it has sloughed off the scrappy, DIY vibe I loved (all the cool kids moved to Berlin and made way for Euro-yuppies?). It's getting more and more orderly and cute. Still, it's a cool biking city and has a wonderful small scale--you can walk across the center in 45 minutes. There's also tons of stuff to do here with kids, and the whole place is so fantastical it feels like a fairytale city. And at twilight, when the golden windows in the buildings reflect on the dark-blue canal water, there's nothing like it. It's a magic place.

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    Buttery, sugary pancakes and gooey french fries, two of Amsterdam's most ubiquitous snacks, seem tailor made to satisfy tourists on their way out of coffee shops. I found a lot more to like than the munchies, here, however, with beautiful canals, a couple great museums, and some bona fide fine dining. Plus I got lucky with a taste of Amsterdam's avantgarde culture in the form of a classical music and tap dance concert. And I didn't even make it to a coffee shop, so take my word, as I remember everything distinctly.

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    Amsterdam è una città che merita di essere visitata almeno una volta nella vita, sorprendente sotto ogni aspetto. Anche se non è molto estesa ogni angolo della città offre interessanti sorprese che soddisfaranno qualsiasi esigenza o gusto personale. Adatta soprattutto a chi ama la calma, la cortesia e la perfetta organizzazione della città. Tutto risulta estremamente facile, anche organizzare escursioni e percorsi personalizzati poichè le indicazioni sono chiarissime, esaurienti e precise, basta saper leggere. Particolarmente vivace la vita notturna, ricca di locali ed attrazioni, non mancano anche spettacoli improvvisati da artisti di strada e per chi ama l'arte e i musei c'è una vastissima scelta. Consiglio di pianificare il viaggio scegliendo i posti da visitare secondo i propri gusti, le escursioni programmate oltre ad essere più costose consentono di visitare solo i luoghi di maggior interesse turistico escludendo angoli comunque interessanti di Amsterdam. Da non perdere assolutamente la visita ai paesini nelle vicinanze di Amsterdam che sono incantevoli e mostrano il vero aspetto dell'Olanda e dei suoi abitanti. Un'ultima cosa che mi sembra importante comunicare è che se si organizza bene il viaggio si può spendere veramente poco, ci sono ristoranti con menu a prezzi fissi che a partire da 10 euro offrono pranzi più che soddisfacenti e di buona qualità e per gli spostamenti fuori città si possono acquistare biglietti autobus validi l'intera giornata a soli 10 euro a persona e visitare anche tre o quattro suggestivi villaggi nei dintorni.

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    This is a place you can come back to multiple times and still have a good time - we have. The city seems small but has everything a larger place has. The canals and the museums are great but just seeing and interacting with the locals can be a very worthwhile experience.

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    Amsterdam is a beautiful city full of cafes, coffee shops, bikes, and canals. Very relaxed city that is great for walking and exploring.

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    For those who like to work out, this is your city of your dreams! The main attraction is watching people going on bicycle!

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  • Amsterdam

    We stayed at the Sofitel and had an amazing experience. Amsterdam s a big city with a small town feel. Eclectic restaurant choices. Don't forget to check out the newly opened Rijksmuseum.

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  • Amsterdam

    Feels like a west village big New York City. Favorite place in Europe by far. Dont forget to rent a boat and cruise the canals!

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  • Amsterdam

    Cuidad muy entretenida con mucha gente siempre, eso si con muchos turistas europeos especialmente ingleses en son de juerga, con ganas de tomar e ir al famoso "Barrio Rojo", pero a pesar de eso se pasa muy bien.
    Un dato a los que vayan por primera vez, la mejor forma de moverse por la cuidad a parte de caminar ya que las distancias son bastante cortas es comprar en la oficina de transporte que esta a la salida de la estacion del metro un ticket segun la cantidad de dias que uno vaya a estar, lo cual permite ahorrar mucho dinero, ya que de lo contrario son 2,60 euros por viaje

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Amsterdam has a reputation for being somewhat of a wild city, given its legal recognition of both the sex and drug trades, but Amsterdam does have some tamer, and equally interesting attractions that draw just as much attention. As the capital city of The Netherlands, Amsterdam is a center for the arts and culture and has a scintillating history that many people often overlook. Although the Red Light District is vibrant (in its own way) and definitely worth walking through for bragging rights, other things to do include visiting the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank Museum, the Rijksmuseum, (or national gallery), and the canals that form some of the city’s main thoroughfares. Restaurants here have recently improved, serving a new strand of Dutch food that has given refreshing new twists to traditional Dutch cuisine. Additionally, international influences have gained stature here and you shouldn’t be surprised to find yourself in a good sushi restaurant or even an Indonesian eatery. At night, head to one of the many bars or nightclubs, and join in the ruckus – Amsterdam really knows how to party! Not many cities in the world have as many layers as Amsterdam does, with its ... read more
on-the-surface wild side and its deeper, more sophisticated side, offering interesting things to do for any type of visitor.

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