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Any Thoughts on our Amsterdam Itinerary?

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Any Thoughts on our Amsterdam Itinerary?

First off thanks to everyone for the help given us in constructing our Amsterdam itinerary. It is greatly appreciated.

We are independent travelers looking to see and do things at a leisurely pace always expecting to return some day. We will secure accommodations and make reservations for things that locals suggest are necessary. Having said that here is what our plans are for Amsterdam.

Arrive AMS Schiphol early afternoon, take train to Centraal Station and make the 10 minute trek to our apartment for the next 4 nights. After getting the keys and freshening up we will visit the Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder and purchase Museumkaarts for entry. Considering an evening canal cruise but will wait to see how we handle the overnight flight from the States, otherwise dinner and off to bed after exploring our neighborhood a bit.

Day 2 Anne Frank Huis 11:00 am entry tickets. Suggestions for lunch in the area and other interesting things to do. Walk the Jordaan and if time permits probably peruse De Wallen -- Dam Square and the Red Light District. Canal cruise if not done the night before.

Day 3 Van Gogh Museum 10:00 am reservation. Lunch in the Museumkwartier and Rijksmuseum in the afternoon. Evening open. Lunch suggestions?

Day 4 Considering train to Zaanse Schans. Best to go early?

Day 5 Early departure via train for Bruges.

There are 3 of us, Myself, my wife, and 17 yr. old daughter. I am a retired history teacher, my wife is an art major, and our daughter is well traveled and enjoys history and art as well as most things teenagers enjoy. Daughter did request a photo op at the Fault in Our Stars bench.

We do enjoy local dining, especially casual and street food options. Beer is definitely on the agenda but we will skip the Heineken experience. Fine dining is a rarity for us but never out of the question.

Best option for transport card? Or should we just pay as you go? Best place for local produce/staples for a 4 night stay in central Amsterdam area?

Thanks for any thoughts…

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Winter Haven...
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1. Re: Any Thoughts on our Amsterdam Itinerary?

Day 2 lunch:

http://deprins.nl/

http://www.cafedetuin.nl/

Day 3 lunch:

https:/…concertgebouw-cafe

TFIOS bench:

https://goo.gl/maps/h2EWs7i1Sjx

"Not all those who wander are lost.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

Corpus Christi...
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2. Re: Any Thoughts on our Amsterdam Itinerary?

Thank you for the recommendations. I will check them out.

Winter Haven...
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3. Re: Any Thoughts on our Amsterdam Itinerary?

<Best place for local produce/staples for a 4 night stay>

Any Albert Heijn

<We do enjoy local dining, especially casual and street food options.>

https:/…albert-cuypmarkt

https:/…waterlooplein

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness"--Mark Twain

CT
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4. Re: Any Thoughts on our Amsterdam Itinerary?

If you have time, a side trip to Ghent on your way to Bruge might be something to consider. It was a very easy stopover. We stayed at the Marriott Hotel right on the canal. It was actually very lovely.

Corpus Christi...
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5. Re: Any Thoughts on our Amsterdam Itinerary?

Thanks again ddavis.

We are going by rail to Bruges for a single day so I'm afraid Ghent will have to wait for another trip. Final destination after Bruges is Paris. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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6. Re: Any Thoughts on our Amsterdam Itinerary?

Hey Gehrig if visiting the Anne Frank House, go to Cafe De Prins around the corner for a bite to eat.

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Sounds like a great trip! I highly recommend a food tour and/or a brew tour with Hungry Birds. They're a phenomenal food tour outfit in Amsterdam. They're at the very top of my list of things to do in Amsterdam, after Anne Frank Huis. A canoe tour with Wetlands Safari is a fantastic experience. Majel, the owner, is really great. A countryside bike tour with Joy Ride Tours is a wonderful experience, but might be difficult for you to fit in. A great bike tour of Amsterdam, to get the 'lay of the land' of the city is given by We Bike Amsterdam, and is a great thing to do early in your stay. Highly recommended. Dinner at Café van Kerkwijk can't be beat. A brew flight at 't Arendsnest is pretty awesome. It's one of the top-rated bars in Europe. If you rent bikes, Brouwerij 't IJ is a brewery just about 10-15 minutes from the city centre. It's in a windmill. How cool is that? Renting bikes from Holland Rent A Bike is an excellent choice. They're just a few blocks south of the Centraal Station. If you want a really great way to see and experience the Red Light District, consider taking a tour with That Dam Guide: Red Light District Tour, and hope that you get to tour with Lealu. She's wonderful. A lunch reservation at Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs is highly highly recommended. A really nice dinner at Blauw aan de Wal is unforgettable. A great breakfast at either Cannibale Royale or Omelegg is a great way to start any day in Amsterdam. If you get a chance to squeeze in an afternoon tea at Gartine, you'll be very very glad you did. Be sure not to leave Amsterdam without stopping at Van Stapele Koekmakerij for a cookie. I know, I know. Sounds ridiculous. Just trust me. It's not. Best of luck to you for a great great trip!

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8. Re: Any Thoughts on our Amsterdam Itinerary?

For lunch after Anne Frank House, I highly recommend Pancakes Amsterdam just across the way. We tried a few pancake places and liked this one the best, especially for savory pancakes.

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