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Cultural Amsterdam, there's so much more to see
Day 1, after arriving and checking in, it's wise to get yourself one or two of the booklets with great walks available at the tourist information (love the Jewish walk and the architecture -walk). Leave the booklets in your bag and first walk over Damrak to Dam- square
Check out what is going on at Beurs van Berlage, often there great expositiona and at the end of Septembre you can visit the Autumn-beerfestival here
11:00 You have reached the heart of the city, have look around before entering the old Palace, before town hall and get your first glampse on Amsterdam history
12:00 Time to move on over Rokin and visit the Allard Pierson Museum, an archaeology museum related to the university, with Roman, Etruscan, Egyptian and Greek finds (in front you find Kooij canal tour company, so before or after the museum you can take a canal tour)
13:30 go have lunch at Gartine in the Taksteeg or eat pancakes near the Amsterdam Museum, then of course visit the museum, imagine how amsterdam must have been like centuries ago
16:00 after lunch and the museum, time to see the 'Begijnhof', one of the biggest in it's kind.
16:45 after all this culture, it's time for the inner person: let's taste some beer at Gollem. Can't get enough of the beer? Buy some in the shop across the bar
Day 2 (best make it a Saturday!)Shop till we drop. After a day filled with museums it's now time to see some shops. Go to your right after leaving Central Station and walk to Haarlemmerstraat, lot's of fun small shops. Make your way through Haarlemmerdijk. Via Binnen Dommersstraat, over water to Brouwersgracht, go west
We are now entering the Jordaan, with cosy bars, small shops, real Amsterdam! At Lindengracht there's a good Saturdaymarket and a lot of great restaurants and bars (good thai, pizza, tapas and Greek Mezze). All the way through Lindengracht, than take a left at Lijnbaansgracht. Go south 'till Westerstraat (on monday 09:00-13:00 also market). Have a look around and then cross the street and go south in any street you fancy (Anjelierdwarsstraat or 1e Anjelierdwarsstraat, you can go Criss/Cross)
11:00 visiting the market at Lindengracht (saturday 09:00-17:00, since 1849), having a cup of coffee and maybe applepie at Thijssen
12:30 follow the Prinsengracht south 'till Rozengracht (look to your right: some nice shops there as well), cross the street, walk up to the bridge and cross Prinsengracht
12:45 we are now entering one of the best shopping areas of Amsterdam! There are a lot brilliant places for Luncheon, but let me share some with you! Check out the 'Witte Tandenwinkel". After the last street, make your way to Spuistraat and go left (north) for a bit more funshopping)
13:15 after visiting the first 3- 6 streets you probably want a nice roll or carrotcake, organic milk, mint tea? Great Ambiance at Nielsen!
14:30 Tea-time (or hot chocolate), Take a nice piece of cake as well in this Louis14th style shop with tables in the back. If you don't feel like sitting down, just buy some terrific chocolates
15:30 Go right (west) near Dam Square, Cross Rokin into Damstraat (here you can take a right to visit Wijnand Fockink), follow this street up to Oude Hoogstraat, take a left (North) to Klovenierburgswal. You can have a drink at 'De Bekeerde suster'. Now you arrive at Nieuwmarkt where you can admire the 'Waag' (or have a drink there) and on Saturdays the have a biological market (09:00-17:00)
Liquor and genever maker, really old bar, no seats, stand while drinking your favorite liquor (grandmother's applepie for instance)
North-East of Nieuwmarkt we find Zeedijk and China Town, great warehouses, fantastic stores and even more brilliant restaurants, so after a good shopping spree (don't forget to visit the Budhistic temple), you'll enjoy a nice dinner.
Buy some tea or have some at one of the tables in this shop
Great beer-place, lovely bites, real Amsterdam-atmosphere, Also: have a drink in 'In 't Aepjen' and ask the bartender for the hisstory of the bar
Lovely thai food and even more lovely waitresses
Great Vietnamese restaurant on Zeedijk
Last drink of the day at Schreierstoren, where skippers wives used to say goodbye to there husbands (you can also take your coffe and pie here in the morning before going on our shopping splurge or on the last day, before stating your walkingtour)
Day 3, we start our day at the Tropenmuseum, nice and creative museum with lots to do ( you are also near Artis (zoo) and the Hortus Botanicus, so you can combine with that if you like...You can also put the 'Tropenmuseum' at the end of day 4, after visiting Rembrandtmuseum
11:00 moving on to Albert Cuyp Market (via Mauritskade and Amsteldijk), shop a bit more and have a nice cup of mint tea at one of the great bars, at least enjoy real life in Amsterdam, don't forget to look behind the stalls: more shops! You can also get great Surinam food here.
12:45 at the end of Albert Cuyp go right (north) and via Ruysdaelkade and Honthorstraat walk to Museumplein. Here you can have your pick of great museums. At festive days there are festivals, concerts etc. at this square. Don't worry about lunch, you either had enough on Albert Cuyp or you will find a nice place to eat near museumplein or you can grab something at a museumrestaurant. You now are also near the Heiniken experience, so you can check that out as well.
Although the museum is still not completely restored, there's plenty to see.
Also at this square: Van Goghmuseum
16:00 One of my favorite museums. Open every day except tuesday, 12-18h.) If you happen to be a girl and it's friday: go in the evening. It's then open 'till 22h. and it's ladiesnight!
18:00 at Hobbemakade eat greek mezze , make your choice from a big platter, it's all delicious!
20:00 via Stadhouderskade walk to Max Euweplein, where the comedycafe is located, the tickets are cheap and you'll have a great laugh. You can also have dinner here (check out the website). At the same square you will find the Casino, the Irish pub and a good Japanese restaurant.
22:00 from Max Euweplein you can walk to lijnbaansgracht to Milliners, a great place to taste wine. You can also have dinner and bites here (cheese- fondue is brilliant!)
Day 4 we start our day at Waterlooplein, to do some more shopping, have a nice 'kroket' or a Surinam roll.
10:30 While you're there: take a look at the Magere brug, I bet it's one of the most photographed places in Amsterdam
11:30 Have soup, coffee and cake at 'De Sluyswacht', with nice weather you can sit outside and watch the boats go by. (Also lunch avallable)
12:00 Time to add some culture: the house where Rembrandt used to live and work. After this visit you can have Lunch at Nam Tin (great Dim sum!) or 'Soup En Zo)
14:00 Visit the Jewish History Museum in a former Synagogue. When it's open it's also worth it to visit the Mozes en Aaronkerk. After this visit you can go 2 ways:
15:00 If you haven't visited the Hortus Botanicus, Artis (if you're into Zoo's, the animals are a bit cramped though) or the 'Tropen museum' yet, this is your chance...while making your way to Brewery 't IJ, to actually see a windmill and taste real Amsterdam beer. The pub is open ever4y day from 15h.-20h., if you want a tour you have to make reservations (only on friday, saturday and sunday). After this, you probably have to make your way to the next town or home....
15:00 Or.... you go towards Rembrandtplein and Muntplein, do some more shopping in Kalverstraat, maybe visit the Madam Tussauds at Dam Square, an exposition in the Nieuwekerk, shop some more at Nieuwedijk and at the end you can have a small beertour: Caf Belqique followed by 'In de Wildeman. If you still have time to grab dinner: tapas at Joselito. You are now near the trainstation, so you can go to the airport from here or to your next destination. I hope you had fun!