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    Hi Ranae, check out Cocomama, a small boutique hostel that gets great reviews online: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g188590-d1974701-Reviews-Cocomama-Amsterdam_North_Holland_Province.html. It's nicer not to stay in the Red Light District, where most hostels are located. It's an area of course not to be missed during your stay, but Amsterdam has much more to offer. The obvious tourist high lights are the museums: Van Gogh, the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk, Anne Frank House. But what makes the city so special is the atmosphere and the architecture, so make sure to hire a bike and experience the city the way the locals do. Catch a free ferry behind Central Station and check out the upcoming trendy north island where many hot spots are popping up in the former industrial docking areas. Bike out to the IJ brewery in the east and have a microbrew in the shade of the original Dutch windmill next to the brewery. Look up festival listings online and visit one of the many summer festivals in one of the parks.
    As for train to Paris, you can either take the direct high speed train Thalys, or change trains a few times and take the intercity trains (maybe not even cheaper, depending how long in advance you buy the Thalys tickets). Enjoy Amsterdam! over 5 years ago

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    As a supplement to Janneke, the Guardian's idea of budget accommodation in Amsterdam: http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/series/amsterdam-city-guide?INTCMP=SRCH. Also on the Guardian website the 'hidden gems'- see under Arts. Even for me as a 'Amsterdammer' surprising. North of Amsterdam (former shipyard NDSM): http://www.pllek.nl/
    Enjoy!
    Ben S. over 5 years ago

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    Thank you for thoughtful responses. I plan to visit Amsterdam in September, so will use your wise advise. about 5 years ago

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    There are a few good hostels to choose from.

    1. The Flying Pig Uptown Hostel (it's newly refurnished, has a central location, a friendly casual atmosphere, nice place to meet ppl and party)
    2. Centraal Hostel (central location, near to tourist spots, yet a peaceful quiet place)
    3. Heart of Amsterdam
    4. Hostel Slotania

    Amsterdam has so much to see and do. But the absolute cant-miss things are:
    1. Beer tour
    2. Visit to volendam and marken to see the windmills and the old way of Dutch life
    3. Red light district area
    4. Cruising on the canals
    5. Take a bike tour of the city
    6. The art scene - visit the Rijksmuseum (which looks more like a palace than a museum), Anne Frank house
    7. Party
    You'd find this helpful:

    http://www.weareholidays.co.in/travel-guide/what-to-do-in-amsterdam

    http://why.travel/europe/whats-amazing-about-amsterdam/ about 5 years ago

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