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Hi, we are a family of 3 adults. Planning to stay 4 nights towards the end of October.We would like to stay in an inexpensive accommodation near the center of Amsterdam.please also suggest things to do and day trips to smaller towns nearby. Thanks.

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    Our stay was a few years ago, but this still might help.

    You can find good accommodations online (booking.com or hotels.com and it's cheaper if you use these sites).

    I would recommend going on either a walking tour or a water tour, or both. You'll get overlapping history, but they're by nature different routes, so you'll get different information.

    There are great museums there. We saw the Van Gogh museum, and didn't have time for the Rijksmuseum, but that's a must if we ever go back.

    Look into their city card. It might save you money on the things you want to see as well as time waiting in lines.

    Rent a bike and go riding! Don't forget to lock it up if you decide to stop somewhere.

    If you go to a cafe to smoke, remember to stay there and don't go out wandering.

    Have fun! over 4 years ago

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    I was there last week. We stayed in an Air BnB house right in the centre of Amsterdam old town. We could walk everywhere from there (less than 10 minutes from the train station.... we got the train from the airport for only 5euros each and so quick!).
    I really recommend Mike's Cycle Tours. We did both their city tour and their country tour. Both were excellent. Do look them up. We also hired bikes from them and did a lot of cycling ourselves too.
    We did an evening canal cruise with dinner and that was fun for the first night. There are a few different companies who offer those. over 4 years ago

    Answered by Cordelia via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    You should start by buying a city plan (tourist centre opposite of the central station has lots), because Amsterdam is a maze. If you're into museums buy a city card or a museum card, though I honestly don't know if 4 days is enough to make a use of the latter (It's 60e, museums are usually 15). Try the free walking tour - book it here:

    Look closely at your accomodation location, if you're into sightseeing book closer to Dam Square or Central Station, maybe Vondelpark; avoid Red Light District if you're not into partying.

    Don't bother with Heieken, you can have brewery trips in smaller ones, like Brouwerij ‘t IJ, it's more authentic and way cheaper.

    Like somebody said: take a train from the airport, but check if it's going that day - they are renovating the tracks right now and sometimes there are no trains for a whole day.

    I think 4 days is short enough in Amsterdam without going to other cities.

    Enjoy! Amsterdam is great and people here are very helpful and all speak English. over 4 years ago

    Answered by Anna via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Madurodam is not in Amsterdam but is a must if you have children. It's a miniature working scale model of the Netherlands with working airport, trains and lights. Its about an hour drive to the Hague. You will be near Delft as well where you can take a tour of the ceramics factories or head to the Oceanside resorts and restaurants. over 4 years ago

    Answered by Amy via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    We've spent the past two Augusts in Amsterdam, in Airbnb apartments, which we recommend. Four days is not a lot of time so I would not do day trips -- but if you really want to get out of the city you can get to Delft, Leiden, Utrecht and the Hague easily by train. The Rijksmuseum is wonderful and shouldn't be missed. The lines are often long to get into the Van Gogh Musuem but it may be easier later in the day. A canal cruise -- especially on the smaller boats -- is a must. Our favorite activity in Amsterdam is walking around the many interesting and lovely neighborhoods. Some of the best are the Jordaan, de Pijp, Nine Streets, and Westerpark area. In Westerpark itself are many bars, restaurants and cultural events, in beautiful surroundings. You can easily bike outside the city, or explore the northern neighborhoods by bike -- there is a free ferry behind Central Station and you can take your bike aboard. Food in Amsterdam is great -- be sure to try Indonesian cuisine. over 4 years ago

    Answered by Vicki via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Visit Anne Frank's house. It is very interesting and full of history. over 4 years ago

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    I ended up buying a used bike and selling it when I left.

    I really loved doing day trips from Amsterdam. Utrecht, Delft, and Gouda are wonderful. Some options here. https://loco2.com/blog/6-day-trips-from-amsterdam-by-train

    There is a bus pass to towns nearby that you can get at the train station.

    http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/plan-your-trip/getting-around/public-transport about 4 years ago

    Answered by Rose via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Thank you, Josepha, Cordelia,Anna,Amy,Vicki, Diana,Rose for your valuable suggestions.
    Amsterdam, here we come!
    Ananth about 4 years ago

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    Get wasted, ride a train, and just let yourself go! about 4 years ago

    Answered by Ben via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Tip 1: buy your museum ticket (van Gogh /rijks) online and you walk right past all the queues!
    Tip 2 do go to the "Jordaan", 10times more authentic and charming as redlight district > There is a nice market on Saturday and Monday at the Westerstraat.
    Tip3: if you go outside of Amsterdam take a bus to Monnickendam or ride your bike to Ransdorp, 2 very authentic small villages.
    Ps and dont forget the local cuisine: "bitterballen" & "haring" and stroopwafels
    Groetjes Cat (20+years of living in Amsterdam;-) about 4 years ago

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    Do the canal tours. Nothing better than seeing Amsterdam from the water.
    Better yet - you can book a boat and go yourself (take a picnic - some prosecco or champagne! Its the best way to spend a day in Amsterdam) - no licence required. You can pick up the electric motor boats from nassuakade https://www.sloepdelen.nl/en/ (its what the locals usually do...if they don't own a boat). Or you can get the one with the motor (http://www.amsterdamrentaboat.com/)
    And walk the city - its horseshoe shaped - all canals curve around. Jordan area is really nice with lots of small restuarants and bars. All very gezelllig, as the dutch say. If you have time, you can hire bikes and go to Amsterdamse bos (the large park) - here take a picnic and try kayaking (further into the park, are kayak hires - very cheap about EUR7 per hour). These are the very untouristic things to do in the gorgeous city of Amsterdam. about 4 years ago

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