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It has always been illegal and people have been arrested for smoking it in the open. I always love the faces of the tourists being arrested at Schiphol airport or in front of the Central station in Amsterdam for smoking weed. It is a global misconception that in Amsterdam it is as free as smoking cigarettes on the street. The principle has always been, what ...


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Well tineye.com got a few hits but nothing to solve the problem... But Google Image Search using your photo as the search parameter was more helpful. One of the many hits was to a blog called The Sticky Egg, specifically the post from November 13 2011 called "Feeling Bookish", which includes an address: De Batavier in Lootstraat, Amsterdam. Then ...


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The law making it illegal, for foreigners, DID come in, and still stands. However, due to all the controversy, it's changed now and is up to each city to decide how to apply it. As a result, "coffee shops are OPEN in Amsterdam". For a great read on the reasons behind the law, the effect, and the changes to the tourism industry as a result, have a read of ...


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Several non-authoritative points on the Amsterdam Red Light District: Personal safety: most of Amsterdam (including the RLD) is generally busy and safe. Working girls normally rent the same room repeatedly, and are generally traceable in case of crime. Since prostitution is above-board, police are aware of common problems and ready to assist if necessary. ...


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English is widely spoken in Amsterdam, as well as other cities in the Netherlands, and you will have no problem navigating the city. Personally, I only know a few words of Dutch and I never had a problem in the city. You may want to bring a phrase book to help you with greetings and simple phrases. Dutch people, like any other cultures, appreciate when you ...


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Success! Five hours proved to be plenty of time to escape Schipol for an enjoyable Saturday evening in the city before returning to the airport to catch our flight to the UK. We stashed our carry-on luggage in the lockers located at the airport near the airport train station. A "medium" (actually quite large) locker is € 6 for 24 hours. The freedom to ...


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Definitely plan for strolls along the canals, and possibly a canal tour. Amsterdam has many major art museums, and I recommend visiting at least some of them, even if you're not generally fond of staring at paintings (I'm not). The two most important ones are the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum (they are practically next door to each other, on the ...


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Amsterdam is a relative small city, you can basically tour around for just 1 day. Van Gogh Museum Paulus Potterstraat 7, 1071 CX Amsterdam, Netherlands This 4 storey building contains largest collection from Dutch artist, Van Gogh. A pre-recorded guide can be rented for around 10 euros. Nemo Museum A science museum. Suitable for children and the ...


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Assuming you are an EU citizen, you are indeed allowed to exit the airport and be able to return without problems, as long as you have a valid boarding pass for your next flight. In fact, the Schiphol website suggests that you leave the airport and stroll around the city if you have more than four hours before your next flight. The recommended check-in time ...


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I'm currently working in our Eindhoven office and can see the runway from here ;) Hitchhiking is unlikely to work; there's no decent location to get picked up near the airport. The A2 highway is close, yes, but there's no parking lot or something similar. Furthermore, you're not allowed to walk on the highway itself. You'd have to post on the on-ramp, but ...


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Not sure about the 90% figure but many people in the Netherlands know at least some English and they are very eager to speak it. Dutch people will often switch to English as soon as they sense you don't understand Dutch and I have never felt any annoyance about that (not a concern for you but even civil servants, the police, etc. will happily help you in ...


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You could take the Floating Dutchman, but then there is no dinner included. If you would really like to go for a bite, I would recommend going to the Nieuwmarkt/Zeedijk. There are quite some nice restaurants there. The zeedijk start right at the central station, and the nieuwmarkt is at the end of this zeedijk. Given the short time you have, you should ...


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There is a direct train, and it is easy to find from the airport. You don't have to go outside. According to http://www.ns.nl/reisplanner-v2/index.shtml the one way trip will cost you €11.60. And you have two options per hour Travelling by taxi would be significantly more expensive if you take a taxi directly from the airport. I can't predict the exact ...


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The fastest way (41 min from station to station, half-hourly on weekdays) is the IC Direct (high-speed train), but you need to buy an additional ticket on top of your regular ticket (€16.80 = 14.50 + 2.30). The normal train connection (60–70 min, 2 trains per half-hour) would cost you less (€14.50). You can look up times and prices and buy tickets on the NS ...


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If this is a single ticket, and the airline is willing to sell it to you with that connection, then any financial risk is theirs. If your transAtlantic flight gets in late, or the airport is crowded, then they will have to put you on their next flight. If your luggage doesn't make the connection, then they will have to compensate you for that somehow. So if ...


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Yes, you can. You should be able to buy a card at the train station or the Albert Heijn supermarket on the airport. The Schiphol has a train station which functions just like any other train station, there is no special 'airport train' like you might find in other places. It's not even an end station, it has trains leaving in two directions. As you can see ...


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The cheapest is probably hitch hiking. It's about 120km, and the A2 runs basically the whole way, but I've no idea how easy it would actually be to get picked up. The easiest is probably taking the train. During the day, there are 2 trains an hour from Eindhoven direct to Amsterdam Central, journey time of 1:20. The ticket costs €17.50 for a single in 2nd ...


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A plane is certainly not the answer, since the two airports (AMS and RTM) are only 45 km apart. I checked Kayak anyway; there are no nonstop flights. Air France will fly you AMS-RTM via London (LCY) for EUR 242 and it takes 3 hours including the layover. So that is neither faster nor cheaper than a train, not by a long shot!


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As always the Wikipedia articles has some useful information. Firstly I'd note that the prostitutes are not required by law to undergo regular health checks, so it goes without saying to use precautions and good judgement. Secondly, sadly, even in countries with legalized prostitution you still get woman who are the victims of human trafficking, they should ...


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Are you sure that the first leg of your flight leaves you in international zone of Schipol? As far as I remember, you still are in European zone, where you can take the train to Amsterdam. International controls take place between the two flights.


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On my last visit to Amsterdam, I did not buy any ticket for the tram. I just entered the tram, asked the tram driver how much the fare was to the destination, and paid the fare directly (there is a small box where you can put the coins) and just alight at the destination. The price would be around 2.60 Euro for 1 hour trip. Means if you ride the tram 2 times ...


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I'm not a winter person but I heard on the news that many dutch people come to Willingen Hochsauerland for skiing. That is a 4h ride from Amsterdam by car. The longest ride is 2km and an altitude difference of 240m. They even have floodlights to ride at night.


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Shortest flight is direct one, operated by KLM. It's 12 hours. And it isn't cheap, standard price currently stands around 1300€ for return ticket (AMS->LIM->AMS), and if you're very specific on dates it might be even more. Alternatives with one stop over: Delta (via Atlanta), Air Europa (via Madrid). It's might be slightly cheaper (1000€-1200€), but ...


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To add to the other answers. First, you've booked the entire ticket in one go (I assume that's what you mean as 'one leg') therefore KLM/Delta (SkyTeam) have decided it's possible. And if you miss the connection you'll get the next available seat on that flight (note, that that may very well be the next day and 'next available seat' doesn't guarantee 'next ...


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All public transport only recently adopted a national system called "ov chip kaart", it is a chip containing card where you prepay your journey. On entering the the tram/bus/train the card is activated by holding it close to designated boxes. At the destination you repeat this and the price is calculated and charged on your card. You can still pay at the ...


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In some countries (though not in Europe), there is a tax (normally required to be paid in cash) on either entry or exit to the country. If you're in international transit, you'd be able to avoid that, but entering the landside of the airport and leaving would trigger it. That could be what you're thinking of? Secondly, there are various flight and airport ...


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Option 1 Take the train Schiphol Airport -> Amsterdam Central Station On weekdays take tram number 5 (direction: A'veen Binnenhof). This tram goes every 15 minutes. Weekend you can take tram number 1 or 2: Tram 1 (to Osdorp De Aker) Tram 2 (to Nieuw Sloten) For all trams, you need to get out on Leidseplein. From there it's a small 5 minute walk. ...


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Amsterdam has much to offer. When I lived there, I always took visiting friends on a boat trip through the canals. In about 1 hour you get a nice overview over the city. You could also consider the "5 hours in Amsterdam question on this forum. You already found the "Anna frank huis", so I guess you already have some travelguides. If you are looking for ...


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The seaside route, which is "flat as a pancake", is about 25 km (measured from central Amsterdam to the farthest point of the Marken island). This isn't the shortest route, but probably the one you want to take. So, if you keep up a relatively quick pace (20-25 km/h) throughout, you could do it in a little more than an hour, but a more leisurely stroll, ...



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