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Title: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on June 30, 2010, 12:06:20 PM
Can anyone recommend a hotel for a one night stay, in the most central location
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 30, 2010, 01:29:03 PM
Can anyone recommend a hotel for a one night stay, in the most central location

 paying? on Pts? which chains? max to spend $$wise or pts wise. I can recommend some very nice Hotels that wil set you back over $600 for a standard room is that what U want, if not want do U and everyone else spell everything out in their post?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on June 30, 2010, 01:40:02 PM
paying? on Pts? which chains? max to spend $$wise or pts wise. I can recommend some very nice Hotels that wil set you back over $600 for a standard room is that what U want, if not want do U and everyone else spell everything out in their post?
I don't mean to be rude, i know you're trying to help me, but if i didn't write that then you can safely assume i don't care and i'm good for anything even a $600 room if thats what you recommend, it's not like i'm asking for flight help and didn't say where i want to go
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 30, 2010, 02:06:01 PM
I don't mean to be rude, i know you're trying to help me, but if i didn't write that then you can safely assume i don't care and i'm good for anything even a $600 room if thats what you recommend, it's not like i'm asking for flight help and didn't say where i want to go

 Nor was I trying to be Rude but to be Honest I was using your post and my answer to let others know that read it to SPELL it all out.

In yur case if $$$ isnt a problem then say so.Id think that for most people on here $$$ will be a problem.And if they werent looking for a Award stay = free night, Id suggest they go to www.betterbidding.com and www.biddingfortravel.com to see which Hotels people were winning and how much theyw ere paying and to go that route.

If a person really couldnt care then Hotel Europa has a great location and is the place most celebs stay when in AMS

 If night credit or pts are important then theres a Renaissance a few mins from the Main train station, a Marriott by the museums as well as a Hilton, no Hyatts. and 1 SPG The Pulitzer that gets mixed reviews depending on what a person is looking for, its a apart of The Luxury Collection and having spent 4 nights there I have no idea why
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: getzil on December 21, 2010, 03:04:53 PM
Hi ,

I will be stuck in Amsterdam for 8 hours . I dont need an hotel. I would appriciate any help on what to do there and were to eat etc.

Best regards ,
Getzil,

Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on December 21, 2010, 04:50:43 PM
Hi ,

I will be stuck in Amsterdam for 8 hours . I dont need an hotel. I would appriciate any help on what to do there and were to eat etc.

Best regards ,
Getzil,



Visit Portuguese synagogue.
Eat by Sal Meier restaurant.
Stroll around, see those boats (where people live on, have a postbox on shore, etc)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: getzil on December 22, 2010, 01:26:13 PM
Visit Portuguese synagogue.
Eat by Sal Meier restaurant.
Stroll around, see those boats (where people live on, have a postbox on shore, etc)


Thanks so much
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Eli on December 22, 2010, 06:04:32 PM
Definitely check out the Heinekin factory :)
Title: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on August 08, 2011, 09:14:48 AM
Anything nice and clean  ;) to do in Amsterdam?

I may take a 12 hour connection. What sight is kdai to see?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 08, 2011, 02:04:16 PM
When are you going? I'm doing that too
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 10, 2011, 12:09:58 PM
go to meyers sandwich shop for a great deli/culinary experience

you can walk through the market and see the flowers and all other sorts of touristy stuff

visit the spanish portugese shul - its amazing acoustics and very beautiful

visit anne frank's house

take a boat ride on the canals

you can take the train into the jewish community - it's the 2nd stop or something and it's like a 10 minute ride

i visited amsterdam on an 18 hour layover and wa pretty surprised how much i was able to see in such little time

enjoy!

Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on August 15, 2011, 10:29:59 PM
go to meyers sandwich shop for a great deli/culinary experience

you can walk through the market and see the flowers and all other sorts of touristy stuff

visit the spanish portugese shul - its amazing acoustics and very beautiful

visit anne frank's house

take a boat ride on the canals

you can take the train into the jewish community - it's the 2nd stop or something and it's like a 10 minute ride

i visited amsterdam on an 18 hour layover and wa pretty surprised how much i was able to see in such little time

enjoy!

Correct. all great (clean) things to do in Amsterdam. You could prob do all of it in 12 hrs! Just hope for you that the weather is good. sometimes it could rain and be cold for days. Best thing to do is when you arrive to go to a 'GVB' information desk (Amsterdam's public transportation) in the arrival hall and get yourself a 24 hrs unlimited rides card. it's 7 Euros and definitely worth it. they just changed the whole ticket system there and it's very confusing for any tourist unless you have this pass. Careful though, this is valid only in Amsterdam. NOT on the train from the airport to Amsterdam!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on August 16, 2011, 01:50:57 AM
I took some pics for Mishpacha Magazine, not sure if I'm allowed to upload them.

Theoretically, you could visit Antwerp as well, especially with the new train tracks, its only 1.5 hour (leaving from AMS airport, right into the heart of Antwerp).

If around, and not too busy, I can show you the place. (Birth place SF, statue SF,...) :D
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: elikay on August 16, 2011, 02:05:24 AM
I took some pics for Mishpacha Magazine, not sure if I'm allowed to upload them.

Theoretically, you could visit Antwerp as well, especially with the new train tracks, its only 1.5 hour (leaving from AMS airport, right into the heart of Antwerp).

If around, and not too busy, I can show you the place. (Birth place SF, statue SF,...) :D
How much does the train cost? any visa fees etc?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on August 16, 2011, 03:08:59 AM
I believe €53 return. There are faster trains that cost more I think (thalys.com).

Kids <7 are free, if I remember correctly.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on August 16, 2011, 03:09:43 AM
No visas, fees etc, in fact no border check at all.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 17, 2011, 11:10:48 PM
So what is Kosher in Amsterdam?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on August 20, 2011, 10:13:54 PM
restaurants or kosher groceries stores?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on August 20, 2011, 10:21:53 PM
http://www.nik.nl/kosher-restaurants-shops-and-food-in-the-netherlands/

I don't know when this was last updated. some restaurants closed down. scroll down the page for the kosher groceries stores. they are mostly located in the 'buitenveldert' neighborhood. an easy tram ride from from the city center. (tram #5) takes about twenty min.

Note: this is a list for locations in the whole of the netherlands. not all are in Amsterdam.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 20, 2011, 10:24:45 PM
anyone for a DO on Aug 28?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 21, 2011, 12:32:58 AM
Looking for kosher restaraunts, any recomendations
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 28, 2011, 11:09:31 AM
anyone for a DO on Aug 28?
Bump.
Anyone around on the 29th?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on August 28, 2011, 03:19:07 PM
You can have a do 1,5 hour train ride southbound.

Just came back a few hours ago.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 28, 2011, 03:27:52 PM
You can have a do 1,5 hour train ride southbound.

Just came back a few hours ago.
My stopover is only 8 hours.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: E on September 22, 2011, 03:12:03 AM
@Chaikel   so... any suggestions I have an 11 hour stop on oct 23.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on September 22, 2011, 03:17:45 AM
Brownies? ;)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on September 22, 2011, 06:53:21 AM
@Chaikel   so... any suggestions I have an 11 hour stop on oct 23.
didn't end up stopping. No clue, sorry
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on September 22, 2011, 07:13:54 AM
Brownies? ;)

From a simple Dutch bakery? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdhSChKX2zI&feature=player_detailpage#t=47s) ;)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on September 22, 2011, 07:34:03 AM
@Chaikel   so... any suggestions I have an 11 hour stop on oct 23.

You can go see the old Spanish portugese shul, anne frank house, the flower market and there is a great sandwich shop too.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on September 22, 2011, 04:10:14 PM
I'm from Amsterdam originally. If you tell me around what time of the day you will be there i can create a nice itinerary for you. there's a lot to do in and around amsterdam.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 22, 2011, 04:15:06 PM
I'm from Amsterdam originally. If you tell me around what time of the day you will be there i can create a nice itinerary for you. there's a lot to do in and around amsterdam.

Wow good to know someone who is actually from there.. Every time I have stopovers I am always at a loss to know what's realistic timing wise.. I'll have to PM you next time I'm there!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: E on September 22, 2011, 04:27:58 PM
I'm from Amsterdam originally. If you tell me around what time of the day you will be there i can create a nice itinerary for you. there's a lot to do in and around amsterdam.
Wow Awesome Thanks!  I will be there 9am till 230pm I might try making it longer but thats what I have at the moment .... post it here so everyone can benefit.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on September 22, 2011, 04:31:51 PM
No problem. I like showing people there are actually 'clean' things to do in Amsterdam.
Two years ago I took my wife on a 'quick' Euro trip for two weeks. Even though it's my hometown, we only spend one day in Amsterdam and I showed her pretty much everything. Granted, we went during July when it doesn't get dark until 10:30 pm. In the winter it's the opposite. It gets dark very early. But there's still a lot to do in one day or even a couple of hours.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: E on October 03, 2011, 08:16:36 PM
I'm from Amsterdam originally. If you tell me around what time of the day you will be there i can create a nice itinerary for you. there's a lot to do in and around amsterdam.
any chance you have a list yet.. going soon plus have a few friends who will be also going soon so this will be even more help full ..
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on October 05, 2011, 03:44:09 PM
i actually just made one for someone that had a 8 hr stopover. i'll put it up as soon as i come home tonight from work. sorry for the long wait.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on October 09, 2011, 09:58:40 PM
I plan to be there in November for almost a full day (Landing around 9AM and leaving early the next morning), can you help me too?
Thanks
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on November 09, 2011, 05:03:00 PM
‘Schiphol Amsterdam Airport’ was designed as a transit hub so everything is basically one big massive hall with a lot of shops and things to do. Just in case you (or you wife/fam) get tired sightseeing the city, you can always go back to the airport and relax or shop there. If you have carry-on luggage you don’t want to take with you into the city, you can lock them up in a safes which are scattered around the airport.
Taking a taxi into the city is quite expensive (around 50 euro’s). The cheapest and easiest way into the city is by train which leaves from the train terminal right under the arrival halls. A one day return ticket cost 7.50 Euro’s. It takes about 15-20 min to get from the airport to the center of Amsterdam.
When you arrive make your way to the ‘Arrivals 2’ area. Over there is a store called ‘Holland tourist information’ there you can buy train tickets to Amsterdam central station and a day pass for the public transportation in Amsterdam itself.  Ask for a return train ticket to Amsterdam and for a 24 hrs ‘gvb’ unlimited day pass. Pick up a map of Amsterdam’s tourists attractions while you are there. Can’t hurt!
Store: http://extra.klmtransfer.schiphol.nl/web/show/id=156823/langid=42
Daypass: http://www.gvb.nl/english/travellers/tickets-and-fares/Pages/GVB-24-48-72-96-hour-tickets.aspx
After that follow the signs to exit or the meeting point. That’s basically a big red and white, piece of art in the middle of the arrival plaza. (Right there, are machines to buy train tickets to Amsterdam if you haven’t done so yet. There is also a desk there) trains to Amsterdam leave about every 5-10 min. ask or look at the information screens on which platform the next train leaves.
Once you come out of the central train station make your way to trams (not buses!) on your left hand side before you cross any bridges. If you haven’t bought a 24 hrs (or more) ‘gvb’ unlimited day pass you can do so in the central station. Maps of the tram routes are available there too. In general most conductors on the tram speak English and you could ask them for help and ask them to tell you where or when you need to get off for the various attractions. Most people in the Netherlands speak a decent English and you could always ask people in the street for help.
In front of the central train station, across the bridges are many boat companies who offer boat tours around the city’s famous many canals. There are different tours available and some companies let you hop on and off at the major tourist landmarks (such as the Anna Frank house, Heineken Experience etc). so you could use it as a form of transportation. It might be a little bit more than a regular boat tour though.
Here are some ideas where to go. I include a web address when available, which tram# to take there and a little info about it.

Old Portuguese shul from the 17th century. Completely original and intact. A must see when coming to Amsterdam. Take tram # 9 or 14 to get there.
http://www.portugesesynagoge.nl/eng/visit/opening-hours.
Anne Frank Museum. Another must visit. Visit early in the morning or order tickets online. The lines get very long in general. Take tram #13 or 14 to get there.
http://www.annefrank.org/en/Museum/Practical-information/Opening-hours-prices-and-location1/
Flower market located by the ‘Singel’ and ‘Muntplein’. The Dutch are famous for their flowers and here you can buy flower bulbs and other stuff (like marijuana plant seeds!! Etc. in Holland you are legally allowed to own 2 marijuana plants for personal use. Don’t buy the seeds and try to bring it to the US. I’m NOT responsible). Cool place to go past if you have time. Lots of trams stop here. # 4,, 9, 16, 24, 25
Leidseplein. A famous square with a lot of coffee shops…. Take tram # 1, 2, 5, 7, 10 to get there.
Van Gogh Museum: Famous Dutch artist. If you like historic paintings etc. not a  must but lot of people go there. The building itself is a funky design and it’s located on a nice square to take a rest and grab a beer.  http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp take tram # 2, 3, 5, 16, 24
House of Bols is located right next to the van gogh museum. It’s a fun museum/bar about the dutch dring ‘Genever’. http://www.houseofbols.com/main.asp
Drinking traditions
Jonge jenever is sometimes served cold from a bottle kept in a freezer. However, the higher-quality oude jenever (and korenwijn) is usually served at room temperature. When jenever is drunk with beer (normally lager) as a chaser, it is referred to as a kopstoot (headbutt) or duikboot (submarine) in Flanders. Traditionally, jenever is served in completely full shot glasses taken directly from the freezer. As the glass is very cold it is advisable to take the first sips without holding the glass, leaving it on the table and bending one's back to apply one's mouth to the glass
Albert kuyp market. Famous Amsterdam daily market where you can buy literacy anything. If you want a real local experience, go here. Take tram # 16, 24 to get there.
Heineken Experience is the famous Dutch beer brand museum. I remember the days that they gave you free unlimited beers at the bar, during and after the tour. Now they only give you 2 or 3. (or soda/other drinks if you don’t like beer)
http://www.heinekenexperience.com/visitor-information/ take tram # 4, 7, 10, 16, 24, 25 to get there.
Kosher food
They don’t have many kosher certifications in Holland. There’s a list with kosher products which they update all the time so it’s hard to know what kosher or not in the regular stores. There are small kosher sections in some supermarkets like the ‘Albert Heijn’ or ‘C1000’. The few kosher stores are located in the Jewish area which is a tram ride away from the city center. There are two kosher restaurants closer to the city center.
1)   Sandwich shop Sal-meijer. This is actually a famous kosher sandwich store in Amsterdam with some good stuff. My wife (from the US) liked their French fries very much. It’s  great place for brunch/lunch. There’s a train station down the road (10-15 min. walk.) so it’s a great location for a quick bite before heading out to the airport. Just ask the owners for directions. They are very nice people.
http://www.sal-meijer.com/english/index.php. take tram # 12, 25 to get there.

2)   Hacarmel kosher restaurant. (Amstelveenseweg 224 1075 XT Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Israeli style meat restaurant. Take tram # 2 or 16 to get there.

There are more kosher restaurants in the jewish area. Pls see the google maps link for that.

Here is the closest shul to the city center with a daily minyan.
Synagogue Kehilas Ja’akov
Gerrit van der Veenstraat 26
http://www.degerrit.nl/
it’s a regular house, so you won’t see there’s a shul. Check out their website or let me know if you are interested in going there and I can find out the exact times for the minyanim from my family. Both my father and my brother daven there. Here’s another usefull link they have on their site.
http://www.degerrit.nl/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/Jewish-Tourist-info-Amsterdam.pdf

google map of main tourist attractions in Amsterdam
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=207117270281404183174.0004b1436fd7b7f207c4a&msa=0

if you really want to experience Amsterdam, rent a bike instead of taking the trams. You can rent them outside the central train station and other various locations, only rent a bike if you really know how to bike. There are a crazy amount of bikers in Amsterdam and they all do crazy things. Roads a re small and cars and bikes have to fight for their space. Be very careful.
If you like herring than you should definitely stop at a herring stall. Dutch herring is the best in the world !!! harring stalls are scattered around the city. There’s one at the ‘Albert kuyp market. They only serve herring and only one type, which is kosher. Just don’t order a herring in a bun. The bun is not kosher! Just order one whole herring with onions and a pickle and eat it whole. Like the dutch people do!
Enjoy your trip and don’t hesitate to ask for more info if you need.
Be safe!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on November 09, 2011, 05:11:46 PM
Enjoy your trip and don’t hesitate to ask for more info if you need.
Be safe!


Great info! Thanks!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on November 09, 2011, 06:11:38 PM
I made a report for a mag on AMS, so if needed, I could dig up some pix.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on November 10, 2011, 10:59:18 AM
If you like herring than you should definitely stop at a herring stall. Dutch herring is the best in the world !!! harring stalls are scattered around the city. There’s one at the ‘Albert kuyp market. They only serve herring and only one type, which is kosher. Just don’t order a herring in a bun. The bun is not kosher! Just order one whole herring with onions and a pickle and eat it whole. Like the dutch people do!

Sounds delicious, mmmm :)

Thanks for the long, detailed report.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 21, 2011, 06:02:36 PM
Does anyone know which lounge I can get into, or if it is a nice lounge, with a priority pass...? (compliments of AMEX Plat)
We are  flying into AMS
I have a 10 hour layover and want to take a shower as soon as I get off the plane.
TIA
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on December 10, 2011, 09:50:59 PM
‘Schiphol Amsterdam Airport’ was designed as a transit hub so everything is basically one big massive hall with a lot of shops and things to do. Just in case you (or you wife/fam) get tired sightseeing the city, you can always go back to the airport and relax or shop there. If you have carry-on luggage you don’t want to take with you into the city, you can lock them up in a safes which are scattered around the airport.
Taking a taxi into the city is quite expensive (around 50 euro’s). The cheapest and easiest way into the city is by train which leaves from the train terminal right under the arrival halls. A one day return ticket cost 7.50 Euro’s. It takes about 15-20 min to get from the airport to the center of Amsterdam.
When you arrive make your way to the ‘Arrivals 2’ area. Over there is a store called ‘Holland tourist information’ there you can buy train tickets to Amsterdam central station and a day pass for the public transportation in Amsterdam itself.  Ask for a return train ticket to Amsterdam and for a 24 hrs ‘gvb’ unlimited day pass. Pick up a map of Amsterdam’s tourists attractions while you are there. Can’t hurt!
Store: http://extra.klmtransfer.schiphol.nl/web/show/id=156823/langid=42
Daypass: http://www.gvb.nl/english/travellers/tickets-and-fares/Pages/GVB-24-48-72-96-hour-tickets.aspx
After that follow the signs to exit or the meeting point. That’s basically a big red and white, piece of art in the middle of the arrival plaza. (Right there, are machines to buy train tickets to Amsterdam if you haven’t done so yet. There is also a desk there) trains to Amsterdam leave about every 5-10 min. ask or look at the information screens on which platform the next train leaves.
Once you come out of the central train station make your way to trams (not buses!) on your left hand side before you cross any bridges. If you haven’t bought a 24 hrs (or more) ‘gvb’ unlimited day pass you can do so in the central station. Maps of the tram routes are available there too. In general most conductors on the tram speak English and you could ask them for help and ask them to tell you where or when you need to get off for the various attractions. Most people in the Netherlands speak a decent English and you could always ask people in the street for help.
In front of the central train station, across the bridges are many boat companies who offer boat tours around the city’s famous many canals. There are different tours available and some companies let you hop on and off at the major tourist landmarks (such as the Anna Frank house, Heineken Experience etc). so you could use it as a form of transportation. It might be a little bit more than a regular boat tour though.
Here are some ideas where to go. I include a web address when available, which tram# to take there and a little info about it.

Old Portuguese shul from the 17th century. Completely original and intact. A must see when coming to Amsterdam. Take tram # 9 or 14 to get there.
http://www.portugesesynagoge.nl/eng/visit/opening-hours.
Anne Frank Museum. Another must visit. Visit early in the morning or order tickets online. The lines get very long in general. Take tram #13 or 14 to get there.
http://www.annefrank.org/en/Museum/Practical-information/Opening-hours-prices-and-location1/
Flower market located by the ‘Singel’ and ‘Muntplein’. The Dutch are famous for their flowers and here you can buy flower bulbs and other stuff (like marijuana plant seeds!! Etc. in Holland you are legally allowed to own 2 marijuana plants for personal use. Don’t buy the seeds and try to bring it to the US. I’m NOT responsible). Cool place to go past if you have time. Lots of trams stop here. # 4,, 9, 16, 24, 25
Leidseplein. A famous square with a lot of coffee shops…. Take tram # 1, 2, 5, 7, 10 to get there.
Van Gogh Museum: Famous Dutch artist. If you like historic paintings etc. not a  must but lot of people go there. The building itself is a funky design and it’s located on a nice square to take a rest and grab a beer.  http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp take tram # 2, 3, 5, 16, 24
House of Bols is located right next to the van gogh museum. It’s a fun museum/bar about the dutch dring ‘Genever’. http://www.houseofbols.com/main.asp
Drinking traditions
Jonge jenever is sometimes served cold from a bottle kept in a freezer. However, the higher-quality oude jenever (and korenwijn) is usually served at room temperature. When jenever is drunk with beer (normally lager) as a chaser, it is referred to as a kopstoot (headbutt) or duikboot (submarine) in Flanders. Traditionally, jenever is served in completely full shot glasses taken directly from the freezer. As the glass is very cold it is advisable to take the first sips without holding the glass, leaving it on the table and bending one's back to apply one's mouth to the glass
Albert kuyp market. Famous Amsterdam daily market where you can buy literacy anything. If you want a real local experience, go here. Take tram # 16, 24 to get there.
Heineken Experience is the famous Dutch beer brand museum. I remember the days that they gave you free unlimited beers at the bar, during and after the tour. Now they only give you 2 or 3. (or soda/other drinks if you don’t like beer)
http://www.heinekenexperience.com/visitor-information/ take tram # 4, 7, 10, 16, 24, 25 to get there.
Kosher food
They don’t have many kosher certifications in Holland. There’s a list with kosher products which they update all the time so it’s hard to know what kosher or not in the regular stores. There are small kosher sections in some supermarkets like the ‘Albert Heijn’ or ‘C1000’. The few kosher stores are located in the Jewish area which is a tram ride away from the city center. There are two kosher restaurants closer to the city center.
1)   Sandwich shop Sal-meijer. This is actually a famous kosher sandwich store in Amsterdam with some good stuff. My wife (from the US) liked their French fries very much. It’s  great place for brunch/lunch. There’s a train station down the road (10-15 min. walk.) so it’s a great location for a quick bite before heading out to the airport. Just ask the owners for directions. They are very nice people.
http://www.sal-meijer.com/english/index.php. take tram # 12, 25 to get there.

2)   Hacarmel kosher restaurant. (Amstelveenseweg 224 1075 XT Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Israeli style meat restaurant. Take tram # 2 or 16 to get there.

There are more kosher restaurants in the jewish area. Pls see the google maps link for that.

Here is the closest shul to the city center with a daily minyan.
Synagogue Kehilas Ja’akov
Gerrit van der Veenstraat 26
http://www.degerrit.nl/
it’s a regular house, so you won’t see there’s a shul. Check out their website or let me know if you are interested in going there and I can find out the exact times for the minyanim from my family. Both my father and my brother daven there. Here’s another usefull link they have on their site.
http://www.degerrit.nl/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/Jewish-Tourist-info-Amsterdam.pdf

google map of main tourist attractions in Amsterdam
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=207117270281404183174.0004b1436fd7b7f207c4a&msa=0

if you really want to experience Amsterdam, rent a bike instead of taking the trams. You can rent them outside the central train station and other various locations, only rent a bike if you really know how to bike. There are a crazy amount of bikers in Amsterdam and they all do crazy things. Roads a re small and cars and bikes have to fight for their space. Be very careful.
If you like herring than you should definitely stop at a herring stall. Dutch herring is the best in the world !!! harring stalls are scattered around the city. There’s one at the ‘Albert kuyp market. They only serve herring and only one type, which is kosher. Just don’t order a herring in a bun. The bun is not kosher! Just order one whole herring with onions and a pickle and eat it whole. Like the dutch people do!
Enjoy your trip and don’t hesitate to ask for more info if you need.
Be safe!

I just wanted to say THANKS!!  we followed your trip report and it was very helpful
We ended up just going to Anne Franks house and to the Spanish Portuguese Museum and Pizza co...Pizza Co was probably the 2nd or 3rd best pizza I ever had.
The bakery down the street from there was amazing also..anyways, thanks
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 10, 2011, 11:35:53 PM
For the next person with a layover...if you are at all into Art, don't miss the Rijksmuseum...one of the best in the world.  Nothing beats all the Dutch masters...

Not far from other things to see in the list on the previous page (which are all great suggestions)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: mguy on December 15, 2011, 09:20:25 PM
Anyone have opinions on the SPG hotels in Amsterdam? Is the Hotel Pulitzer nice? In a good location?

Hotel Des Indes also looks nice, but is The Hague otherwise a worthwhile place to stay? Is it just the feel of a downtown business district?

Thanks
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: world2see on December 16, 2011, 04:19:07 AM
i plan on being in antwerp in the end of feburary with 2 kids,is it worth traveling to amsterdam for a day? is anything doable with 2 kids?thanks!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 16, 2011, 08:12:05 AM
i plan on being in antwerp in the end of feburary with 2 kids,is it worth traveling to amsterdam for a day? is anything doable with 2 kids?thanks!

My wife and I did it about 15 years ago (but without kids).  It was an easy drive, and there is plenty to do there in one day.  You probably won't get as much done with two kids as we did by ourselves, but no reason you couldn't do it with kids.  It wold also depend on how old they are, and what sights you went to see in Amsterdam.  We did the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, Jewish Historical Museum and the S&P Synagogue -- not necessarily the best itinerary with kids....
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: world2see on December 17, 2011, 12:09:46 PM
thanks, my kids are 2 1/2 and 8 months,not sure if were gonna go,just weighing our options
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on December 17, 2011, 02:32:47 PM
thanks, my kids are 2 1/2 and 8 months,not sure if were gonna go,just weighing our options

the jewish community is maybe 15 minutes by subway from the airport....it leaves from the bottom floor AFAIK and it's like the 2nd stop...why not just take a short hop over and get some good food?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on December 17, 2011, 06:28:10 PM
Not sure how long you will be in Antwerp, but there are some nice things to see, also Bruges and Ghent are very nice.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: world2see on December 17, 2011, 10:52:18 PM
i'll be there for a wedding but have a day or 2 before and after to tour,thats why i was thinking amsterdam,but id check out antwerp too if there's what to see :) thanks!
Title: KLM Stopover in AMS
Post by: Yosef_S on December 27, 2011, 03:40:49 PM
Hi all,

I'm flying to Israel in two weeks on KLM and I have an 8 hour stopover in Amsterdam.

Does anyone on here have any recommendations?

I'm in Amsterdam from 12:30 - 9 PM. Are there any kosher restaurants that are worth going to? Any sights to be seen?

Also, are either of the SERVISAIR MENZIES LOUNGEs that I can access with Priority Pass any good?

All suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on December 27, 2011, 04:09:46 PM
Hi all,

I'm flying to Israel in two weeks on KLM and I have an 8 hour stopover in Amsterdam.

Does anyone on here have any recommendations?

I'm in Amsterdam from 12:30 - 9 PM. Are there any kosher restaurants that are worth going to? Any sights to be seen?

Also, are either of the SERVISAIR MENZIES LOUNGEs that I can access with Priority Pass any good?

All suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!

I was at one of the SERVISAIR lounges in LHR and it was a disaster, but that might be because they service some Indian flight that brought a lot of Indians to the lounge.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: world2see on January 05, 2012, 10:31:10 PM
i wanted to know if anyone knows of a reliable driver to drive from ams airport to antwerp,I'm fling into ams because of cheaper award flights and taking a train isn't an option as ill be coming with 2 cranky kids and a few pieces of luggage :) thanks!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on January 05, 2012, 11:58:42 PM
Its about 150 euro for a jewish taxi.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on January 06, 2012, 12:31:04 AM
Its about 150 euro for a jewish taxi.

What's/Who that?!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: world2see on January 06, 2012, 03:13:44 AM
do you have a number,email for contact info?you can pm,not sure yet if i need it but would be nice to have that option,thanks!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on January 06, 2012, 12:41:22 PM
Not a big deal I will even order it for you.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: world2see on January 07, 2012, 12:55:01 PM
k thanks,ill let you know when i get closer to flying if necessary,really appreciate it,it would be on the 20th of February thanks
!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: mguy on January 11, 2012, 09:07:34 AM
Mini Trip Report - Visited for 36 hours in January. There is some great info in this thread from people much more knowledgeable about Amsterdam, so I’ll just fill in some details…

I got an unlimited GVB card and took trams all over. Get yourself a tram map or download one to your phone. The biggest attraction for me would be just strolling around – there are charming shops, squares, streets and canals. But visit in the right season if you can – was rainy, cold and very windy when I was there.

Stayed at Hotel Pulitzer using SPG Cash & Points. Got upgraded as a Platinum to a junior suite overlooking the canal. They took 25 canal houses and knocked out the insides of them to create this hotel. Is therefore a little unusual, and the rooms vary. Has a nice interesting feel to it and it’s great to stay in an authentic-feeling local place. But I wouldn’t consider it a luxurious hotel, despite belonging to the “Luxury Collection”.

Anne Frank House – was a worthwhile visit. Is a one-hour walk self-guided walk through, with short videos and exhibits along the way. Definitely buy tickets in advance. You then choose a specific time slot and walk straight in at your designated time. By time I checked the website the day before, were all sold out so I showed up at opening time and waited around 20 minutes on the line outside.

Also visited the Portuguese Synagogue (worthwhile) and the flower market (maybe was the season, but for me, didn’t have all that much variety to be worthwhile as an attraction).

Ate at Hacarmel (generous portions, tasty) and H’Baron. Regarding the latter, I was pleasantly surprised that a city with a relatively small kosher community would have such a quality restaurant.

The kosher grocery spots close 5pm-6pm. If you need some stuff later, the C100 supermarket in the same neighborhood has packaged cold cuts, cheeses, Israeli-style dips, frozen pizzas and knishes, etc.

Things I didn’t get to…

Rijksmuseum – came recommended to me and I wanted to visit. Next time.

Bike rental – in nicer weather I would probably rent bikes. They are all over. Look for 'Fiets te huur' (bikes for hire).

Dutch country side – supposed to be pure and charming – windmills and small villages.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on January 11, 2012, 01:21:50 PM
Glad you enjoyed my hometown :)
The dutch country side is really a beautiful trip but it needs to be nice weather. Like you said there are many days is miserable. Rainy and windy.
For anyone interested in the dutch country side there's a beautiful little historic village called 'Volendam - Marken'. It's about a half hour bus ride from the amsterdam central station. You can hop on the bus to 'Marken' in front of the central train station. From 'Marken' you take a nice half hour boat ride to 'Volendam'. From there you take the bus back to Amsterdam.

I'm visiting my family for pesach and am planning to take my wife and baby to the flower fields. During that time of year it's absolutely beautiful. There's a place called 'Keukenhof' that plants a beautiful park every year but it's a bit pricey. You can visit the actual flower fields yourself but it's a bit complicated if you don't have your own transportation.
If you fly from amsterdam airport during the spring try to get a window seat. Right after take off they often make a couple of turns in the air (depends which runway they are using. They passed a law they can't fly over parts of Amsterdam so they make some interesting turns. That's also the reason behind their ridiculous 'noise cancellation fee' !) And you have a nice view of the flower fields. Worth some pics.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: netzih on February 06, 2012, 12:32:44 AM
Taking klm to Israel with a 14 hour stop (6am-8:30pm) on Feb. 27th I was thinking of checking out the Heineken museum but heard that it is closed on Mondays is this true?
And what are other recommendations to do (I'm not a big art guy) for 2 people (ages 19 and 21)?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 23, 2012, 04:29:01 PM
Taking klm to Israel with a 14 hour stop (6am-8:30pm) on Feb. 27th I was thinking of checking out the Heineken museum but heard that it is closed on Mondays is this true?
And what are other recommendations to do (I'm not a big art guy) for 2 people (ages 19 and 21)?
The art museum has clean bathrooms. You should rent a bike and ride to one of the suburbs of Amsterdam.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David B on February 23, 2012, 05:42:01 PM
Taking klm to Israel with a 14 hour stop (6am-8:30pm) on Feb. 27th I was thinking of checking out the Heineken museum but heard that it is closed on Mondays is this true?
And what are other recommendations to do (I'm not a big art guy) for 2 people (ages 19 and 21)?

Anne Frank House, Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, and some of the other things on the list posted earlier in the thread,  There are some amazing things to see in Amsterdam -- a beautiful and clean, historic city.  Can probably find the Heineken Brewery Tour info online -- definitely something I enjoyed when I was 19 -- but I spent a week in the city at that time (wouldn't waste it there if I only had one day).  Anyway, my two cents...
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on February 23, 2012, 06:07:09 PM
go eat at the sandwich shop...i think it's called meijer or something like that...amazing food and take a canal boat ride....don't go to amsterdam to see a beer muesuem...
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on February 23, 2012, 06:47:45 PM
+1. You can drink a cold Heineken anywhere in the world :). If you don't have a lot of time than a must are the Anne Frank Museum, the old Snoge (Portuguese synagogue) and a canal boat tour. All pretty close to each other.

Sandwich shop Sal. Meijer is delicious.

(And of course a quick herring or two in the city!)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David B on February 23, 2012, 08:35:27 PM
+1 on the canal boat ride -- great way to see most of the city.  Boats are available from lots of locations throughout the city.

Add the Jewish Historical Museum while you're at it -- it's well worth it, despite your aversion to Art.

Canal Boat tour, Jewish Museum, Anne Frank and S&P -- would make a great day there.  Meijer works great if the timing is right, can also eat in the museum if timing is better.  Enjoy!

 
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on February 24, 2012, 08:24:24 AM
Hechsher in the jewish museum is not the best ....
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: bentch on December 01, 2012, 07:31:56 PM
I have a 6 hr layover in AMS.  I'm thinking of two options:

Take the train to the jewish community (is it the #2, any info on where to go/which stop to get off at?) to get some food to eat. 

or:

Head downtown to Anne Frank House and get some food at the museum and make it back in time. (is there enough time for this?)

thanks to everyone, especially boruch for all of the helpful info.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on December 22, 2012, 07:37:42 PM
I was asked to post this here with all the noobs that'll be checking it out for the Israel deal... Its an exerpt of a much longer tr.

    Amsterdam- Amsterdam to me was like a best of all the cities I visited on my trip and was a great city to end my trip.

It has the beautiful canals of Venice, museums that can rival Florence, and classic Dutch architecture dating back to the 1600’s, that does not even come close to the architecture of Prague, but is unique in the sense that you won’t see such beautiful buildings of this style anywhere else.

The first thing we did was buy a three day unlimited tram, bus, and subway pass for 16 euro. The transit system is phenomenal in this city. Next we bought the yearly museum pass good for nearly all major museums in the Netherlands for 45 euro, and it lasts an entire year. It was well worth it because we would have spent more than that just our 1st day (most museums are either 14 or 8 euro)!

I will list the museums in order of what I liked:

-The Van Gogh museum has the biggest collection of Van Gough paintings in the world. I am biased towards Van Gogh partially because his bedroom is probably my favorite painting all time. None the less him and his contemporaries made undisputedly some of the most mesmerizing paintings in history. Be sure to see all the floors, I almost skipped the basement exhibit which is one of the most moving art displays I ever walked through, it puts you in a different world of nature, truly amazing.

-The Rijksmuseum with great paintings of mainly Dutch origin, do not miss the the nacht vatch is the most famous art display in Holland, it features Rembrandts largest and most famous work.

-The maritime museum is a GREAT museum for kids and adults alike with a pirate ship to walk through, and tons of other exhibits you can easily spend 2 hours here and not get bored.

-The Royal palace is only open when the queen is not there with foreign dignitaries. Be sure to check that its open before you go. The palace is exactly what you would expect, ornately decorated rooms and hallways. This comes with a free audio tour which is suggested being that there aren’t any signs as to what things are.

-The museum of resistance is all about the Dutch resisting the Nazis in WWII and about the Jews in WWII. It takes a good hour and half to do, I unfortunately didn’t have that much time but it was very interesting none the less.

-The Museum Geelvinck is an old Dutch house that is open to the public to walk through. It consists of a coach house and a main house with 6 different exquisite rooms. The thing I like most about this museum is you can sit on most of the furniture and it is just really relaxing to be in. If you need a place to chill for a bit and take in some of the most beautiful granite you’ll see in a house, this is your place.

-The Jood museum had some interesting artifacts. Especially a very beautiful megilah with illustrations on every column. The old shul is included in the Jood museum ticket so may as well go see it but it’s nothing to special, just old.

-The Foam museum was interesting and nice to walk through seeing the many different photo journalism displays. Not one of my favorite places though.

-The van loom museum is nice but a bit to regular type of art for my taste although the house it is in is quite nice to see. The Allard Pierson museum was a bit lame. It had a bunch of old objects from Egypt and Greece which I have seen a thousand different places before. If you are into artifacts from those times you may enjoy it otherwise don’t bother.

-The hermitage museum was the worst museum we went to on our trip. It was extremely plain mostly portraits and Christian paintings really advise not to bother going there.

-The Stejdlik museum was closed but they had a temporary space with 3 film exhibitions. No point in going until the full museum reopens.

-The Anne Frank house has massive lines if you plan on going make a reservation before through heir website. I do not see the big excitement about the house but that’s personal feelings so I won’t get into it.

-The Diamond museum was a total waste of time.

The most fun thing we did our entire trip must have been renting a paddle boat and driving the canals for 2 hours. We were having so much fun discovering birds’ nests with eggs in them and waving to everyone, the people of Amsterdam are so nice.

 The flower market is nice I bought a beautiful orchid for my host there.

The kosher  sandwich store sal-meijer has extremely unique tasting meats being that they are all handmade by the owner. He also has stupendous mustard for the sandwiches and mayo for the fries. I am completely sold on the mayo and fries concept. You must have a few sandwiches from here.

 The pizza shop Pizza co. had pretty good pizza nothing amazing but nice to have fresh good pizza while traveling, also the fries were good.

There is one main kosher grocery store and a kosher bakery, they both sell Sheffa yogurt which is the most amazing yogurt/breakfast food I have ever had! It has fresh fruit in the bottom and delicious yogurt on top. This is an absolute must have!

The food I tried at the bakery was pretty awful, although a loaf of bread was cheap and good for sandwiches.

I did not go on the tour of the Heineken factory because it was 17 euro and didn’t seem even close to worth that price. Instead I tried a local brew in a bar called IJ brewery it was a very good beer.

Also a must have while you’re in Holland is jonge jenever which is just gin, but I have had gin in America and it tastes nothing like this stuff which is delicious.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on December 22, 2012, 07:43:19 PM
If thats only an expert when's the book come out :-). Great job man! Thanks
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: samsamsam on December 24, 2012, 03:59:59 PM
Anyone have any idea where I can leave my luggage for 12 hours while I tour Amsterdam. Would hate to shlep it around all day?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 24, 2012, 04:01:50 PM
most european airports have a left luggage counter or lockers

see here for more info http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=&oq=left+luggage+ams&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4ADFA_enIL403IL439&q=left+luggage+ams&gs_l=hp....0.0.0.6022...........0.
Title: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: rbsuperomi on December 24, 2012, 11:34:28 PM
Young middle aged lady flying alone looking for ladies/girls who might be on this flight with whom to join in touring around Amsterdam that day.
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: aussiebochur on December 24, 2012, 11:43:55 PM
Young middle-aged. What age is that?
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 24, 2012, 11:46:11 PM
Young middle-aged. What age is that?
Back off. She's looking for gals to join her, not guys  ;D
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: jj1000 on December 24, 2012, 11:51:16 PM
Back off. She's looking for gals to join her, not guys  ;D
maybe Aussie goes both ways :P

Anyway the trip DO's thread is prob a better place to post.
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 24, 2012, 11:52:37 PM
Yep, maybe a mod can merge it over. Better yet into the Ams thread
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: aussiebochur on December 24, 2012, 11:54:27 PM
Back off. She's looking for gals to join her, not guys  ;D
I prefer the coffee shop over touring in AMS ;)

Was just asking. Nothing further.
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: mochada on December 24, 2012, 11:56:26 PM
I prefer the coffee shop over touring in AMS ;)

Was just asking. Nothing further.

Maybe she will join you.  Have a nice high heliga time!
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 25, 2012, 12:06:11 AM
Sorry @rbsuperomi

Welcome to DDF!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 25, 2012, 03:04:10 AM
You sure they won't check it through for you
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 25, 2012, 04:48:39 AM
You sure they won't check it through for you
he probably means hand luggage
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: bethmalkie on December 25, 2012, 11:08:45 AM
 I am the same looking for the same but will be arriving in Amsterdam January 23 same Delta flight.  Maybe you want to switch your travel dates? :)
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: Reb Moshe on December 25, 2012, 11:40:19 PM
I was think that Craigslist.org has a link for this

http://cnj.craigslist.org/i/personals?category=w4w

 :) :) :)

Btw for anyone going on the DL34 on  Wed. Feb 20 there will be a massive group of 'Yeshiva Bochrim'
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: Saver2000 on December 25, 2012, 11:46:03 PM
Btw for anyone going on the DL34 on  Wed. Feb 20 there will be a massive group of 'Yeshiva Bochrim'
Details?
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: doodley on December 26, 2012, 12:03:06 AM
Details?
there is at least 6 yeshiva guys going on that flight...
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: mmermss on December 26, 2012, 07:10:12 AM
Wiki'd
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: Achas Veachas on December 26, 2012, 08:30:30 AM
...there will be a massive group of 'Yeshiva Bochrim'
there is at least 6 yeshiva guys going on that flight...
???
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: rots5 on December 26, 2012, 08:53:54 AM
Shudduch  crises?!  Na not after this stopover :-) @mmerms. Link this to the shudduch thread :-)
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: mmermss on December 26, 2012, 09:02:44 AM
Shudduch  crises?!  Na not after this stopover :-) @mmerms. Link this to the shudduch thread :-)
Just (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2619.0) for (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=11182.msg138831#msg138831) you (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=13951.msg184430#msg184430)  ;D :P
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on December 26, 2012, 09:30:16 AM
If anyone is going to Amsterdam I can lend you a museum pass that'll give you access to basically all the museums in the Netherlands. PM me if you'd like me to mail it to you.

*please don't post about ethics* (I'm just offering)
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: Mordy788 on December 26, 2012, 02:24:58 PM
Wow I will be on DL 34 if anyone wants to have a DO on board. However I don't think it is so safe to be posting online that you are looking for a companion.
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: Reb Moshe on December 26, 2012, 02:30:54 PM
Wow I will be on DL 34 if anyone wants to have a DO on board. However I don't think it is so safe to be posting online that you are looking for a companion.
They have already been redirected
I was think that Craigslist.org has a link for this

http://cnj.craigslist.org/i/personals?category=w4w

 :) :) :)


You will be on DL34 on 2/20 as well?! What time will you daven shachris? are you gonna wait until AMS?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: MMR on December 27, 2012, 09:51:39 AM
Does anyone have directions to the cemetary where R' Itzikel is??
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: rcarentals on December 28, 2012, 10:57:26 AM
this is a gr8 thread with a gr8 wiki. anyone going feb 3?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on December 28, 2012, 11:32:39 AM
They shot parts of Ocean 12 in the Pulitzer Hotel. When I stayed there the manager was telling me all about meeting Brad Pitt and George Clooney. 
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2012, 01:33:37 PM
Great wiki.
If you have short reviews of the restaurants/activities be sure to post them.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 29, 2012, 02:55:49 PM
there are my notes from this past summer (notes that i brought with me), stayed at the pulitzer

- train to central station for Euro 3.80, takes 20 mins. Don't buy the comfort class ticket, buy n single ticket with 'NS only' Avoid the trains labeled FYRA
   taxis around 40e
   Tram 13 and 17 brings you as well from the Central Station to the Pulitzer (Stop Westermarkt, third stop from the station)   
   If you see a TCA cab, take that one. The driver will speak good English and not cheat you.
- When you arrive make your way to the ‘Arrivals 2’ area. Over there is a store called ‘Holland tourist information’ there you can buy train tickets to Amsterdam central  and a 48hr pass
-If you've got a canal view, ask for a room on the Keizersgracht side of the hotel rather than the Prinsengracht. It is much quieter on that side. If you end up on the Prinsengracht side if you get a room below the 5th floor I find can be a bit noisy up to about 11 o'clock in the evening. The rooms are also more "interesting" on the Keizersgracht side - that is where all the multi-level rooms etc are. On the Prinsengracht side they tend to be fairly "regular" rooms
-politely ask for one of the suites on the 4rth or 5th floor
- anne frank house 9am-10pm 8.5e. block or two away from hotel. In summer, you may have to wait an hour or more to get in. To avoid lines, get there as early as possible or the evening.(early evening)
- Rijksmuseum, 9-6, 14e,  Rembrandt's Night Watch, Vermeer's Milkmaid, four of Vermeer's miniatures
   tram:2, 5 stop: Hobbemastraat
- boat ride
- Albert kuyp market
- portugese synagogue, 10-4  12 columns, 613 candles tram: 9, 14 stop: Waterlooplein or Mr Visserplein
- Rembrandt House, 10-5, 10e 7student,  tram:9, 14 stop: Waterlooplein
- Jewish Historical Museum, 11-5 12e or 6 for students? tram:9, 14 stop: Waterlooplein
- Van Gogh Museum? 10-6 14e Sunflowers lines could be long tram:2, 5 stop: Van Baerlestraat
- Heineken Experience? 17e  11-7:30(last ticket 5:30) 1.5hrs, tram:16,24 Stadhouderskade
- Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis)
- Prinsengracht canal (anne frank house)
- Hollandsche Schouwburg 11-4, tram 9, 14 to Plantage Kerklaan
- view from Magere Brug (skinny bridge) night lit up
- Sal. Meijer Sunday-Thursday, 10-19.30h Scheldestr. 45, Amsterdam, close to RAI exhibit and conventioncentre
   sandwich with pekelvlees, croquetes (authentic dutch dish), liverwurst, pea soup, pastrami
   . tram 12, 25 to Scheldestraat
- hacarmel Amstelveenseweg 224, 1.00 pm till 10.00 pm, tram 2, Amstelveenseweg
- H’Baron Kastelenstraat 110or108, 020 6424555
    Open: Sun- Thur 12:00-22:00 uur
   bus 165 stop at Van Leyenberghlaan-Kastelenstr.; 62 at Van Nijenrodeweg
   tram 5 - Van Boshuizenstraat stop
Zaanse Schans? windmills, clog making
volendam
  typical village centre with its old houses, the bustling harbour area and fishermen's town atmosphere. Just walking around the old centre will quickly make you get the vibe.
  museum
  pic with fishermen
 Have your picture taken, dressed in an original Volendam costume. It's a popular thing to do and, although not very authentic, it does provide a fun souvenir. There are a few places that offer this service, all in the harbour: Foto de Boer, Haven 82, [6].  edit Foto Zwarthoed, Haven 12, [7].  edit Fotoshop Volendam, Haven 102
Muiderslot, 10-5 no entry afyer 4:30
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: L'Chaim on December 29, 2012, 03:13:56 PM
Does anyone have directions to the cemetary where R' Itzikel is??

Here (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=51.376452,4.388635&hl=en&num=1&t=h&z=18).
It's about 1:30 from the airport without traffic.



Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: menashe04 on December 29, 2012, 09:16:32 PM
Amazing wiki, and thanks for all the details. Anyone know about all these restaurants, which hechsherim they have, and what hechsherim are considered good compared to heimishe chassidishe hechsherim here in NY?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: frank34 on December 29, 2012, 11:54:21 PM
Going with 5 kids. I have this 13 hr stopover. Does anyone know if I have to take my luggage out in Amsterdam, or will I be able to check it through all the way to Israel?
Also I have been reading about the restaurants, does anyone know what the hechsherim are?
Thanks.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 30, 2012, 12:00:13 AM
You can check the stuff through
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: L'Chaim on December 30, 2012, 03:48:08 AM
Going with 5 kids. I have this 13 hr stopover. Does anyone know if I have to take my luggage out in Amsterdam, or will I be able to check it through all the way to Israel?
Also I have been reading about the restaurants, does anyone know what the hechsherim are?
Thanks.
For meaty Habaron and hacarmel are considered good, they're under the hechsher of Rav Wolf.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 30, 2012, 04:02:20 AM
i can definitely recommend h'baron, i was actually surprised that such a quality restaurant exists there
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: cozmohoot on December 30, 2012, 10:37:19 PM
Anyone leaving from Newark jan27th?
I willbe in Amsterdam for 12 hours on the 28th
Any chance of a minyan if my flight only lands at 750a,?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 30, 2012, 10:47:56 PM
Sounds like it's time to start a kosher kiosk at AMS
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on December 31, 2012, 12:32:23 PM
If anyone is going to Amsterdam I can lend you a museum pass that'll give you access to basically all the museums in the Netherlands. PM me if you'd like me to mail it to you.

*please don't post about ethics* (I'm just offering)
So I received a bunch of requests to use the museum card. Here is a list of museums its good for. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museumkaart#Amsterdam

I am trying to figure out if there is a place in Amsterdam that each person can leave it after they use it. Anyone have suggestions? It'll be a lot easier then making a schedule and figuring out who has to mail it to who... Maybe I should call one of the restaurants and ask them to hold the 2 cards and say if anyone asks for it just give it to them. It helps the restaurant because odds are the people will go there upon arrival and order food... Any locals have advice?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: donedeal12 on January 09, 2013, 07:08:57 PM
so what is the final decision on the Rabbinate Amsterdam Hechsher what is it compared to here in america (NYC) area
and is there a list of all the resturants with that hechsher (if it checks out)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 09, 2013, 10:49:55 PM
Goodbye amsterdam ;D
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 12, 2013, 02:21:27 PM
So I received a bunch of requests to use the museum card. Here is a list of museums its good for. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museumkaart#Amsterdam

I am trying to figure out if there is a place in Amsterdam that each person can leave it after they use it. Anyone have suggestions? It'll be a lot easier then making a schedule and figuring out who has to mail it to who... Maybe I should call one of the restaurants and ask them to hold the 2 cards and say if anyone asks for it just give it to them. It helps the restaurant because odds are the people will go there upon arrival and order food... Any locals have advice?

ur nice like that jj   kol hakavod!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: travelingnow on January 14, 2013, 10:47:10 AM
Anyone leaving from Newark jan27th?
I willbe in Amsterdam for 12 hours on the 28th
Any chance of a minyan if my flight only lands at 750a,?

I will be there then too.
Did you have any luck with minyan yet?I would like to join
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on January 14, 2013, 09:18:54 PM
- No Minyan in Amsterdam after 8:00 AM.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 14, 2013, 10:19:08 PM
You can schlep to Antwerp for a minyan + pizza with SuperFlyer.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: rbsuperomi on January 17, 2013, 01:52:14 AM
Any ladies or girls going to be on the Jan 30th 6:10PM flight from Newark-Amsterdam-TLV?  Would like to get together to tour during the 13 hour layover.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Avi123 on January 20, 2013, 10:35:10 AM
I'm headed to Amsterdam today at the 6:10 pm flight from Newark. Have the 13 hour stop over. Was planning on going straight to the Anne Frank Museum, hopefully getting tickets online for that. Can anyone help me plan the rest of the day, which things are close by, and how to get there... Thanks! I also want to get to the Jewish Museum and Quarter, as well as a couple restaurants, and maybe a canal ride, and just to save money on the transportation, I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out an order so I can walk and minimize long and expensive rides... Thanks!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: menashe04 on January 31, 2013, 05:51:28 PM
I assume in the past 2 months since the delta deal many of you have been to amsterdam for 12 hours. Any more insight on where to go and what to do. Also, does anyone know any of the restaurants that has a decent heimishe hechsher?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on January 31, 2013, 06:03:01 PM
I assume in the past 2 months since the delta deal many of you have been to amsterdam for 12 hours. Any more insight on where to go and what to do. Also, does anyone know any of the restaurants that has a decent heimishe hechsher?
did you read the thread and/or wiki?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: menashe04 on January 31, 2013, 07:03:59 PM
did you read the thread and/or wiki?
yes I did. But nowhere did I get any clear answer as to any food with a heimishe hechsher, so that's why I'm trying to ask of anyone that went there as hopefully someone that went there can have some insight
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on January 31, 2013, 07:08:42 PM
yes I did. But nowhere did I get any clear answer as to any food with a heimishe hechsher, so that's why I'm trying to ask of anyone that went there as hopefully someone that went there can have some insight
my bad, it seemed to me you were asking 2 questions
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: menashe04 on January 31, 2013, 07:44:10 PM
my bad, it seemed to me you were asking 2 questions
i was, but my main concern Was my second question, and I figured since I'm asking already based on experience from people that were there, I might as well ask for my first question. although the thread and the wiki have so much information but I figured that hearing from someone that was actually there for just those 12 hours could have good insight into what to be covered then
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: mochada on January 31, 2013, 07:51:04 PM
A few yrs back, I had a 14 hr lay over.  I was able to hit up a majority of the places you want to see...but you gotta rush a little bit, get a good map and don't bother with the falafel store (if it's still open).  Other than the layover I spent 4 days in AMS a year or 2 later, the falafel place took more than 30 min to make a falafel and we all left starving!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: rcarentals on February 03, 2013, 03:55:57 PM
+1. You can drink a cold Heineken anywhere in the world :). If you don't have a lot of time than a must are the Anne Frank Museum, the old Snoge (Portuguese synagogue) and a canal boat tour. All pretty close to each other.

Sandwich shop Sal. Meijer is delicious.

(And of course a quick herring or two in the city!)
what are the prerequisites for the herring thing? since it's salted wich makes things complicated, especially with the whole pickle thing there, what is the way to know what you can and can't eat? or do people rely on heters, like the assumption that they have special knives for these things, or that due to the sheer amount of fish cut, even if they didn't have special knives it's nisbatel in the first few?...

hitting up Amsterdam, now, in the delta lounge... there are a couple chareidei woman on this flight too, in the lounge..
my plans are, first anne frank, then portugese synagoge lunch at sal meijer and then the Heineken museum and back to the airport. i hope to have time for it all..
is there lockers in the airport to leave my hand-luggage anywhere? or do i need to schlep it with me?
also any have any reccomended tram apps? and direction info?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 03, 2013, 04:19:34 PM
I used an app called metro

I also would sub out the Heineken experience for something else, say the Rijksmuseum or a canal boat ride
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: rcarentals on February 03, 2013, 04:21:04 PM
hey thanks moish, i was considering the rijks, but they are renovating just then... any other suggestions? im not desperate for the heineken.... btw did the metro app spam you with adds?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 03, 2013, 04:45:03 PM
hey thanks moish, i was considering the rijks, but they are renovating just then... any other suggestions? im not desperate for the heineken.... btw did the metro app spam you with adds?
they've been renovating for a while now, but there is a part that's open with the 'masterpieces' 

it does not spam, there might be better, but this is what ive been using for over 10 years now (from my palm pilot days)
can be downloaded from http://kinevia.com/
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: rcarentals on February 03, 2013, 04:53:03 PM
site says masterpeices are going down tomorrow, when i get there...
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: rcarentals on February 03, 2013, 05:24:38 PM
Major minyan with 16 ppl... Majority say they got the "Dansdeals" deal......
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: menashe04 on February 03, 2013, 06:05:29 PM
Major minyan with 16 ppl... Majority say they got the "Dansdeals" deal......
im sure all of us today got it...
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: rcarentals on February 03, 2013, 06:07:56 PM
Delta planes suck and the flight attendant is already acting snotty to some passengers.. We didn't even leave yet... Lol.. I'm happy I got a spare seat next to me.. 22F
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: menashe04 on February 03, 2013, 06:12:45 PM
Delta planes suck and the flight attendant is already acting snotty to some passengers.. We didn't even leave yet... Lol.. I'm happy I got a spare seat next to me.. 22F
not even screens by every seat!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: menashe04 on February 03, 2013, 06:15:59 PM
57 kosher meals on our flight!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: tripper on February 03, 2013, 06:21:50 PM



is there lockers in the airport to leave my hand-luggage anywhere? or do i need to schlep it with me?
[/quote]yes, there are lockers that you can pay for with euros.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: qtb4me on February 03, 2013, 08:17:49 PM
Going with 5 kids. I have this 13 hr stopover. Does anyone know if I have to take my luggage out in Amsterdam, or will I be able to check it through all the way to Israel?
Also I have been reading about the restaurants, does anyone know what the hechsherim are?
Thanks.
I am going with 3 small children as well -  When are you planning to go if you didnt go already?  Did you figure out what is the best way to navigate with the kids?   With a 13 hr stop-over I am planning on just going to 1 or 2 places (as you know, Its not that easy to travel with the kids)  I would love to go to a restaurant and a canal ride, can You take kids on that?  (or a carriage?)
Thanks for your help!
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: qtb4me on February 03, 2013, 09:05:18 PM

Btw for anyone going on the DL34 on  Wed. Feb 20 there will be a massive group of 'Yeshiva Bochrim'
When you say - Wed Feb 20 - you mean that's when you land or that's the date of your orig. Flight?  Cuz I am leaving on Feb 19th - landing in AMS Feb 20th @ 7:50am....   so add one more to your minyan
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: sbd on February 13, 2013, 09:45:33 PM
Can anyone confirm that I can walk into the Delta lounge and pay $50 to allow access for myself, spouse and child?
Or do I need to pay $90 and sign up for a 30 day trial membership?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: rcarentals on February 13, 2013, 09:52:12 PM


is there lockers in the airport to leave my hand-luggage anywhere? or do i need to schlep it with me?
yes, there are lockers that you can pay for with euros.

there are lockers they cost a few euro's,.. they are right before immigration in the terminal itself.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: qtb4me on February 17, 2013, 12:38:34 AM
there are lockers they cost a few euro's,.. they are right before immigration in the terminal itself.
Are they big enough for a stroller?  or just a handbag?
Title: Re: Amsterdam 13 hour layover Thurs, January 31, 2013 - Delta flt. #34
Post by: doodley on February 17, 2013, 12:41:23 AM
When you say - Wed Feb 20 - you mean that's when you land or that's the date of your orig. Flight?  Cuz I am leaving on Feb 19th - landing in AMS Feb 20th @ 7:50am....   so add one more to your minyan
the group was supposed to leave ewr on the 20th but now almost all changed into direct
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: rcarentals on February 17, 2013, 08:07:19 AM
Are they big enough for a stroller?  or just a handbag?
Depends on the stroller but it should fit a compact stroller.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: runnergirl on February 20, 2013, 08:46:19 AM
Looking to burn some Hilton points this summer in Amsterdam. Has anyone recenty been to the Amsterdam Hilton or Doubletree Hilton and know which is nicer?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 20, 2013, 09:01:21 AM
Looking to burn some Hilton points this summer in Amsterdam. Has anyone recenty been to the Amsterdam Hilton or Doubletree Hilton and know which is nicer?

Haven't stayed at either but I believe the Amsterdam Hilton is the nicer hotel.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on February 21, 2013, 12:23:02 AM
Looking to burn some Hilton points this summer in Amsterdam. Has anyone recenty been to the Amsterdam Hilton or Doubletree Hilton and know which is nicer?

Amsterdam Hilton is nicer. I grew up literary around the corner and my parents still live down the road (canal!) from it. The outside is outdated but the interior is nice. there are two shuls close-by with daily minyanim. They used to offer kosher food but I don't know for sure still if they still do, I haven't been there since last year pesach. (Funfact: see if you can get the presidential suite where John Lennon and Yoko Ono stayed.)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: boruch on February 21, 2013, 12:29:57 AM
new link for dutch country sight: http://amsterdamcitytours.rezgo.com/details/3865/Marken-Volendam-and-Windmill-tour
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: sal2011 on March 12, 2013, 10:04:18 AM
i have a stop over for 8 hours next Monday in Amsterdam landing 9.50  do i have enough time to go to Ann frank and to Heineken beer museum or should i be  nervous that i wont have enough time???
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David B on March 12, 2013, 10:07:41 AM
You probably have enough time for some sightseeing...wouldn't waste it on the Heineken tour, though.

Anne Frank, Jewish Historical Museum, Rijksmuseum for a real quick tour, etc....
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on March 12, 2013, 10:54:47 AM
This is the email I recieved from they AndaZ

Dear Mr. and Mrs. xxxxxx, 
Hereby I would like to confirm the kosher breakfast during your stay at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht.
 
We would like to also invite you to enjoy a kosher diner/lunch in our Bluespoon restaurant. In case you will prefer to dine/lunch outside the hotel we would like to recommend you the restaurant H’Baron. This restaurant is one of the most visited kosher restaurant in Amsterdam.
 
Restaurant : H’ Baron
Address     : Kastelenstraat 108
                    1082 EJ Amsterdam
Website      : www.h-baron.nl
 
If you would like any further assistance or if you would like to make a reservation, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
We look forward to welcoming you at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht.
Best Regards,
 
Layssa Pimentel Contreras
Andaz Host - Guest Services


What do you think about the reccomendation of blue spoon? as far as i can tell on their website it aint kosher...
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: sal2011 on March 12, 2013, 12:18:33 PM
You probably have enough time for some sightseeing...wouldn't waste it on the Heineken tour, though.

Anne Frank, Jewish Historical Museum, Rijksmuseum for a real quick tour, etc....
why not the heineken tour? time wise or is not that good :-\
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: L'Chaim on March 12, 2013, 01:15:07 PM
This is the email I recieved from they AndaZ

Dear Mr. and Mrs. xxxxxx, 
Hereby I would like to confirm the kosher breakfast during your stay at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht.
 
We would like to also invite you to enjoy a kosher diner/lunch in our Bluespoon restaurant. In case you will prefer to dine/lunch outside the hotel we would like to recommend you the restaurant H’Baron. This restaurant is one of the most visited kosher restaurant in Amsterdam.
 
Restaurant : H’ Baron
Address     : Kastelenstraat 108
                    1082 EJ Amsterdam
Website      : www.h-baron.nl
 
If you would like any further assistance or if you would like to make a reservation, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
We look forward to welcoming you at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht.
Best Regards,
 
Layssa Pimentel Contreras
Andaz Host - Guest Services


What do you think about the reccomendation of blue spoon? as far as i can tell on their website it aint kosher...

Definitely go to H'Baron.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David B on March 12, 2013, 01:59:39 PM
why not the heineken tour? time wise or is not that good :-\

Both.  It's just a tour of a replica of a brewery (but including a couple rounds of Heineken's finest).  So it's both a fair amount of time that can't be cut shorter (you're on their schedule), and for a city that offers so much in terms of history, etc., it would be a shame to waste a couple hours on that tour.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on March 12, 2013, 02:00:37 PM
Both.  It's just a tour of a replica of a brewery (but including a couple rounds of Heineken's finest).  So it's both a fair amount of time that can't be cut shorter (you're on their schedule), and for a city that offers so much in terms of history, etc., it would be a shame to waste a couple hours on that tour.
+1 Plus it's not cheap.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 13, 2013, 06:15:16 PM
What do you think about the reccomendation of blue spoon? as far as i can tell on their website it aint kosher...
I'd imagine you can have them order in kosher food if you request.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: sal2011 on March 14, 2013, 08:18:22 PM
is it really hr and half and you cant run through it(im only there for 8 hrs and want to do more then just the heineken factory
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: sal2011 on March 14, 2013, 08:19:47 PM
is anyone else going through amsterdam this coming mon. the 18?(the eight hr stop over )
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on April 05, 2013, 01:40:47 AM
Does anyone know where reb Shaul amsterdamer is buried?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: sharitb on April 15, 2013, 09:52:24 PM
This is the email I recieved from they AndaZ

Dear Mr. and Mrs. xxxxxx, 
Hereby I would like to confirm the kosher breakfast during your stay at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht.
 
We would like to also invite you to enjoy a kosher diner/lunch in our Bluespoon restaurant. In case you will prefer to dine/lunch outside the hotel we would like to recommend you the restaurant H’Baron. This restaurant is one of the most visited kosher restaurant in Amsterdam.
 
Restaurant : H’ Baron
Address     : Kastelenstraat 108
                    1082 EJ Amsterdam
Website      : www.h-baron.nl
 
If you would like any further assistance or if you would like to make a reservation, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
We look forward to welcoming you at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht.
Best Regards,
 
Layssa Pimentel Contreras
Andaz Host - Guest Services


What do you think about the reccomendation of blue spoon? as far as i can tell on their website it aint kosher...

Hi--

Can I ask how you set up the kosher meals at the Andaz?  I kept going back and forth between the Andaz (my first choice) and the Conservitorium (where we are tentitively booked)  Did you go yet?  We are planning to go this summer...would love any advice...

Has anyone spent Shabbat there and arranged meals?  Any suggestions? 

Thanks!
Title: Stopover in Amsterdam
Post by: Jlgldbrgr on April 16, 2013, 11:28:00 PM
Have a nine hour layover in Amsterdam Any good ideas of interesting places to visit??
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David B on July 09, 2013, 11:34:47 AM
I will have to have a business lunch or dinner in Amsterdam with a non-Jewish business partner there (he is Dutch and lives near Amsterdam).

What is the nicest Kosher restaurant in Amsterdam -- H' Baron?

And is it really nice enough in absolute terms, so as not to be embarrassing, or just relatively nicer than anyplace else....

Input appreciated....
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 09, 2013, 01:24:53 PM
hbaron is nice
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David B on July 09, 2013, 05:18:30 PM
hbaron is nice

Is H'Baron the nicest one there (i.e., nicer than Carmel)?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: rcarentals on October 21, 2013, 01:20:33 AM
Is H'Baron the nicest one there (i.e., nicer than Carmel)?
Its definitely nice, but just not drop dead gorgeous. I had a decent rib eye there, and the service was nice too.. Attentive waiters etc.. Would have a business meeting there.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: tmendy226 on April 06, 2014, 07:04:46 AM
I have a 3:30 stopover on Friday (5:50am-9:20am).

Do you think it's possible to see something? perhaps any kosher place? or an open shul?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Vosizderneias on April 06, 2014, 10:10:21 AM
Lucky for you, the airport is a 5-10 min drive from the city.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 17, 2014, 10:56:12 AM
Can I get some thoughts?
I can either be in AMS for 2 full days or 1 day and a second where I'd have to leave around 4PM. In terms of things to do, can the general stuff be done in 1.5 days or do I really want the full 2 days?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on April 17, 2014, 11:26:26 AM
I think that 1.5 would be fine
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 17, 2014, 02:04:27 PM
I think that 1.5 would be fine
Thanks! Anyone else's thoughts? (I plan to read through the thread later to see what to do in those 1-2 days, but just curious now in terms of booking travel arrangements.)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 18, 2014, 08:16:22 AM
Thanks! Anyone else's thoughts? (I plan to read through the thread later to see what to do in those 1-2 days, but just curious now in terms of booking travel arrangements.)
Just read through the thread. Seems like it can definitely be done in 1.5 days.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: penina on April 24, 2014, 09:52:14 AM
I'm from Amsterdam originally. If you tell me around what time of the day you will be there i can create a nice itinerary for you. there's a lot to do in and around amsterdam.

Hi,
We are having a 9 hour layover in Amsterdam and Im trying to plan the the day to accomplish the most. We should be arriving around 7:45 am. We would like to visit the Portugese Synagogue and see the flower market. We do not have to go see the Ann Frank Museum if there is no time. Any suggestions of how to plan our day, what to see first and any must see places?
Is Meyers still the best place to go for lunch?
Any help would be really appreciated.
Thanks
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on April 25, 2014, 07:22:57 AM
We went to the flower market and were not very impressed. Might have just been the time of year, though. Also went to the sandwich place, and that was good, though it was a bit more than I expected (though that may have been a function of the exchange rate)

If you like beer, try the Heineken Brewery. We did not go, because they wanted 16 euro per person and there are plenty of free ones in America.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: penina on April 25, 2014, 01:09:18 PM
Visit Portuguese synagogue.
Eat by Sal Meier restaurant.
Stroll around, see those boats (where people live on, have a postbox on shore, etc)

Where do I stroll around to see the houseboats? Would you know which tram to take? We will be at the flower market and Portuguese synagogue. is it nearby?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 28, 2014, 02:10:17 PM
deGerrit is the shul I want to daven in for daily minyanim?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: penina on May 15, 2014, 09:28:09 PM
We arrived in Amsterdam where we had a 8 hour layover. As in most of Europe they only accept credit cards with the chip or Euro.
We bought a round trip train ticket which leaves on a speed train directly from the airport to the grand central station. From there we decided to walk instead of taking the trams since it was a nice weather and it is the best way to see the city. The streets and canals are beautiful and the architecture is very old and it is interesting just too look and walk around.
We walked to Dam Square where they have the castle and a Ferris Wheel and other rides. Then we went to look at the flower market which was very beautiful. This is about a half hour walk from the train station.
The Portuguese Synagogue is a 10 minute walk from the flower market and is a must see. They have a treasure chamber in the basement with old silver and Torah Scrolls that are hundreds of years old.
From there we took a tram to Sal Meijer to get some sandwiches. The Rhye train station is right there and we took a speed train directly to the airport. The way took about 15 minutes.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SOS on June 19, 2014, 12:22:13 AM
How is the hotel pulitzer (spg)? How far is it to the airport?
Is it near any minyan?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: morgs on June 19, 2014, 09:04:30 AM
How is the hotel pulitzer (spg)? How far is it to the airport?
Is it near any minyan?
We didn't actually stay there when we went last summer but looked into it extensively and the reviews seemed pretty bad so we chose the (then) brand new Andaz Amsterdam using points and had an awesome time there-it is a really cool and funky hotel-really different (it was on sale on jetsetter a little while back-dont know if it still is). It was really centrally located as far as attractions is concerned and if I remember correctly it was only a few stops a way from one of the shuls by tram-it is a bit far from the kosher food though not too bad (most hotels are far from that area).
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 19, 2014, 10:17:04 AM
i stayed at the pulitzer and very much enjoyed it
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SOS on June 22, 2014, 02:50:12 PM
It was really centrally located as far as attractions is concerned and if I remember correctly it was only a few stops a way from one of the shuls by tram-it is a bit far from the kosher food though not too bad (most hotels are far from that area).



is this the Pulitzer or andaz?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: morgs on June 23, 2014, 09:17:43 AM
andaz
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SOS on June 23, 2014, 12:04:10 PM
i stayed at the pulitzer and very much enjoyed it
how far is it to the airport? and how close is it to a shul and attractions?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 23, 2014, 05:11:34 PM
how far is it to the airport? and how close is it to a shul and attractions?
fairly close to attractions
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Allune on June 23, 2014, 06:48:53 PM
fairly close to attractions

Pullitzer is down the block from Anne Frank. Great stay there.
Hotel is made up of 24 townhouses combined. Wavey hallways. No two rooms are the same. Very cool. Great staff.
Stayed summer 2012.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SOS on June 23, 2014, 08:38:38 PM
Pullitzer is down the block from Anne Frank. Great stay there.
Hotel is made up of 24 townhouses combined. Wavey hallways. No two rooms are the same. Very cool. Great staff.
Stayed summer 2012.
thanks
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SOS on June 23, 2014, 08:39:33 PM
Did anyone stay at the waldorf?
Which is a better location, the Pulitzer or Waldorf?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 23, 2014, 11:13:06 PM
I have a bit longer than 7 hour layover in Amsterdam from 540 AM till 1 pm.

I plan to see the canals, walk around, maybe check out the flower market and Dams square. Don't want to do museums as my time is so short. Is it worthwhile to take a boat tour on the canal or can I see just as much from walking around?

Is it hard to get around and all in terms of directions? Any specific order I should do things in?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: penina on July 24, 2014, 03:07:06 AM
If you walk from grand central station to the flower market you will pass many canals the bridge and Domsquare. The Portuguese synagogue is a 10 min walk from the flower market. We did not take a boat ride but we found walking around fascinating.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 24, 2014, 03:29:56 AM
I have a bit longer than 7 hour layover in Amsterdam from 540 AM till 1 pm.

I plan to see the canals, walk around, maybe check out the flower market and Dams square. Don't want to do museums as my time is so short. Is it worthwhile to take a boat tour on the canal or can I see just as much from walking around?

Is it hard to get around and all in terms of directions? Any specific order I should do things in?

Thanks!

You'll see the canals as you walk around but a boat tour is probably not necessary. The streets are beautiful just walking around. Keep in mind, the flower market is not really a destination. It's more of a thing to walk through as you walk somewhere else so don't expect it to be an activity for you to do for an hour. It was cute to walk through, but most of what they sell is just seeds and bulbs for planting so it's also not as beautiful as "flower market" makes it seem to be.

If your next flight is at 1PM, that means you probably have to leave town around 10-10:30, so I'm not sure you would even be able to get into a museum, but if you want to try, I would suggest seeing the Portugese Synagogue. See if it's open that early and/or if you feel comfortable leaving a little later to the airport. It's not quite that ornate, but it's definitely huge and its wooden interior looks a quite different than other European shuls.

Because of your time limit though, a boat tour might be the only "thing" you'll actually have time for, so maybe just take one. (Yes, even though I said it's not necessary. I'm saying if you want to do a "thing", do a tour.)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 24, 2014, 09:42:18 AM
If you walk from grand central station to the flower market you will pass many canals the bridge and Domsquare. The Portuguese synagogue is a 10 min walk from the flower market. We did not take a boat ride but we found walking around fascinating.
Thanks for the info. Did you find it hard to get around and find your way?

You'll see the canals as you walk around but a boat tour is probably not necessary. The streets are beautiful just walking around. Keep in mind, the flower market is not really a destination. It's more of a thing to walk through as you walk somewhere else so don't expect it to be an activity for you to do for an hour. It was cute to walk through, but most of what they sell is just seeds and bulbs for planting so it's also not as beautiful as "flower market" makes it seem to be.

If your next flight is at 1PM, that means you probably have to leave town around 10-10:30, so I'm not sure you would even be able to get into a museum, but if you want to try, I would suggest seeing the Portugese Synagogue. See if it's open that early and/or if you feel comfortable leaving a little later to the airport. It's not quite that ornate, but it's definitely huge and its wooden interior looks a quite different than other European shuls.

Because of your time limit though, a boat tour might be the only "thing" you'll actually have time for, so maybe just take one. (Yes, even though I said it's not necessary. I'm saying if you want to do a "thing", do a tour.)
I don't have in my head that I want to do a thing so to speak, I just want to see Amsterdam as well as I can in the short amount of time. On some websites I have looked at which discuss what to do if you have an airport layover, the canal tour was number one. So I was wondering if that was more for the experience which I don't really care for, or the views of the city.

Good to know what to expect with the flower market, it does sound different from the name.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: penina on July 24, 2014, 06:07:23 PM
We be d locally found our way with a map and asked for directions on the street. You can uses Google maps on your phone
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Allune on July 24, 2014, 11:53:38 PM
Did anyone stay at the waldorf?
Which is a better location, the Pulitzer or Waldorf?

don't know about Waldorf, but the Pulitzer was great. Near Anne Frank Museum.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SOS on July 27, 2014, 02:16:44 AM
Does anyone have any info on the kashrus situation in Amsterdam? Any restaurants that you can recommend?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: penina on July 27, 2014, 04:12:32 AM
Sal Meyer sandwich shop
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 27, 2014, 07:13:40 AM
and hbaron
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 27, 2014, 07:27:48 AM
Does anyone have any info on the kashrus situation in Amsterdam? Any restaurants that you can recommend?
Seems like all the restaurants are under the same hashgacha (Ams BD) except the bakery and Golan which are under the Rabbi of the Chabad Yeshiva. When I was there, a guy told me he only eats at those 2 places bc the Chabad Rabbi is stricter, but that people do eat at the other restaurants.

- Pizza and Co. was the best pizza we had in Europe. I would highly recommend it.
- Sal Meijer was very good sandwiches in a little cute shop, BUT the sandwiches are kinda small. They're not so expensive, so I wish they would just charge a few euro more and add a few inches to the sandwich.
- We decided on Hacarmel instead of Habaron and didn't like it. We both got the entrecôte and didn't think it was flavored well at all. They also didn't take CC which we found out at the end, and the guy made us run around to find an ATM to pay.

Enjoy! We loved Amsterdam!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on July 27, 2014, 09:07:28 AM
Sal Meyer sandwich shop
Way overrated.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 27, 2014, 12:04:58 PM
Way overrated.
+1
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: steve L on July 27, 2014, 03:21:44 PM
Yea I concur. Was there last week. Only good food was pizza and hbaron
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: yls2011 on July 31, 2014, 01:13:02 AM
Going to be in amsterdam over shabbat, staying in the jewish community at the holiday inn express amsterdam-south. I  found some lists of Shuls online, but you never know how up to date they are. Does anyone know of any "decent" Shuls in that area? Ashkenaz or sefardi is fine, just not a tiny shtiebel type of place.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SOS on August 20, 2014, 02:07:32 PM
What's the best way to get to town from the airport?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 20, 2014, 03:25:57 PM
What's the best way to get to town from the airport?

There is a train that goes from the airport to the city
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: SOS on August 20, 2014, 05:01:19 PM
There is a train that goes from the airport to the city
Do you know which train to take to the Portuguese shul?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 20, 2014, 05:27:16 PM
Do you know which train to take to the Portuguese shul?
In general, you need to take one train to the city and then switch to the city trams.. Never been to the Portuguese shul
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: penina on August 21, 2014, 02:22:46 AM
Once you get to grand central you can walk or take a tram. Its about a half hour walk. You can ask for directions once you get there.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 02, 2014, 09:17:18 PM
Its definitely nice, but just not drop dead gorgeous. I had a decent rib eye there, and the service was nice too.. Attentive waiters etc.. Would have a business meeting there.

Better late than never -- I've since been to H'Baron twice -- both times I found it to be very nice, with non-Kosher folk eating with us, we all had a very nice meal with some nice wine.  Service (the owner/manager - young guy) was nice and attentive, and the manager is a nice guy.  Realized I never shared feedback with the forum - oops...
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: morgs on December 03, 2014, 02:39:13 AM
Better late than never -- I've since been to H'Baron twice -- both times I found it to be very nice, with non-Kosher folk eating with us, we all had a very nice meal with some nice wine.  Service (the owner/manager - young guy) was nice and attentive, and the manager is a nice guy.  Realized I never shared feedback with the forum - oops...
We went in the summer and they seemed a bit overwhelmed and understaffed-it took about 40 minutes to get a table-so plan ahead if you are there in the summer- and they do not take reservations-but the service (once we were seated) was fabulous and the steak and lamb duo (me and the grilled salmon (wife) was one of the best we have had abroad!!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ethana on December 10, 2014, 06:58:34 PM
is a 9 hr layover enough time to leave the airport?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 10, 2014, 07:02:28 PM
is a 9 hr layover enough time to leave the airport?

Yes.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David B on January 02, 2015, 11:12:55 AM
Newly purchased Museumkaart for sale. We just returned from Amsterdam, and spent $150 USD on two cards that give free admission, as well as shorter lines, in almost all the museums in Amsterdam and nearby cities. Read more about it below

http://www.amsterdamtips.com/tips/museum-kaart-amsterdam.php

Cards are valid for another 11+ months, and are simply scanned at each museum and tickets are issued for free. 

Asking $120 OBO for two cards. After Anne Frank, Rijksmuseum, and Jewish Historical Museum (including Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue), you're already ahead if the game, and remaining museums visited are totally free (Rembrandt, Maritime Museum, Van Gogh, canal houses, etc)

We'll worth it....PM for more details or to discuss
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David B on January 11, 2015, 03:35:34 PM
Newly purchased Museumkaart for sale. We just returned from Amsterdam, and spent $150 USD on two cards that give free admission, as well as shorter lines, in almost all the museums in Amsterdam and nearby cities. Read more about it below

http://www.amsterdamtips.com/tips/museum-kaart-amsterdam.php

Cards are valid for another 11+ months, and are simply scanned at each museum and tickets are issued for free. 

Asking $120 OBO for two cards. After Anne Frank, Rijksmuseum, and Jewish Historical Museum (including Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue), you're already ahead if the game, and remaining museums visited are totally free (Rembrandt, Maritime Museum, Van Gogh, canal houses, etc)

We'll worth it....PM for more details or to discuss

Bump....
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 17, 2015, 02:36:57 PM
Via DDFB:

Dannie Klompsma: I am a Dutchman, currently living in Passaic, New Jersey.
Please find information below:
1. Minyonim in Amsterdam and Amstelveen (Amstelveen is a suburb of Amsterdam, many Jews live there)
The website http://www.chabadamsterdamcenter.com offers a fairly complete overview of all shuls (also kosher places) inAmsterdam.
I don't know where you will stay in Amsterdam.
The best opportunities are
a. in the southern part of the city center of Amsterdam (called Amsterdam Zuid),
b. a newer part of Amsterdam situated more south from Amsterdam Zuid, called Buitenveldert.
Buitenveldert is actually the city part that has the strongest frum presence. In Buitenveldert there is a Holiday Inn Express owned by a frum guy; his staff also knows what's going on and they serve a kosher breakfast.
Holiday Inn Express AmsterdamAddress: Zwaansvliet 20, 1081 AP Amsterdam, Netherlands Phone:+31 20 820 3040
c. Amstelveen.

Important!!!
Amsterdam is not dangerous for an observant Jew to walk around with a yarmulke. In the western part of the city ofAmsterdam (called Amsterdam West) is a bigger concentration of Muslims and of a result it is more likely to get some remarks....
Nevertheless you will see that safety measures near shuls are very visible and stringent. In front of virtually any shul you'll see military police and shomrim.
That's why it is important to make yourself known on forehand (by calling them) and take ID with you.
So do yourself a favor and announce your coming through the telephone numbers that are mentioned on the websites.
There is an eruv in Amsterdam, although not everybody holds by it.
The shuls that really have daily minyonim are:
- Kehillas Yaacov (of renowned Dutch rabbi/dayan Raphael Evers, send him my regards if you go there):
http://www.chabadamsterdamcenter.com/.../Kehillat-Yaakov...

Rabbi Raphael Evers
www.amsterdamsynagogue.nl

- Beis Medrash" Etz Chaim"
Address: Merckenburg 3
BT Amsterdam Buitenveldert 1082
Tel: 31 (0) 65 4 781 641
http://www.chabadamsterdamcenter.com/.../Beit-Midrash-Etz...

www.beishamedrasj.nl

Near the Beis Medrash are most of the kosher facilities (supermarkets with kosher department and restaurants)
- JCC – Jewish Community CenterAddress: Van der Boechorststraat 26 Buitenveldert Amsterdam Tel: 31 (0) 20 6 460 046The JCC is located in the Jewish area in Buitenveldert (close to the Jewish shopping area), in south Amsterdam.

The JCC houses: Synagogue
Head Offices of the Dutch Jewish Community (N.I.K - I.P.O.R - N.I.H.S) Judaica Store "Jad Achat" Banqueting Halls Mikveh for utensils Classroom Schedule Tefiloh:
Shacharis:
Sunday, 8:30
Monday, Thursday - 7:15Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -7:25Rosh Chodesh, 7:00Mincha: at the time of the upcoming shabbos.
For shabbos schedule please check www.jcc-sjoel.nl Rabbi Shimmy Katz: +31 6 18679934 (mobile) - Shul AmstelveenSjoel AmstelveenAddress: Max Havelaarlaan 435, 1183 LZ Amstelveen, Netherlands Rabbi Groenewoudt http://www.sjoelamstelveen.nl/

- Chabad City Center AmsterdamI don't know much about them.You can contact the shaliach, Rabbi Akiva Camissar: +31 610 442 770. http://www.chabadamsterdamcenter.com
----------------------------------------Kosher places:http://www.chabadamsterdamcenter.com/.../Kosher...

Amsterdam Zuid:
Sal Meijer, sandwichesHaCarmel
Butcher Marcus
Rest is situated in Buitenveldert.
Good kosher stores:Large supermarkets with a limited kosher department: Albert Hein, Gelderlandplein 47, Amsterdam Jumbo, Kastelenstraat 70, Amsterdam Jumbo, Buitenveldertselaan 184, Amsterdam
David's corner (incl bread)Bakery LaRomme also lunchroomMouwes

Also check out this website: http://www.kosherholidays.net/Details_EN.aspx...

Let me know if you need more info.

Hope you'll have a pleasant stay.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 17, 2015, 02:37:22 PM
Any volunteers to wikify this thread?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 17, 2015, 02:46:07 PM
Any volunteers to wikify this thread?

Hoping someone will too.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: tmendy226 on February 17, 2015, 10:33:21 PM
Hoping someone will too.


Are you going there anytime soon?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: tmendy226 on February 17, 2015, 10:35:37 PM
Do you know which train to take to the Portuguese shul?

I'm not sure which is the portugeese shul, I had a very short stopover (like 3 hours or less) and went to the only Shul that has a (men's) Mikva. I took a bus and than a tram it was around an half an hour from airport. I think its the closest one by public transportation.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 17, 2015, 10:42:31 PM
Are you going there anytime soon?

Maybe.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: tmendy226 on February 17, 2015, 10:43:28 PM
Maybe.

You don't even invite me to join!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 17, 2015, 10:52:29 PM
You don't even invite me to join!

Want to 'maybe" go too? ;)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 17, 2015, 10:54:32 PM
Via DDFB:

Dannie Klompsma: I am a Dutchman, currently living in Passaic, New Jersey.
Please find information below:
1. Minyonim in Amsterdam and Amstelveen (Amstelveen is a suburb of Amsterdam, many Jews live there)
The website http://www.chabadamsterdamcenter.com offers a fairly complete overview of all shuls (also kosher places) inAmsterdam.
I don't know where you will stay in Amsterdam.
The best opportunities are
a. in the southern part of the city center of Amsterdam (called Amsterdam Zuid),
b. a newer part of Amsterdam situated more south from Amsterdam Zuid, called Buitenveldert.
Buitenveldert is actually the city part that has the strongest frum presence. In Buitenveldert there is a Holiday Inn Express owned by a frum guy; his staff also knows what's going on and they serve a kosher breakfast.
Holiday Inn Express AmsterdamAddress: Zwaansvliet 20, 1081 AP Amsterdam, Netherlands Phone:+31 20 820 3040
c. Amstelveen.

Important!!!
Amsterdam is not dangerous for an observant Jew to walk around with a yarmulke. In the western part of the city ofAmsterdam (called Amsterdam West) is a bigger concentration of Muslims and of a result it is more likely to get some remarks....
Nevertheless you will see that safety measures near shuls are very visible and stringent. In front of virtually any shul you'll see military police and shomrim.
That's why it is important to make yourself known on forehand (by calling them) and take ID with you.
So do yourself a favor and announce your coming through the telephone numbers that are mentioned on the websites.
There is an eruv in Amsterdam, although not everybody holds by it.
The shuls that really have daily minyonim are:
- Kehillas Yaacov (of renowned Dutch rabbi/dayan Raphael Evers, send him my regards if you go there):
http://www.chabadamsterdamcenter.com/.../Kehillat-Yaakov...

Rabbi Raphael Evers
www.amsterdamsynagogue.nl

- Beis Medrash" Etz Chaim"
Address: Merckenburg 3
BT Amsterdam Buitenveldert 1082
Tel: 31 (0) 65 4 781 641
http://www.chabadamsterdamcenter.com/.../Beit-Midrash-Etz...

www.beishamedrasj.nl

Near the Beis Medrash are most of the kosher facilities (supermarkets with kosher department and restaurants)
- JCC – Jewish Community CenterAddress: Van der Boechorststraat 26 Buitenveldert Amsterdam Tel: 31 (0) 20 6 460 046The JCC is located in the Jewish area in Buitenveldert (close to the Jewish shopping area), in south Amsterdam.

The JCC houses: Synagogue
Head Offices of the Dutch Jewish Community (N.I.K - I.P.O.R - N.I.H.S) Judaica Store "Jad Achat" Banqueting Halls Mikveh for utensils Classroom Schedule Tefiloh:
Shacharis:
Sunday, 8:30
Monday, Thursday - 7:15Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -7:25Rosh Chodesh, 7:00Mincha: at the time of the upcoming shabbos.
For shabbos schedule please check www.jcc-sjoel.nl Rabbi Shimmy Katz: +31 6 18679934 (mobile) - Shul AmstelveenSjoel AmstelveenAddress: Max Havelaarlaan 435, 1183 LZ Amstelveen, Netherlands Rabbi Groenewoudt http://www.sjoelamstelveen.nl/

- Chabad City Center AmsterdamI don't know much about them.You can contact the shaliach, Rabbi Akiva Camissar: +31 610 442 770. http://www.chabadamsterdamcenter.com
----------------------------------------Kosher places:http://www.chabadamsterdamcenter.com/.../Kosher...

Amsterdam Zuid:
Sal Meijer, sandwichesHaCarmel
Butcher Marcus
Rest is situated in Buitenveldert.
Good kosher stores:Large supermarkets with a limited kosher department: Albert Hein, Gelderlandplein 47, Amsterdam Jumbo, Kastelenstraat 70, Amsterdam Jumbo, Buitenveldertselaan 184, Amsterdam
David's corner (incl bread)Bakery LaRomme also lunchroomMouwes

Also check out this website: http://www.kosherholidays.net/Details_EN.aspx...

Let me know if you need more info.

Hope you'll have a pleasant stay.
Planning on a Aug trip. Thanks for this.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jungle on March 17, 2015, 09:18:16 AM
Just got back from 12 hr stopover, here's a few things I believe r important.

Worth to get unlimited pass for the metro for 15€.

EVERYTHING is closed till 9 am. Besides for the metro.

The line at Anne Frank museum started at 8:15 am. By 9, it was crazy long already.

Kosher restaurants and many other places only take local credit/debit cards. So have some cash.

The boat tours are for 1 hour. Nice way to relax around the city.

I heard from a local Jew, and on this forum that they eat Herring (harring) from the kiosks.

Very nice people at the pizza shop.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 17, 2015, 09:27:40 AM
Glad you made the most of a short stopover!

My thoughts on the points you made:
Should have bought Anne Frank tickets in advance online - that way you skip the line. ;D
My CC wasn't turned down in any store I went to, so I guess we had different experiences with that.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jungle on March 17, 2015, 09:36:55 AM
I checked online, and they wouldn't let me book in advance at Anne frank.

At the kosher pizza my cc was declined, and they said that no kosher places accept.
As well as in the bar in the city center they didn't accept cc
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 17, 2015, 09:40:54 AM
I checked online, and they wouldn't let me book in advance at Anne frank.

At the kosher pizza my cc was declined, and they said that no kosher places accept.
As well as in the bar in the city center they didn't accept cc
Perhaps your day was sold out (gotta book well in advance), but one can definitely buy tickets online (http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=3579&language=en&country=GB&cobrand=annefrankhuis2n&status=OnSale&linkType=sale).

OMG I'M SORRY! You're right about the CC at the Kosher restaurants. Pizza & Co. was very cheap so giving him cash wasn't difficult, but HaCarmel wouldn't take CC either and made me run around looking for an ATM. Good point, sorry my memory was off there.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David B on April 13, 2015, 11:43:49 AM
Perhaps your day was sold out (gotta book well in advance), but one can definitely buy tickets online (http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=3579&language=en&country=GB&cobrand=annefrankhuis2n&status=OnSale&linkType=sale).

OMG I'M SORRY! You're right about the CC at the Kosher restaurants. Pizza & Co. was very cheap so giving him cash wasn't difficult, but HaCarmel wouldn't take CC either and made me run around looking for an ATM. Good point, sorry my memory was off there.

H'Baron, which is around the corner (50 steps) from the Pizza store takes normal/foreign credit cards.  But that said, while it is the nicest place in Amsterdam, it's also a bit pricey.  Pizza and S' Meijer (sandwich shop in city) do not take foreign CC - only local ones with a PIN. 
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David B on April 13, 2015, 11:45:39 AM
Glad you made the most of a short stopover!

My thoughts on the points you made:
Should have bought Anne Frank tickets in advance online - that way you skip the line. ;D

Regarding Anne Frank House, it is one of the many places that the Museumkaart offers free admission, as well as waiting on the member's line to gain entry.  If you're visiting a few sites that take the card, well worth it.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Mech on April 14, 2015, 09:48:34 AM
I'm flying to Tlv tomorrow with a 14 hr stop over. I read a lot of this thread and it seems that anne frank museum, old synagogue, canal boat tour, pizza co and the sandwhich shop meijer are all musts. The flower market also sounds pretty cool.
Anyone have tips on how to plan everything in an order that geographically makes sense?
Also I'm traveling with a baby. Is it hard to travel around with a stroller or should I bring my baby carrier?
Any other info is greatly appreciated.
TIA
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on April 14, 2015, 09:53:38 AM
Just be careful you don't get hit by any bikes when crossing the street.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 14, 2015, 10:05:10 AM
Flower market was not worth visiting. Definitely don't make a special stop for it, and only maybe pass by it if it happens to be on your way somewhere. Just plot all the spots on Google Maps and see what makes sense for the order.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Mech on April 14, 2015, 10:39:46 AM

Flower market was not worth visiting. Definitely don't make a special stop for it, and only maybe pass by it if it happens to be on your way somewhere. Just plot all the spots on Google Maps and see what makes sense for the order.
Thanx!
Any tips on how to get anne frank tickets other than the anne frank website? It said online that 2 tickets were available for my day but when I clicked on it it wasn't anymore..?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 14, 2015, 10:43:57 AM
Thanx!
Any tips on how to get anne frank tickets other than the anne frank website? It said online that 2 tickets were available for my day but when I clicked on it it wasn't anymore..?
:(
See the posts above from yesterday. If you buy the Museumkaart, it will give you skip the line access - not sure how much it costs though to know whether it's worth it if you aren't going to be able to fit in too many other museums that day.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Mech on April 14, 2015, 10:52:19 AM

:(
See the posts above from yesterday. If you buy the Museumkaart, it will give you skip the line access - not sure how much it costs though to know whether it's worth it if you aren't going to be able to fit in too many other museums that day.
Over $50. Ain't doin it
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 14, 2015, 10:58:07 AM
Over $50. Ain't doin it
Boo. Maybe keep checking Anne Frank site and hope they open more tickets? (Not sure if that happens.)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on April 14, 2015, 11:07:59 AM
Flower market was not worth visiting. Definitely don't make a special stop for it, and only maybe pass by it if it happens to be on your way somewhere. Just plot all the spots on Google Maps and see what makes sense for the order.
+1. Flower market is not worth it
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Mech on April 14, 2015, 11:18:52 AM

Boo. Maybe keep checking Anne Frank site and hope they open more tickets? (Not sure if that happens.)
One ticket just opened up! Hopefully another one will soon. Will keep on looking.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 14, 2015, 11:35:10 AM
One ticket just opened up! Hopefully another one will soon. Will keep on looking.
Sweet!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on April 14, 2015, 03:52:18 PM
If you like beer you should go to the Heineken factory. Went there during a stopover and had an awesome time. And a boat tour through the city is included when you buy entrance to the factory.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Mech on April 14, 2015, 03:56:56 PM

If you like beer you should go to the Heineken factory. Went there during a stopover and had an awesome time. And a boat tour through the city is included when you buy entrance to the factory.
It has been written upthread not to go to the Heineken factory. I can go to a beer factory anywhere. Although I would like to do the boat tour...
And anyways I'm not a Heineken fan
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on April 14, 2015, 04:01:56 PM
It has been written upthread not to go to the Heineken factory. I can go to a beer factory anywhere. Although I would like to do the boat tour...
And anyways I'm not a Heineken fan

Guess it's a matter of opinion but we personally really enjoyed it. And don't think I would consider it a ripoff by any means. 16 Euros for about four beers, a tour of the factory, and a boat ride isn't bad at all.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Mech on April 14, 2015, 04:03:46 PM

Guess it's a matter of opinion but we personally really enjoyed it. And don't think I would consider it a ripoff by any means. 16 Euros for about four beers, a tour of the factory, and a boat ride isn't bad at all.
That is a very good price! Is that for 2 people or each person is €16?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on April 14, 2015, 04:10:39 PM
That is a very good price! Is that for 2 people or each person is €16?

16 per person if you buy online, 18 per person if you buy there.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Mech on April 14, 2015, 04:20:16 PM

16 per person if you buy online, 18 per person if you buy there.
Who provides the boat tour if I buy it with the Heineken tour?
How much is the boat tour by itself?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on April 14, 2015, 04:25:25 PM
Who provides the boat tour if I buy it with the Heineken tour?
How much is the boat tour by itself?

The boat tour is given by Heineken. It leaves from the factory every 30 minutes or something. Don't think you can buy a ticket for the boat tour on it's own.

It's part of the whole tour. Go through the factory, drink a bit, go on the boat tour which takes you to the other side of town to a Heineken gift shop, and then take the boat back to the factory (if you want to).
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Mech on April 15, 2015, 01:01:04 AM

The boat tour is given by Heineken. It leaves from the factory every 30 minutes or something. Don't think you can buy a ticket for the boat tour on it's own.

It's part of the whole tour. Go through the factory, drink a bit, go on the boat tour which takes you to the other side of town to a Heineken gift shop, and then take the boat back to the factory (if you want to).
I guess it'll have to be a last minute decision, along with the rest of our itinerary.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Mech on April 15, 2015, 01:01:39 AM
Does anyone know if Amsterdam is easily accessible with a stroller?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: yls2011 on April 15, 2015, 01:32:45 AM
Does anyone know if Amsterdam is easily accessible with a stroller?
It is. Some of the streets around the central canals are cobblestone, so it might be bumpy, but otherwise no problem.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Mech on April 15, 2015, 01:50:08 AM

It is. Some of the streets around the central canals are cobblestone, so it might be bumpy, but otherwise no problem.
Thanx! My wife was saying that since Bugagboo is made in Amsterdam, it has to be that the streets are made accessible for the stroller!!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: yls2011 on April 15, 2015, 01:53:43 AM
Thanx! My wife was saying that since Bugagboo is made in Amsterdam, it has to be that the streets are made accessible for the stroller!!
LOL! Makes sense!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: mendoul on April 16, 2015, 01:31:28 PM
hi im looking for a hotel (apprx 100€ a night) for this shabbos in amsterdam near the chabad house

is anyone could help me

thank you very much
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 16, 2015, 02:18:05 PM
hi im looking for a hotel (apprx 100€ a night) for this shabbos in amsterdam near the chabad house

is anyone could help me

thank you very much
Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam South is just a 5 minute walk to Chabad. Not sure about rates.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: yls2011 on April 16, 2015, 05:01:37 PM
Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam South is just a 5 minute walk to Chabad. Not sure about rates.
+1. I'm not sure about rates either, but the Kosher breakfast, hot plate/ hot water urn, and Shabbat keys make the hotel an obvious choice for that area. It literally took all the hassle out of staying in hotels on Shabbat.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on May 27, 2015, 04:38:56 PM
Guess it's a matter of opinion but we personally really enjoyed it. And don't think I would consider it a ripoff by any means. 16 Euros for about four beers, a tour of the factory, and a boat ride isn't bad at all.
heineken museum was great, especially if youre high as a kite
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: zow on May 29, 2015, 01:35:23 PM
heineken museum was great, especially if youre high as a kite

Do you (all) think that my 17.5yo son will be able to join us on the Heineken tour, and if so, will he be allowed to imbibe?  I mean, it's Amsterdam, right?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on May 29, 2015, 01:42:14 PM
+1. I'm not sure about rates either, but the Kosher breakfast, hot plate/ hot water urn, and Shabbat keys make the hotel an obvious choice for that area. It literally took all the hassle out of staying in hotels on Shabbat.

Hotel gives kosher food??
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 29, 2015, 01:44:39 PM
Hotel gives kosher food??
Yes. Breakfast is included.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: yls2011 on May 29, 2015, 05:56:42 PM
Hotel gives kosher food??
Not as extensive as the non Kosher breakfast, but definitely enough to get by on.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: morgs on May 30, 2015, 04:51:06 PM
Do you (all) think that my 17.5yo son will be able to join us on the Heineken tour, and if so, will he be allowed to imbibe?  I mean, it's Amsterdam, right?
As per the Heineken Experience website: "Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. According to Dutch law and Heineken policy, we do not serve alcoholic beverages to visitors under the age of 18".
I personally do not remember being IDd there but cannot advise what would actually happen......
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: bortunkm on May 31, 2015, 03:12:14 AM
I'm stopping over myself in Amsterdam on June 18th for 9 hours. From 12pm until 9pm.

Any information on what to do? Which kosher restaurants and bakeries to go to? All information is greatly appreciated!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: sammy n on May 31, 2015, 03:46:19 AM
I'm stopping over myself in Amsterdam on June 18th for 9 hours. From 12pm until 9pm.

Any information on what to do? Which kosher restaurants and bakeries to go to? All information is greatly appreciated!
Go buy some weed.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 31, 2015, 03:56:36 AM
As per the Heineken Experience website: "Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. According to Dutch law and Heineken policy, we do not serve alcoholic beverages to visitors under the age of 18".
I personally do not remember being IDd there but cannot advise what would actually happen......
When we went, nobody gave a flying hoot as far as I.d., there were definitely ppl under 18 on our tour drinking... (As a matter of fact my wife took coke instead of beer at the end, and the guide was making fun "who comes to a beer factory and drinks coke"?)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: zow on May 31, 2015, 07:59:40 AM

I'm stopping over myself in Amsterdam on June 18th for 9 hours. From 12pm until 9pm.

Any information on what to do? Which kosher restaurants and bakeries to go to? All information is greatly appreciated!

Thanks to the posters above with the info on Heineken and age 17.

For a one-half day stopover in Amsterdam, my reading here and elsewhere would suggest Anne Frank House (if you have not been) and maybe one museum, like Van Gogh or the Rikh, but not both.  I don't know details about kosher food and hope others chime in. In particular , what is the local minhag on eating herring from street vendors? Do they serve herring in wine sauce (and how could that possibly be allowed without hechsher?) or is it salty herring with onions?

Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on July 06, 2015, 04:33:04 PM
latest kosher places to go to? no wiki... I know there is a sandwich shop. anything else?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on July 12, 2015, 08:36:05 AM
No where besides a Grocery store to to go for breakfast/brunch?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 12, 2015, 08:40:43 AM
No where besides a Grocery store to to go for breakfast/brunch?
IIRC the groceries sold bakery-type items.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on August 18, 2015, 01:04:46 PM
Thinking of taking advantage of 87k delta business class flights in December since I have off work. Is there enough to do for 4 days. I know its cold and possibly rainy. Whats current Kosher food situation?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: D93 on September 02, 2015, 06:46:08 AM
What options are there in Amsterdam for Shabbos meals?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: normathej on October 21, 2015, 11:20:44 AM
Just got back from 12 hr stopover, here's a few things I believe r important.

Worth to get unlimited pass for the metro for 15€.

EVERYTHING is closed till 9 am. Besides for the metro.

The line at Anne Frank museum started at 8:15 am. By 9, it was crazy long already.

Kosher restaurants and many other places only take local credit/debit cards. So have some cash.

The boat tours are for 1 hour. Nice way to relax around the city.

I heard from a local Jew, and on this forum that they eat Herring (harring) from the kiosks.

Very nice people at the pizza shop.

Would you say Amsterdam is worth making into a day trip, as a stopover?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: zow on October 21, 2015, 12:54:59 PM
Would you say Amsterdam is worth making into a day trip, as a stopover?
We really liked it last summer.
Spent two nights, which was perfect.
We ate the herring.
The Sal-Meijjer sandwich shop is the only kosher place near the downtown/touristy area, and even that is a 30+min shlep.
Anne Frank House, Rikh, Heineken -- all worth doing.
We didn't make it to Van Gogh but would have liked to do.
Touring Red Light District is optional -- not tznius, obviously.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 21, 2015, 01:35:52 PM
Would you say Amsterdam is worth making into a day trip, as a stopover?
It's a great city; we had lots of fun there. I'd prefer more time than just a day trip, but if that's all you can get...
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 21, 2015, 03:21:05 PM
Would you say Amsterdam is worth making into a day trip, as a stopover?

absolutely
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on November 30, 2015, 02:27:03 PM
how long is a good amount of time to spend in amsterdam and is shabbos in amsterdam viable?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on November 30, 2015, 09:04:49 PM
how long is a good amount of time to spend in amsterdam and is shabbos in amsterdam viable?
bump
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on December 03, 2015, 10:55:27 AM
anyone have hotel recommendations for amsterdam.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 03, 2015, 12:19:45 PM
Sorry I didn't see this. Yes Shabbos in AMS is DEFINITELY doable. There's a HIE in the Jewish community and it has Kosher breakfast included.

I had 2 weekdays on my trip and would have loved more, although we did hit up most of the main attractions.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: D93 on December 03, 2015, 12:41:07 PM
anyone have hotel recommendations for amsterdam.

Andaz and Waldorf
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on December 03, 2015, 01:18:48 PM
Andaz and Waldorf
im looking at the andaz but i need 4 nihts and the 2 nights in the middle arent available will try and contact the hotel.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on December 08, 2015, 02:26:17 PM
for right now booked in the marriott. Anyone have any ideas of where to get food for shabbos?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on December 08, 2015, 04:26:10 PM
for right now booked in the marriott. Anyone have any ideas of where to get food for shabbos?

The area is called Buitenvwldert. Davids Corner sells ready made Shabbes food; not a ton though. You can also get Deli there. There is a bakery a block away called Laromme and they also have ready made Shabbes food.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on December 09, 2015, 12:16:46 PM
The area is called Buitenvwldert. Davids Corner sells ready made Shabbes food; not a ton though. You can also get Deli there. There is a bakery a block away called Laromme and they also have ready made Shabbes food.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 27, 2015, 11:52:33 PM
Anyone want to Wikify this thread?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on December 27, 2015, 11:56:42 PM
I can give it a shot, iirc there's a template someone made... Can someone direct me to it?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 28, 2015, 08:01:20 PM
I can give it a shot, iirc there's a template someone made... Can someone direct me to it?
Use the wiki from Maui or Kauai.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ethana on January 11, 2016, 05:38:52 PM
took a great walking tour of Jewish amsterdam with Jeanette Loeb. Highly recommended. HaBaron is  also a very good restaurant.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ethana on January 15, 2016, 08:48:11 AM
stayed in the W amsterdam. brand new hotel; rooms are very modern and small. only one half the hotel is built the other is still under construction.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: yg99 on January 15, 2016, 12:03:11 PM
took a great walking tour of Jewish amsterdam with Jeanette Loeb. Highly recommended.

Any contact info?

Where did she take you? What sites?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dawie on January 15, 2016, 12:54:19 PM
Anyone stay at the Sofitel Grand ?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ethana on January 17, 2016, 04:07:23 PM
Any contact info?

Where did she take you? What sites?
Jeanette Loeb-info@jewishhistoryamsterdam.com

We went to the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue and deportation center.

She offers the Jewish Museum but we did that on our own and didn't think we would have needed her. Admission for the synagogue includes the Jewish Museum.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: E R K on March 03, 2016, 12:41:09 AM
Anyone want to Wikify this thread?
I can give it a shot, iirc there's a template someone made... Can someone direct me to it?

Any updates on this?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on March 03, 2016, 07:33:13 AM

Any updates on this?
completely forgot
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: E R K on March 03, 2016, 07:47:03 AM
completely forgot
Great- so now you remembered!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 13, 2016, 06:36:05 PM
Anyone ever go to see the tulips?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: LuxJeru on March 27, 2016, 04:45:30 AM
Looking for recommendations in regards to the restaurants in Amsterdam.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 27, 2016, 10:12:11 AM
Looking for recommendations in regards to the restaurants in Amsterdam.
there are only a couple. We really enjoyed habaron(at least i think thats what it was called).
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: EJB on April 03, 2016, 09:42:10 PM
Anyone stay at the Element??? I want to stay there in November but am concerned shabbos issues since it is a new and modern hotel.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 27, 2016, 12:17:50 PM
did you read the wiki?
Wiki'd
this is a gr8 thread with a gr8 wiki.
Great wiki.
Amazing wiki.

What happened to the Wiki?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 27, 2016, 12:46:10 PM
Any volunteers to wikify this thread?
Anyone want to Wikify this thread?

Im not sure what happened to the old one but I started a basic one with some random info from the thread. I do not have patience to make a whole nice format or anything more but now that its there it can be played around with and edited.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 04, 2016, 12:13:17 PM
stayed in the W amsterdam. brand new hotel; rooms are very modern and small. only one half the hotel is built the other is still under construction.
I just booked it. Would you say its worth 20k SPG a night?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 04, 2016, 01:27:02 PM
I just booked it. Would you say its worth 20k SPG a night?
Hard to believe, hotels are cheap there
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 04, 2016, 01:31:03 PM
Hard to believe, hotels are cheap there
Have any recommendations? Location is the main priority.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 04, 2016, 10:09:36 PM
Have any recommendations? Location is the main priority.
2 main locations: by the Jewish neighborhood for food and Minyan and then in town (25 min light rail ride) by the attractions. There's a Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam South that's in the Jewish neighborhood.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 05, 2016, 02:56:52 AM
2 main locations: by the Jewish neighborhood for food and Minyan and then in town (25 min light rail ride) by the attractions. There's a Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam South that's in the Jewish neighborhood.
I think I want to stay in town, I just can't decide on a hotel choice that works.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 08, 2016, 08:30:34 AM
Is there any way to skip the line by Anne Frank other than purchasing tickets in advance? there are maybe 4 day available in the next 3 months.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: yg99 on May 12, 2016, 09:53:26 AM
I was there in the winter and the line was about two city blocks long. I didn't bother waiting.

Anyone have experience waiting? How fast does the line move?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: EJB on May 12, 2016, 10:21:21 AM
Hard to believe, hotels are cheap there

-1. Depends on location. If you don't mind being a few miles from the museums and canals, you can get decent cheap hotels. I booked the element (brand new) for around $100/night.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 16, 2016, 05:09:15 AM
Anyone know anything about Vos Kosher Catering? (http://www.voskoshercatering.nl/KosherCatering/wie.html?language=en)
It is under the Rabbinate of the Jewish Community of Amsterdam, as well as the Rabbinate of the Portuguese-Israeli Community of Amsterdam. Are those known to be reliable?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ethana on May 17, 2016, 12:20:07 AM
room in W Amsterdam was way too modern and tiny.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 17, 2016, 01:06:10 AM
room in W Amsterdam was way too modern and tiny.
I switched my upcoming reservation to the Andaz. What does "too modern" mean?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 17, 2016, 01:27:18 AM
I switched my upcoming reservation to the Andaz. What does "too modern" mean?
I never looked into it but just so I know, what made you pic the Andaz over the Waldorf?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 17, 2016, 02:39:22 AM
I never looked into it but just so I know, what made you pic the Andaz over the Waldorf?
They are both equaly highly rated. I didn't compare them too much but I rather use Hyatt points then Hilton free nights (don't think there availability that week either way).
The combination of C+P+DSU with an upgrade into a 2 room $1500 suite and the possibility of free kosher breakfast and an ever so slightly better location for walking was what sold me.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: EJB on May 17, 2016, 03:08:11 AM
They are both equaly highly rated. I didn't compare them too much but I rather use Hyatt points then Hilton free nights (don't think there availability that week either way).
The combination of C+P+DSU with an upgrade into a 2 room $1500 suite and the possibility of free kosher breakfast and an ever so slightly better location for walking was what sold me.

They are giving you free kosher breakfast? They told me they charge for diamonds
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 17, 2016, 03:12:48 AM
They are giving you free kosher breakfast? They told me they charge for diamonds
Im not sure thats why I wrote "possibly". I def hope to he able to get.
When was this? How much?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: EJB on May 17, 2016, 03:15:25 AM
Im not sure thats why I wrote "possibly". I def hope to he able to get.
When was this? How much?
Have you contacted them? I was told 50% discount at Roland vos (25eu/day)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 17, 2016, 03:17:21 AM
Have you contacted them? I was told 50% discount at Roland vos (25eu/day)
I did hence this post
Anyone know anything about Vos Kosher Catering? (http://www.voskoshercatering.nl/KosherCatering/wie.html?language=en)
It is under the Rabbinate of the Jewish Community of Amsterdam, as well as the Rabbinate of the Portuguese-Israeli Community of Amsterdam. Are those known to be reliable?
When was/is your stay?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 17, 2016, 09:17:57 AM
They are both equaly highly rated. I didn't compare them too much but I rather use Hyatt points then Hilton free nights (don't think there availability that week either way).
The combination of C+P+DSU with an upgrade into a 2 room $1500 suite and the possibility of free kosher breakfast and an ever so slightly better location for walking was what sold me.
Doesn't seem like any of their suites have 2 bedrooms, especially not the DSU Suite. Did I miss something, or did you mean 2 room as in a living room and separate bedroom?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 17, 2016, 09:19:17 AM
Doesn't seem like any of their suites have 2 bedrooms, especially not the DSU Suite. Did I miss something, or did you mean 2 room as in a living room and separate bedroom?
2 rooms not necessarily bedrooms to put a crib in.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 17, 2016, 09:20:52 AM
2 rooms not necessarily bedrooms to put a crib in.
Ah, yeah a closed door definitely helps.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: lindnuck on May 19, 2016, 12:34:54 PM
Hi All,

Any recommendations where to stay? We are going to be there over a Shabbat in August so want to be central so that we can walk everywhere.

Hotel Ambassade and Hotel Estheréa both seem centrally located and at a decent rate right now. Anyone have any experience?

Also, is there a Chabad or shul that would find us a host for a Shabbat meal?

Thanks in advance!

Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: chevron on June 15, 2016, 10:10:02 AM
Going in september including shabbat for 6 days, makes sense to use 1 hotel whole trip? i have marriott, ihg, hyatt and spg, any advice ? thanks!

i'll probably just eat out the whole trip, any reason to stay in Buitenveldert?

I want to spend 1 day each in RIJKS and van gogh museums, that leaves friday and sunday, any ideas for those days? where would you walk shabbat ?

Now if TAP will extend my lisbon return layover..... ;)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 15, 2016, 10:48:21 AM
Going in september including shabbat for 6 days, makes sense to use 1 hotel whole trip? i have marriott, ihg, hyatt and spg, any advice ? thanks!

i'll probably just eat out the whole trip, any reason to stay in Buitenveldert?

I want to spend 1 day each in RIJKS and van gogh museums, that leaves friday and sunday, any ideas for those days? where would you walk shabbat ?

Now if TAP will extend my lisbon return layover..... ;)
12 hours in the RIJKS and van gogh museums are you crazy? Who can spend that much time inside?

Feel free to read this and ask me questions http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2726.msg368423#msg368423

Let me know how you like the jonge jenever.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: abc123 on June 15, 2016, 11:12:04 AM
I went early and the line was not long.

I was there in the winter and the line was about two city blocks long. I didn't bother waiting.

Anyone have experience waiting? How fast does the line move?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David1 on June 15, 2016, 05:36:03 PM
I read the restaurant list in the wiki, Which ones would you say are a must do or better restaurant? Going to be there for 2 days.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on June 16, 2016, 04:32:23 AM
I read the restaurant list in the wiki, Which ones would you say are a must do or better restaurant? Going to be there for 2 days.
Most people here favored Habaron for meat and Pizza and Co for milk.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 16, 2016, 10:08:45 AM
Most people here favored Habaron for meat and Pizza and Co for milk.
+1 We loved the pizza there, and did not like HaCarmel. If we go back, we'd try HaBaron. Sal Meijer was okay/good. Didn't think it was as special as others make it out to be. Definitely a good option in town as opposed to by the Jewish community.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on June 16, 2016, 10:12:09 AM
Sal Meijer was okay/good.
Currently closed as per the wiki. (That I hastily put together )
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 16, 2016, 10:15:04 AM
Currently closed as per the wiki. (That k hastily put together )
Oh wow, nice job! That's a bit of a shame, though.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on June 16, 2016, 10:17:14 AM
Oh wow, nice job! That's a bit of a shame, though.
As per there site they are reopening in new location.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 16, 2016, 10:18:02 AM
As per there site they are reopening in new location.
Nice
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David1 on June 16, 2016, 11:01:27 AM
+1 We loved the pizza there, and did not like HaCarmel. If we go back, we'd try HaBaron. Sal Meijer was okay/good. Didn't think it was as special as others make it out to be. Definitely a good option in town as opposed to by the Jewish community.
Most people here favored Habaron for meat and Pizza and Co for milk.

Great ok I will try both if i can.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David1 on June 16, 2016, 11:14:19 AM
Oh wow, nice job! That's a bit of a shame, though.
Currently closed as per the wiki. (That I hastily put together )

This is as per their facebook page: "We have found a new location for Sal Meijer, the permits applied for and are now awaiting a positive response from the municipality. As soon as the permits have been granted, can we start with the remodel and expect than at the end of September beginning of October to re-open.
Warmest greetings. Sal Meijer team!"
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: lamscott on June 17, 2016, 03:37:03 PM
Has anybody been to the Nike Outlet in Amsterdam?How is it?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: chevron on June 18, 2016, 11:03:00 PM
so where should I stay? for 6 days, no idea why my trip is so long ugh.. i must have been smoking the ganja when i booked.

The best western near chabad / food good ?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 19, 2016, 01:42:48 PM
so where should I stay? for 6 days, no idea why my trip is so long ugh.. i must have been smoking the ganja when i booked.

The best western near chabad / food good ?
If you want to stay in the community, the Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam South is a 5 minute walk from Chabad and the restaurants and has Kosher items for breakfast.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on July 03, 2016, 11:08:54 AM
Just noticed that although I was charged, I never received my conformation email or ticket for Anne Frank for tomorrow. If I go anyways is there anyone there to possibly talk to without waiting on the large ticket line?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on July 06, 2016, 03:31:21 PM
I concede that a TR will not be forthcoming so I wrote up a couple brief lines about my quick trip to Amsterdam a couple days ago.


Getting around.
Walk, its beautiful.
There are car lanes in the bike paths.
Taxis drivers drive cars, cool people drive Vespas, everyone else rides a bike.
Taxis from the airport are a thieving 50€ each way. Avoid the highway robbery and pre-book for a third of that.

Andaz Hotel.
Wonderfully quirky, from the most unconventionally designed hotels I have been in. 
I would rate it a minimum 8/10. Only negative I had was lack of view.
Great Central location, 20 min from the airport and 5-20 minute walk to all activities and attractions.


Food.
Pizza and Co is a pizza store, its a pizza store with good pizza, but it's a pizza store, it also doesn't take CC so it's a decent pizza store that doesn't take CC.
HaBaron is right next door to the pizza store and the small kosher grocery. Small and basic menu but remarkably  phenomenal food. They take CC and charge for water.

Activities.
Rijksmuseum is a vast collection of art in a vast building with a vast amount of humans.  Even if you despise art, paintings, and history there is still enough to keep you occupied for at least 9 minutes - taking into account a 3 minute bathroom break.

Anne Frank House was underwhelming and over-hyped. Blows my mind that people wait on line for 3 hrs to get in there. I guess when the book is mandatory reading for every student worldwide it holds plants interest and is intriguing to some. Viewing the wraparound line was a better use of my time. Buy tickets in advance or skip it.

Portuguese Synagogue is nice for a quick visit. A lot of info packed in there.

Heineken Experience was surprisingly interesting and fun. It's the first time I remember that it actually took me the full recommended time (1 1/2 hrs) to walk through it all. it baffles my puny mind every time I go to an attraction where people took the time to research and determine they wanted to do it but not to pre-book tickets. It isn't rocket science.

There are boat tours on every corner, no need to prebook. Easier than booking a cab or ordering a gourmet stain of cannabis.

Overview.
Amsterdam
Is crowded like NYC - but not quite.
Locals are outgoing and  friendly like the Irish - but not quite.
Has canals and is romantically charming like Venice - but not quite.
Has quaint and picturesque designed streets and buildings like Prague - but not quite.
Overall a wonderful choice for a shortish vacation of one to 3 days. Unless your an art snob in which case you should only buy a one way ticket.
 
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 07, 2016, 09:00:27 AM
I thought Anne Frank was very moving, and I never finished the book, but I agree that I would never stand in line for hours to see it. I gotta do Heinekin on the next trip.

It's "not quite" any of those places but it sure is beautiful in its own right, and partially because it combines the "not quites" of those places all in one place...
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 07, 2016, 09:53:21 AM
It's "not quite" any of those places but it sure is beautiful in its own right, and partially because it combines the "not quites" of those places all in one place...
Exactly, to have all those feelings and sights in one place makes it special in it's own right. And the canals are cooler than Venice because you can paddle boat on them. And the buildings are better kept and every stone is perfectly painted which is better than Prague. And the people are way nicer than NYC and the air is clean. Etc.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dave321 on December 15, 2016, 10:32:23 AM
is Pizza & Co. cholov yisroel? also any bakeries worth buying from?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on December 15, 2016, 10:35:36 AM


is Pizza & Co. cholov yisroel?
Yes.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dave321 on December 15, 2016, 10:40:51 AM
is it worth taking a tour guide or winging it myself?
http://www.easyrider-amsterdam.co.il/package/%D7%94%D7%97%D7%91%D7%99%D7%9C%D7%94-%D7%94%D7%9E%D7%95%D7%A9%D7%9C%D7%9E%D7%AA-%D7%9C%D7%98%D7%99%D7%95%D7%9C%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%98%D7%99%D7%99%D7%9D/

also can i get my bags checked all the way to israel or do i need to take them out at the airport?

Ann frank house has no more tickets for my dates. any way to still get without waiting an hour plus on line?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on December 15, 2016, 10:42:48 AM
is it worth taking a tour guide or winging it myself?
http://www.easyrider-amsterdam.co.il/package/%D7%94%D7%97%D7%91%D7%99%D7%9C%D7%94-%D7%94%D7%9E%D7%95%D7%A9%D7%9C%D7%9E%D7%AA-%D7%9C%D7%98%D7%99%D7%95%D7%9C%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%98%D7%99%D7%99%D7%9D/

also can i get my bags checked all the way to israel or do i need to take them out at the airport?

Ann frank house has no more tickets for my dates. any way to still get without waiting an hour plus on line?
I have no idea how your flying to be able to answer that.
No need for a guide.
Tickets open up, when are you looking for?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dave321 on December 15, 2016, 10:55:04 AM
the Spanish Portuguese Shul, the english site doesnt seem to be working. do I need a ticket to go in? are there tours or self guided.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: yg99 on December 15, 2016, 12:52:10 PM
You get a ticket by the front door. Self guided tour. If I remember correctly, there's an audio guide.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on February 07, 2017, 10:13:55 AM
We are a group of 45 People of all ages that will be in Amsterdam on a 23 hour stopover in April.  We are arriving 10 AM and leaving 9:20 AM the following morning. We will probably stay at the new airport Hilton since we can easily walk to the Terminal for our AM flight and save time. We will have a coach bus for the day that will pick us up at the airport, take us around and end off at a restaurant and back to the hotel in the evening.  We will also have a tour guide.

We plan on visiting the Ann Frank House, a private Canal Boat Ride, City Center (flower market),  and Portuguese Synagogue.
I would appreciate advice and experience on the following.

1.   Would it be possible to also visit the Heineken Experience or is it too much.

2.   It seems like the best dining experience is the Sandwich Shop although it’s not the classiest since it’s unique to Amsterdam and we can go to a nice restaurant anywhere.  Do people agree and if so can they accommodate a large group.

3.   Are there restaurants or pizza shops that would prepare an early lunch for our group and possibly deliver it to the canal boat or bus?

Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on February 07, 2017, 12:39:20 PM
This is as per their facebook page: "We have found a new location for Sal Meijer, the permits applied for and are now awaiting a positive response from the municipality. As soon as the permits have been granted, can we start with the remodel and expect than at the end of September beginning of October to re-open.
Warmest greetings. Sal Meijer team!"


Does anyone know if they re-opened?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 08, 2017, 08:39:30 PM
You should walk around a few of the streets, but seeing the flower market is overrated IMO. Thought it was much more of a way to pass through to get to the next street rather than a stop in and of itself. You can also tour the Jewish museum (which I think covers the cost of the Synagogue) but it wasn't too exciting. Not sure how long Heineken takes, so I can't comment, but if you have reservations for Anne Frank, then your activities you've listed should take 5-6 hours probably, so you might have time for Heineken.

Sal Meijer was good, but I wouldn't say it was amazing that you must go there (unless trying to save money versus going to one of the steakhouses). Pizza & Co was great pizza, but it's super small and don't know if they do deliveries.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 08, 2017, 08:50:28 PM
We are a group of 45 People of all ages that will be in Amsterdam on a 23 hour stopover in April.  We are arriving 10 AM and leaving 9:20 AM the following morning. We will probably stay at the new airport Hilton since we can easily walk to the Terminal for our AM flight and save time. We will have a coach bus for the day that will pick us up at the airport, take us around and end off at a restaurant and back to the hotel in the evening.  We will also have a tour guide.

We plan on visiting the Ann Frank House, a private Canal Boat Ride, City Center (flower market),  and Portuguese Synagogue.
I would appreciate advice and experience on the following.

1.   Would it be possible to also visit the Heineken Experience or is it too much.

2.   It seems like the best dining experience is the Sandwich Shop although it’s not the classiest since it’s unique to Amsterdam and we can go to a nice restaurant anywhere.  Do people agree and if so can they accommodate a large group.

3.   Are there restaurants or pizza shops that would prepare an early lunch for our group and possibly deliver it to the canal boat or bus?

I don't think 45 ppl can fit in Sal Meijer

I found it not unique at all, it's just a cold cut sandwich.

I enjoyed Habaron, interesting Dutch meat croquettes or so. I think if you rent the whole space it would hold 45pp. I would imagine they'd gladly cater an event.

Depending where you're co

Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on February 09, 2017, 11:36:04 AM


I don't think 45 ppl can fit in Sal Meijer

I found it not unique at all, it's just a cold cut sandwich.

I enjoyed Habaron, interesting Dutch meat croquettes or so. I think if you rent the whole space it would hold 45pp. I would imagine they'd gladly cater an event.

Depending where you're co

Our tour guide is friends with the owners at Sal Meijer.  They recently moved so will find out if they have more space.  I will definitely consider Habaron .  Tnx
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on February 12, 2017, 03:40:26 PM
hows weather mid feb?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on February 12, 2017, 04:59:47 PM
on the anne frank website says from 9am till 3pm only online tickets accepted but people on thread say you can still get in but have to wait online for a while, is that true or i won't be able to get in period?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on February 12, 2017, 06:34:33 PM


on the anne frank website says from 9am till 3pm only online tickets accepted but people on thread say you can still get in but have to wait online for a while, is that true or i won't be able to get in period?

The rules changed last year.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: David1 on February 13, 2017, 03:22:22 PM
on the anne frank website says from 9am till 3pm only online tickets accepted but people on thread say you can still get in but have to wait online for a while, is that true or i won't be able to get in period?
When i was there there this past summer, U were only allowed in with an online ticket at that time slot. After 3pm they have a line and you can wait and hopefully purchase tickets but there is no guarantee. Theres usually very long lines and people wait for hours.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: JoshNY on February 22, 2017, 06:24:02 PM
Does anyone have any experience requesting kosher breakfast at the Waldorf?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ari9 on February 27, 2017, 08:14:09 PM
if you travel in March, April, or May (check for exact opening dates) and have some time, Keukenhof is beautiful garden near Amsterdam. Fields of tulips and all kinds of designs made of flowers.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ari9 on March 01, 2017, 12:38:07 AM
did anyone stay in the andaz for shabbos  can it be too problematic for shabbos
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on March 01, 2017, 01:32:28 AM
did anyone stay in the andaz for shabbos  can it be too problematic for shabbos
I stayed there during the week so I don't know all issues. But besides for the regular, the main entrance is automatic, and even if the first one is open from someone going out, there is still another automatic one 15 feet later.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: LA2NYC on May 17, 2017, 09:33:41 PM
room in W Amsterdam was way too modern and tiny.

Can anyone else comment on the W Amsterdam? The reviews only (on SPG site) are pretty brutal.  Planning to stay for shabbos too if anyone can comment - thanks!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on May 22, 2017, 10:29:34 PM
Wiki says, mixed reviews for the Heineken experience, but I was there not long ago, and it's quite interesting.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: LA2NYC on June 15, 2017, 03:29:24 AM
Will be spending shabbos in Amsterdam on 6/24-6/25 with wife and newborn.  Planning to eat at the chabad Friday night.

I'd love to have a non-touristy, "authentic" meal shabbos day - is it a bad idea to Rav Aaron Schuster Synagogue / Obrecht Shul and hope to get invited for shabbos lunch?  Did something similar in Paris a few years back, one of most memorable parts of my trip...
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on June 15, 2017, 09:12:05 AM
Will be spending shabbos in Amsterdam on 6/24-6/25 with wife and newborn.  Planning to eat at the chabad Friday night.

I'd love to have a non-touristy, "authentic" meal shabbos day - is it a bad idea to Rav Aaron Schuster Synagogue / Obrecht Shul and hope to get invited for shabbos lunch?  Did something similar in Paris a few years back, one of most memorable parts of my trip...
Shabbat.com?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 05, 2017, 08:32:50 PM
Which area is the Element hotel located in.

Anyone stayed at the Hyatt regency or marriot?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: LA2NYC on July 05, 2017, 08:39:49 PM
Element far away from tourist/town center areas.

Regency recently opened up, maybe within past 6 months (2 blocks outside of eruv if that matters).  Don't know much about it.

I just stayed at Marriott - excellent experience there, can have kosher breakfast ordered if you're an SPG Gold or above.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: sml on July 31, 2017, 10:05:21 AM
Has anyone stayed at the NH Amsterdam Zuid Hotel? Any info on its location and if it's Shabbos friendly?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: tavster on August 03, 2017, 06:27:51 AM
Element far away from tourist/town center areas.

Regency recently opened up, maybe within past 6 months (2 blocks outside of eruv if that matters).  Don't know much about it.

I just stayed at Marriott - excellent experience there, can have kosher breakfast ordered if you're an SPG Gold or above.

Would you say the Marriott is shabbos-friendly? How was the kosher breakfast? I'm looking into staying there in a few weeks for a long weekend.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: LA2NYC on August 03, 2017, 02:23:44 PM
I would definitely say it's shabbos friendly.  I emailed the hotel that I was a sabbath observer and they put me on the second/third floor (the lowest floor with rooms).  They were more than happy to accommodate, plus the concierge opened the room for us multiple times over shabbos when asked/hinted to.  The only issue is that there's no manual doors to enter the hotel (all entrances are electronic/automatic), so you need to wait for someone to go in/out and follow.  Ask your LOR.

Kosher breakfast is simple but solid.  Each breakfast came with 3 delicious rolls, some type of fruit, spreads (cheese, nutella, jam, butter), and a small piece of cake.  Sometimes lox or a bit of tuna was included.  Non-cholov yisrael except for some of the cheese, if that applies.  The lounge also has a plethora of kosher drinks (soda, beer, kosher chocolate) and fruit, which was helpful.  If staying there, make sure to email the hotel with a few days notice so they can place the order. See attached pic.



Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: LA2NYC on August 03, 2017, 02:34:02 PM
Would you say the Marriott is shabbos-friendly? How was the kosher breakfast? I'm looking into staying there in a few weeks for a long weekend.
Thanks!

To order kosher breakfast, email: mhrs.amsnt.guestrelations@marriotthotels.com.  Cynthia Bosma is the Guest Relations Officer and extremely helpful.  Make sure to put in a good word for her - the more positive feedback, the happier they are to help with our needs.

Also, if staying for shabbos, for meals you can either go to Chabad or contact Lea Beck (whatsapp: +31 6 16 06 84 40) who's the hachnasos orchim coordinator for the local Amsterdam community.

Haven't had a chance to post my trip report yet...
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: tavster on August 03, 2017, 02:43:58 PM
Thanks for the help!!! Sounds great
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jackofall on September 06, 2017, 12:15:34 AM
Andaz, Waldorf or W?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jackofall on September 13, 2017, 12:22:45 AM
Andaz, Waldorf or W?
Bumpty
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on September 13, 2017, 01:57:53 AM
Andaz, Waldorf or W?
Andaz IMO.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: chaimdasap on November 28, 2017, 08:10:42 AM
I stayed at the holiday inn express in buitenveldert(!!) very Shabbos friendly although simple. they give you Shabbos candles and you can even order Friday night dinner glatt kosher, which comes from idk where, but its decent. its a 1 minute walk from the "kollel" shul so that's convenient. keep in mind this is totally on the other side of town from chabad/centraal station/rijksmuseum. (1.5 hour walk at least). so if you want to walk through town/canals/dam square, this wont work.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 28, 2017, 09:02:54 AM
I stayed at the holiday inn express in buitenveldert(!!) very Shabbos friendly although simple. they give you Shabbos candles and you can even order Friday night dinner glatt kosher, which comes from idk where, but its decent. its a 1 minute walk from the "kollel" shul so that's convenient. keep in mind this is totally on the other side of town from chabad/centraal station/rijksmuseum. (1.5 hour walk at least). so if you want to walk through town/canals/dam square, this wont work.
Yep, wrote about it in my TR. Very close to another Chabad location and many of the restaurants. I knew they had Kosher items at breakfast, but I didn't know about the candles or Shabbos dinner - that's cool!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on November 28, 2017, 11:19:57 AM
The element is a 10 min walk to the Jewish area, very impressed with them
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 06, 2017, 09:46:12 PM
I'm stopping over in AMS on the way to TLV. We're landing at about 6am and taking off again at about 9pm. It'll be myself, wife, and 7m old daughter. Trying to figure out a tentative plan. We'll take the train into the city...that's all i got so far.

Are cabs expensive? Are Trams easy enough with a doona?

Can I get to a shul in time for shachris? Good breakfast place near said shul?

thanks
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on December 06, 2017, 11:14:39 PM
I'm stopping over in AMS on the way to TLV. We're landing at about 6am and taking off again at about 9pm. It'll be myself, wife, and 7m old daughter. Trying to figure out a tentative plan. We'll take the train into the city...that's all i got so far.

Are cabs expensive? Are Trams easy enough with a doona?

Can I get to a shul in time for shachris? Good breakfast place near said shul?

thanks
Cab from airport to city center costs about 50 Euros, depends on traffic, sometimes less, and within the city they are reasonable .
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: chaimdasap on December 07, 2017, 07:00:33 AM
I'm stopping over in AMS on the way to TLV. We're landing at about 6am and taking off again at about 9pm. It'll be myself, wife, and 7m old daughter. Trying to figure out a tentative plan. We'll take the train into the city...that's all i got so far.

Are cabs expensive? Are Trams easy enough with a doona?

Can I get to a shul in time for shachris? Good breakfast place near said shul?

thanks

there is a train underneath the airport that takes you anywhere you need to go. If you want to go where there is a minyan and breakfast near each other, take a train to the RAI (direct 15 mins) and get directions to the kollel then you can go from the RAI to CENTRAAL STATION. I try avoiding trams, in my experience they were very crowded and slow. i took a cab once from the airport, it was a 10 minute ride 40 euro. i thought that was pretty expensive!!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 07, 2017, 08:36:32 AM
Thanks. So once I get to Central station by train, cabs seen to be the way to go.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on December 07, 2017, 01:03:18 PM
Thanks. So once I get to Central station by train, cabs seen to be the way to go.
Yes, best way to go .
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 08, 2017, 10:09:07 AM
there is a train underneath the airport that takes you anywhere you need to go. If you want to go where there is a minyan and breakfast near each other, take a train to the RAI (direct 15 mins) and get directions to the kollel then you can go from the RAI to CENTRAAL STATION. I try avoiding trams, in my experience they were very crowded and slow. i took a cab once from the airport, it was a 10 minute ride 40 euro. i thought that was pretty expensive!!

https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1391443/photos-kollel-started-city-amsterdam.html

this kollel?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: chaimdasap on December 10, 2017, 03:22:22 PM
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1391443/photos-kollel-started-city-amsterdam.html

this kollel?

yes and thats my uncles yeshiva lol:)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 10, 2017, 03:27:12 PM
yes and thats my uncles yeshiva lol:)

Nice!
What time is shachris tomorrow? And where can we get breakfast near there?
Tia
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 10, 2017, 05:09:36 PM
Also, anyone ever use hop on hop off bus as means of transportation?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on January 13, 2018, 09:24:39 PM
Are there any other Netherlands cities worth visiting for a few days? Thinking about a week trip but that's probably too long for just 1 city. Couple + baby.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on January 14, 2018, 05:31:22 PM
how is weather end of feb or beg of march?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on January 14, 2018, 08:50:05 PM
Thinking of planning a week long trip to Amsterdam but feel like that's too long for one city. Any other cities good to pair with it? Was looking into Belgium (1+ hr train to Antwerp, and possible to go to Brussels also) but also open to other cities in the Netherlands. Anywhere else worthwhile to go?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on January 15, 2018, 01:56:33 AM
Are there any other Netherlands cities worth visiting for a few days? Thinking about a week trip but that's probably too long for just 1 city. Couple + baby.
1 week is too long for just Amsterdam, have been there many times.  I did not visit other cities in the Netherlands, but always did other inter Europe and UK.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on January 15, 2018, 01:58:18 AM
how is weather end of feb or beg of march?
Definitely cold, some years are not bad, have been in March of 2014, was cold but tolerable, not too bad.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: israel321 on February 04, 2018, 12:56:16 AM
I am looking for a hotel with a pool, that is near a minyan. I cannot seem to find, any help?
Thank you
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: chaimdasap on February 04, 2018, 06:46:03 AM
Thinking of planning a week long trip to Amsterdam but feel like that's too long for one city. Any other cities good to pair with it? Was looking into Belgium (1+ hr train to Antwerp, and possible to go to Brussels also) but also open to other cities in the Netherlands. Anywhere else worthwhile to go?
i found Brussels and Antwerp to be beyond boring. check into The Hague/Rotterdam
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on February 04, 2018, 09:25:23 AM
i found Brussels and Antwerp to be beyond boring. check into The Hague/Rotterdam
Thanks for the tip. Does either Amsterdam or Rotterdam have an eruv? Might be going with a baby, so eruv is pretty important.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: deals on February 04, 2018, 02:25:44 PM
Thinking of planning a week long trip to Amsterdam but feel like that's too long for one city. Any other cities good to pair with it? Was looking into Belgium (1+ hr train to Antwerp, and possible to go to Brussels also) but also open to other cities in the Netherlands. Anywhere else worthwhile to go?

how about paris ?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on February 04, 2018, 03:28:14 PM
how about paris ?
Good idea and a nice train ride, 3 hours & 15 minutes.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: kopite1 on February 05, 2018, 06:55:18 AM
Thanks for the tip. Does either Amsterdam or Rotterdam have an eruv? Might be going with a baby, so eruv is pretty important.

Amsterdam does

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1K9JpabMj1Wgdjy6O41Tqk_nvKes&ie=UTF8&hl=en&source=embed&msa=0&ll=52.3006801724843%2C4.7797389999999496&spn=0.251939%2C0.291824&z=11

Don't think Rotterdam does, would highly doubt it.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on February 06, 2018, 10:41:56 PM
Psa while I remember, taking the trams with a stroller is not fun.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on February 27, 2018, 10:06:48 AM
Does anyone have recommendations for a Shabbat friendly hotel/B&B in Amsterdam? Specifically looking for inside the eruv, close to shuls, and relatively accommodating (manual keys/low floors). Small kitchen area a plus.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 27, 2018, 10:11:22 AM
Does anyone have recommendations for a Shabbat friendly hotel/B&B in Amsterdam? Specifically looking for inside the eruv, close to shuls, and relatively accommodating (manual keys/low floors). Small kitchen area a plus.
Holiday Inn Express - Amsterdam South. Not sure if it's within Eruv, but it's a block from one of the Chabads and all the Kosher restaurants, so I assume it is. Don't know if they have manual keys, but if they don't just do the keycard/tape trick. Plus, they have Kosher breakfast.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on April 02, 2018, 02:49:49 PM
Does anyone have experience daveing in the Portuguese shul on Shabbos? I'm debating either staying in City Centre near the Portuguese shul vs. staying in Amstelveen and going to a more "normal" shul? Thoughts? Since it will be a summer shabbos, having better things to do shabbos afternoon is a plus (which I imagine is better in city center).
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: G11600 on April 02, 2018, 03:52:22 PM
Does anyone have experience daveing in the Portuguese shul on Shabbos? I'm debating either staying in City Centre near the Portuguese shul vs. staying in Amstelveen and going to a more "normal" shul? Thoughts? Since it will be a summer shabbos, having better things to do shabbos afternoon is a plus (which I imagine is better in city center).

Never davened there personally, but note that there are other ashkenazi minyanim on shabbat close to city center and/or museum district. List here

http://www.chabadamsterdamcenter.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1402675/jewish/Synagogues-and-Services.htm

Personally I would choose to stay in one of these areas.
I did daven midweek at Gerrit shul, was very friendly and reliable minyan.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on April 18, 2018, 10:32:12 AM
not one longer TR about Amsterdam?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on April 20, 2018, 12:37:54 PM
Had anyone stayed at the Waldorf? Trying to figure out if it has particular challenges to be at over shabbos.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moshe2009 on April 29, 2018, 09:06:03 PM
have a 4 hour layover
still enough time to go out and grab a bite?
which transportation is the best option?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: gartm on May 27, 2018, 11:45:14 AM
Planning a trip to Amsterdam late July/Early August, does anyone know if the kosher restaurants close for vacation around that time?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: lindnuck on May 30, 2018, 07:54:32 PM
Does anyone have experience daveing in the Portuguese shul on Shabbos? I'm debating either staying in City Centre near the Portuguese shul vs. staying in Amstelveen and going to a more "normal" shul? Thoughts? Since it will be a summer shabbos, having better things to do shabbos afternoon is a plus (which I imagine is better in city center).

I davened there Shabbos morning. It was a nice community. Mostly Israelis, though. Beautiful shul.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on June 04, 2018, 06:58:26 PM
I was in AMS today. Kiosk gave me issues and had to wait  1 hr + for manual checkin. Even the bag drop looked like a crazy line. Arrived at the airport 3 hrs before flight to NYC, had less than 30 minutes in lounge.

Full TR of Amsterdam coming.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 01, 2018, 03:13:59 PM
I was in AMS today. Kiosk gave me issues and had to wait  1 hr + for manual checkin. Even the bag drop looked like a crazy line. Arrived at the airport 3 hrs before flight to NYC, had less than 30 minutes in lounge.

Full TR of Amsterdam coming.
Cant wait
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 01, 2018, 04:15:33 PM
Do all the restaurants and shops in Amsterdam take CC these days?


I read in the past some of the restaurants did not
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 01, 2018, 04:20:11 PM
Do all the restaurants and shops in Amsterdam take CC these days?


I read in the past some of the restaurants did not
The bakery was cash only, as was Hacarmel. Everything else was credit IIRC.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 04, 2018, 04:30:04 PM
Anyone ate Shabbos meals by Chabad & can provide a review? TIA
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 06, 2018, 12:55:10 PM
Seems like no one tried the Intercontinental Amsterdam (Amstel) (or IC Amsterdam) based on searches, anyone have any experience there? thinking of using my IC nights for a last hurrah.
Also, are there any shabbos meal options other than chabad (any other shuls have meals?) for some variety?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 06, 2018, 01:32:56 PM
Seems like no one tried the Intercontinental Amsterdam (Amstel) (or IC Amsterdam) based on searches, anyone have any experience there? thinking of using my IC nights for a last hurrah.
Also, are there any shabbos meal options other than chabad (any other shuls have meals?) for some variety?
I used my free night there. It is very nice but the rooms are very dated. They upgraded me to Amstel view, which was amazing, the room is giant, and the bathroom is really nice. It's out of the eruv btw.

Personally, of the 3 hotels I stayed in (Andaz, Hyatt Regency, and IC), I enjoyed the Regency the most, though admittedly, the views are non existent and you need to use the metro to get anywhere (IC is also metro away from anything).

I don't think any other shul in city center has meals. You can buy takeout from Bakery Rimon on Friday morning. Portuguese shul should have a light Kiddush.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 06, 2018, 01:52:48 PM
Anyone ate Shabbos meals by Chabad & can provide a review? TIA
BUMP
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 08, 2018, 01:04:12 AM
Do all the restaurants and shops in Amsterdam take CC these days?


I read in the past some of the restaurants did not
Correct, some restaurants do not accept credit cards , but most do.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 08, 2018, 01:28:50 AM
I used my free night there. It is very nice but the rooms are very dated. They upgraded me to Amstel view, which was amazing, the room is giant, and the bathroom is really nice. It's out of the eruv btw.

Personally, of the 3 hotels I stayed in (Andaz, Hyatt Regency, and IC), I enjoyed the Regency the most, though admittedly, the views are non existent and you need to use the metro to get anywhere (IC is also metro away from anything).

I don't think any other shul in city center has meals. You can buy takeout from Bakery Rimon on Friday morning. Portuguese shul should have a light Kiddush.
thx so helpful! Didnt realize a shul bw chabad an portuguese would be out of eruv! Still dont think the eruv will be deciding factor for me, other option for my last use of the IC unlimited nights is a Kimpton all the way up at top of eruv and 40 minutes from chabad. Seems like the IC was renovated recently per reviews, when did u stay? I had an amazing upgrade experience at the IC le Grand Paris on my wife and i's prior getaway so we are hoping for similar, and prefer the grandness, plus the pool is really enticing. 
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 08, 2018, 08:56:17 AM
thx so helpful! Didnt realize a shul bw chabad an portuguese would be out of eruv! Still dont think the eruv will be deciding factor for me, other option for my last use of the IC unlimited nights is a Kimpton all the way up at top of eruv and 40 minutes from chabad. Seems like the IC was renovated recently per reviews, when did u stay? I had an amazing upgrade experience at the IC le Grand Paris on my wife and i's prior getaway so we are hoping for similar, and prefer the grandness, plus the pool is really enticing.
I was there a month ago, my room was not renovated. That being said, the room was fine and the common areas are extremely nice.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on July 08, 2018, 01:10:49 PM
Worth noting that the Amsterdam Eiruv is quiet questionable halachically
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 08, 2018, 02:26:08 PM
Worth noting that the Amsterdam Eiruv is quiet questionable halachically
It was redone a few years ago. I think it's better now.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: EJB on July 08, 2018, 02:33:17 PM
Had a great experience at the waldorf, which is in a great overall location and has amazing standard rooms. But that doesnt help you much, as you're looking for IHG.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on July 08, 2018, 02:45:51 PM
It was redone a few years ago. I think it's better now.
I don't think so.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jonesy on July 08, 2018, 04:16:12 PM
Stayed at IC Amstel in November (not for shabbos) and they were doing renovations. Rooms and hotel were nice. Good indoor pool.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 24, 2018, 07:13:41 PM
Anyone ever stay at Hyatt regency?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 24, 2018, 10:50:00 PM
Anyone ever stay at Hyatt regency?
I stayed a few times at the Crowne Plaza, very central location, I do not think the Hyatt Regency was open then, this is a pretty good review of it, in general.

https://singleflyer.com/2017/09/16/hyatt-regency-amsterdam-review/
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Kabrams1618 on July 25, 2018, 09:49:37 PM
Staying at the holiday inn express over Shabbat.  Has anyone made the walk from the hotel to the chabad to daven and for dinner?  Google maps says it is an hour walk.  Is that correct and is it safe?
Is there a closer shul which offers shabbat dinner?  Is there a close shul with a shabbat kiddush, not necessarily a lunch?  Where is there to walk and see on Shabbat afternoon near the hotel?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 25, 2018, 10:53:01 PM
Anyone ever stay at Hyatt regency?
I did for 4 nights in May. It's really good. I was booked as a GOH, got upgraded to Regency club room. Club is basic but also had full breakfast. We found fruit, coffee, and oatmeal to eat. There's also a nightly happy hour where they bring out alcohol.

Location is not so central but it's close to the metro. Staff and service was nice and the hotel while new, isn't crazy modern. No views to speak of. It's a good deal at 15k points.

It's close to the Portuguese Shul but the hotel is out of the eruv.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 25, 2018, 10:54:17 PM
Staying at the holiday inn express over Shabbat.  Has anyone made the walk from the hotel to the chabad to daven and for dinner?  Google maps says it is an hour walk.  Is that correct and is it safe?
Is there a closer shul which offers shabbat dinner?  Is there a close shul with a shabbat kiddush, not necessarily a lunch?  Where is there to walk and see on Shabbat afternoon near the hotel?
Portuguese has davening and Kiddush as well as Rav Aharon Schuster shul (near Vondelpark). I assume you're talking about the HI Express near city center and not in Bieldenvurst?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Kabrams1618 on July 25, 2018, 11:47:18 PM
Sorry, the holiday inn express in south Amsterdam is the hotel we are staying at, not the one in the center of the city.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 26, 2018, 12:05:51 AM
Any Minyanim near the city center?

Also anyone ever do a Jewish history tour?
Besides the museum

And if so can you recommend any?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 26, 2018, 08:37:21 AM
Sorry, the holiday inn express in south Amsterdam is the hotel we are staying at, not the one in the center of the city.
I stayed at that hotel 4 years ago and walked to a chabad 5 minutes away on the street with all the restaurants. (This was weekday, not Shabbos.)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 26, 2018, 08:38:26 AM
Any Minyanim near the city center?

Also anyone ever do a Jewish history tour?
Besides the museum

And if so can you recommend any?
Yes for Minyanim. See the wiki on the Destinations with shuls near points hotels. There are a few shuls in town.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 26, 2018, 09:26:27 AM
Sorry, the holiday inn express in south Amsterdam is the hotel we are staying at, not the one in the center of the city.
You're close to many shuls, and all the restaurants to get takeout if needed.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 26, 2018, 10:20:35 AM
Yes for Minyanim. See the wiki on the Destinations with shuls near points hotels. There are a few shuls in town.

Portuguese is most likely the closest; be aware they request you register in advance. It is a fantastic experience, especially if you do the tour before Shabbos to get a sense of the history and all the cool things that are built in. They use a unique Nussach, even slighly different than other S&P places - their Nussach is probably most similar to the Ashkenazi "Nussach Sefard" as opposed to Eidut Mizrach. And they pepper in some Ladino into the MiSheBerachs, which is fun.

There's another shul in the VondelPark area (Rav Aharon Schuster).

Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 26, 2018, 05:56:14 PM

Also anyone ever do a Jewish history tour?
Besides the museum


I downloaded a Jewish History audio tour which I didnt get around to doing in the end
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 27, 2018, 02:01:29 PM
I downloaded a Jewish History audio tour which I didnt get around to doing in the end

I didn't do a tour; however, the Jewish Historical Quarter ticket gets you into 4 places - Jewish museum, Portuguese, Holocaust memorial, and Holocaust museum. I did 3/4 of those (didn't do Holocaust museum), and I thought it was a good overview. I also did Anne Frank. I think all of that together really gave a good overview of everything, and together that's probably 1-1.5 days worth of activities, depending on your pace.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Kabrams1618 on July 29, 2018, 11:30:04 AM
Is it cheaper and more convenient to buy tickets for  activities online  before we go or can you get discount coupons to attractions from the hotel etc?  We are staying at the intercontinental.  We already bought tickets for Anne Frank since we know that can sell out.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 29, 2018, 03:18:03 PM
Is it cheaper and more convenient to buy tickets for  activities online  before we go or can you get discount coupons to attractions from the hotel etc?  We are staying at the intercontinental.  We already bought tickets for Anne Frank since we know that can sell out.
We got discounted coupons from hotel, that was 2 years ago, at a better price than online.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 31, 2018, 09:36:21 AM
Is it cheaper and more convenient to buy tickets for  activities online  before we go or can you get discount coupons to attractions from the hotel etc?  We are staying at the intercontinental.  We already bought tickets for Anne Frank since we know that can sell out.

Depending on how long you're staying, either the IAMsterdam card or the Museuamcaart could be a good move.

IAMsterdam card has unlimited metro (which you need from IC), entry to selected activities, and a canal tour. I think they have versions from 1-5 days.

The Museumcaart is good as basically every museum in the Netherlands for a month, but doesn't have the other perks. You can only buy it at select museums.

Regardless, for certain things, you'll want to book a timed tour in advance - specifically Hieneken and Van Gogh (both recommended activities).
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Kabrams1618 on August 07, 2018, 12:13:12 AM
Still looking for shul in south Amsterdam for  this shabbat.  Tried reaching out to chabad several times but didnt hear back.  Any recommendations? Any shul with dinner or kiddush?  Staying at HIE.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 17, 2018, 01:18:59 PM
Just FYI, i'm going for thanksgiving from NY, and i just noticed a good price drop. roundtrip direct on low cost norwegian leaving early Nov 22 (midnight) and returning sunday afternoon is $372 total, which is the lowest i've seen. norwegian doesnt look terrible, pay a bit more for a kosher meal and choosing seat if u want.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 19, 2018, 08:36:37 AM
Just FYI, i'm going for thanksgiving from NY, and i just noticed a good price drop. roundtrip direct on low cost norwegian leaving early Nov 22 (midnight) and returning sunday afternoon is $372 total, which is the lowest i've seen. norwegian doesnt look terrible, pay a bit more for a kosher meal and choosing seat if u want.
Or book through a TA and get all that plus 2 suitcases for free

HT: @Chaikel
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: J-town on September 02, 2018, 03:07:02 AM
Which (if any) of the following hotels have easily accessible steps that can be used on shabbos?
1) The W
2) Apollo (Tribute Portfolio Hotel)
3) Amsterdam Marriott Hotel
4) Andaz
5) Hyatt Regency
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Kabrams1618 on September 02, 2018, 05:05:33 AM
Holiday inn express in south Amsterdam is the way to go if you are flexible on where you stay.  Kosher breakfast, stairs, non electric keys, totally shabbat aware.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on September 02, 2018, 08:55:58 AM
Which (if any) of the following hotels have easily accessible steps that can be used on shabbos?
1) The W
2) Apollo (Tribute Portfolio Hotel)
3) Amsterdam Marriott Hotel
4) Andaz
5) Hyatt Regency
The Hyatt regency and intercontinental are walking distance to Chabad.

Wasn’t there for Shabbos sorry.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on September 03, 2018, 11:30:05 AM
Is the Spanish Portuguese Shul a place ill be able to davin on a stopover in the AM i have in Amsterdam?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on September 03, 2018, 08:20:30 PM
Is the Spanish Portuguese Shul a place ill be able to davin on a stopover in the AM i have in Amsterdam?
They only have minyan sat and sun.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on September 03, 2018, 08:24:48 PM


Which (if any) of the following hotels have easily accessible steps that can be used on shabbos?
1) The W
2) Apollo (Tribute Portfolio Hotel)
3) Amsterdam Marriott Hotel
4) Andaz
5) Hyatt Regency

Regency is out of the eruv. It strikes me as better than the Andaz but I was only there weekday.

 I was at Andaz for shabbos. They have steps down but you'd need to ask someone to open the door to get back up. The steps let out outside the hotel. There's a manual door to the bar if it's open. It's in the eruv.   The rooms are also quite electric. It took us some time with the engineer to get everything shabbos proof. They also lent us Shabbos timers for the lights that were helpful. We asked them to help us in elevator for the most part.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: kopite1 on September 04, 2018, 11:45:11 AM
I am staying for one night in early October at the Novotel Amsterdam City. Are there any kosher options within walking distance?

Also, anything kosher at Schiphol?

TIA
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 04, 2018, 11:46:21 AM
I am staying for one night in early October at the Novotel Amsterdam City. Are there any kosher options within walking distance?

Also, anything kosher at Schiphol?

TIA
See wiki for restaurant options + Gmaps to see distance to your hotel.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on September 04, 2018, 11:49:19 AM
I am staying for one night in early October at the Novotel Amsterdam City. Are there any kosher options within walking distance?

Also, anything kosher at Schiphol?

TIA
That's walking distance to the main kosher area. Lookup H Baron or Sal Meyer as a reference but everything is within a half mile or so in that neighborhood.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: kopite1 on September 04, 2018, 12:02:32 PM
Thanks both.

Anything to be found at the airport?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on September 04, 2018, 02:03:59 PM
They only have minyan sat and sun.

And without a minyan.
I'll be there like 9.30 AM

If not any other options? (I hate to daven in the airport)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on September 04, 2018, 02:20:25 PM
And without a minyan.
I'll be there like 9.30 AM

If not any other options? (I hate to daven in the airport)
It's a museum during the week so you'd need to buy a ticket and there will be tourists around. I highly recommend the tour in general- its self guided with audio guides.

You can check hours online.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on September 04, 2018, 05:26:46 PM
Thanks, planning on doing the tor

Anyone know which shul will be open to daven in the morning (9.30)?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: chekstein on October 23, 2018, 05:13:36 PM
I will be in Amsterdam for 1 1/2 days, can anyone recommend me interesting places to visit for such a short time? also, should I just book an air bnb? and take ubers, or should I rent a car? also where is a good place to Daven and eat.
Thanks
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on October 24, 2018, 10:22:02 AM
I will be in Amsterdam for 1 1/2 days, can anyone recommend me interesting places to visit for such a short time? also, should I just book an air bnb? and take ubers, or should I rent a car? also where is a good place to Daven and eat.
Thanks
don't rent a car if you are planning to be in the city.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on October 24, 2018, 10:26:23 AM
I will be in Amsterdam for 1 1/2 days, can anyone recommend me interesting places to visit for such a short time? also, should I just book an air bnb? and take ubers, or should I rent a car? also where is a good place to Daven and eat.
Thanks
Amsterdam is a walking, bike, and transit city. Uber is generally not a good way to get around. In a day and a half, for sure try to get tickets to Anne frank, go to Portuguese Shul, and do a canal tour. Heineken experience is also goo if that's your thing. If not, either van gogh musueam or Rijksmuseum.

Get the I Amsterdam card.

Plenty to eat in the south part if the city - you could stay there as well if you want to be near shul.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 24, 2018, 01:59:33 PM
I will be in Amsterdam for 1 1/2 days, can anyone recommend me interesting places to visit for such a short time? also, should I just book an air bnb? and take ubers, or should I rent a car? also where is a good place to Daven and eat.
Thanks

Plenty time to see everything in the city in that amount of time. Was just there. Read the wiki suggestions.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on October 24, 2018, 10:54:34 PM
me and the Mrs are going to amsterdam over thanksgiving, anyone else hopping over for the holiday?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on October 27, 2018, 03:50:59 PM
I am staying for one night in early October at the Novotel Amsterdam City. Are there any kosher options within walking distance?

Also, anything kosher at Schiphol?

TIA
did you end up going?
I plan on going tomorrow for the day coming from Antwerp
Looking for a short updated TR last one int he wiki is 3+ years old
Plenty time to see everything in the city in that amount of time. Was just there. Read the wiki suggestions.
TR?

Amsterdam is a walking, bike, and transit city. Uber is generally not a good way to get around. In a day and a half, for sure try to get tickets to Anne frank, go to Portuguese Shul, and do a canal tour. Heineken experience is also goo if that's your thing. If not, either van gogh musueam or Rijksmuseum.

Get the I Amsterdam card.

Plenty to eat in the south part if the city - you could stay there as well if you want to be near shul.
can all this be done in a day?


Anna Frank is sold out for both Sunday and Monday.

Will probably stay at the holiday inn Express South $115 for the night

Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on October 27, 2018, 07:17:23 PM
did you end up going?
I plan on going tomorrow for the day coming from Antwerp
Looking for a short updated TR last one int he wiki is 3+ years oldTR?
can all this be done in a day?


Anna Frank is sold out for both Sunday and Monday.

Will probably stay at the holiday inn Express South $115 for the night
You can check Anne frank closer to. They release tickets the day of as well.

All that could be dive in 1.5 days, Anne frank is 2 hours so is the Portuguese Shul.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on October 27, 2018, 07:20:38 PM
You can check Anne frank closer to. They release tickets the day of as well.

All that could be dive in 1.5 days, Anne frank is 2 hours so is the Portuguese Shul.
great thanks. Will keep checking for Anna Frank

Is the Portuguese shul included in the I Amsterdam card?

why do you suggest the I card? 
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on October 27, 2018, 07:21:49 PM
great thanks. Will keep checking for Anna Frank

Is the Portuguese shul included in the I Amsterdam card?

why do you suggest the I card?
The card has unlimited transit and key activities, look into what I has as see if it works.

I think Portuguese is separate.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on October 27, 2018, 07:23:49 PM
The card has unlimited transit and key activities, look into what I has as see if it works.

I think Portuguese is separate.
I looked at it, plenty of options just don't know which are good ones.

You only mentioned Anna Frank, shul , heinken
Which is why I was curious what besides for unlimited transportation is attractive about the card.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on October 27, 2018, 07:25:03 PM
I looked at it, plenty of options just don't know which are good ones.

You only mentioned Anna Frank, shul , heinken
Which is why I was curious what besides for unlimited transportation is attractive about the card.
I think it also has canal and Rijksmuseum. It may also include train to and from schipol. I was just saying it as an option. Obviously if you do things that aren't included, don't get it
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on October 27, 2018, 07:26:19 PM
I think it also has canal and Rijksmuseum. It may also include train to and from schipol. I was just saying it as an option. Obviously if you do things that aren't included, don't get it
got it thanks, I realize now my earlier post is a bit rude, sorry. Appreciate all the input & suggestions
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Kabrams1618 on October 27, 2018, 09:59:43 PM
The trick to getting the anne frank tickets when sold out is to take the tour.  It is half hour, informative and then gives you automatic entrance.  Only 5 eoros move than regular admissions.  It is listed at the bottom of the website.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Kabrams1618 on October 27, 2018, 10:01:01 PM
I definately recommend the holiday inn express over Shabbat.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on October 28, 2018, 10:57:53 AM
I'm stopping over in AMS on the way to TLV. We're landing at about 6am and taking off again at about 9pm. It'll be myself, wife, and 7m old daughter. Trying to figure out a tentative plan. We'll take the train into the city...that's all i got so far.

Are cabs expensive? Are Trams easy enough with a doona?

Can I get to a shul in time for shachris? Good breakfast place near said shul?

thanks
do you have a TR? I'll have a full day tomorrow as well and would love to hear what you did.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 28, 2018, 11:03:14 AM
I'll have a full day tomorrow as well and would love to hear what you did.

Was there in September. Downloaded Rick Steves (has 3 tours covering different areas). First one starts at central station and the other 2 start outside the palace.

Walked through most of the city with the tour and stopped at many interesting places on the way.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on October 28, 2018, 12:35:30 PM
Address for the chabbad near holiday inn South?
Can't find it online
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: eandd on November 14, 2018, 09:20:13 PM
For those who have stayed at Hyatt Regency, was public transport from the airport easy? How about to the main attractions (Van Gogh, canals etc)?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on November 14, 2018, 10:06:30 PM
For those who have stayed at Hyatt Regency, was public transport from the airport easy? How about to the main attractions (Van Gogh, canals etc)?
Convent to the metro and trams. From airport youd take train to central Station and switch to metro. Between the two you can get almost anywhere. The metro also goes to the area with kosher places in about 25 minutes.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: eandd on November 15, 2018, 08:55:48 PM
Convent to the metro and trams. From airport youd take train to central Station and switch to metro. Between the two you can get almost anywhere. The metro also goes to the area with kosher places in about 25 minutes.
Thanks! Is it a lot of walking from arrivals to the first station and then from metro to the hotel? (With all the suitcases...)

Separate question, we'll be arriving at around 9ish-10 PM, is public transportation safe at that time? And we will only have one day before heading out, enough time to see the sights from the hotel?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 20, 2018, 06:38:36 AM
Sal Meijer closed?! Wiki appears to say so. Anyone know?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 20, 2018, 01:03:24 PM
Sal Meijer closed?! Wiki appears to say so. Anyone know?
omg i was relying on them, can anyone confirm? (flying tmrw...)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 20, 2018, 01:09:48 PM
Everything online seems to indicate theyre open. Not sure why someone wrote that in the wiki
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 20, 2018, 01:15:24 PM
Sal Meijer closed?! Wiki appears to say so. Anyone know?

@Emkay updated the wiki with that 2.5 years ago.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on November 20, 2018, 01:18:47 PM
Everything online seems to indicate theyre open. Not sure why someone wrote that in the wiki
They had closed for quite awhile.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 20, 2018, 01:27:08 PM
Well, there are reviews on Trip Advisor from just a couple months ago. I'll fix it
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on November 20, 2018, 07:04:16 PM

I was there a few weeks ago, open and delicious
Ordered 4 mains for myself (portions are small and cheap)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 21, 2018, 04:37:30 AM
Seems chabad doesnt have a shabbos morning davening. they said i should go to the Gerard Dou Shul (http://www.gerarddou.org/) which is a 4 minute walk from the Chabad House, has anyone been there? which is the best shul for shabbos morning experience, is the portuguese worthwhile (some on the thread said it was nice, but is it too long)? Chabad lunch is at 1pm.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on November 21, 2018, 07:00:40 AM
Seems chabad doesnt have a shabbos morning davening. they said i should go to the Gerard Dou Shul (http://www.gerarddou.org/) which is a 4 minute walk from the Chabad House, has anyone been there? which is the best shul for shabbos morning experience, is the portuguese worthwhile (some on the thread said it was nice, but is it too long)? Chabad lunch is at 1pm.
Portuguese is an amazing experience, though if you go in the winter they use a side room so I'm not sure. It's better I think to do the tour before shabbos so you can appreciate some of the details.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 21, 2018, 09:26:17 AM
Seems chabad doesnt have a shabbos morning davening. they said i should go to the Gerard Dou Shul (http://www.gerarddou.org/) which is a 4 minute walk from the Chabad House, has anyone been there? which is the best shul for shabbos morning experience, is the portuguese worthwhile (some on the thread said it was nice, but is it too long)? Chabad lunch is at 1pm.

Went to the Portuguese shul on shabbos a couple months ago. They finished about 11:30/11:45am, so I had about an hour to kill till when Chabad starts their meal. Davening did not feel stretched out or long.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on December 06, 2018, 07:28:13 PM
It says in the wiki that 8 hours is the minimum to stopover, however though if my stop is 7 hours does it makes sense to go into town and see stuff or is it a waste of time?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 06, 2018, 07:39:51 PM
Sure, 3h is enough IMO.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on December 06, 2018, 07:43:12 PM
It says in the wiki that 8 hours is the minimum to stopover, however though if my stop is 7 hours does it makes sense to go into town and see stuff or is it a waste of time?
Yes, doable. I did it on one of my trips, but used taxis to and from airport, you can also check the public transportation options .
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on December 06, 2018, 07:45:47 PM
Yes, doable. I did it on one of my trips, but used taxis to and from airport, you can also check the public transportation options .

Not sure where exactly I want to go but just to get an example even though heard its not worth it to go there, the Anne Frank Museum is around a 30 hour by train....
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on December 06, 2018, 07:46:26 PM
Sure, 3h is enough IMO.

3 hours?
You mean 3 hours in the city proper?
Since getting back and forth will take time.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 06, 2018, 07:48:25 PM
The airport is kind of far from city center. Probably 45 minutes each way. Train is probably the best as it will put you right in city center.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on December 06, 2018, 07:49:01 PM
Not sure where exactly I want to go but just to get an example even though heard its not worth it to go there, the Anne Frank Museum is around a 30 hour by train....
30 minutes :) Have not been to Museums in Amsterdam. There are too many things to see and do, just find what interests you.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on December 06, 2018, 07:50:48 PM
The airport is kind of far from city center. Probably 45 minutes each way. Train is probably the best as it will put you right in city center.
Taxi took 30-35 minutes, but I guess it all depends on traffic. Train sounds a good idea if it gets you to city center.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on December 06, 2018, 07:52:32 PM
3 hours?
You mean 3 hours in the city proper?
Since getting back and forth will take time.
Yes you'll have 3 hours in the city.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on December 06, 2018, 08:02:24 PM
Taxi took 30-35 minutes, but I guess it all depends on traffic. Train sounds a good idea if it gets you to city center.

How much was a taxi?

Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 06, 2018, 09:51:34 PM
The airport is kind of far from city center. Probably 45 minutes each way. Train is probably the best as it will put you right in city center.

It's about 20 minutes or less on the train, from what I remember.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on December 07, 2018, 02:43:22 AM
How much was a taxi?
Was 39 Euro.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on December 08, 2018, 05:27:08 PM
It says in the wiki that 8 hours is the minimum to stopover, however though if my stop is 7 hours does it makes sense to go into town and see stuff or is it a waste of time?

They changed the stop to 6:30 hours i assume its still doable, but is it worth thte shelep to go out for three hours?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 08, 2018, 05:46:45 PM
They changed the stop to 6:30 hours i assume its still doable, but is it worth thte shelep to go out for three hours?
I don't think there's anything "must see" in city center. Depends hoe much you care and hoe much time you actually would have once taxing etc is taken into account.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on December 08, 2018, 06:20:48 PM
I don't think there's anything "must see" in city center. Depends hoe much you care and hoe much time you actually would have once taxing etc is taken into account.

I figured worst case scenario if the stopover ends up being too short there is still the airport to checkout and I heard there a really cool plane watching area to see planes take off and land.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 08, 2018, 06:56:36 PM
The airport is kind of far from city center. Probably 45 minutes each way. Train is probably the best as it will put you right in city center.
This info is incorrect. Airport is close to citiy center about 15m by train
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on December 11, 2018, 01:36:00 AM
So the consensus for the best option over shabbos seems to be the holiday inn express south.
Has anyone stayed in town at any of the hotels that are shabbos friendly?
W, waldorf, ic, andaz, hyatt Regency, Marriot?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 11, 2018, 07:16:03 AM
So the consensus for the best option over shabbos seems to be the holiday inn express south.
Has anyone stayed in town at any of the hotels that are shabbos friendly?
W, waldorf, ic, andaz, hyatt Regency, Marriot?
I stayed at Regency during the week, andaz on shabbos.

The Andaz wasn't particularly good for shabbos but it is in the eruv and a short walk from Portuguese Shul and is pretty walkable to vondelpark and the rest of city center. We had engineering disable motion sensors in the room, and they provided us shabbos timers for the lamps. There's an exit via the stairs from the rooms without automatic doors, but the stairs are locked going up, so you'd need someone to walk up with you or take you in the elevator. There is a manual door near the restaurant into the hotel. There are also TVs showing about the art going 24/7 so it didn't necessarily provide the best environment. It had a club feeling about it.

The Regency seemed like it would have been easier for shabbos, but it's out of the eruv, and while it's a it closer to the Portuguese Shul, is further from much of city center and there not much around. We had a baby so eruv was needed. The staff at the Regency are amazing and it's pretty relaxed and no-frills but the hotel is new and clean.
Title: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on December 11, 2018, 07:19:19 AM
I stayed at Regency during the week, andaz on shabbos.

The Andaz wasn't particularly good for shabbos but it is in the eruv and a short walk from Portuguese Shul and is pretty walkable to vondelpark and the rest of city center. We had engineering disable motion sensors in the room, and they provided us shabbos timers for the lamps. There's an exit via the stairs from the rooms without automatic doors, but the stairs are locked going up, so you'd need someone to walk up with you or take you in the elevator. There is a manual door near the restaurant into the hotel.

The Regency seemed like it would have been easier for shabbos, but it's out of the eruv, and while it's a it closer to the Portuguese Shul, is further from much of city center. We had a baby so eruv was needed.
Were you able to go down the staircase from your room without assistance?

Did you eat by chabad for shabbos or brought your own food?
I'm assuming the andaz is a  lot nicer?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 11, 2018, 07:21:48 AM
Has anyone stayed in town at any of the hotels that are shabbos friendly?
W, waldorf, ic, andaz, hyatt Regency, Marriot?

Stayed at the DoubleTree over Shabbos. Assigned room was on the 4th floor, easy accessible staircase. Hotel only a short 10-15 minute walk from the Portuguese Shul and about 25 minute walk to Chabad.

It’s a short 3 minute walk from Centraal.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 11, 2018, 07:22:10 AM
Were you able to go down the staircase from your room without assistance?

Did you eat by chabad for shabbos or brought your own food?
I'm assuming the andaz is a nicer?
Brought food as we were there in the summer when early Shabbos was at 9pm, zman at 1030.

Stairs down were fine without assistance.

Andaz is more elaborate, the Regency is minimalist but was very comfortable.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on December 11, 2018, 08:17:25 AM
Stayed at the DoubleTree over Shabbos. Assigned room was on the 4th floor, easy accessible staircase. Hotel only a short 10-15 minute walk from the Portuguese Shul and about 25 minute walk to Chabad.

It’s a short 3 minute walk from Centraal.
Where did you eat shabbos?
How nice is the hotel?
Brought food as we were there in the summer when early Shabbos was at 9pm, zman at 1030.

Stairs down were fine without assistance.

Andaz is more elaborate, the Regency is minimalist but was very comfortable.

Do you think it's worth going to the andaz over the Regency?

My wife would rather a nicer hotel that's why I'm asking
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 11, 2018, 08:51:28 AM
Where did you eat shabbos?
How nice is the hotel?

Shabbos at Chabad Israeli Center. Hotel was nice and had a great view of Amsterdam.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 11, 2018, 09:02:31 AM
Where did you eat shabbos?
How nice is the hotel?
Do you think it's worth going to the andaz over the Regency?

My wife would rather a nicer hotel that's why I'm asking
The Andaz was out there decoration wise and was overall a little roudier. It's no PH. I much preferred the quietier atmosphere at the Regency and the Regency club was a nice touch - they have free drinks at happy hour. I also found more fruit etc to eat at the Regency breakfast.

The biggest advantage of andaz is location. It's right on a canal and walking distance to most of the city center. Regency is much more on the edge of the center and is pretty much a 10 min metro ride everywhere (though being next to the metro comes in handy for getting to the kosher places as the metro is faster than the tram).

The reason I chose Regency for most of the trip was to save 10k Hyatt per night.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: questionguy on December 22, 2018, 08:11:44 PM
Hi I’m going to be in Amsterdam for a shabbos in Jan and was wondering wether it would be nicer to stay in The frum area or in the city and eat by chabad. Also if anyone has ever stayed at the marriot for shabbos is it shabbos friendly? Tia!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on December 26, 2018, 06:55:17 AM
Any issues these days with antisemetism? Want to do a weekend there in February.

TIA!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 26, 2018, 07:01:53 AM
Any issues these days with antisemetism? Want to do a weekend there in February.

TIA!
I was there in the summer and didn't notice anything. I wore a hat most of the time.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 26, 2018, 07:20:52 AM
Any issues these days with antisemetism? Want to do a weekend there in February.

TIA!

Walked around with Yarmulka and no hat 3 months ago, no issues at all.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: questionguy on January 07, 2019, 05:40:24 AM
I saw that there are yellow vest protests in Amsterdam. Has anyone been there for shabbos recently?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on January 07, 2019, 01:31:27 PM
I saw that there are yellow vest protests in Amsterdam. Has anyone been there for shabbos recently?
Didn't have any issues this past weekend
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on January 09, 2019, 11:44:28 AM
Everything online seems to indicate theyre open. Not sure why someone wrote that in the wiki
Turns out Sal Meijer closes for 2 days of Xmas. Seriously, WTH?!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: questionguy on January 15, 2019, 05:32:33 AM
Didn't have any issues this past weekend

Can anyone recommend a better canal cruise option than the big audio guide ones? This company those dam boat guys looked good but their sold out.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on January 15, 2019, 06:02:28 AM
Can anyone recommend a better canal cruise option than the big audio guide ones? This company those dam boat guys looked good but their sold out.
I went through my hotel to book it, sorry.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on January 15, 2019, 06:45:32 AM
Can anyone recommend a better canal cruise option than the big audio guide ones? This company those dam boat guys looked good but their sold out.
Next to the audio guide ones, there are the ljes with a guide we speaks that we enjoyed and it olny cost a couple of euro more.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on February 14, 2019, 06:44:11 PM
How much time do I need on a stopover if I want go visit the Panorama Terrace in the airport?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: kosherjid on February 15, 2019, 05:30:55 AM
Don't forget the portugese synagogue - Esnoga - its' fascinating. 
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on February 17, 2019, 06:09:57 PM
Don't forget the portugese synagogue - Esnoga - its' fascinating.
+1. Went during the week and then back for shabbos morning. Highlight of my trip.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on February 22, 2019, 06:34:53 AM
Has anyone stayed at the IC Amsterdam or the Hyatt Regency Amsterdam? Which one is more shabbat friendly?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on February 22, 2019, 06:38:12 AM
Has anyone stayed at the IC Amsterdam or the Hyatt Regency Amsterdam? Which one is more shabbat friendly?
Look a little up thread I think it was recently discussed
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on February 22, 2019, 08:45:10 AM
Has anyone stayed at the IC Amsterdam or the Hyatt Regency Amsterdam? Which one is more shabbat friendly?
LOVED the IC Amsterdam, extremely shabbos friendly in and of itself, though its right outside the eruv. its unclear whether they have hard keys, they told us they do and can have someone bring and use for us whenever we came, though in the end the people they sent up used electric fobs anyway for their convenience (this was bc the doors were heavy and tight and our magnet for the door latch didnt fit). their service is awesome and everyone knew our names and were always watching out for us (possible they showed them our faces so they were ready?). we got a room one floor from the lobby, which u walk up to with nice big staircase in the front https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g188590-d190614-r637353960-InterContinental_Amstel_Amsterdam-Amsterdam_North_Holland_Province.html
was a short simple walk to chabad, about 10-12 minutes, and the other way to porteguese was also easily doable.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: effy_the_great on February 27, 2019, 06:52:02 AM
Does anyone know if and where can get kosher "brownies"?

Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on March 07, 2019, 12:12:27 PM
Does anyone know if and where can get kosher "brownies"?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on March 11, 2019, 02:55:35 PM
Just saw an article that Sal Meyer closed.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on March 11, 2019, 03:15:47 PM
Just saw an article that Sal Meyer closed.
Cant find anything online. Link?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on March 11, 2019, 03:31:07 PM
Cant find anything online. Link?
https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/iconic-kosher-deli-in-amsterdam-closes-after-62-years
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on March 11, 2019, 03:36:01 PM
Cant find anything online. Link?
https://www.parool.nl/amsterdam/eigenaren-broodjeszaak-sal-meyer-stoppen-ermee~a4624288
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Hi its me on March 24, 2019, 03:15:17 AM
Hello,
my 3 sons will be spending a day in amsterdam before pesach. Apr 11
wondering what you recommend ?
the keukenheim garden?
can they rent bikes on their own and see tulips growing somewhere?
thanks
 
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 24, 2019, 06:47:19 AM
Anne Frank House would be my top choice.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Kabrams1618 on March 24, 2019, 07:29:08 AM
Go for the tour.  Guarantees you entrance in sold out days
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on March 25, 2019, 01:14:00 PM
Hello,
my 3 sons will be spending a day in amsterdam before pesach. Apr 11
wondering what you recommend ?
the keukenheim garden?
can they rent bikes on their own and see tulips growing somewhere?
thanks
 
Keukenhof will be open then
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Hi its me on March 25, 2019, 02:45:14 PM
I know it will be open, is it worth it to go?
or is zaans shanz better?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moish on March 25, 2019, 03:07:46 PM
I know it will be open, is it worth it to go?
or is zaans shanz better?
It really depends on their interests. Theres a great museum, a beautiful synagogue, Keukenhof, Canal boat tour, the Heineken experience, zaans shanz etc. All different experiences. Hard to say one is better than the other
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ABC on March 26, 2019, 05:30:54 PM
Hello,
my 3 sons will be spending a day in amsterdam before pesach. Apr 11
wondering what you recommend ?
the keukenheim garden?
can they rent bikes on their own and see tulips growing somewhere?
thanks
 

I went last year April with my family.
Keukonhof was the highlight.
One day we went to Efteling, we enjoyed very much.
Zanch shantz we didn't enjoy.
We stayed at the Hilton, it's not in the city so wasn't difficult driving.
When we went to the city we took public transportation.
We rented bikes right next to the hotel and drove to a massive park (I think the biggest in Holland).
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Hi its me on March 27, 2019, 02:19:08 AM
thanks, how old are were the kids?
did you go to anne frank house?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ABC on March 27, 2019, 06:23:18 AM
thanks, how old are were the kids?
did you go to anne frank house?

2 year and 5 year old
No.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: hvaces42 on March 27, 2019, 07:20:24 AM
Anything to do with 3.5 hour layover? Travelling in J if that makes a difference.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on March 27, 2019, 07:28:46 AM
Anything to do with 3.5 hour layover? Travelling in J if that makes a difference.
Enough time to take train to city center and turn around.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: hvaces42 on March 27, 2019, 07:29:43 AM
Enough time to take train to city center and turn around.
Thanks. Maybe just enjoy the lounge.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on March 27, 2019, 12:00:26 PM
I went last year April with my family.
Keukonhof was the highlight.
One day we went to Efteling, we enjoyed very much.
Zanch shantz we didn't enjoy.
We stayed at the Hilton, it's not in the city so wasn't difficult driving.
When we went to the city we took public transportation.
We rented bikes right next to the hotel and drove to a massive park (I think the biggest in Holland).

What didn't you like about Zaanse Schans? I'm planning to go in May (2 adults).
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: ABC on March 28, 2019, 02:51:36 AM
What didn't you like about Zaanse Schans? I'm planning to go in May (2 adults).

Going into each windmill was getting a little boring.
Not that we regreted going, but I wouldn't go a second time, for a first time maybe worth going especially it's something very popular.
Someone suggested I should go afterwards to volendam - Eden.
This I don't think it's worth it for a first time either.
We just saw people eating fish and heering..
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on March 28, 2019, 06:21:47 AM
Going into each windmill was getting a little boring.
Not that we regreted going, but I wouldn't go a second time, for a first time maybe worth going especially it's something very popular.
Someone suggested I should go afterwards to volendam - Eden.
This I don't think it's worth it for a first time either.
We just saw people eating fish and heering..

OK thanks!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 19, 2019, 11:22:27 AM
Is there any secondary marketplace for Anne Frank House tickets?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on April 19, 2019, 11:31:30 AM
Is there any secondary marketplace for Anne Frank House tickets?
Don't believe so but they release more day of. Also if you get a museum kaart of I Amsterdam pass  maybe there will be more availability.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on April 19, 2019, 05:41:56 PM
Is there any secondary marketplace for Anne Frank House tickets?

When I was there (a few years ago) we just walked right up and got tickets. Not sure if it was a fluke or not
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 19, 2019, 05:46:32 PM
Seems like they changed the rules last year. No on site sales.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 19, 2019, 08:02:56 PM
When I was there, the line to buy tickets was enormous. Line with pre-purchased online tickets was nonexistent; went right in.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 23, 2019, 12:21:51 AM
Headed here with @AJK next week for 48 hours.
Would love to hear your tips :)
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Kabrams1618 on April 23, 2019, 12:46:58 AM
Best move if you want to go to Anne Frank House is to book the tour which is only  5 euro more on website.  Scroll to bottom even if it says it is sold out for that day, there are tickets available for the tour.  Walk right in at allotted time, no wait.  Interesting 30 minute talk and then you go right into museum.
Used ihg annual free night for amstel, incredible stay, received upgrade.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 23, 2019, 01:24:44 AM
Best move if you want to go to Anne Frank House is to book the tour which is only  5 euro more on website.  Scroll to bottom even if it says it is sold out for that day, there are tickets available for the tour.  Walk right in at allotted time, no wait.  Interesting 30 minute talk and then you go right into museum.
Used ihg annual free night for amstel, incredible stay, received upgrade.
Wow. Been checking for days now, but I checked now and sure enough grabbed 2 tickets with the intro program!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Kabrams1618 on April 23, 2019, 01:27:12 AM
That was the best hint I received. Glad that I could pass it on.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 23, 2019, 01:57:22 AM
Rough draft, thoughts?

Day 1:
Arrive AMS 5:55am
Dropoff luggage
Canal Ride?
Van Gogh Museum?
Lunch: Machane Yehuda? Rimon Deli? Golan?
Old city segway tour?
Heineken Experience?
Flower Market?
Dinner: HaBaron?

Day 2:
Anne Frank House 9:25am-11am
Lunch: Pizza & Co?
Portuguese Synagogue?
Rijksmuseum?
Maritime Museum?
Dinner: HaCarmel?

Day 3:
Depart AMS 9:20am
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on April 23, 2019, 03:14:41 AM
Do yourself a favor and skip HaCarmel.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 23, 2019, 09:31:41 AM
Replace it with?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on April 23, 2019, 09:38:29 AM
Replace it with?
H baron again. It's the only noteworthy resturant.

HaCarmels value comes it's location as it is closer t city center than everywhere else, but it is not very good.

I might also suggest bringing or getting takeout for lunches as I don't think it's worth the shlep to the Jewish neighborhood for mediocre Israeli style pizza.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on April 23, 2019, 10:11:46 AM
Rough draft, thoughts?

Day 1:
Arrive AMS 5:55am
Dropoff luggage
Canal Ride?
Van Gogh Museum?
Lunch: Machane Yehuda? Rimon Deli? Golan?
Old city segway tour?
Heineken Experience?
Flower Market?
Dinner: HaBaron?

Day 2:
Anne Frank House 9:25am-11am
Lunch: Pizza & Co?
Portuguese Synagogue?
Rijksmuseum?
Maritime Museum?
Dinner: HaCarmel?

Day 3:
Depart AMS 9:20am
At the Jewish Museum they have packaged kosher sandwiches if you don't want to shlep for lunch, make sure the waiter clarifies everything on the menu on what it actually is -  from the menu it can be a little misleading.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 23, 2019, 09:40:10 PM
Any reviews of:
Machane Yehud
Rimon Deli
Golan
Pizza & Co
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on April 23, 2019, 09:42:52 PM
Any reviews of:
Machane Yehud
Rimon Deli
Golan
Pizza & Co
Pizza and Co is like a classic israeli pizza place. Small personal pies, takes a while if busy.

Golan is a quick service shawarma place. Nothing special.

Rimon is mostly Israeli takeout. Food was fine. Also next door to a good bakery. Both owned by the son of the owner of HaCarmel.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on April 23, 2019, 09:43:07 PM
Any reviews of:
Machane Yehud
Rimon Deli
Golan
Pizza & Co
Well I reccomend habaron for starters -good solid food although more upper class then the rest.

Pizza and Co - the pizza, fries and salad was delicious and fresh. The pizza they make big personal pies that are only prepared when you order so it takes about 15-20 minutes for your food.

Can't comment on the rest.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 23, 2019, 09:44:07 PM
Pizza and Co is like a classic israeli pizza place. Small personal pies, takes a while if busy.

Golan is a quick service shawarma place. Nothing special.

Rimon is mostly Israeli takeout. Food was fine. Also next door to a good bakery. Both owned by the son of the owner of HaCarmel.
Name of the bakery? Any bakeries worth going to?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on April 23, 2019, 09:45:20 PM
Name of the bakery? Any bakeries worth going to?
Dont remember the name but it's on the same block as everything else. Unfortunately, the Amsterdam food scene is pretty meh coming from the states.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 23, 2019, 09:50:45 PM
Royal palace worth going to?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 23, 2019, 10:21:29 PM
Thoughts?

Day 1:
Arrive AMS 5:55am
Dropoff luggage
Canal Ride (Approx 8am)
Van Gogh Museum (Approx 9am)
Rijksmuseum (Approx 10:30am)
Lunch: Pizza & Co (Approx 12pm)
Old city segway tour (2pm-3:30pm)
Maritime Museum (Approx 4pm)
Dinner: HaBaron

Day 2:
Anne Frank House (9:25am-11am)
Royal Palace (Approx 11:30am)
Lunch: Machane Yehuda (Approx 1pm)
Flower Market (Approx 2:30pm)
Portuguese Synagogue (Approx 3:30pm)
Heineken Experience (Approx 5:15-6:30pm)
Dinner: HaBaron

Day 3:
Depart AMS 9:20am
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 24, 2019, 12:28:06 AM
Van Gogh Museum is also online only?
Boy does AMS seem like a bad place for last minute planning.

What alternate options are there to get tickets?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: G11600 on April 24, 2019, 05:58:40 AM
Thoughts?

Day 1:
Arrive AMS 5:55am
Dropoff luggage
Canal Ride (Approx 8am)
Van Gogh Museum (Approx 9am)
Rijksmuseum (Approx 10:30am)
Lunch: Pizza & Co (Approx 12pm)
Old city segway tour (2pm-3:30pm)
Maritime Museum (Approx 4pm)
Dinner: HaBaron

Day 2:
Anne Frank House (9:25am-11am)
Royal Palace (Approx 11:30am)
Lunch: Machane Yehuda (Approx 1pm)
Flower Market (Approx 2:30pm)
Portuguese Synagogue (Approx 3:30pm)
Heineken Experience (Approx 5:15-6:30pm)
Dinner: HaBaron

Day 3:
Depart AMS 9:20am

I think you'll find it very tight to do Rijksmuseum @ 10:30, then get to pizza place in jewish area and be back it old city by 2pm. The tram/metro takes a while, and it's still a 5-10 minute walk from tram stop. Maybe you can arrange for them to delver to you in a taxi/uber you pay for?
Also look to do Heineiken experience after lunch at Machane Yehudah, it's just round the corner.

Depending on where you're staying, many of the hotels in city centre will do a kosher breakfast for small supplement, I think EUR 10. For that I got 3 rolls/sandwiches, borekas, pastries etc. Was enough for lunch also! It was delivered fresh from the kosher caterer. Need to order in advance.
This was at the NH hotel close to Central Station.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on April 24, 2019, 11:45:17 AM
Thoughts?

Day 1:
Arrive AMS 5:55am
Dropoff luggage
Canal Ride (Approx 8am)
Van Gogh Museum (Approx 9am)
Rijksmuseum (Approx 10:30am)
Lunch: Pizza & Co (Approx 12pm)
Old city segway tour (2pm-3:30pm)
Maritime Museum (Approx 4pm)
Dinner: HaBaron

Day 2:
Anne Frank House (9:25am-11am)
Royal Palace (Approx 11:30am)
Lunch: Machane Yehuda (Approx 1pm)
Flower Market (Approx 2:30pm)
Portuguese Synagogue (Approx 3:30pm)
Heineken Experience (Approx 5:15-6:30pm)
Dinner: HaBaron

Day 3:
Depart AMS 9:20am
You might enjoy a canal tour sunset/evening time as I think it's more popular then.

Look to get a smaller boat and depending on the weather make sure it's enclosed as well.

At the airport buy a 2 day unlimited bus/ tram pass.

Daven at least once in the Portuguese shul for the "full experience" it's a very unique nussach.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 24, 2019, 11:50:55 AM
What's with Keukenhof? Worth the shlep and ditching other things to do?
Maybe worth going straight from the airport after landing?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 24, 2019, 11:55:26 AM
You might enjoy a canal tour sunset/evening time as I think it's more popular then.

Look to get a smaller boat and depending on the weather make sure it's enclosed as well.

At the airport buy a 2 day unlimited bus/ tram pass.

Daven at least once in the Portuguese shul for the "full experience" it's a very unique nussach.
Any boat recommendations?

What are minyan times at the shul?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on April 24, 2019, 12:03:34 PM
Any boat recommendations?

What are minyan times at the shul?
I wasn’t the most satisfied with ours.

I think they have Mincha/ mariv time and an early weekday shachris minyan not sure what time
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 24, 2019, 12:41:06 PM
Hacarmel, I agree to skip. In 2014 they didn't take credit cards, so I had to leave and find an ATM, plus the food was nothing special. It's annoying that the food is mostly in the Jewish community. I got lucky that Sal Meijer was still open and in town when I went, so it sufficed for lunch.

Pizza and Co was some of the best pizza I ever had. We were also the only ones in the store, so it just took the normal time it takes to make a pie from scratch, but no extra waiting time.

You don't have the Jewish museum on there (right across the street from Portuguese Synagogue. It's not all that exciting, but there's a bunch of old shul remnants that are nice to see.

Flower Market is a big skip. I mean you might pass through it on your way to something, but it's not a destination in itself, just a bunch of random shops with flowers and garden tchatchkes.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on April 24, 2019, 02:15:48 PM
Hacarmel, I agree to skip. In 2014 they didn't take credit cards, so I had to leave and find an ATM, plus the food was nothing special. It's annoying that the food is mostly in the Jewish community. I got lucky that Sal Meijer was still open and in town when I went, so it sufficed for lunch.

Pizza and Co was some of the best pizza I ever had. We were also the only ones in the store, so it just took the normal time it takes to make a pie from scratch, but no extra waiting time.

You don't have the Jewish museum on there (right across the street from Portuguese Synagogue. It's not all that exciting, but there's a bunch of old shul remnants that are nice to see.

Flower Market is a big skip. I mean you might pass through it on your way to something, but it's not a destination in itself, just a bunch of random shops with flowers and garden tchatchkes.

Hacarmel still didn't take CC as of last spring. Rimon doesn't either, but Pizza & Co and H'Baron do IIRC.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 24, 2019, 02:27:18 PM
Anyone know the actual hours of Pizza & Co?

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Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on April 24, 2019, 02:34:59 PM
Anyone know the actual hours of Pizza & Co?

(https://i.gyazo.com/72db4b5b4523ed63d49133a7446175fa.png)
Not sure exactly what the hours are but I got off a plane at 9am ish and went straight to pizza and Co from an early brunch and they were open.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 24, 2019, 02:43:03 PM
Not sure exactly what the hours are but I got off a plane at 9am ish and went straight to pizza and Co from an early brunch and they were open.
Awesome. Regular menu with pizza?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 24, 2019, 02:44:56 PM
Thoughts?

Day 1:
Arrive AMS 5:55am
Dropoff luggage
Canal Ride (Approx 8am)
Van Gogh Museum (Approx 9am)
Rijksmuseum (Approx 10:30am)
Lunch: Pizza & Co (Approx 12pm)
Old city segway tour (2pm-3:30pm)
Maritime Museum (Approx 4pm)
Dinner: HaBaron

Day 2:
Anne Frank House (9:25am-11am)
Royal Palace (Approx 11:30am)
Lunch: Machane Yehuda (Approx 1pm)
Flower Market (Approx 2:30pm)
Portuguese Synagogue (Approx 3:30pm)
Heineken Experience (Approx 5:15-6:30pm)
Dinner: HaBaron

Day 3:
Depart AMS 9:20am

Trying to rope in Keukenhof. Seems like there's lockers there, but I have no idea if they will fit our carry-ons, anyone know?

Going to ditch the Flower Market and going to have to pick between the Maritime museum, old city segway tour, or Jewish museum.

Day 1:
Arrive AMS 5:55am
Keukenhof (Approx 8am-10am)
Pizza & Co (Approx 11am)
Van Gogh Museum (Approx 12:30pm)
Rijksmuseum (Approx 3pm)
Heineken Experience (Approx 5:15-6:30pm)
Dinner: HaBaron (Approx 7pm)

Day 2:
Anne Frank House (9:25am-11am)
Royal Palace (Approx 11:30am)
Lunch: Machane Yehuda (Approx 1pm)
Portuguese Synagogue (Approx 2:30pm)
Maritime museum or old city segway tour or Jewish museum? (Approx 4pm)
Dinner: HaBaron (Approx 6:30pm)
Canal Ride (Approx 9pm)

Day 3:
Depart AMS 9:20am
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on April 24, 2019, 02:45:36 PM
Awesome. Regular menu with pizza?
Ya
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on April 24, 2019, 02:49:34 PM
Trying to rope in Keukenhof. Seems like there's lockers there, but I have no idea if they will fit our carry-ons, anyone know?

Going to ditch the Flower Market and going to have to pick between the Maritime museum, old city segway tour, or Jewish museum.

Day 1:
Arrive AMS 5:55am
Keukenhof (Approx 8am-10am)
Pizza & Co (Approx 11am)
Van Gogh Museum (Approx 12:30pm)
Rijksmuseum (Approx 3pm)
Heineken Experience (Approx 5:15-6:30pm)
Dinner: HaBaron (Approx 7pm)

Day 2:
Anne Frank House (9:25am-11am)
Royal Palace (Approx 11:30am)
Lunch: Machane Yehuda (Approx 1pm)
Portuguese Synagogue (Approx 2:30pm)
Maritime museum or old city segway tour or Jewish museum? (Approx 4pm)
Dinner: HaBaron (Approx 6:30pm)
Canal Ride (Approx 9pm)

Day 3:
Depart AMS 9:20am
You can skip the Jewish Museum or do it quickly, we did it in less then 30 min.

From machane yehuda you can prob stop off at a flower market on the way to Portuguese shul.

If you can pull it off prob do the canal tour before habaron. The service there can be a little slow.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 24, 2019, 02:51:59 PM
Has anyone done the Maritime museum or BestDam old city segway tour? Going to have to pick between those.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 25, 2019, 02:53:25 AM
Im not sure thats why I wrote "possibly". I def hope to he able to get.
When was this? How much?
Did you wind up getting kosher breakfast at the Andaz?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 25, 2019, 05:17:54 AM
Did you wind up getting kosher breakfast at the Andaz?
Yes
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 25, 2019, 10:13:09 AM
Yes
From? Hechsher? Any good?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 25, 2019, 10:14:15 AM
From? Hechsher? Any good?
I'll try to pull up the picture and info from then. I remember being satisfied with it.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 25, 2019, 10:23:06 AM
Anyone know minyan times at the Portuguese Synagogue?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 25, 2019, 11:52:35 AM
Still refining this thing. Thoughts?

Day 1:
Arrive AMS 5:55am
Yotel AMS shower and daven  (Approx 6am-7am)
Keukenhof (Approx 8am-10am)
Pizza & Co (Approx 11am)
Andaz checkin (Approx 12:30pm)
Van Gogh (Approx 1pm)
Rijksmuseum (Approx 3pm)
Heineken Experience (Approx 5:30pm)
Dinner: HaBaron (Approx 7:30pm)

Day 2:
Bakery Laromme (8am)
Anne Frank House (9:25am-11am)
Albert Cuyp Market or Royal Palace or Maritime Museum or? (Approx 11:30am)
Lunch: Machane Yehuda (Approx 1pm)
Portuguese Synagogue (Approx 2:30pm)
Old city segway tour (4pm)
Canal Ride (Approx 6pm)
Dinner: HaBaron (Approx 7:30pm)

Day 3
Depart AMS 9:20am
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on April 25, 2019, 01:22:12 PM
I'll try to pull up the picture and info from then. I remember being satisfied with it.

I was booked as a GOH and neither the Andaz nor the Regency gave kosher breakfast. We nibbled on fruit, oatmeal we brought, and coffee along with some pastries we picked up.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 25, 2019, 01:35:16 PM
I was booked as a GOH and neither the Andaz nor the Regency gave kosher breakfast. We nibbled on fruit, oatmeal we brought, and coffee along with some pastries we picked up.
What did they say when you asked?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 25, 2019, 02:13:32 PM
From? Hechsher? Any good?
I can't seem to find the other pictures or info now, but this was breakfast.
They had offered me to choose what I wanted to eat but I didn't choose anything so this was the default.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 25, 2019, 06:35:17 PM
Still refining this thing. Thoughts?

Day 1:
Arrive AMS 5:55am
Yotel AMS shower and daven  (Approx 6am-7am)
Keukenhof (Approx 8am-10am)
Pizza & Co (Approx 11am)
Andaz checkin (Approx 12:30pm)
Van Gogh (Approx 1pm)
Rijksmuseum (Approx 3pm)
Heineken Experience (Approx 5:30pm)
Dinner: HaBaron (Approx 7:30pm)

Day 2:
Bakery Laromme (8am)
Anne Frank House (9:25am-11am)
Albert Cuyp Market or Royal Palace or Maritime Museum or? (Approx 11:30am)
Lunch: Machane Yehuda (Approx 1pm)
Portuguese Synagogue (Approx 2:30pm)
Old city segway tour (4pm)
Canal Ride (Approx 6pm)
Dinner: HaBaron (Approx 7:30pm)

Day 3
Depart AMS 9:20am
Thoughts on the bold? What would you do in this slot?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on April 28, 2019, 02:25:21 AM
Awesome. Regular menu with pizza?
Not American, but hot and decent.

Fries were nice with mayo, falafel was pretty weak. Was open early not sure how late they stay open, hbaron is the place to go anyway, fantastic apps. Smoked ribeye carpaccio was some of the best I’ve had. Soup and LAmb stew was also great

Too bad u just missed sal meyer.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 28, 2019, 11:48:55 PM
Any restaurant that would deliver to the airport?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 29, 2019, 11:26:07 PM
I'll be in Amsterdam later this week for a day, any recommendations for activities that are young kid friendly?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 29, 2019, 11:33:55 PM
What day?

Seems like Maritime Museum, Canal Tour, Canal paddle board, Keukenhof, etc would all be good for kids.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 29, 2019, 11:55:38 PM
What day?

Seems like Maritime Museum, Canal Tour, Canal paddle board, Keukenhof, etc would all be good for kids.
The day you leave I believe. Thursday.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 30, 2019, 12:01:37 AM
Yup
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 30, 2019, 09:53:01 AM
Still refining this thing. Thoughts?

Day 1:
Arrive AMS 5:55am
Yotel AMS
Can you access it upon arrival without going out of the airport and back in?

Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 30, 2019, 12:33:20 PM
Still refining this thing. Thoughts?

Day 1:
Arrive AMS 5:55am
Yotel AMS shower and daven  (Approx 6am-7am)
Keukenhof (Approx 8am-10am)
Pizza & Co (Approx 11am)
Andaz checkin (Approx 12:30pm)
Van Gogh (Approx 1pm)
Rijksmuseum (Approx 3pm)
Heineken Experience (Approx 5:30pm)
Dinner: HaBaron (Approx 7:30pm)

Day 2:
Bakery Laromme (8am)
Anne Frank House (9:25am-11am)
Albert Cuyp Market or Royal Palace or Maritime Museum or? (Approx 11:30am)
Lunch: Machane Yehuda (Approx 1pm)
Portuguese Synagogue (Approx 2:30pm)
Old city segway tour (4pm)
Canal Ride (Approx 6pm)
Dinner: HaBaron (Approx 7:30pm)

Day 3
Depart AMS 9:20am
How are you getting around?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 30, 2019, 03:50:05 PM
Can you access it upon arrival without going out of the airport and back in?
Yes, before customs.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 30, 2019, 03:50:37 PM
How are you getting around?
Mostly Uber so far due to our time constraints.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 30, 2019, 03:51:30 PM
Is there a manned kiosk to leave luggage? As opposed to lockers which usually can't fit a car seat.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 02, 2019, 10:48:22 AM
Is there a manned kiosk to leave luggage? As opposed to lockers which usually can't fit a car seat.
To answer my question, Yes. All the way downstairs. €6 for a carry-on and €9 for full size for 24 hours.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on May 03, 2019, 07:06:36 AM
Trying to rope in Keukenhof.


How was Keukenhof? I'm planning to go in 2 weeks.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on May 03, 2019, 07:22:41 AM
Any restaurant that would deliver to the airport?
Did you get any responses?

I'll going to be at the Hilton AMS airport for a few hours between flights and would love to order in some food.....
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 03, 2019, 07:27:28 AM
Did you get any responses?

I'll going to be at the Hilton AMS airport for a few hours between flights and would love to order in some food.....
I didn't really pursue it much. Ended up spending a day in Amsterdam so didn't need it.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on May 03, 2019, 07:32:02 AM
Maybe I'll just leave the hotel and Uber... Wanted to grab a nap though :-(

What's the closest food eatery to AMS airport?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2019, 01:23:30 PM
Quick thoughts in Italics. Thanks to everyone for their help!

Still refining this thing. Thoughts?

Day 1:
Arrive AMS 5:55am
Yotel AMS shower and daven  (Approx 6am-7am)
-We went to the KLM and Priority Pass lounge instead, but both required departing BPs. We booked refundable tickets and went into the PP lounge, only to find out that they charge for shower access. We davened and left.

Keukenhof (Approx 8am-10am)
-10/10. Absolute must-do if you're here in season. 15 mins from AMS via Uber.
Andaz checkin (10:30am)
-Ubered due to time constraints, checked in and showered.
Pizza & Co (Approx 11:45am)
-Ubered due to time constraints. They don't officially open until noon, but they made us food when we showed up at 11:45am. Pizza 6/10, Fries 7/10.
Van Gogh (Approx 12:30pm-3pm)
-Ubered due to time constraints. Had to wait until 12:40pm to enter with our 12:45pm tickets. The audio guide is a must. 9/10.

Rijksmuseum (3pm-5pm)
-Walked here from VGM. Audio guides were sold out. Night watch is beautiful and the All Rembrants exhibit was nice, but overall not as good as Van Gogh. 6/10.

Heineken Experience (5:15pm-7pm)
-Walked here from Rijks. Too drawn-out, gimmicky, and pricey, but worthwhile if you have extra time to kill and like beer. 5/10.

Dinner: HaBaron (Approx 7pm-9:30pm)
-Ubered here. Service is excruciatingly slow. Apps, soup, and burger 5/10. Ribeye 9/10. Dessert 10/10.

Day 2:
Bakery Laromme (8am)
-Andaz gave kosher breakfast, though the cheese was C"S, 6/10. We bought Shefa yogurts (Sold in several groceries near kosher restaurants) which @jj1000 said, are the best yogurts in the world 10/10. Didn't bother going to Laromme.
Anne Frank House (9:25am-11am)
-Walked here from Andaz. We wound up staying here until noon. Very moving and somber experience 10/10.

Albert Cuyp Market or Royal Palace or Maritime Museum or? (Approx 11:30am)
-Took a tram to Albert Cuyp Market. Walked around the market for a few minutes. Pretty kitchy stuff 4/10.
Lunch: Machane Yehuda (Approx 1pm)
-Located in the Albert Cuyp Market. Only had a few items available, food is decent but nothing memorable 6/10.

Portuguese Synagogue (Approx 2pm-3:30pm)
-Took a subway and tram here. Beautiful shul and some interesting factoids via audio guide. 8/10. We also went to the Jewish Museum next door which was worth a quick visit as well.
Segway tour (4pm-6:10pm)
-Guide asked if we wanted to go slow or fast. We said fast of course and he removed the limiter. We covered over 6 miles as the tour ran way over the official 5:30pm end time. A bit scary at first going so fast through busy car and bike traffic, but got used to it fairly quickly. A great look at the city, but I wish we had done it at the beginning of the trip. 10/10.

Canal Ride (Approx 6:20-7:40pm)
-Walked and took the Lovers boat from Centraal Station. Nice serene trip through the canals, but a bit boring. 6/10.

Dinner: HaBaron (Approx 7:30pm)
-Another slow but tasty experience. Skip the apps, get the ribeye, a glass of wine, and dessert.

Day 3
Depart AMS 9:20am
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shapsam on May 03, 2019, 04:30:39 PM
Is there a link for the segway tour?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2019, 04:31:21 PM
Is there a link for the segway tour?
https://bestdam.nl/tours/amsterdam-city-segway/
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shapsam on May 03, 2019, 04:31:39 PM
https://bestdam.nl/tours/amsterdam-city-segway/
Thanks!
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 04, 2019, 05:46:15 PM
Maybe I'll just leave the hotel and Uber... Wanted to grab a nap though :-(

What's the closest food eatery to AMS airport?
All are about 15 minutes.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on May 04, 2019, 09:08:46 PM
All are about 15 minutes.
Thanks! 
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: talmz on May 08, 2019, 04:44:18 AM
which of these is Glatt Kosher?
Meat
HaBaron - http://www.h-baron.nl/
HaCarmel
Sal-Meijer sandwich shop - http://www.sal-meijer.com/english/index.php
Golan
Grand cafe Rimon - http://rimongrandcafe.nl/menu.html
Marcus - butcher - http://www.slagerijmarcus.nl/kosher/
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Ekay on May 08, 2019, 10:23:32 PM
Is the bedatz of Amsterdam a reliable hechsher?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on May 09, 2019, 01:45:02 AM
Is the bedatz of Amsterdam a reliable hechsher?
This is as of January 2019
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 09, 2019, 08:12:13 AM



Sal-Meijer sandwich shop - http://www.sal-meijer.com/english/index.php


They closed down.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on May 16, 2019, 08:43:41 PM
Apologize in advance, as I am sure this was asked and answered somewhere. Planning a trip for just me and my wife in end of August. What is the recommended number of days?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 16, 2019, 08:48:25 PM
Apologize in advance, as I am sure this was asked and answered somewhere. Planning a trip for just me and my wife in end of August. What is the recommended number of days?
Depends if you like museums.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 16, 2019, 09:53:02 PM
I would say 3. I did a week (minus a day trip) with a toddler and we had 1 day too much. If it were just my wife and I, we could have done everything we wanted in 3.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 16, 2019, 09:54:10 PM
which of these is Glatt Kosher?
Meat
HaBaron - http://www.h-baron.nl/
HaCarmel
Sal-Meijer sandwich shop - http://www.sal-meijer.com/english/index.php
Golan
Grand cafe Rimon - http://rimongrandcafe.nl/menu.html
Marcus - butcher - http://www.slagerijmarcus.nl/kosher/
Rabbinate of Amsterdam is glatt.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on May 17, 2019, 07:51:13 AM
Depends if you like museums.

I do.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 17, 2019, 09:35:36 AM
I would say 3. I did a week (minus a day trip) with a toddler and we had 1 day too much. If it were just my wife and I, we could have done everything we wanted in 3.
+1
I did everything in 3 days, at least everything we wanted to do.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on May 18, 2019, 09:39:22 PM
I would say 3. I did a week (minus a day trip) with a toddler and we had 1 day too much. If it were just my wife and I, we could have done everything we wanted in 3.

If I have more time is there a nearby country you recommend I visit too?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 18, 2019, 09:45:31 PM
If I have more time is there a nearby country you recommend I visit too?
Belgium, Germany, or France.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on May 19, 2019, 05:23:50 PM
Apologize in advance, as I am sure this was asked and answered somewhere. Planning a trip for just me and my wife in end of August. What is the recommended number of days?

My husband and I just spent 4 days in Amsterdam (one was Shabbat) and could easily have stayed longer. Especially if you venture out into the countryside, which we did for one day.

We are now in Belgium for 2 days. We are going to do Bruges/Ghent one day and Brussels/Antwerp the other, sleeping in Brussels for convenience.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 19, 2019, 05:27:04 PM
I do.
In that case, 3 days in the city. More if you venture out of the city.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on May 19, 2019, 06:37:38 PM
Thanks all the advice. Would it make more sense to spend shabbos in Amsterdam or in Antwerp?
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 19, 2019, 10:45:00 PM
Thanks all the advice. Would it make more sense to spend shabbos in Amsterdam or in Antwerp?
I did shabbos in Amsterdam and it was phenomenal. Didn't do Antwerp at all.

Portuguese synogouge for shacharis, then in the afternoon walked around canals and wandered to Vondelpark, which is really nice.

Also got a Psak from my LOR to go to a museum on shabbos of we bought tickets in advance, so we went to the Jewish museum, which was OK - more geared to non Jews than frum people.
Title: Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on May 20, 2019, 12:57:48 AM
Shabbat in Amsterdam was really nice. We ate at Chabad and walked around. The city itself is beautiful.

I have never been to Antwerp for Shabbat.