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How long should I go for?

Minimum 8 hours is a starter. Perfect for a full day.

Where to stay:
Andaz
Waldorf Astoria
Holiday Inn Express (provides Mehadrin breakfast)
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Element
Marriot

What to do:
Walk through the market and see the flowers and all other sorts of touristy stuff

Visit the Spanish Portuguese Shul - http://www.portugesesynagoge.nl/eng

Visit Anne Frank's Museum - http://www.annefrank.org/en/Museum/

Take a boat ride on the canals

Heiniken Museum (mixed reviews) - http://www.heineken.com/Heineken-Experience/Heineken-Experience

Van Gogh Museum - http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/nl

Rijksmuseum - https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en

Maritime Museum ( great for kids also)

Take 1.5 hr train to Antwerp

Minyanim:

Restaurants and Supermarkets:

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/

Milk

Pizza & Co

Mouwes - Supermarket - http://www.mouwes.nl/

Rimon Deli Bakery and Supermarket - info@laromme.nl

David's Corner - Supermarket - www.davidscorner.nl

Trip Reports, notes and reviews:
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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #615 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.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #616 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.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #617 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.
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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #618 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?

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #619 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.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #620 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.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #621 on: May 27, 2019, 09:12:22 AM »
For Shabbos, and perhaps the week too, I am struggling between staying in the following areas:

1) Stay near the Portuguese Synagogue, which is where I want to daven on Shabbos, but that's far away from the kosher food and the Chabad house for Shabbos meals.
2) Stay near the Chabad house but it's far from the kosher food areas.
3) Stay in the South in the kosher food areas (e.g., Holiday Inn Express South) but miss out on davening at the  Portuguese Synagogue and the Chabad Shabbos meals.

Thoughts?

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #622 on: May 27, 2019, 11:27:54 AM »
Its not a far walk from the Portuguese Synagogue to Chabad.
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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #623 on: May 27, 2019, 11:36:20 AM »
We stayed at the Hyatt which was in between Chabad and the Portuguese Synagogue. For shabbat morning, we davened at the Gerard Dou shul which was a really beautiful shul that survived the Nazis because it is so non de-script on the outside. It was a beautiful experience too.

If you stay in the south, it means you need to go to town every day that you want to do things in Amsterdam itself. Either way, you'll have to commute - to restaurants or to museums and activities.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #624 on: May 27, 2019, 12:16:00 PM »
We stayed at the Hyatt which was in between Chabad and the Portuguese Synagogue. For shabbat morning, we davened at the Gerard Dou shul which was a really beautiful shul that survived the Nazis because it is so non de-script on the outside. It was a beautiful experience too.

If you stay in the south, it means you need to go to town every day that you want to do things in Amsterdam itself. Either way, you'll have to commute - to restaurants or to museums and activities.

Interesting. Did you daven Friday night at the Portuguese shul? Where did you eat the Shabbos meals?

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #625 on: May 27, 2019, 12:40:13 PM »
Interesting. Did you daven Friday night at the Portuguese shul? Where did you eat the Shabbos meals?

We davened with Chabad and ate there both Friday night and shabbos day. Chabad doesn't have services for shacharis. You could very easily daven at the Portugeuse shul for shacharis and walk to Chabad. It really isn't that far. The hardest part is not carrying a map, but there aren't too many turns.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #626 on: May 27, 2019, 01:21:14 PM »
We davened with Chabad and ate there both Friday night and shabbos day. Chabad doesn't have services for shacharis. You could very easily daven at the Portugeuse shul for shacharis and walk to Chabad. It really isn't that far. The hardest part is not carrying a map, but there aren't too many turns.
+1 that's what I did.

The Portuguese shul has a nice pareve kiddush after davening shabbos day.
They also give free tours with a guide on shabbos.

Chabad lunch was only at like 1:30pm or so.
It's about a 25 min walk from the Portuguese shul to chabad.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #627 on: May 27, 2019, 01:22:49 PM »
+1 that's what I did.

The Portuguese shul has a nice pareve kiddush after davening shabbos day.
They also give free tours with a guide on shabbos.

Chabad lunch was only at like 1:30pm or so.
It's about a 25 min walk from the Portuguese shul to chabad.

Did you daven at the Portuguese shul Friday night too?

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #628 on: May 27, 2019, 01:31:03 PM »
Did you daven at the Portuguese shul Friday night too?
No at chabad.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #629 on: May 27, 2019, 05:54:23 PM »
You can walk from Chabad to Portuguese in the eruv but it would be a less direct route.