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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)
W
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 #420 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.)

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #421 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.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #422 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.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #423 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).


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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #424 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

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #425 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.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #426 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.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #427 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.
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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #428 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).

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #429 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.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #430 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.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #431 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

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #432 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

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #433 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.

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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
« Reply #434 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.
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