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Author: tconi Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 20868  
Subject: Re: Amsterdam Date: 1/19/2013 4:42 AM
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My 2 cents - which will soon turn into probably $1.87 - LONG! and scrolly

The train machines at Schiphol do NOT take non Chip credit cards. Even the ticket windows at Schiphol take only the Chip+PIN or cash.
(yes, I am sure, I was at Schiphol Thursday)
Rather than go through th exchange rate counter on the way in, she might just be better off going to an ATM and withdrawing some cash (depending on her spending habits)
For 9 hours, she has PLENTY of time to get out and see some things.

Schiphol has Storage lockers where she can leave luggage.
These accept credit cards (IIRC) but are not always super obvious to find -
If she is interested in finding them, She should ASK for their location. It is a HUGE airport/train station.

The Schiphol airport is also a train station (in case you did not know) - and she can catch an easy train to Amsterdam Centraal and just walk around -
There is an abundance to see - especially if she loves architecture, de Oude Kerk is beautiful, Dam Square, the Amsredam history museum is nice. She can take a tram to Leidsplein and check out Vondel Park...I do suggest making a reservation/prebuying her time ticket if she wants to visit the Anne Frank house.
The Heineken museum is OK, the outside of the Science Center is a nice walk around...The Amsterdam library is HUGE and right close to Centraal Station...
Den Haag (the hague) is not so far if she wants to see modernization and things of political interest.

I do recommend taking a "ferry to nowhere" off the back of the Central Station.
It is free (bring a coat!) and windy, but the ferries go across and back all day taking commuters, one just walks on and does not get off on the far side.
and finding Beginhof is a nice treat - it is a secluded courtyard.
Depending on weather, it is about a 25 minute train to Zandvoort-an-Zee, which drops one off about 2 blocks from the North Sea. Which is something to see/do that is a little different.

Haarlem, a smaller but quite beautiful town is about 20 minutes by train and just a lovely town to wander. I think locl gemeente for surrounding towns should have market-day information if she wants to catch a local market.

If she is inclined towards Cheese, she could take a train (an hour each way) to Gouda and go the route of the town, and the cheese tours.

note to notablelaggard, I should check on the status, but legislation was underway last year to prevent "coffee shops" from selling to non-dutch by Jan 1. They are trying to cut back on the drug tourism, so even if DW was inclined that might not be possible, just FYI

WHat time of year will she be going?
Keukenhof (if she is there later March and on) is worth a visit and buses leave directly from the airport.

Should not take her too long to get out of the airport.
If she is already checked in, she should allow about 90 minutes to get back through passport control, and security is At.The.Gate in this airport. If she is a Priority member of an airline, this will expedite both of those processes.

peace & I am sure there is more
t
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