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Amsterdam port information

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Amsterdam means Amstel-redamme, a dam of the river Amstel.   Provided you are not here when the Tall Ships are in for their regatta, then you will probably berth at the Terminal, otherwise it will be the container port which is not so convenient.

It is a city with an extensive canal network (another "little Venice"), is a center for the diamond trade, was the home of Anne Frank (though there can be long queues for this), and so there is much to do here.   Although the cruise terminal is very close to the Zuider See (this is now enclosed, a fresh water lake and is called IJsselmeer, Markermeer and IJmeer), we actually come in from the other end and travel up the river from IJmuiden.

With more bicycles than permanent residents, the Dutch capital is both charming and quirky.   Aesthetically little has changed in the centre since its 17th century Golden Age.   Beautiful gabled houses and merchants´ mansions line serene, tree-lined canals, which are laid out in five concentric circles and crossed by numerous bridges.   The Royal Palace, originally built as a Town Hall in the 17th century, stands on a large square in the centre of the city.   Considered one of Europe´s major art capitals, Amsterdam is home to a number of superb galleries and museums including the famous Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.

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maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=52.378114,4.916382&z=13 Berth at Amsterdam.
en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Amsterdam wikivoyage guide to Amsterdam.
www.whatsinport.com Amsterdam page
www.iamsterdam.com/ Official web site.
www.amsterdamcruise.nl/ Amsterdam Cruise Port.
www.iamsterdam.com Amsterdam city card.
en.gvb.nl/pages/home.aspx Amsterdam transportation website.
boards.cruisecritic.com Post by Bobie (bobalink) regarding a free App for the Rijksmuseum.
pdf Amsterdam walking tour #2 by Jay (Lair Bear) Brentjes
pdf Haarlem walking tour by Jay (Lair Bear) Brentjes (15 mins by train from Amsterdam)
3 walks by Rick Steves, see the Information page. City Walk (map) From the train station to Dam Square to Leidseplein, this 90-minute walk down the spine of the city is a great overview of the city's charms - canals, museums, shops, flowers, and Golden Age grandeur.
Red Light District (map) Amsterdam's most historic neighborhood is also its most notorious.&bsp; Here, sex is sold openly and marijuana smoked freely - and it's all legal.  This 90-minute tour offers a safe, informative introduction.
Jordaan (map) This quaint, residential neighborhood is home to quiet canals and the nearby Anne Frank House.&nbp; It gives a behind-the-scenes look at the unique, laid-back lifestyle of Amsterdam's trendy residents.
Simone Hoeve Cheese farm near Edam Clog dancing in traditional Volendam clothes - Volendam and Edam - Lunch etc.
amsterdamfaq.com/1/amsterdam Amsterdam FAQ page.
Cruise Critics Amsterdam page
Triposo Netherlands
Triposo Amsterdam
A/22.htm "Amsterdam, City of Diamonds" with Airport Transfer, 2010.
A/d2a.htm Windmills and Edam. 2014.

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