I bought tickets on-line before we left Australia so we are able to bypass the line (you have to nominate a day and time of visit), we just walk to a separate entry door; ring the bell and we’re in.
Each visitor must have a valid ticket showing a unique barcode, which will be scanned. You must print your tickets as clearly as possible, and keep them carefully. You can print the tickets in black and white or colour.
There is only a limited amount of online tickets available for each time slot. If its peak season every day and time can be sold out months in advance. We planned our Amsterdam stay times around when I could get tickets.
During regular hours, you can always visit the museum and buy a ticket on the spot. When we were leaving the entry queue was approximately 2 to 2.5 hours from the door. There are very few seats and can be warm. Plan ahead.
After you have seen the main museums then there are the remaining 50 different museums.
There are museums dedicated to cats, torture, brothels and… carnal knowledge… just to name a few.
15 minutes from the Dam square, east. Located behind the Red Light district, near the Rembrandt house. By tram: 14 from Central Station (stop: Stadhuis)
Visit the Flower Market – Bloemenmarkt _ remember Australians can not bring in bulbs to Australia
Albert Cuyp street market for bargains on food and clothes
Diamond shopping. Top-notch stores such as Gassan and Coster offer visitors tours to explain the process of cutting and polishing diamonds, with a stop at the end to peruse their dazzling collections.
Coster Diamonds is conveniently located in the centre of Amsterdam, right between the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.
The Heineken store is has more than 250 unique products and a Beershop. The Heineken store is between Rembrandt square and Waterloo square.
Producers of traditional Dutch cheese have so many beautiful cheese shops around the city.
I bought a ‘hunk of cheese ‘ for a picnic later.
A Tip – Watch that it is a cafe not a coffee shop you venture into. Coffee shops offer ‘herbal’ products along side the coffee.
The Netherlands has a special tolerance policy on soft drugs. There are about 200 pot coffee shops in Amsterdam
Everything in Amsterdam is charming; and so many photo opportunities.
It was lovely to sit at the canal side bars or cafe and watch the world go by .