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Basically this post is aimed at Wim, but any info from anyone would certainly be appreciated.

 

My son is currently on the train to Amsterdam (just through the chunnel and on his way to Brussels) and is a photo buff like myself.  He would like any help on shooting spots in Amsterdam.  He will be staying at the Bulldog hostel, so probably anything within range, but he is there for 3 days, so can bus it anywhere.

 

Also, any great off the beaten path places to see and do would be great as well.

 

Jill

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I don't have any specific suggestions for photo ops in Amsterdam, but when going away myself, I often use Alamy to see what's available in specific locations. It's a useful resource, and checking All of Alamy for customer searches on locations is also worthwhile.

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Thanks for such a detailed response.  I have copy and pasted and emailed it to him.  He is currently between Brussels and Amsterdam.

 

Wonderful, helpful group here.  I will also do a quick AoA search for him.

 

Jill

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Nothing to add really to funky's excellent advice.

 

Try to start at least one morning really really early. Like at sunrise (currently 5:22).

For the Anne Frank House: definitely  book online.

The Canal cruises: sorry I'm in Helsinki myself over the weekend ;-)

There are small open boats which can negotiate some smaller canals.

1 hour - https://www.lovers.nl/en/day-evening/small-boat-cruise-departs-near-the-anne-frank-house/   (if possible book online).

1 hour 15 min      - https://www.stromma.nl/en/amsterdam/sightseeing/canal-tours/open-boat-tours/ (if possible book online).

If he really got the bug after this: maybe try to team up with 2 or 3 others and rent an electric boat.

Not advisable to do it on your own - 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfZ-ezDO2r4

Do try the ferries - https://en.gvb.nl/veerpont-over-het-ij behind the Central Station: they're free.

 

Especially the long 905 or NDSM pont (=ferry) http://maps.gvb.nl/nl/lijnen/905/905STRH is very rewarding: good cheap eat/chill places at the other end! Highly recommended!

 

The first 120 or so Things to Do at Tripadvisor are pretty good and will easily fill 3 weeks.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g188590-Activities-Amsterdam_North_Holland_Province.html#ATTRACTION_SORT_WRAPPER

Maybe skip Ripley's and the Body Worlds.

 

Any specific interests?

 

wim

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11 minutes ago, wiskerke said:

Nothing to add really to funky's excellent advice.

 

Try to start at least one morning really really early. Like at sunrise (currently 5:22).

For the Anne Frank House: definitely  book online.

The Canal cruises: sorry I'm in Helsinki myself over the weekend ;-)

There are small open boats which can negotiate some smaller canals.

1 hour   (if possible book online).

1 hour 15 min (if possible book online).

If he really got the bug after this: maybe try to team up with 2 or 3 others and rent an electric boat.

Not advisable to do it on your own, if you also want to take pictures.

Do try the ferries behind the Central Station: they're free.

Especially the long 903 or NDSM pont (=ferry) is very rewarding: good cheap eat/chill places at the other end! Highly recommended!

 

The first 120 or so Things to Do at Tripadvisor are pretty good and will easily fill 3 weeks.

Maybe skip Ripley's and the Body Worlds.

 

Any specific interests?

 

wim

 

He's only there for 3 days not 3 weeks.

 

He is a bit of WWII history buff, so the Anne Frank house may be of interest.  I'll email your info as well, and he can decide what to do.

 

Thanks for all the info guys.

 

Jill

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1 hour ago, Jill Morgan said:

He is a bit of WWII history buff, so the Anne Frank house may be of interest.  I'll email your info as well, and he can decide what to do.

 

Wikipedia about Netherlands in World War II:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands_in_World_War_II

 

Jewish Cultural Quarter with the magnificent Portuguese Synagogue and the very good Jewish Historical Museum:
https://jck.nl/en/page/locations (1 ticket for all)

 

The Resistance Museum
https://www.verzetsmuseum.org/museum/en/museum

 

And then there is this other Amsterdam Unesco Heritage Site:

Stelling van Amsterdam
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stelling_van_Amsterdam
https://www.stellingvanamsterdam.nl/

Not used at all in WW2 because it was obsolete by then. However many people still believed this would save them in case of war. As its predecessor had done in the 16th and 17th century.

The whole thing functioned until the nineteen sixties. Until some ignorant bastard put the A4 motorway right through the main dike.

 

10 amazing things you probably didn't know about Amsterdam (Telegraph article)
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/netherlands/amsterdam/articles/things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-amsterdam/

With more nice links to even more Amsterdam fun on the side and underneath.

 

I'll edit my other post with the links visible, so you can copy the thing in one go.

 

wim

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1 hour ago, wiskerke said:

 

Wikipedia about Netherlands in World War II:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands_in_World_War_II

 

Jewish Cultural Quarter with the magnificent Portuguese Synagogue and the very good Jewish Historical Museum:
https://jck.nl/en/page/locations (1 ticket for all)

 

The Resistance Museum
https://www.verzetsmuseum.org/museum/en/museum

 

And then there is this other Amsterdam Unesco Heritage Site:

Stelling van Amsterdam
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stelling_van_Amsterdam
https://www.stellingvanamsterdam.nl/

Not used at all in WW2 because it was obsolete by then. However many people still believed this would save them in case of war. As it's predecessor had done in the 16th and 17th century.

The whole thing functioned until the nineteen sixties. Until some ignorant bastard put the A4 motorway right through the main dike.

 

10 amazing things you probably didn't know about Amsterdam (Telegraph article)
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/netherlands/amsterdam/articles/things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-amsterdam/

With more nice links to even more Amsterdam fun on the side and underneath.

 

I'll edit my other post with the links visible, so you can copy the thing in one go.

 

wim

 

Thanks so much wim.  You and funky have been an absolute fountain of info.  My son plans to take some time and plan around this information.

 

Jill

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