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Amsterdam, Cycles everywhere
Innovation and not fining in is a trade mark of this Dutch metropolis thai is not the seat of government, a rale played by The Hague. But Amsterdam sets the scene though and this started a revolution in the 1960s that caused unrest throughout Europe. The Provos fought against the values by which society felt driven to grow and created a revolution with humor, bare backsides, and the challenging proposal of giving everybody a cycle to prevent traffic gridlock. Cycling is the most popular method of getting about without government edict and cycles are also found picturesquely parked on bridges forming a method of decoration. Those with a passion for photography are spoiled for choice in Amsterdam, with more than the canals and the photogenic house¬boats, the street organs, the royal palace, the fine churches, and the "skinny bridge" or Magere brug. 
There are also the wide streets such as the Damrak, where people sit on terraces and watch people strolling past, and the parks such as the Von-delpark and the eccentric medieval beguinage of the Begijnhof with its cloistered calm that makes visitors feel at home.
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Next to the royal palace on the Dam the museums display the riches of the city with some five hundred Rembrandt paintings in the Rijks-museum (including The Night-watch), the Van Gogh Museum with the world's largest collection of Dutch paintings, and the most important museum of Judaic history outside Israel.
Amsterdam has a great diversity of experiences and this includes making new discoveries while shopping. The flea markets are famous, particularly the one on the Water-looplein but one can also rummage in the small stores or winkeltjes that are extremely tempting while the imaginative Amsterdammers have the shrillest, most colorful, and craziest stores in Europe
There are two types of public phone in Amsterdam: the orange and gray kind and the green kind.  Both of these take a phone card, but not the same one.  The green phones only take a card.  Orange and gray phones take coins, most major credit cards, and a card called the Telefort card.
To call the Netherlands from the US, dial 1 + 31 + the correct city code (minus the first zero).  City codes are as follows: Amsterdam, (0)20; Rotterdam, (0)10; Utrecht, (0)30; Maastricht, (0)43; The Hague, (0)70.
To contact the Netherlands police in a non-emergency situation, you can dial (+31)(0)900 88 44, but be aware that this is not a toll-free number!
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Anne Frank House: This museum is dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank whose famous diary, recorded over a two-year period, describes the experiences of a Jewish teenager during World War II. Part of the house was used as a hiding place by the Franks and others to escape Nazi persecution. The families were later discovered and sent to their deaths in the concentration camps. Otto Frank was the only survivor. The original diary is on display as part of the permanent exhibition. The museum also hosts temporary exhibits that focus on related issues.
 Address: Prinsengracht 267 (Westerkerk) Telephone: (020) 556 7105 Website: www.annefrank.nl Transport: Tram 13 or 17; or bus 21, 170, 171 or 172 from Central Station to Westermarkt Opening Time: Daily 9am to 7pm; and 9am to 9pm (25 March to 31 August). Note that the queues can be long Admission: €7.50 (adults); €3.50 (children aged 10 to 17)

Galleries
Amsterdamís galleries are mostly located in the Spiegelkwartier.  Two good ones (for very different reasons) are Electric Ladyland, The First Museum of Florescent Art, Tweede Leliedwarsstraat 5 (420 37 76) open Tu-Sa 1pm-6pm, 5E, and WALLS, Prinsengracht 737 (616 95 97) open Tu-Fr 10am-6pm, a space for contemporary multi-media art.

De Oude Kerk (The Old Church) 
De Oude Kerk (The Old Church) was built in the Roman style in the 1200ís, but only finished in the 15th century. Skasia Rembrandt, the wife of the master-painter, is buried here. 

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The Great Canals 
Thereís almost no way a visitor could miss seeing these three big brothersóthe Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keisersgracht (the Lordís, Princeís, and Kingís canals, respectively)ówhose concentric rings flow through the center of Amsterdam and whose banks are this cityís Park Avenue. But just in case you were inclined not to investigate them, know that they are home to the finest mansions in town and some of the quirkiest gargoyles and most romantic bridges.

The Westerkerk (the West Church) 
The Westerkerk (the West Church) has Amsterdamís highest tower, which visitors may climb during summer months. The church was consecrated in 1631, and Anne Frank reports listening to its bells while she and her family hid in a townhouse just across the canal. 

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Dam Square 
Dam Square is Amsterdamís original marketplace, the site of the dam on the Amstel where Amsterdam got its start in the 1270ís.  Since the 13th century the square has seen many a demonstration as well as a Nazi execution; the central monument commemorates those who died in WWII.  Two of the narrowest buildings in the world can be found on the square: Singel 7, which is 101cm at its narrowest point, and Oude Hoogstraat 22, which is just 2.02m wide throughout.  Two other monuments looking down on the Dam are the Royal Palace, where the queen occasionally entertains, and the Nieuwe Kerk (the New Church), a church which is not so very new, as it dates back to the 15th century.

The Rembrandthuis (The Rembrandt House) 
The Rembrandthuis (The Rembrandt House) is the home where Rembrandt lived for over 20 years and bankrupted himself in the process. 

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The Rjiksmuseum 
The Rjiksmuseum is Amsterdamís grandest, most traditional museum of history and art. Rembrandt: the name says it all. Invest a whole day in wandering its hardwood floors. 

The Anne Frank Huis (The Anne Frank House) 
The Anne Frank Huis (The Anne Frank House) contains the immensely popular commemorative display of photos and writings from Anne Frankís diary. Depending on your mood, it can either seem like a tourist feeding-frenzy or a heart-rending and faithful description of Anneís life. Be prepared for crowds. 
 

Vondel Park 
What should you do if youíve exhausted all the touristy possibilities in Amsterdam?  Take your tired feet over to the beautiful Vondel Park, where you can lounge on the grass, play a game of Frisbee, take a bike ride around the park at dusk, catch a free outdoor concert, or visit the world-renowned Filmmuseum, Vondel Park 3 (589 14 00) www.filmmuseum.nl.  Donít worry, youíre not required to go inside, just grab a seat on the popular terrace, where you can relax among weeping willows and beautiful people.

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Amsterdam Historisch Museum: Housed in a former orphanage, The Historical Museum explores Amsterdamís development from a small medieval settlement along the river into a thriving modern city. The museumís galleries showcase the progress of each century, with particular emphasis given to Hollandís Golden Age. The museum provides a showpiece of Dutch Master paintings, archaeological discoveries, gold, silver, glass and earthenware and other artefacts. The museum fee covers entry to the Civic Guards Gallery. This is a glass-roofed gallery stretching between Kalverstraat and the Begijnhof, lined with portraits of Amsterdamís Civic Guards dating back to the 17th century.
 Address: Kalverstraat 92 Telephone: (020) 523 1822 Email: info@ahm.amsterdam.nl Website: www.ahm.nl Transport: 10-minute walk from Central Station; tram 1, 2, 5 to Spui, or tram 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25 to Rokin Opening Time: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm. Closed 1 January, 30 April, 25 December Admission: €6 (adults), €3 (children aged 6 to 16)
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Markets in Amsterdam
Shopping in Amsterdamís colourful and lively markets is a great way to clinch a bargain while picking up a few Dutch souvenirs for your friends and family back home. 

The cityís market culture dates back to the early 18th century with the first stall set up in the Jewish Quarter in 1783. Today, there are 12 daily outdoor markets, 15 markets which are open one or two days of the week and several markets which open on a certain day of the season. Most are open during normal shopping hours so weather permitting, you can shop to your heartsí content. Of course while you are pursuing through the items, always keep your eye on your belongings, as markets are every pick-pocketers paradise.

There are some great markets to choose, located mostly in the centre of town. Whatever you are into, you are most likely to find it at one of the many markets- whether its general domestic appliances and other household goods or speciality produce such as cheeses or bread. All items are individually priced but if you are really daring, go down to the Waterlooplein Flea Market, one of the few markets in Amsterdam where haggling is commonplace, for your flowers or plants visit the Flower Market Ė Bloemenmarkt, and for your biological food check the Farmerís market - Boerenmarkt (on Noordermarkt).

The most important Amsterdam´s markets are:

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Albert Cuypmarkt
Amsterdamís largest and busiest market
Speciality: General goods, food produce, exotic herbs and spices 
Located: Albert Cuypstraat/Ferdinand Bolstraat, 1072 LL
Tram: Albert Cuypstraat: tram 16, 20, 24 & 25
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 am - 5.00 pm

Antiekmarkt De Looier
One of the few covered markets in Amsterdam
Speciality: Antiques, art, curios, furniture, jewellery, clothing, silverware, general goods
Located: Elandsgracht 109, 1016 TT
Tram: Elandsgracht: tram 7, 10, 17 & 20
Open: Thursday - Saturday 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

Art Plein Spui
Market where artist sell their works of art.
Speciality: Original prints, small oil paintings. 
Located: Spui Plein, 1012 WZ
Tram: Het Spui: tram 1, 2, 5, 13, 17 & 20
Open: Sunday 10.00 am - 3.00 pm (not in winter)

Bloemenmarkt
The only floating flower market in the world
Speciality: Flowers, seeds, bulbs and rare flowers such as black tulips
Located: Singel, 1071 AZ
Tram: Muntplein: tram 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 & 25
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 am - 5.00 pm

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Boekenmarkt
Very popular book market 
Speciality: Books, cards, maps, engravings
Located: Oudemanhuispoort
Tram: Muntplein: tram 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 & 25
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Farmer's Market, Noordermarkt - Boerenmarkt
(Biological Fresh Food Market - Biologische versmarkt).
Biological food, fresh fruits, cheese and cakes, snacks. The most popular Amsterdam market at the moment. Speciality: Mushrooms, biological food, cheese, fresh fish, herbs.
Located: Noordermarkt, 1015 MV
Tram: Westermarkt -tram 13 & 17 or Marnixbad - tram 3 & 10
Open: Saturday 9.00 am - 3.00 pm 

Dappermarkt
Amsterdamís cheapest market
Speciality: Clothes, food, general goods
Located: Dapperstraat, 1093 BK
Tram: Eerste van Swindenstraat: tram 9 & 14
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm

Lindengracht market
Saturday food and folwers market, next to the Noordermakt Ė usual weekend shopping place for people who live in Amsterdam. Also bicycles, cosmetics and small objects you might need at home.
Speciality: Food, general goods, bicycles and bicycle parts, shoes, DVD´s.
Located: Lindengracht, 1015 KJ
Tram: Marnixbad: tram 3 & 10
Open: Saturday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm

Poszegelmarkt
A collectorís market
Speciality: Stamps, coins, old postcards, commemorative medals
Located: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 280, 1012 RL
Tram: Het Spui: tram 1, 2, 5, 13, 17 & 20
Open: Wedsnesday & Sunday 11.00 am Ė 4.00 pm

Waterlooplein Flea Market
Flea market, an unique 300-stall outdoor bazaar is full of curiosa, general bric-a-brac, second-hand clothing, CDs, DVDs, appliances and other brand new and used goods. Speciality: Second-hand clothes, curiosa.
Located: Waterlooplein, 1011 PG
Tram: 1, 2, 5, 13 from Magna Plaza or 14 from Central Station
Open: Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm; Saturday: 8.30 am Ė5.30 pm.

Westerstraat market
Best market for clothes and small objects. Often the products from the shops which went bankrupt are sold here. Open only on Monday morning. Also a small flea market Ė just at the church on the Noordermarkt. 
Speciality: Clothes and shoes (often by big names in fashion), small objects, general goods, textiles.
Located: Westerstraat, 1015 ML
Tram: Marnixbad: tram 3 & 10
Open: Monday 9.00 am - 13.00 pm

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