PREBOOK TICKETS TO SKIP THE VAN GOGH MUSEUM QUEUES
Arriving at the museum to see a queue of visitors that was as long as the building’s perimeter was extremely disheartening. Everyone always said “buy your I Amsterdam card or Museum Pass and you’ll be fine.” This is WRONG. You need to PREBOOK your tickets for ALL the museums so you can get into the fast lane. These cards are becoming extremely popular and are therefore losing their purpose; it might save you money but its not saving you any time.
I AMSTERDAM CARD
This card is useful if you have enough time for the queues and are more in the mindset of saving money. It will give you free entry to the city’s top attractions and free public transport for the duration of your stay.
- You can get your card here.
- Choose from a 24, 48, 72 or 96 hour card and visit as many attractions as you want.
- It takes a maximum of 6 business days to arrive so get it in advance or buy it there but you’ll find yourself in a queue for that too.
BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS
Although Amsterdam is a relatively safe city there have been numerous reports on belongings being stolen. These people usually target tourists; therefore if you’re taking a picture with the big I Amsterdam sign and are holding a Lonely Planet guidebook you’re a target. Don’t leave your belongings on your chair when you go pee and try to keep your zips closed and your most important items close. If you can leave your passport and some money in the safe of your hotel or hostel you will always have a fall back. Someone I recently met told me his wife stitches a one hundred note in whatever currency he’s carrying inside a piece of clothing he’ll be using often. This way if his bag gets taken or his hotel room raided he’ll always have money on him as a precaution.
EXPLORE AMSTERDAM ON BICYCLE
Riding a bicycle is ultimately an Amsterdam experience, and you’ll be able to see more places in less time because you can move faster. It will also turn out to be quite the adventure and you’ll be able to explore beyond the tourist must-sees and attractions.
DON’T TAKE CANDY FROM STRANGERS
It has often been the case that dealers have sold “candy” with more substances than just “candy” to tourists. These people have then found themselves in a severe condition, or ultimately worse, just because they never stuck to the licensed “candy shops” that are all over Amsterdam. Nevertheless, I hope you are catching my drift…