Berlitz: Amsterdam Pocket Guide (Berlitz Pocket Guides)
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Berlitz Pocket Guide Amsterdam is a concise, full-colour travel guide that combines lively text with vivid photography to highlight the very best that this easygoing city has to offer. The Where To Go chapter details all the key sights. Start by strolling down the city's picturesque canal streets, admiring the tall, narrow, gabled townhouses and humpback bridges then head to the world-famous Rijksmuseum to admire the Dutch Masters. End the day with a drink in a typical atmospheric brown cafe. Handy maps on the cover help you get around with ease. To inspire you, the book offers a rundown of the Top 10 Attractions in the city, followed by an itinerary for a Perfect Day in Amsterdam. The What to Do chapter is a snapshot of ways to spend your spare time, from shopping for Delftware or blooms at the legendary Bloemenmarkt to hopping on a canal boat to admire the city from the water. You'll also be armed with background information, including a brief history of the city and an Eating Out chapter covering its eclectic choice of cuisines. There are carefully chosen listings of the best hotels and restaurants, and an A-Z to equip you with all the practical information you will need.
Calvinists, and which is light on the palate, is a basic meal of plaice (schol) with vegetables, where the fish is grilled and served with butter. You’ll also find freshwater fish, called ‘sweetwater fish’ (zoetwatervis) by the Dutch, from some canals and rivers. Another favourite is herring (haring), a small Atlantic fish that swims close to the North Sea shores. It is eaten raw (you’ll see them sold like this at stalls in the street). The typical Dutch way to eat herring is to take the tail in
Nieuwe Leliestraat 162–8; tel: 020-625 2041. The ‘Flying Saucer’ doesn’t quite live up to the speedy implication in its name, but this Jordaan eatery lands some out-of-this-world vegetarian and vegan cuisine. You can dine on a pavement terrace in summer. Daily 4–9.30pm. La Oliva €€ Egelantiersstraat 122-24; tel: 020-320 4316. This Spanish wine bar in the heart of the Jordaan has a tempting array of early evening pintxos (Basque-style tapas) and an excellent choice of Spanish wines. Those with
(South Africa) and Flemish (Vlaams) of Belgium being closely allied to it. Its structure is similar to German, but it is grammatically simpler. That said, the Dutch usually speak English very well (and other languages passably), so you will rarely need to resort to your language phrasebook. However, knowing and using a few words of the language of the country you are visiting is only polite, and it may gain you some friendly comments. Do you speak English? Spreekt u Engels? What does this mean?
excellent network of trams. Many tram stops are in the middle of the road, with traffic passing on both sides – take care when getting on and off, and keep young children close to you; if a tram has a conductor you must enter at or towards the rear, otherwise enter by any door. Press one of the bells found at regular intervals along the carriage to get off at the next stop. Bus. An extensive bus network operated by the GVB (for more information, click here), and by regional operators like
grand building was designed by P.J.H. Cuypers, who was also responsible for the design of the Rijksmuseum, and sits on three artificial islands supported by 8,687 wooden piles. The station is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment, due for completion in 2015, but work on the controversial North-South metro link (for more information, click here) is likely to continue until 2017. East of the station, on the redeveloped waterfront north of Piet Heinkade, stands the landmark Muziekgebouw aan