You will find out that most of the tips we give here are on walking distance. The Bulldog Hotel is located in the historical www.amsterdamoldtown.nl/birds-eye-view city centre and therefore a great base to start exploring Amsterdam.
You can either prepare yourself well starting at home or just walk around unprepared, get lost and collecting pieces of magic spontaneously; Amsterdam is a feast for the eyes!
We have free maps at the reception thespymap.com
First things first: SAVE MONEY!
Amsterdam can be expensive compared to other cities. If you want to save time and money we recommend buying a hostel deals card city card (€ 17,50) with tons of discounts on bike tours, museums, waffles, boat rips, cheese tasting, entertainment etc. etc. Find more information about savings at : www.hosteldeals.nl. We sell these cards at the reception.
As soon as you are searching on the web for: 'Amsterdam', 'good tips', 'what to do' etc. You will get approximately 42 million hits. Mostly 'infected' with tons of advertising messages.
The following is a selection of what we like. You will not find Anna Frank annefrank.org (10 minutes walk) or Van Gogh vangoghmuseum.nl (25 minutes walk), the usual, but some practical directions and cool information about what Amsterdam has to offer you.
KINGSDAY 2014 (former Queensday)
Amsterdam will celebrate King’s Day (Koningsdag) for the first time in 2014, after the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander on 30 April 2013 (what was then still Queen’s Day). King’s Day will officially be celebrated on 27 April (the King’s birthday). However, the event is traditionally not celebrated on a Sunday which means that the first King’s Day will be held on Saturday, 26 April 2014. Read all about it.
20 great things to do in Amsterdam timeout.com
WHAT TO EXPECT AROUND THE BULLDOG HOSTEL?
We are located on the edge of the red light district. Every day we have a free walking tour. Pick up time 14.00. If you are a group of 10 pax and more please book directly on line at: newamsterdamtours.com. The website will also give you tons of info, how to meet other travelers and an opportunity to book other trips.
Within 3 minute walk tips:
The first coffeeshop in the world on nr 90!
Amsterdam is an ideal city to be experienced by bike. We strongly recommend you not to overestimate yourself if you are not a good biker. In Amsterdam trams & bikes rarely brake. More info? Here you will find some pictures and tips what to do by bike.
The Nine Streets - De Negen Straatjes is in the heart of Amsterdam's canal district and is one of the city's most delightful shopping areas. Just two minutes walk from the Royal Palace in the Dam Square, these picturesque streets straddle the 17th Century canals from the Singel to the Prinsengracht.
theninestreets.com (10 minutes walk)
Wallen Winkel (5 minutes walk)
A sex shop for females & by females: femaleandpartners.com (10 minutes walk)
Here you can buy real Dutch candies: snoepwinkeltje.com (15 minutes walk)
Boom Chicago (stand up comedian): boomchicago
Supper club (extravagance dining): supperclub.com
Eye institute (film museum): eyefilm.nl
Tram 2 number 9 on listing (National Geographic) Top 10 World Trolley Rides
The Zoo (most beautiful garden of Amsterdam): Artis
Maritime museum (harbor): Scheepvaartmuseum
The I-Amsterdam sign you can find at the museum square. Tram 2 and 5 starting behind the royal palace at Dam square.