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Amsterdam in 5 days...yes or no?

Looking to go to Amsterdam for 4 or 5 days next summer or fall....I would be traveling from the US so...how doable is it?
13 years ago, November 20th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #94201  
Hello. While I enjoy reading all these travel blogs i am....jealous! I want to go on a trip too!! I am thinking of Amsterdam. Sadly, I dont have alot of time to do the "backpacking"thing, like Ive always dreamed, but I hear going over for a long weekend should be doable. I would be coming from Florida. I know more time is always better, but it looks like such an awesome city! Anyone ever taken a whirlwind trip like that for so short? Reply to this

13 years ago, November 21st 2009 No: 2 Msg: #94212  
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The only thing I would caution you on is the economies of scale involved with the length of a trip. Remember that the most expensive aspect of a trip from North America to Europe is likely going to be your airfare. As a result, the longer you stay in Europe, the lower your per-day cost is going to be when airfare is factored in.

Now, that being said, I think it all depends on why you were only planning a short trip. If money is the concern, I would recommend that you open up a separate savings account to save up and try to plan a slightly longer trip. If, however, time is the main concern where you just would not be able to stay longer than that, then I would certainly encourage you to try and make a trip however you need to.

The shortest trip I have made to Europe is two weeks in duration, but obviously do what works best for you. Reply to this

13 years ago, November 21st 2009 No: 3 Msg: #94244  
Thanks!! its not so much the money aspect, its really the time. I am trying to plan something maybe next summer and I'll be in school. Sadly we get no school breaks since it is a one year program, but Im too impatient to wait to go to Europe!! I want to go NOW!! lol Reply to this

13 years ago, January 12th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #99369  
What do you mean is it doable? If you need info on Amsterdam and surroundings please don't hesitate to post it.

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12 years ago, June 6th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #137862  
Amsterdam is a beautiful city and can be covered in 5 days. Once you landed at schiphol airport take a train from the airport to central station. It takes only 15-20 minutes to reach central Amsterdam by train. After you reach central station hire cycle from their as the best and cheapest option to travel in amsterdam is cycle. Once you hired cycle keep your lugguage in your hotel and spend you days sight seeing. All cycle hire companies provide city map as well as guided tours. There are around 50 musuems in Amsterdam but when I visited Amsterdam I only went to 4 of them - Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Historical Museum and Anna Frank House museum. You can cover all the musuems in 2 days. On your third day take the canal tour, it's best to buy a hop-on hop-off ticket or else you can hire a water bike as well. Red light district is a famous tourist destination in Amsterdam, but remember, do not take any pictures in the red light area. If you enjoy shopping then visit “9 streets” which is the most delightful shopping areas in Amsterdam. Keep sometime free to enjoy the city and mixing with locals. Dutc people are generally very friendly and speak good English. Hope this will help you to plan your Amsterdam trip. I have booked my hotel from this website <snip> and got a very good deal.
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12 years ago, June 9th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #138032  
Hello Bailey 😊

Anyone ever taken a whirlwind trip like that for so short?

Yes, I often do, because I also am short of time, because of having a little kid who goes to school here in Germany where we live.

I think, the whirlwind trips are worth doing, because it is better to go for a short time than not go at all. I often spend the entire trip jet lagged, and bus tired from long over night journeys when I get to the destination, but a little tiredness never killed anyone.

Here are examples of my whirlwind trips.
7 days in India
6 days in Iran
7 days in Kyrgystan
2 days in Naples
2 days in Paris
I flew from Germany to these places.

If you want to read more about my whirlwind trips, you can check out my blogs. Many of them are whirlwind.

its not so much the money aspect

If money is not a barrier, I say go on as many whirlwind trips as you can fit in your life. Though, if you want to fly accross the world, make sure you are going for at least 5 days, because flights get delayed and even cancelled sometimes. It wouldnt be so great to fly from the US on a heavily delayed flight, spend an exhaused day in Amsterdam, sleep and then fly out again, which is what could happen if you went there for 3 days, and the flight is delayed.

When you get to Amsterday, pick and choose what your favourite things to do are. Dont try to do too much, and leave plenty of time to sit and soak up the atmosphere. I think, that is the secret of making a whirlwind trip good.

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11 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 7 Msg: #150912  
Amsterdam is definitely doable in 5 or 6 days. With the obvious caveat that more time in any place allows more freedom to explore, Amsterdam is not such a large city, and you can easily see all the big hits and have a great time with just a few days. Have fun! Reply to this

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