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love both!

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ya, that was quite a cold winter. And we didn't get to skate either as we had friends who were visiting and we missed the ice... it had melted by the time our friends left :(



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I was going to post and then oticed this thread was started in July 09, so you have already gone. Oh well, in case anyone else is going, I also suggest the Anne Frank House. Although I had read Anne Frank's Diary as a teen, I bought the book from a boodstore in Amsterdam and reread it. I highely recommend this--it made the museum come to life. We were also surprised that the trams Anne mentions in her diary are still the same numbers.

We went for 4 weeks (for hubby's work) in Jan. 2009 and they were having record breaking cold--the ponds and canals were frozen enough to ice skate on. which hadn't happened for many years. Although we didn't ice skate, we enjoyed walking around the city and watching others do so. We were also surprised at the number of bikers--and they were biking in that freezing weather, with NO hats of anything to keep their ears warm! Brr!

I think my most vivid memory (other than Anne Frank) was being cold! I thought I would never get warm again! Their windows are not insulated like ours and our room was drafty--kept turning u0 the heatm, but it didn't help. LOL
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yes, I have been there!

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I was in Amsterdam earlier this month, but we only spent one day there. The Anne Frank house was packed so I would say go there real early or right before it closes. The art museum district is another great place, and definitely a canal cruise. It's a great city, I hope to go back sometime when it is a little warmer emoticon

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All the things people have recommended about Vienna are great ideas. If you want some local flavor before you go, check out John Irving's early books, especially Setting Free the Bears, which are set in Vienna. Besides being interesting reads, you will get a feel for the city.

And while the public transportation is really good and a half day tourist bus around the city to orient you is a good idea, in the end just do a lot of walking. It's the best way to really enjoy the city.

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1/3/10 9:09 A

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I have been to Amsterdam twice...love it. I agree about the Van G museum and the Anne Frank house. Go to A Frank right before closing. We were there last summer and did a ton of walking while we were there...I lost more than 2 pounds on vacation!

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1/1/10 6:30 P

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I was in Amsterdam last year during tulip season and went to the Anne Frank house one hour before it closed. There was no line at all and I toured it with only about 5 other people. It was great. I don't know if it is always like that. The only reason I actually went so late is that I got lost trying to find it! I love Amsterdam. I stayed right by Dam Square. It was a fantasic location for me.

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I live about 45 minutes away from Amsterdam in a town called Delft. And while Amsterdam is nice if you like big cities, I MUCH more prefer Delft. It has beautiful churches and has beautiful canals (and also has the boatride in the canal is your up for that). It doesn't take too long to discover Delft, as it's a very snall compact city. Hometown of the painter Vermeer and burial place of the House of Orange. And of course, home to the world famous 'Delft Blue' ceramics.
If you go to Amsterdam definitely take a day trip to another smaller town (Delft, Gouda, etc.). The smaller towns are so nice and worth the extra travel time!

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Amsterdam is fabulous. Make sure to check out the art measum - leave time!
If you want to see the Ann Frank house, buy your tickets in advance or get there 20 minutes BEFORE it opens. You'll most likely still have to wait, but at least you'll get tickets faster.
Check out the coffee houses (even if you don't smoke, for the culture). Don't forget the red light district at night but DON'T TAKE ANY PICTURES. The cops will take your camera and delete pictures and you will most likely have to pay a fine. The night ladies are unionized and have the right to have the policy to fine you.
Stay FAR away from the thai food anywhere in the city. And walk, walk, walk, walk.
There is also a few fabulous small, ancient(!!) plazas that you should spend some quiet time in.
Pay for a boat ride because it is so worth it and take your time! :D

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I have been to both cities. Vienna is very beautiful, I am more a fan of Salzburg though. Amsterdam is one of the most amazing cities in the world. I love to just get lost in the streets and canals and admire the architecture. The buildings are the highlight for me. The Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank's house are some must sees. Truly though, just being in the city and walking is the best.

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I've heard good things about Amsterdam but I've never been.

I was in Vienna last year for a week and loved it. If you're a coffee lover you're in for a treat. (I especially loved the Einspnner!) Der Mann bakery chain also has delicious Krapfen. Try the doner kebap if you never have. Hmm...I sort of ate whatever because I walked around so much (still lost 2lbs! =)

The public transport system is great and it's a good idea to get a 3 day pass or Wochenkarte, depending on how long you're staying.

There's really a lot to do. I liked the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Hundertwasserhaus and Jewish Museum (as well as the Stadttempel - mindboggling beautiful inside and Jewish district). Stephansdom is a nice church and you can climb up a tower for a great view of the city. The Naschmarkt is a flea market with great fresh ingredients to try as well as the normal, odd flea market stuff to buy. It's worth a visit even if you don't intend to buy anything in particular. My first opera was at the Wiener Staatsoper which has a beautiful decor. We bought scalped tickets for La Boheme for eight euros but that was a situation where it payed off to know German. Hofburg Palace is nice and I enjoyed walking around it and there's a nice walk down a hill past some children's zoo when you're done with the palace...

Of course, the city center is very tourist-oriented. But my sister and I always managed to find out-of-the way local dives and cafes to practice our German and get to know the Wieners :).

I went to a great many museums and places. If you tell me what interests you I can give you more helpful info :)

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It's been years, but we spent extra time in Vienna, we loved it so much. If you're there during the music festival season, you're very lucky. Can you also arrange to spend time in Salzburg? Definitely worth it.
We also loved Amsterdam. Lots of good suggestions from others.

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I have been to both and loved it! Vienna more so....

If you need a place to stay in Vienna, we LOVE this place and it is a favorite of ours!

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Thanks all for the insight on both cities. I can't wait to experience the flavors of each of them. It sounds as though they are unique for very different reasons :) I'm really getting excited now!

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Vienna is a bit special. I cannot even describe why, too bad, I know ;-)
The Viennese (is that the correct english word??) live a bit in the glorious monarchial past. You have to visit the castle and the "Hundertwasser-Haus". Hundertwasser was a very special architect. Visit the prater and take a ride on the huge wheel. Oh yes.. and don't miss a "Heurige", which is a wine-bar.. best would be with outside seeting, if the weather allows.

Amsterdam is a city to explore by foot. If you love water, this is the city for you!! Even if you don't smoke pot, take the time to visit a "coffee shop".. beware, that coffee shops in Amsterdam don't sell coffee ;-)

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I wanted very much to love Vienna but the two times I was there I was disappointed. I hope you fare better. Friends of ours in New York find Vienna as comfortable as they find New York and adore it there.

Amsterdam, on the other hand, is one of my favorite cities. It is absolutely fun in every way. There are water buses for water lovers, there are coffee houses with "extras" for those who can't leave the 60's, there is the Red Light District which is very interesting when visited with a tour guide who can provide details of the "profession". Everyone speaks English and everyone is friendly. There are great maps and wonderful neighborhoods - very much like "New Amsterdam" now known as New York.

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There is a Vienna post about 3 pages back, so I would check there as well.

I have not been to Amsterdam, but loved the coutry-side in the Netherlands. So gorgeous!

For Vienna, I loved just walking around the city. There are a lot of gorgeous buildings in a fairly small area. If you are a horse lover, the Lipizanners are a must. I am and loved the tour and the morning exercise (I didn't see an actual performance.) I have heard wonderful things about the art museums but have not seen them myself (I was there for work). I did the tourist bus for a quick tour which was fairly cheap and a nice overview. I did the tour of the royal apartments and really enjoyed that as well. I think it's a very beautiful and super clean city. I love Vienna!

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In August I'm looking forward to visiting my husband's country of Romania. It will be interesting to see the area where he grew up and experienced life as a child. Additionally, we will spend several days each in Vienna and Amsterdam. I know these are two very gorgeous cities and would be very interested in hearing any stories or experiences that anyone has had recently when they were there.

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