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November in Netherlands and then to Berlin

We have had to change plans on a dime as they say. We were leaving for Cairo on November 5th and being there for 2 weeks and then going to Berlin for a week. Our trip to Cairo got cancelled. My husband and I are still going to do the Berlin leg as we have already bought train tickets for transportation, A night at the symphony and also ballet. So now we thought we would fly to Amsterdam stay for a week and do day trips out of Amsterdam and then take train to Berlin. I have just ordered Rick's Book on Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

I thought I would go ahead and start asking for recommendations of places to stay in Amsterdam Hotels, apartments, What is recommendations and neighborhoods .
I know weather may not be the best but any recommendations to get us started, till Books arrive will be appreciated.

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Check out the recent Trip Reports posted here on the Forum, and review the posts under the Netherlands.
Have a great trip!

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We are staying right now in the Park Centraal Hotel Amsterdam which is your typical 4 star hotel (we got a deal we couldn’t refuse through a flash sale at Delta Vacations). The hotel is near all the museums so very convenient if you plan to do that. My brother has stayed in the ‘t Hotel in the Jordaan area which is really nice. Get your tickets for the Van Gough Museum and Anne Frank House ASAP if they are still available.

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Thank you SDW we were able to book at Room at Hotel Ambassade. We have gotten Anne Frank tickets and tickets to the Rijks museum, but not to Van Gogh. We also have gotten tickets at the Mauritus (sp) Musuem in The Hague. Any other suggestions. Is the rain like Southern Storms or more like Vancouver Rain. All day all night.

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also has anyone done the canal cruises/boat trips. I was told by one person to do the small boats as they get in places that obvioulsy the bigger boats don't. Any advice or experiences on doing them.

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“ Is the rain like Southern Storms or more like Vancouver Rain. All day all night.”

What rain? If I recall correctly, you won’t be here until mid November. It’s impossible to say anything meaningful about the weather 2 weeks from now, let alone whether or not it will rain.

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I would order any museum tickets online as soon as you can. The Van Gogh has timed-entry tickets so just be aware of that. The Rijksmuseum has a great app for tickets and as an audio guide. Be prepared for squally, gusty, rainy weather. I go to Haarlem every November ( 5th - 30th this year!) and love every minute. Haarlem is a great day trip from Amsterdam. Easy train ride, helpful visitors info right on the city square, lots of great restaurants and cafes. Couple of great museums, a working windmill. Much more of a locals vibe.

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As I wrote in my trip report, I "missed the boat" on the Amsterdam canal boat trip. When the weather was warm and sunny, I wanted to keep walking, and then when it was raining, the boat trip was not appealing even though many have roofs. There are a number of places to get a canal tour so you don't have to plan too much for a canal tour. For rainy weather, there is no shortage of small museums, cafes, markets, shops etc. that do not require advanced tickets. The International Theater in Amsterdam has performances in English. You don't need advanced reservations for day trips by train; there are many easy day trip options.