Tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands (Keren Su/Digital Vision)

Clogs in Amsterdam, Netherlands (Micahel Blann/Photodisc/Getty)

Oude Kerk spire from canal near Centraal Station, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Rene Frederick/Digital Vision/Getty)

Buildings and bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands (Andrew Ward/PhotoDisc)

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Amsterdam, Netherlands (iStockphoto)


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Alistair rates Amsterdam
Despite its progressive, anything-goes reputation, I found Amsterdam to be just a little too sleazy and grimy for my tastes. The area around the main train station is quite sketchy, and wandering through the red-light district basically left me feeling quite depressed after seeing men in raincoats leave the brothels and bored, lingerie-clad women standing in window boxes. There are some good clubs, bars, and an amazing variety of restaurants (and "coffeehouses"), so you are assured a good time if you know what you're looking for. Of course, it's not all about low culture as you can visit the Anne Frank House and explore some amazing museums like the Stedelijk and Van Gogh and Rembrandt collections. My advice would be to base yourself in the much prettier Hague and visit Amsterdam during a day trip. It's easy to get there on the train.
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