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Amsterdam (AA Spiral Guides) [Spiral-bound]

Simon Calder , Fred Mawer
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31 Mar 2001 AA Spiral Guides
This guide combines bright, modern design, witty and informative writing with practical fold-back-flat spiral binding. A collection of highly readable features set the scene in the introductory Magazine section and the "Finding Your Feet" section gives that vital info to get you started. Amsterdam is then split into geographical zones. The must-see sights are covered in depth with insider tips to help you make the most of your time and beat the crowds; suggested itineraries, walks and tours, super-clear maps, where to take a break and where to shop are detailed for each area. And to make sure you're not disappointed, specialist food and drink writers recommend the best places to eat and drink.

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  • Spiral-bound: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Automobile Association (31 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749528486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749528485
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD GUIDE 5 Jan 2002
I have found the AA Spiral Guide to Amsterdam to be an invaluable help, both in the planning of my recent trip to the city and also whilst I was there. It is a very clear and concise guide book, cleverly divided into several useful chapters. I found the directional arrows easy to follow, as well as the small maps..never too much info at once.And the quality of the photography is as superb as I would expect from an AA publication. All in all this is an excellant guide book to use anywhere.......but especially in Amsterdam!
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2.0 out of 5 stars outdated information 15 July 2013
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
The information in this guide is outdated (2001)
so better look for a more actual guide. The general
information on Amsterdam is o.k. (like history, buildings etc.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always 17 Aug 2010
By M. Nair
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
As I mentioned in the Paris AA spiral Guide review, the best. You can't go wrong with Spiral Guide.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Guide With Strong And Weak Points 19 April 2009
By Robert I. Hedges - Published on
The AAA Spiral Guide to Amsterdam is a good travel guide, although I urge you to buy the most recent edition (currently the third edition from 2008) rather than this, the first edition from 2001, as many things are now out of date. The third edition would rate four stars; this one is now marginally useful and gets three due to advanced age.

The book is filled with useful information and I like the spiral binding which helps the book stay open on a table or when being used on foot in Amsterdam. I appreciate the organization of the book, and particularly like the way AAA organizes the books into areas and subsequently breaks down optimal ways to see the areas in a relatively short time. The illustrations are excellent and there are many color photographs, which I find to be helpful in initial focusing of a trip itinerary. I was particularly pleased with the discussion of Leiden and Keukenhof, the center of tulip cultivation and one of the most beautiful places in the world. The book does provide times, costs, and locations for key attractions, although the information has changed significantly in some cases since the first edition was written. I also particularly appreciated the series of "walks" discussed at the end of the book, and found them useful.

One of the things I really disliked about the book, however, was the incessant switching between landscape and portrait format. Parts of the book are printed conventionally, and other parts are oriented at a 90 degree angle to the remaining text, which I found to be very distracting.

Aside from the relatively minor formatting issues and the more significant currency issues, this is a great guidebook. I would rate an updated version four stars and recommend it without reservation. Since a 2008 update is now available, I would strongly consider buying it, as the overall quality level of utility, comprehensiveness, and illustration are excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide to Amsterdam! 4 Dec 2003
By Robin C. - Published on
This guide was invaluable on my recent trip to Amsterdam!
Even though I had other guides with me, I used this one the most because:
1) With lots of great photos, this guide gives you a really good idea of what things look like, which helps you decide whether an attraction is one you want to see.
2) While not as comprehensive as some other guides, the AAA guides point out the best sights and attractions, which are the things you want to see anyway.
3) The spiral format makes the guide very easy to use as it lays flat or folds flat. (Nothing like trying to juggle an awkward guide while balancing a tote bag, carryon bag, and a purse! Ease of use counts!)
4) The guide contains fun activities like suggested walking tours along with fun facts about locations that you won't find in other guides. The walking tours along the canals were wonderful, and helped us get a real feel for the city.
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