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Lonely Planet Amsterdam (Travel Guide) Paperback – 10 Feb 2012

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 8 edition (10 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741799031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741799033
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other --New York Times

... definitely the best guide out there for Amsterdam --Amazon customer

... definitely the best guide out there for Amsterdam --Amazon customer

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jay M VINE VOICE on 24 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
The information contained within was extremely helpful, top marks to the writer. I found some marvellous places to eat out based on her suggestions (and also some not contained within the book if I may add!). Places to visit were well researched and the suggestions for days out were very good, although a map of Alkmaar would have been useful, given there were maps provided for Haarlem and Leiden, etc.

Lonely Planet's new design is continuing to cause issues but not as much. There has been progress from their Berlin Guide, which was one of their most awkward to use.

Thankfully, in this new Amsterdam edition, they have abandoned their new concept, as seen in the Berlin Guide, of splitting the chapters into headings such as 'Sleeping', 'Shopping', 'Eating Out' etc and within them, listing all the areas. It did sound straightforward on paper but in practice it wasn't!

For this Amsterdam edition, they have gone back to listing the areas one by one, and then having all the suggested sub-sections like 'Eating Out', 'Sights and Attractions' etc, within them. This is much more like it and easy to use.

However, the issue of the maps has not really been resolved.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 April 2012
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Lonely Planet guides remain in a class by themselves. Their first offering dates from the early `70's, and was mimeographed. Its audience was a "new breed" of tourists, backpackers, traveling overland, through Asia, from Australia to London, back in the days when it would not be suicidal. They built on their initial success, and have become the premiere guide for those who truly want to experience all that this good earth has to offer. I recently reviewed Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (Lonely Planet National Parks). True to their origins, much of the guide concerns the trails you can (and should!) hike. In this guide, Lonely Planet uses its same outlook... see the joys of the world, and obtain value for the money spent... and applies it to one of the most enjoyable cities: Amsterdam.

The museums are a key reason to go, notably the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum. The problem is the crowds, particularly in the summer, as the guide says, and the authors do present the optimums ways to minimize the troubles associated with maddening crowds, which includes purchasing e-tickets in advance (of course, going in the middle of winter helps too.) But then, that makes biking a bit more unpleasant, and which is another prime reason for me to go.

Amsterdam is known for its tolerance... and regrettably, that, at times has been abused. There are now restrictions on foreigners partaking in their favorite vehicle for enhancing a tolerant mood. Of course, there is still plenty of alcohol, and the guide provides an ample selection of restaurants and pubs that serve it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Browning on 1 Nov. 2012
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This is a useful guide to the main attractions in the city, and pretty up to date. Colourful and informative.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lewis h rees on 20 Mar. 2013
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I have been to Amsterdam many, many, times but this book was invaluable to us for the six days we were there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Virgischki on 19 Mar. 2013
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I always buy lonely planet travel guides and love them, this one is up to the standard I am used to!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lois hickey on 20 Nov. 2013
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the book guided us everywhere, it showed us the best to the worst, only improvement would be that the venues need to be place on the map clearer. thanks it was a fast delivery and extremely handy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Cranston on 23 Sept. 2013
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While this guide included all of the information and detail needed for Amsterdam, the format was somewhat less than user friendly. After being there for a few days, and starting to understand the layout of the city, the guide then became useful. Amsterdam has a brilliant tram network - reference to tram numbers in relation to areas or even major points of interest, would be most helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Mcdermott on 10 Sept. 2013
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Very good and insightful, can't really go too wrong with it. Great to give you an idea about what is good and what isn't. A definite requirement for an Amsterdam newbie
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