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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ways to go to Amsterdam: From Schipol Airport you can take an intercity direct train Amsterdam Centraal which takes around 20 minutes and cost around 5 euros.   By Boat There’s a boat (Stena Line) which goes to Hoek van Holland Haven (a stop before Hoek van Holland Strand).    And you take a train for 1.5 hours to Amsterdam Central (with an interchange in Schiedan Centrum)   By Train Eurostar or Eurorail, which stops at Amsterdam Centraal   Tips (especially for US Folks):  It is faster to just buy a ticket via machine.    But your credit card needs to be a chip card and you need to know your PIN.   The Amsterdam Centraal Station Museum Plein This entire area has most of the museums from the Rijk Museum, which stores Rembrandt’s paintings to Van Gogh and Modern Arts Museum.     Going around? You can take a GVB Day ticket which costs around 7.50 (a single ride costs around 2.80).    Otherwise, Hop-on and Hop-off buses or water buses (19 Euros).      The water bu

Delft, Netherlands

How to get here?  From Amsterdam Centraal Station, there are a lot of trains going to Rotterdam Centraal or Delft.   Delft is around 2 train stops from Rotterdam Centraal. What to see? The main area of Delft is (as per other European cities) is the main square called the Markt.  Here you can see the New Church and the town hall, and you can grab some tasty Dutch Pancakes. Near the Prinsenhof   Windmill,   When you get off the station and look to your right, you will probably see this windmill already.    Panoramic view of the Square Nieuwe Kerk  (New Church) Unfortunately, they are fixing the facade of the church till early next year (2016) [I think].  You can go up the tower to see an aerial view of the square and Delft.  I heard the church also look beautiful from the Inside. Town Hall ( Stadhuis ) Windmill 'De Roos' If you want to see are real windmill, when you get out of the Delft Station and look to your left, you will most li

Rotterdam, Netherlands

There are a bunch of trains running from the Amsterdam Centraal to Rotterdaam Centraal station.  Takes around 1 hour. Map with Major spots to see Just the map As soon as I got off Rotterdam Centraal station, I went the tourist info office (in the station) to ask for a map and he suggested the route above to see most of the sights of Rotterdam.   Ideally, the route is around  3-4 hours  and you can add a bit more if you plan to eat in the Markthal (food market). Rotterdam apparently has been almost wiped out during the WWI and thus, is a relatively a new city and the Laurenskerk is probably one of the remaining remnants of the medieval Rotterdam.  This city is known for its architecture and apparently a nice harbor view from the Hotel New York. Shopping Area Lijnban and Beurstraverse This is the main shopping areas in Rotterdam.  They have the usual brands but you can find a big Hema Shop in Beurstraverse.  Lijnban is a huge promenade but the 'shops'