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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: My daughter and I are stopping over in Amsterdam for two nights on the way to Africa. What would the most important things to do or see be considering we're only there for two days?

A: Not knowing the exact age and interests we’ll craft up a general sightseeing list which would be great for children of all ages including curious adults. First off, get the I-Amsterdam Card (www.iamsterdamcard.com) for easy transportation and access to museums and attractions. This card consists of a chip-card, a public transport ticket and a full-colour guide on Amsterdam.

You’ll see it offers free admission to some of the most important museums in Amsterdam, a free canal boat tour and use of public transport. The I-Amsterdam Card also offers a 25% discount on various tourist attractions and restaurants.

Aside from convenience, the I-Amsterdam Card also offers benefits of over Euro 100 in savings. Now you’re ready for sightseeing. Make sure you visit the Maritime Museum located at Kattenburgerplein 1 where there are modern ships and torpedoes besides the famous United East Indian Company ship “Amsterdam” which is moored outside the museum.

Next visit the Amsterdam Historical Museum located at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357. Housed in a former orphanage, the museum has some great suits of armor.

Brigitta Kroon-Fiorita Marketing & PR Development Manager for the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions says, “You can play a carillon if you like. You will come face to face with the five-meter-high giant Goliath. Maybe you don't want to just see things but do things too. The museum shop has a great hunt for you.”

Another must-see is the Anne Frank House located on Prinsengracht 267. The true story of this young Jewish Dutch girl who went into hiding with her family during the Second World War is world renowned and this home is where she penned her diary in those two years. You can see how Anne lived and there is an exposition on the history of the Frank family.

Other museums include the NEMO Science museum, Amstelkring Museum (see how the people lived in Amsterdam in the 17h century and discover a hidden church), the Houseboat Museum (something typical Amsterdam), Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum if your child is into Old Masters and art. For Kid friendly restaurants visit http://www.specialbite.com/fav_result.html?iType=16&ic=1&iLang=2

Brigitta notes one Bed & Breakfast as perfect for kids. Called Cake Under My Pillow, cake-aholics can now literally sleep with all those delicious slices under their pillow at this charming B&B.

For reservations and more information visit www.detaart.com and www.cakeundermypillow.com. There’s also a funky bar for kids aptly called the Chocolate Bar located at 1e van der Helststraat 62a which Brigitta says, “serves real lunch and small bites in the evening.”

Lastly, you won’t want to miss the canal boat tour or canal bike ride through the historic streets. For other travel information and for more information on the above listings, see www.holland.com

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