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It would have been helpful if each tourist destination had directions to the destination. The tram map was confusing Economical pass!
We were very glad we bought this Citypass! We bought the 7 option and were happy with that choice. We just loved the museums and the beautiful sites! So great to be able to see more because we weren't waiting in long lines.
VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE PASSES (and we didn't): The passes are not all interchangeable within their color/type. One of the gold passes is expressly for the Rijksmuseum, and other gold passes cannot be interchangeably used there! This point is in super small print on one of the little passes, and we ddin't see that. Not knowing this limitation, we had used the Rijksmuseum pass at the Van Gogh museum (and the attendant had accepted it). Then when we went to the Rijksmuseum the attendant there rightfully would not take a different ticket, but he was very helpful in suggesting we return to the Van Gogh and exchange the general gold pass we had on hand for a Rijksmuseum pass they would have from accepting the wrong passes from other tourists. (He said this is a frequent problem.) We had been to Van Gogh the day before, but sure enough, when we went from the Rijkmuseum straight to the Van Gogh, the attendant quickly and easily exchanged passes for us. And since our passes were skip-the-line passes, we didn't have to wait to make the exchange. Still I hope this warning helps others!
While we loved the sites, we were a bit disappointed in the hop-on-hop off bus tour: such an old and interesting city, and there was hardly any information given on the recorded tourguide messages. Same for the 1 hr canal boat ride. There is so much to say about such a fascinating place, we couldn't figure out why the info was so sparse. Still the scenery was beautiful, the architecture stunning and the people very friendly at each venue.
Just a warning to families: it is impossible to tour even the "family friendly" parts of this city w/o children being exposed to inappropriate posters on buildings, storefronts even the airport. Just FYI.
Lots of flexibility as regards how you use the gold and silver coupons. Coupons readily accepted by vendors.
This pass was great for our trips on the Canal, Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Van Gogh Museum being the best. Unfortunately when we tried to use the pass for a discount in a restaurant it was refused at first but when I brought out the book they eventually gave us our discount. Also we went to the Amsterdam Tourist Service Point who were very helpful, the shop was great. Overall the pass was well worth the money.
Well worth having an Amsterdam Pass, saves queuing and good discounts at other attractions and restaurants.
An excellent way to avoid long queues at the main attractions, but you do need to pick your visit times to keep clear of the crowds -
Great value. I was pleased. But please note that this pass does not allow you to walk directly into some of the museums - there is still a need to wait in the first line to get in the door - although I went around to the side and showed my pass once inside, rather than standing in line at the ticket counter.
This is recommended providing you do your research ahead of time to find out if the activities you like are included. We covered the Rijks and Van Gogh Museums, did the 1 hr. canal cruise, My son used 1 of his for the Heineken Experience which he thoroughly enjoyed. We did the Reypenauer Cheese tasting session which was great-learned lots about cheese and wine pairings. In the end, we had a couple of unused vouchers on our pass so don't know if we got our value.
Good value for money, just be aware it doesnt get you into any two things you want to do if thats the ticket you choose. There is a gold and a silver ticket which means the $$ value you can spend to do any of the museums etc. It wasnt a problem for us however. The city pass saved us at least 10 euro for two people and we were only able to use it for one day so could imagine it would be extra useful if you were staying longer :)
We had a great few days and visited lots of attractions in that time. The people are helpful and friendly so would definetely go back at some point in the future. The only thing i was unhappy with, was when buying the Holland Pass it didn't make it clear you only get 2 tulip and 3 winmill tickets, so when i had used up both my tulips on my first 2 attractions i had to pay extra for the ones i would of liked to see more. If this had been clearer when booking i might have bought a different package. This really was misleading at the time of purchase onlinbe.
We use it for two museums and the street car and bus. It was a good value
Well, this was a little gem.
Guide book very informative - had lots of discount offers available to use - which we did. The 'free voucher' system was more complicated than needed to be, they have been divided up into 'tulip' or 'windmill' and can only be used in specific places, and once you have established how it works was fine. It would have been really helpful to receive this in advance of the trip though(as happened last year with our 'Paris Pass'), to enable you to understand what was going on and make best use of the card.
The book also mentioned additional sights to see, not in our AA guidebook, so we busily added these into our itinerary and they were worth seeing.
The free 24 hour travel pass, which we thought we'd make good use of, in fact came home again with us. Everywhere was within easy walking distance, so had no need for it. Prior to the trip we'd been anxious about getting passes for public transport to cover our stay, but this proved irrelevant, but in Paris it was essential last year. Would have been 5 stars if we'd got it in advance of our trip!
Expensive (especially for a family) but worth the money to make the overall savings and use the fast track entry. Also, the difference between the 'tulip' tickets and 'windmill' tickets should be explained. It did mean that we end up having to pay to get entry to some museums as we had run out of the appropriate tickets.