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July 26, 2012

Posted by kecscott in Travel Log.

GTL Adventures

We started off our first long weekend with train adventures. While we can use our Eurail passes as a general ticket, some trains—most notably night trains and French TGVs—set aside a certain number of seats for Eurail users which must be reserved in advance. We were too late to get reservations for the trains we wanted to take to Amsterdam, so we took a winding, reservation-less route through Germany. We passed through Saarbrücken, Frankfurt, Köln, Mönchengladbach…all told, it took seven trains to get to Amsterdam.

When we arrived, we bought a two-day “I Amsterdam” city pass. This gave us free admission to the hundreds to museums in the city, discounts on restaurants, and unlimited rides on the buses and trams. Our first stop was the Museum Our Lord in the Attic. In the 1500s, the Protestant Reformation spread to Holland, which rebelled against the rule of King Phillip II of…

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