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Due to work on the high-speed line in The Netherlands, trains will not stop at the Schiphol station.

The Schiphol station can only be reached by local trains departing from Rotterdam. To reach Paris, Brussels or Antwerp, you must purchase a ticket from Rotterdam. Print then your travel confirmation to travel free between Rotterdam and Schiphol. This will be your ticket.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Thalys International Team

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Due to work on the high-speed line in The Netherlands, trains will not stop at the Schiphol station.

The Schiphol station can only be reached by local trains departing from Rotterdam. To reach Schiphol, you must then purchase a ticket to Rotterdam. Print then your travel confirmation to travel free between Rotterdam and Schiphol. This will be your ticket.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Thalys International Team

Select Rotterdam station

 
 
 
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The Minds
Spuistraat 245
Amsterdam
+ 31 (0) 206236784
www.theminds.nl


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Whenever I feel a little bit nostalgic for my punk years, it's time for a trip to The Minds.


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OK, so the interior may not seem like much. It may even turn some people off with the dozens of pairs of military boots hanging from light fixtures in the shape of wagon wheels on the ceiling (reminders of a monster pogo?). But this tiny, unpretentious brown café is exactly what I need to remind me of my youth for an evening. The music is loud (punk, as well as ska and rock) and the patrons are deliciously alternative. Some even wear the punk uniform with safety pins, "No Future" badges and the rest of it...Damn, I should have spiked my hair!

Hanging with the squatters


The bar takes its name from the band Simple Minds (André, the owner, was a diehard fan) and serves only real beer - that is: Brabançonne - and you can play billiards or pinball. The place is always full, during the week and at weekends. True, it is located at the heart of Spuistraat, a somewhat peculiar Amsterdam street where the buildings are covered in graffiti and many are still home to squatters. The proximity adds a little spice to the visit.

Laurence, 46 a cool mum

I’m the mother of two supercharged children. I’ve also been living a great love affair with Holland for the past 20 years! I’ll take you to places in Amsterdam that will make you feel good, where the products and the welcome are high quality and where, most importantly, you’ll never stress out. Ready to go?

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