Things to Avoid in Amsterdam

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12. Ticket shops

Tickets for attractions and tours in Amsterdam are best bought directly from the attraction. Intermediates, like Tours&Tickets, will never be cheaper and will always have a margin on the price.

In recent years, Tours&Tickets shops have been springing up like mushrooms all over the city and continue to dominate the street scene, especially around the major tourist attractions. What happens in reality is that one mighty tourist empire now controls the entire tourist market in Amsterdam with bars, canal cruises, water taxi, tour operators of day trips, museums and hop-on-hop-off buses. They can set the price and distribution of the items for the entire market, that knocks all small operators out of the market.