I have done Amsterdam twice and half 5 times in the last 7 years and intend to go back again this autumn for one or the other. Amsterdam was my first marathon and it a well organised, big race, but not too massive and crowded.
There are pacing groups and you may change down to the half if you feel that your training has not gone well. Entry is easy - just fill in the on-line entry form and you are in, no ballots
there is a thread on Amsterdam over in "Events"
Cormac MC. Amsterdam is a great mara with a start & finish in the old Olympic Stadium. Don't know about the others on your list but I have been to the Cologne marathon twice and it is easy to get to and very well organised. Lots of colleagues rave about Eindhoven marathon as a super fast and easy course (may not be a factor for your first one).
http://www.marathonguide.com/races/races.cfm?place=Intl has got lots of interesting reviews from runners for each of the races and the most complete schedule of marathon events I know about. Cheers, TD.
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