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 With its characteristic canals (UNESCO World Heritage) surrounded by narrow, low and crooked 17th-century houses, Amsterdam is, without a doubt, one of the most charming capital cities in Europe. The rich cultural life and a wide range of entertainment make Amsterdam a full-scale city which has managed to retain its small-town feel. With over 50 museums, of which many are famous across the globe, this city is a real treat for art-lovers: highlights include the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum.

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Shops in Amsterdam are usually open every day of the week, but opening times may differ slightly per shop and district. In general, stores are open 9:00 - 18:00 from Monday to Wednesday and on Fridays, 9:00 - 21.00 on Thursdays, 9:00 - 17:00 on Saturdays and 12:00 - 17:00 on Sundays.

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Visitor Information Centre Schiphol Airport (Holland Tourist Information).
Schiphol Airport, Arrivals 2 at Schiphol Plaza
Monday - Sunday 07:00 - 22:00

Visitor Information Centre Central Station
Noord-Zuid Hollands Koffiehuis, Stationsplein 10 (across from Central Station).
Monday - Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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Explore Amsterdam

Sign up for a tour or excursion to discover a side of Amsterdam you might never see on your own. For example, a canal cruise is an absolute must for every first-time visitor. Amsterdam’s fantastic architecture is best seen from a sightseeing boat on the canals. But Amsterdam is also a great city to explore by bike or foot. Travel outside the city and experience the typically Dutch landscape of windmills, dikes and manicured green pastures. Stroll through quaint fishing villages, take a boat tour along the scenic waterways or cycle along the dunes.

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Cycling in Amsterdam

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Canal Motorboats

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Canal cruise

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City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop On and Hop Off

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Walking tours

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Last Minute Ticket Shop

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Amsterdam Metropolitan Area

For the visitors who have already seen the beautiful canals, visited the highlights, pioneered the Jordaan and got the hang of the never-ending nightlife, here’s news for you: there is plenty more to experience. The stunning Amsterdam Metropolitan Area offers a great variety of products and activities: beaches, shopping centres, history museums and much more, all of these attractions are within an hour's reach using public transportation.

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Old Holland

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Keukenhof Gardens

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Haarlem

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Almere

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Castles & Lakes

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Do & See

Amsterdam is home to a variety of world-famous museums. A trip to the city isn't complete without stopping by the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House. However, Amsterdam has much more to offer. A stroll through the heart of the city and beyond will reveal the countless attractions catering to young and old.

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Royal Palace

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Artis Royal Zoo

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Amsterdam Exchange Experience

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Allard Pierson Museum

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Diamond Museum

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New Church

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Concertgebouw

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Jewish Historical Museum & Jewish Cultural Quarter

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Rijksmuseum

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The Amsterdam Dungeon

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Van Gogh Museum

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Hermitage Amsterdam

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Frans Hals Museum

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Amsterdam Museum

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Anne Frank House

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Museum of the Canals

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EYE Film Institute Netherlands

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NEMO

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The National Maritime Museum

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Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

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Heineken Experience

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Singel Flower Market

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Dining

Looking for a quick snack, a refreshing drink or a romantic three-course dinner? Amsterdam has all of that and more. From grand cafes and historical watering holes to Michelin stars and the best in seasonal produce, keep reading for tips on where to have a memorable meal or drink in Amsterdam.

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Kitchen & Bar Van Rijn

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Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka

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Omelegg

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Foodhallen

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Ciel Bleu

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Moeders

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The IJ-kantine

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The Pancake Bakery

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Bazar Amsterdam

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Brasserie FLO Amsterdam

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BAUT

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Cafes

Whether you’re after soaking up the atmosphere of a traditional Dutch brown cafe, lounging in a city luxurious grand cafe, enjoying a summer drink on one of the city’s many terraces or checking out the thriving bar scene, Amsterdam is the perfect place to enjoy a tipple.

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Grand Cafe Ovidius

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Cafe de Jaren

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Cafe de Prins

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Cafe 't Blauwe Theehuis

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Momo

Amsterdam Red Light District area in the city centre at dusk, North Holland, the Netherlands. Artur Bogacki/Shutterstock.com

Bars & Nightlife

The dance clubs in Amsterdam might feel too small for somebody who is used to flashy clubs in NY, LA or London, but don't worry, they can be just as entertaining and completely crazy. Hip, laid-back or sophisticated – the choice is yours.

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Canvas

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Panama

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Boom Chicago

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XtraCold IceBar

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AIR

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Bourbon Street

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Sugarfactory

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Supperclub

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Escape

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Paradiso

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Melkweg

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Shopping

Whether you're searching for the best souvenir, a unique vintage dress or the latest designer handbag, Amsterdam has the perfect shop for you. Hunt for antiques, score some limited-edition trainers or sample local Dutch delicacies: you can find it all in Amsterdam.

Besides the main shopping streets, Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat, home to all the shops you would expect to find in a large European city, Amsterdam has a lot to offer to the luxury shopper, De Bijenkorf department store and Magna Plaza shopping centre being two of the best spots in town. Furthermore, the Spiegelkwartier will fulfil your desire for antiques, while the neighbourhood markets open their doors to budget-conscious shoppers.

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Gassan Diamonds

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Coster Diamonds

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Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat Streets

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De Bijenkorf

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Magna Plaza

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9 Straatjes

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The Fashion and Museum District

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Albert Cuyp Market

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The Haarlemmerdijk

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Tourist Information

Airport

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a modern, efficient and traveller-friendly airport. 90 airlines depart from Schiphol to over 250 destinations worldwide. The easiest and cheapest way to travel from the airport to Amsterdam is by train. This takes about 20 minutes to the Central Station and trains leave at least every 15 minutes during the daytime (less frequently at night). The train station at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is located directly below the airport. Tickets are for sale at the NS service desk or ticket machines.

Taxis to the city centre cost significantly more and can take a while, depending on traffic conditions.

Address: Evert van de Beekstraat 202, Amsterdam

Email: info@schiphol.nl

Phone: +31 207 940 800

Website: www.airport-ams.com

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Passport / Visa

The Netherlands can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are not sure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend you to contact the embassy or consulate in your country. In order to enter the Schengen zone, international (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip. Citizens from Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but they must bring with them a valid ID during their stay.

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Best Time to Visit

If you want to avoid high tourist traffic, then spring is the ideal time to visit Amsterdam: mild temperatures and blooming flowers will make your experience unforgettable, but bear in mind that the months of April and May are considered part of peak tourist season.
Summer is high tourist season in Amsterdam, so be prepared to wait in long lines when visiting popular attractions. The summer months are also the most expensive when it comes to accommodation.
Hotel prices and tourism drop in autumn and winter months, and so do the temperatures. This is the best time to visit Amsterdam's many indoor attractions, such as museums and cafes. The city covered with a white blanket of snow is a marvellous sight.

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Public Transport

Public transport is the perfect way to visit all attractions and to explore the city. Visitors arriving by car are advised to park the car at the P+R sites at the city limits and to use public transport.

In Amsterdam, 15 tram lines, 41 bus lines, 7 ferry connections and 4 metro lines take you to a wide range of destinations throughout the city. The most convenient transport ticket is the GVB day or multi-day ticket. These tickets entitle holders to transport on all GVB lines, including the night buses, and are available at GVB Tickets & Info and tourist offices. Drivers and conductors also sell 1-hour and 24-hours disposable OV chip cards on trams and buses.

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Phone: +31 204 606 060

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Taxi

Taxis can be handy when travelling to and from the airport, late at night when the trams have stopped running or when you're running late. Depending on the traffic during peak times however, public transport may get you there even quicker. Just hail a taxi, or catch one at the designated cab-stands near tourist hotspots such as Dam square, Leidseplein and the Rembrandtplein.

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Email: info@tcataxi.nl

Phone: +31 207 777 777

Website: www.tcataxi.nl

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Post

At the main post office, you can phone, fax and buy maps and stamps, in addition to the usual services.

Stamps can also be bought in most shops. Post-office boxes are red.

Address: Singel 250, Amsterdam

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Pharmacy

Pharmacies (in Dutch: apotheek) are usually open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 to 17:30. At night and in the weekends there is always some pharmacy open on rotating shifts.

24-hour pharmacy: Sint Lucas Andreas Apotheek
Jan Tooropstraat 164, Amsterdam
+31 205 108 911

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Telephone

Country code: +31

Area code: 020

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Electricity

220 V

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