Amsterdam, a City of Colour and Culture
Amsterdam is a beautiful labyrinthine city that is a haven for cyclists. It is also a great city to explore on foot. Enjoy the many museums, relaxing waterside location and visit the red light district, if you dare! The Anne Frank House is one of the most popular tourist attractions. The Van Gogh Museum is also worth a visit.
Best Time to Go
Amsterdam is a wonderful city to visit at any time of the year. Koninsgdag, King Willem Alexander's Birthday is celebrated across the country on the 27th April. The festival is famous for its 'vrijmarkt', which means free market, as Dutch people take the opportunity to sell second hand items. It is also an opportunity for Dutch people to celebrate their national colour in 'orange madness'. Bevrijdingsdag is celebrated every year on the 8th May to mark the end of the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II.
Important Information Before You Leave
There are many restaurants and snack bars in Amsterdam, which offer a wide range of cuisines. You can choose from Indonesian, Surinamese and food from the former Dutch colony, Netherlands Antilles. Amsterdam can be expensive in the tourist areas, but restaurant prices are cheaper than the UK. It is advisable to ask taxi drivers how much your trip will cost before you travel to avoid being overcharged. From the central station a free ferry service takes tourists to the NSDM cultural centre. The time in Amsterdam is 1 hour ahead of the UK (GMT+1).
The airport railway station has trains that will take you straight to central Amsterdam in about fifteen minutes. The trip should cost around 4 EUR. You can also take the 197 bus to Leidseplein in central Amsterdam, which takes about 35 minutes. Taxis in Amsterdam are very expensive. You can expect to pay around 15-20 EUR for a ten minute journey. A taxi from the airport to the centre of town will cost around 50 EUR. You can travel around Amsterdam by train, tram, metro, bus and ferry. You can buy a 24 hour day ticket for around 8 EUR.</p><p>Amsterdam has a great range of accommodations. You can expect to pay around 20 EUR for a cheap hostel, and around 45 EUR for a low cost hotel.