The Netherlands capital city, Amsterdam, is a lively cultural place with festivals, nightlife, events and exhibitions. There are many museums and lots of tourist attractions.
When to go
Amsterdam is a good place to visit at any time of the year. Winters are cold and summers are hot. Visit Amsterdam to experience holidays and festivals. All of the country celebrates Koningsdag, King Willem Alexander's Birthday on 27th April. There is a big open air market, it is one day earlier if 27th April is a Sunday. It is a time for open-air fun with parties and markets In the streets, canals and parks. There are parades, live music, DJ's and fun. Bevrijdingsdag is always the 5th May, it marks the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany.
Things to note
Amsterdam is at Time zone: GMT +1; DST +1.To avoid high costs of taxi rides talk with the taxi driver about costs. There are numerous snack bars and restaurants in Amsterdam that serve food from Dutch colonies, Indonesia, Surinam and NL Antilles. Behind the main station is a free ferry service called "het pontje". It crosses the IJ to NDSM, a former wharf and now a cultural centre. Amsterdam is expensive in the tourist centres. Prices in restaurants can be cheaper than UK prices if away from tourist spots.
When you get there
There are various options for travel between Amsterdam airport and the city centre, Trains travel from the Airport railway station directly to central Amsterdam. The journey time is 15 minutes and the price is about 4 EUR. The 197 bus from the airport travels to Leidseplein in central Amsterdam, travel time is 35 mins. A taxi costs approximately 50 EUR.Starred hotels are expensive but cheap hostel accommodation is available costing from 20 EUR per night. A cheap hotel in Amsterdam can cost from 45 EUR. Taxis in Amsterdam are expensive, a 10 minute journey costs approx. 15-20 EUR. However, public transport is easily accessible and straightforward to use. A 24 hour day ticket for public transport costs about 8 EUR Childrens' tickets cost about 3 EUR for children age 4-11 years. Trams sell single tickets. Amsterdam is easily accessible on foot and there are bikes for hire and bike tracks.