Amsterdam is colourful city that can be enjoyed both day and night. The city's main attractions include its historic canals, museums, coffee shops and the red light district. Known as the Netherlands' cultural capital, the most famous museums are the Hermitage Amsterdam museum, Anne Frank's House and the Van Gogh Museum.
The best time to travel to Amsterdam is April and May or September to November because you'll miss the high tourist season and experience mild temperatures. Spring is an especially nice time to visit as tulips will be blooming. Several national holidays are celebrated in Amsterdam. Koningsdag, King Alexander's birthday, is celebrated on the 27th of April every year. To celebrate, the city holds a big, open air market on the day (unless the 27th April happens to be a Sunday). 5th May is another national holiday, one that celebrates the liberation of Holland from Nazi Germany occupation.
Keep a small number of euros handy for immediate use to save digging through personal possessions. Always keep your possessions in sight to avoid theft. There are a lot of cyclists in Amsterdam, be aware of where the bike lanes are and look before crossing! At zebra crossings, pedestrians should wait for bikes and not the other way around!Restaurants, snack bars and takeaways offer food from previous colonies: Surinam, NL Antilles and Indonesia. Behind the main train station, you'll find a free ferry that crosses over to the NDSM cultural centre. In the tourist centre, activities can be expensive. However, restaurant prices are typically cheaper than those in the UK. Amsterdam is 1 hour ahead, timezone GMT+1 or DST+1.
Schiphol airport has a railway station that offers a direct connection to central Amsterdam. Train journeys take fifteen minutes or so and cost around 4 euros, bus travel takes approximately 35 minutes and taxis cost around 50 euros. Taxis in Amsterdam are expensive with 10 minute journeys costing up to 20 euros. A cheaper alternative is a 24 hour public transport ticket for around 8 euros (adult price) or approximately 3 euros (child price). Trams also offer single tickets.Hotels are available for approximately 45 euros plus, cheaper hostel rooms can be booked for around 20 euros.