Amsterdam is a naturally beautiful destination, well known for its majestic architectural structures, stunning canals and multitude of thought provoking museums. This city has so much to offer by way of activities, and visitors can enjoy them all within a tranquil, laid-back and ultra-chilled setting.
Spring is a particularly favourable time to visit Amsterdam and on April 27th the Kingdom of Netherlands join forces to celebrate the King's Birthday, or Koningsdag. Festivities are held that include boat parades, music concerts and colourful carnivals, and a massive open air market takes over the streets. Bevrijdingsdag is an annual celebration held each year on 5th May to commemorate the end of the occupation of Nazi Germany.
Once you arrive in Amsterdam if taking a taxi from the airport ask the driver for an estimation of the cost of your journey in advance. This way you won't be shocked at unforeseen high prices. Restaurants in Amsterdam are generally cheaper than those in London, although costs are considerably higher in the tourist areas. Grab a bite to eat at a snack bar or one of the many excellent restaurants. The diversity of Amsterdam's cultures is reflected in the varied choice of cuisine, with dishes originating from former colonies including Indonesia, NL Antilles and Surinam. The Het Pontje, a free ferry located behind the main station, travels across the IJ to NDSM, a former wharf, which currently serves as a cultural centre. Amsterdam is 1 hour ahead of London.
Trains travel from the airport directly to the centre of Amsterdam, and take around 15 minutes and tickets cost about 4 Euros. A 197 bus from the airport to Leidseplein in central Amsterdam takes around 35 minutes, while taxis travelling to the city centre cost approximately 50 Euros. Taxis are very expensive in Amsterdam and a 10 minute journey can cost around 15 to 20 Euros. If travelling on public transport get a 24 hour day ticket for around 8 Euros and 3 Euros for children aged between 4 and 11. Trams sell single tickets. Hostel accommodation costs around 20 Euros a night, while hotel accommodation costs anywhere from 45 Euros a night.