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. With a rich cultural life and a wide range of entertainment, Amsterdam is a full-scale city which has managed to retain its small-town feel. Amsterdam is also a real treat for art-lovers. Amsterdam is home to over 50 museums, many of them famous across the globe. Highlights include the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum.
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Visitor Information Centre Schiphol Airport (Holland Tourist Information).
Schiphol Airport, Arrivals 2 at Schiphol Plaza
Mo -Su: 07:00 - 22:00 hour
Visitor Information Centre Central Station
Noord-Zuid Hollands Koffiehuis, Stationsplein 10 (across from Central Station).
Mo -Sa : 09:00 - 17:00 hour Su: 10:00 - 17:00
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.
City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop On and Hop Off
Cycling in Amsterdam
Last Minute Ticket Shop
For the visitors who’ve already seen the beautiful canals, visited the highlights, pioneered the Jordaan and got the hang of our never-ending nightlife… Here’s news for you: Amsterdam is bigger than you think! There is plenty more to experience. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area offers a great variety of products and is a stunning area that surrounds our city. A beach to relax, shopping, a dive into our history, or a breath of air in our beautiful countryside... All of these attractions are within an hour's reach using public transportation!
Flowers of Amsterdam
Castles & Gardens
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.
Artis Royal Zoo
Amsterdam Exchange Experience
Allard Pierson Museum
Jewish Historical Museum & Jewish Cultural Quarter
The Amsterdam Dungeon
Van Gogh Museum
Frans Hals Museum
Anne Frank House
EYE Film Institute Netherlands
The National Maritime Museum
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
Singel Flower Market
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.
Kitchen & Bar Van Rijn
Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka
The Pancake Bakery
Brasserie FLO Amsterdam
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.
Grand Cafe Ovidius
Cafe de Jaren
Cafe de Prins
Cafe 't Blauwe Theehuis
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 the Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat, home to all the shops you would expect to find in a large European city like H&M and Zara, Amsterdam has a lot to offer to the luxury shopper. Amongst the best spots in town are department store De Bijenkorf, shopping street P.C. Hooftstraat with luxury boutiques and designer stores and the exclusive shopping centre Magna Plaza. Looking for antiques? Visit the Spiegelkwartier, within walking distance from the Rijksmuseum, or if you are a more budget conscious shopper, do not miss out on one of the neighbourhood markets!
Shops in Amsterdam are generally speaking open every day of the week, but hours vary. Opening times may differ slightly per shop and district, but here are some general guidelines:
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 09:00 - 18:00
Thu: 09:00 - 21:00
Sat: 09:00 - 17:00
Sun: 12:00 - 17:00
Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat street
The Fashion and Museum District
Albert Cuyp Market
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a modern, efficient and user-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 depart 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: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Phone: +31 20 794 0800
It goes without saying that visitors to Amsterdam want to make the most of their stay and see as much as possible. 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 a GVB 24/48/72/96 OV chip card. 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.
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 (but please note that taxis cannot stop anywhere they like), or catch one at the designated cab-stands near tourist hotspots such as Dam square, Leidseplein and the Rembrandtplein.
Phone: +31 20 777 7777
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 boxes are red.
Address: Singel 250, Amsterdam
Pharmacies (in Dutch: apotheek) are usually open Monday through Friday, from 09:00 to 17:30. At night and in the weekends there is always some pharmacy open on a rotating shifts.
One 24-hour pharmcy is Sint Lucas Andreas Apotheek
Jan Tooropstraat 164, Amsterdam
+31 20 510 8911
To find out which pharmacy is open, call a central number for pharmacies (Informatie dienstdoende apotheken):
Phone: +31 20 592 3315
Country code: +31
Area code: 020
The dance clubs in Amsterdam might feel too small for somebody who is used to flashy clubs in NY, LA or London. But the clubs in Amsterdam can be just as entertaining and completely crazy. Hip, laid-back or sophisticated – the choice is yours!
Canvas op de 7e (Canvas on the 7th)
The Sugar Factory