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About the city
Amsterdam is the largest city and capital of the Netherlands. Founded in the 13th century, it started as a harbour city. It is well-known for its old houses and canals. The 17th century canal ring area of Amsterdam is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. From its earliest days, Amsterdam has been a bustling hub of commerce that welcomes other cultures with open arms. Visit this lovely canal-side city, including the rich history and development of its tolerant society. Or jump straight to the modern day and explore the city’s architecture and its colourful neighbourhoods.
Higlights of the city
Amsterdam's museums attract many visitors every year. Some of the city's museums that are worth a visit during your stay are listed below:
The Rijksmuseum, being the largest museum in the Netherlands, accommodates some of the nation’s most famous historic art works, such as the paintings by Vermeer, Frans Hals and of course Rembrandt’s spectacular “The Night Watch”. The building itself was designed byrenowned Dutch architect P.J.H. Cuypers and has been reopened in April 2013 after 10 years of extensive restoration and renovation.
For more information about its opening hours and the entrance fee, please visit this website.
Van Gogh Museum
A visit to the van Gogh Museum is a unique experience because it houses the largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh in the world. The museum shows the artist's development and compares his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century. Please visit this websitefor the opening hours and entrance fee.
Anne Frank House
Anne Frank is one of the most famous former residents of Amsterdam. For more than two years she lived in hiding with her family at the Prinsengracht 263 during World War II. The building has been converted into a museum and the rooms still portray the atmosphere of the period when Anne and her family were hiding. It also contains an exhibition about the persecution of the Jews during the war, as well as discrimination in general. This is the official website of the museum containing information about opening hours and entrance fees.
Gardens & Parks
Amsterdam offers beautiful and green areas throughout the city. The city's parks are open (and free) all year around. During the summer months many of these spots offer free open-air theatre and festivals. For an overview of the gardens, parks and the events, please visit this website.
The 156 canal's of Amsterdam were once created to stimulate trade and transport and reclaim land to expand the city. Nowadays one can enjoy Amsterdam by embarking on a canal tour and enjoy the authentic bridges, canals and houses from the water.
Amsterdam has much more to offer than the above listed. If you wish to explore more of Amsterdam, please refer to this website.
How to get around in Amsterdam
Amsterdam offers an extensive transport network which connects the city's districts, train, tram, metro, bus and ferry.
Public transport card
The "OV-chipkaart" is a chip card system which operates across trams, buses and metros. They can be purchased at the ticket vending machines at stations, supermarkets and GVB Tickets & Info, where you can also add credit to the card. There are also other options such as a one-hour card and a (multi) day card. When using the "OV-chipkaart", always remember to check in and check out!
Trains are normally used for travel between different cities, but sometimes it is more convenient to get from one side of Amsterdam to the other. For more information about trains, schedules and tickets, please visit the NS website.
There is a free ferry service behind the Central Station that makes its way across the IJ River, transporting passengers to various locations in Amsterdam noord.
Tram bus and metro
Buses and trams will take you almost anywhere in the city. In addition, there are three separate metro lines 51,53 and 54 serving the suburbs to the south and east.This website helps you plan your entire journey with train,metro, tram and bus.
Because of Amsterdam's extensive public transport network, taxi's are mostly used for a trip to and from the airport, or at night, when trams and buses have stopped running. Halting a taxi is not so easy because it is not allowed to stop at various places. For Amsterdam's fixed taxi spots, please visit this website.
Be aware that the maximum start price for a taxi car should be € 2,83 and the maximum price per kilometre € 2,08. All licensed taxi drivers in Amsterdam should adhere to this rate.
Facts about Amsterdam
Country NL - the Netherlands
Amsterdam Largest city and capital of the Netherlands
Time zone CEST (Summertime: GMT +2)
Currency Euro ( € )
International dialing code +31
Inhabitants in Amsterdam Metropolitan Area approx. 2,289,500