Best of the best
- 1Hapimag Stadtresidenz Amsterdam
- 2Hotel Radisson Blu Amsterdam
- 3Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
- 5Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam
- 6WestCord Fashion Hotel Amsterdam
- 7Hotel Casa 400 (Eerste Ringdijkstraat)
- 8Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City
- 9Hotel Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre
- 10MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West
- 11Amsterdam Marriott Hotel
Holiday facts and information about Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands. It has a population of over 800,000 and lies in the North Holland Province to the west of the country. Best time to travel The climate of the Netherlands is similar to that of England. Amsterdam's mild maritime climate comprises warm summers and fairly mild winters. Temperature extremes during both summer and winter are very uncommon, which makes it an all-year-round destination. In the summer, the maximum temperature is 70°F. Living costs The Euro is the formal currency in the Netherlands. On average, a restaurant meal costs €15.00. The cost of a regular Cappuccino is €2.50, while a bottle of beer costs €3.00.
Subregions The city is surrounded by recreational areas like parks, squares and open spaces, which can easily be reached by foot, by bike or a short drive by car. These include Amsterdamse Bos, Vondelpark, Beatrixpark and Westerpark. Its largest park is Vondelpark.
Although the city's official language is Dutch, a majority of its residents speak good English. In addition, they speak several other languages. Tourists usually have no problems communicating in the city, even without the knowledge of a single Dutch word.
Country and People
Amsterdam has had a long tradition as a center of culture and commerce. Its beginnings, however, were humble. It started out as a fishing village on a riverside in the 13th century. Its fortunes changed in the 14th century, with the construction of dams and dikes on the marshlands and swamps surrounding the Amstel River. The 17th century was its golden age – it expanded and became the world's wealthiest city. Periods of decline in the 18th century did not stop it from modernizing in the late 19th century. Perhaps to cement the place of the Amstel River in history, a beer was named after it.
Traditions and Culture
The local culture has a reputation for its friendliness. Tourists should not be surprised when everyone greets them in stores and public transport. Amsterdam residents are also said to be sincere and honest. The abundance of bicycles in the city can be attributed to their consideration and care for the environment. Visitors will also notice that the city exhibits profound loyalty towards soft drugs; distribution and use is prevalent among natives. Visitors of Amsterdam are allowed to purchase soft drugs, too.
The city's visitors arrive by land, air or even sea. Amsterdam Airport Schipol, which facilitates flights within Europe and from elsewhere around the world, lies 5.6 miles outside the city center. From Amsterdam Airport Schipol, there are several options: a direct rail link that connects the airport to Amsterdam Central Station with trains that run every ten minutes (€3.60); airport shuttles run by Connexxion (€15.50 one way and €25.00 return) and taxis and limousines (€45.00), which are more expensive options.
Even though getting around by bike is uncomplicated, public transport in the city is very efficient. The city has four metro lines with the Central Station as main rail hub and 16 tram lines. While the former run underneath the city, from Central Station to other districts, tram routes reach the outskirts as well as other destinations. The city also operates a comprehensive bus network that takes tourists wherever they intend to go.
Discover and Enjoy
Attractions include the Central Station bike storage system, the Royal Palace, the 'Nieuwe Kerk' (New Church) and the Amsterdam Dungeon. The city also accommodates several museums, for example the National Maritime Museum. Roads in the centre of the city are not open to cars. This facilitates easy shopping along the 'Nieuwedijk – Kalverstraat' corridor. The 'Nieuwedijk – Kalverstraat' corridor hosts shops that sell clothing, sportswear, music and gifts.
The streets of Amsterdam are very busy at night. The Red Light District at the back of Dam Square, called "Rossebuurt" by locals, is usually frequented by tourists. Apart from being the Red Light District, the "Rossebuurt" is one of the oldest and most beautiful streets of the city with its 14th century architecture. Besides its sex and erotic museums, the city has a wide selection of nightclubs.
The city's gastronomy is heavily influenced by the cheese that it produces on large scale. Tourists can try out a wide variety of cheese including 'Bleu de Wolvega' and 'Commissiekaas'. The Bleu de Wolvega is a soft, spicy Frisian blue, and the Commissiekaas is a mature Edam colored with carotene.
- Bergen aan Zee
- De Cocksdorp/ Texel
- De Koog/Texel
- De Rijp
- Den Burg/ Texel
- Den Helder
- Den Hoorn/ Texel
- Den Oever
- Egmond aan Zee
- Hollands Kroon
- Ouderkerk aan de Amstel