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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. For the visitors who have already seen the beautiful canals pioneered the Jordaan and got the hang of our never-ending nightlife..there is plenty more to experience and explore. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area offers a great variety of surprising and unusual attractions and landscapes.
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Do and see
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. Sign up for a group tour or excursion or feel like a local and discover Amsterdam on your own. 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. Or 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.
Canal cruise
Besides providing an stunning backdrop to the city's historical centre, floating down Amsterdam's canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city. Whether you're a first-time or frequent visitor, everything in Amsterdam seems a bit more magical when viewed from a boat. Come admire the canals of Amsterdam on a Day Canal Cruise. In a luxurious cruise boat, you are taken along: beautiful imposing canal-side houses (with clock, spout and neck gables), the Zevenbogenbruggengracht, the "Skinny Bridge" over the Amstel, the VOC-ship, and the docks. It will be an unforgettable cruise and a fun way to get to know the city!
City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop On and Hop Off
With distinctive buses and friendly staff, the choice in selected cities between multi-lingual commentary or live guide sightseeing has never been so much fun. Hop On and Hop Off as much as you like at any of the bus stops on the route and see all the best sights and attractions that Amsterdam has to offer.
Walking tours
With so many places of interest so close together, Amsterdam is a great walking city. Nowhere else will you find so many points of interest within a single square kilometre. Join one of the various 'Mee in Mokum (Amsterdam's nickname)' walking tours, or discover the areas beyond Amsterdam’s city centre on your own by using the walking tours at the official tourist information offices.
Cycling in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. Amsterdammers are born on bikes, and you’ll see them all over the place! Thanks to the many bike paths in the city, pedal power is all you need to uncover the city’s gems on your own, or as part of a guided bike tour.
Last Minute Ticket Shop
The Last Minute Ticket Shop (LMTS) sells tickets to events in Amsterdam for just 50% of the regular price! A new selection of tickets for concerts, theatre performances and other events at a huge assortment of Amsterdam venues is on offer every day of the week!
Canal Motorboats
With Canal Motorboats you can hire a specialised boat for an hour or two or three… and make your way around the city taking tons of photos and making fantastic memories with friends and family. The company’s marina is centrally located, just 10 minutes from Central Station and just five minutes from the beginning of the Prinsengracht. Each boat can carry up to seven people and naturally larger parties can hire multiple boats. The boats are very easy to navigate and always come with a detailed canal map and pillows and blankets.
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. 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 about € 42 and can take a while, depending on traffic.
Public Transport
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 (€ 8 / 24 hours, incl. max. 5 public transport tickets) and to use public transport. In Amsterdam, 16 tram lines, 55 bus lines, 5 (free) 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.
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.
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. To find out which pharmacy is open, call a central number for pharmacies (Informatie dienstdoende apotheken):
Country code: +31 Area code: 020
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