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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. The rich cultural life and a wide range of entertainment make Amsterdam a full-scale city which has managed to retain its small-town feel. With over 50 museums, of which many are famous across the globe, this city is a real treat for art-lovers: highlights include the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum.

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Cycling in Amsterdam

See Amsterdam the way locals see it – by bike. Familiarise yourself with Amsterdam and its diverse neighbourhoods and architecture, cycle along the waterfront, and enjoy a local beer across from an iconic windmill. Thanks to the many bike paths in the city, pedal power is all you need to discover the city’s gems on your own, or as part of a guided bike tour.

Canal Motorboats
Zandhoek 10A, Amsterdam

At Canal Motorboats you can hire a specialised boat for an hour or more. Make your way around the city taking tons of photos and making fantastic memories with friends and family. The company’s marina is just 10 minutes from Central Station and five minutes from the beginning of the Prinsengracht. Each boat can carry up to seven people and naturally larger parties can hire multiple boats.

Kitchen & Bar Van Rijn
Rembrandtplein 17, Amsterdam

Kitchen & Bar Van Rijn is located on the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam and is inspired by the beauty and the masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn. In a cosmopolitan atmosphere with open kitchen, you can enjoy authentic Dutch cuisine for lunch and dinner. At weekends there is even live music and a DJ.

Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, Amsterdam

Michelin-starred Restaurant Sazanka at Hotel Okura invites to a dinner and a show - the skilled chefs prepare finest Japanese dishes right before guests' eyes. The extensive menu features meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. Book in advance to ensure being seated.

Gassan Diamonds
Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173-175, Amsterdam

In the historical heart of Amsterdam, rough diamonds are transformed into dazzling jewels every day. Delve into the exciting world of diamond cutting and see every step of the process first-hand at Gassan Diamonds, where four centuries of craftsmanship and tradition are brought to life.

Coster Diamonds
Paulus Potterstraat 2-6, Amsterdam

Each year, about 340,000 visitors come to see the Coster Diamonds craftsmen at work. Free guided tours demonstrating the process of cutting and polishing diamonds are led by Coster’s accommodating staff. The tours are available in more than 24 languages.

Evert van de Beekstraat 202, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a modern, efficient and traveller-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 leave 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.

Passport / Visa

The Netherlands can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are not sure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend you to contact the embassy or consulate in your country. In order to enter the Schengen zone, international (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip. Citizens from Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but they must bring with them a valid ID during their stay.

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