Amsterdam travel tips for visitors
Amsterdam canal cruises
A fleet of about 200 vessels offer a waterborne variety of services and entertainment available on shore. Almost a quarter of all canal cruise boats are electrically powered. Clean and silent, these boats are ideal for tourists who want to record their cruise on video. No engine noise or tremble will pollute their recordings.
Bike tours run throughout the year with an option to combine a coutryside tour in the summer. Good Amsterdam tips for people who like active relaxation. The daily bike tour goes through the city and countryside visiting sites like a windmill and a cheese farm/clog factory.
As admissions to museums and public transport tickets might represent an important cost during your visit to Amsterdam, four different discount cards aim at lowering these expenses. And don't forget about savings on time and energy.
Amsterdam boat rental
If you would like to rent a boat privately, instead of sharing the ride in a bus-like canal cruise, there is a great Amsterdam boat rental service for that. The 'Rent a boat Amsterdam' company offers many kinds of boats from small to very large and full service with it.
Things to avoid
General knowledge of what to avoid in Amsterdam, concerns the car driving, bicycle lanes, public transportation and visitor's safety, as well as smoking at public areas and other Amsterdam tips.
Things to do in Amsterdam with children
The variaty of attractions kids would enjoy is enormous. Whether you are traveling with young children or nearly-grownups you will find fun, crazy, exciting and fascinating things to do all over the city of Amsterdam.
Timing your visit
The peak of the tourist season is July and August, when the weather is the finest. Weather, however, is never really extreme at any time of year, and if you're one of the growing numbers who favor off-season travel, you'll find the city every bit as attractive during these months.
While your belongings are safely stored, you can go and enjoy Amsterdam to the fullest.
Dutch language lessons
It is absolutely possible to survive in the Netherlands without speaking any Dutch. But if you are staying there for longer and don't want to feel like a tourist all the time, you should try to learn some Dutch. Don't you feel awkward when a group of Dutch people are speaking English just because of you?
Dutch is the national language of Holland. However, English is spoken by everyone in Amsterdam. In addition, many Dutch people speak German and French. Dutch is the mother tongue of well over 21 million Dutch people and Flemish people (Dutch speaking nationals of Belgium).
Whether you have one, two, three days or more, Amsterdam has plenty to offer and more than enough to keep you entertained. These are our recommended itineraries to give you the best possible overview of the city.
Explore Jewish Amsterdam
Jewish population, its culture and religion was since the beginning of the 17th Century an important element of life in Amsterdam. Explore jewish history museum, synagogues, restaurants and the well known Anne Frank house.
Buy Dutch Souvenirs online
Have a look at our Amsterdam online souvenir shop.
Amsterdam tourist information office
Local tourist office is a one of the great information sources that dwarfs many countries offerings, especially what is up in Amsterdam and useful Amsterdam tips. They however charge a small fee for the room reservations.
Sending your postcards
Most of the shops with cards and souvenirs also carry the post stamps. Postal boxes are in colour red or orange (the new ones). The post is collected every day at 6PM, except for Saturday. If you send your cards abroad, especially overseas, the quickest way is the priority mail. Cards and letters sent with a priority mail are usually delivered within couple of days. Using the priority mail, do not forget to put the blue priority mail label on your card or letter. As the mail service is largely automated, writing Priority or Air Mail will not do the trick, and your post will be delayed.
Central Post Office
If you are sending some letters overseas and you are not sure how many stamps to put on, or you just want to send a small parcel, the Central Post Office is your place. In addition, telephone cards, useful stationary and money change, although the specialized places in town will give you a better rate. The address is Singel 250 (at the corner of Radhuisstraat).
Money and currency
In Amsterdam, as well as in all the Netherlands and many other countries of European Community the accepted currency is Euro (EUR, €), no other currencies are commonly accepted, so you will have to change your dollars, sterling, yens, etc to Euros. Credit cards are widely accepted too, though in some small shops or hotels, there might an extra charge (2-6%) if you pay by a credit card, passport may be required. Generally, the most preferred payment method is Euro cash with the banknotes up to 50 Euro bill.
Accommodation booking scams
There have been cases of accommodation scams in Amsterdam lately. Please read our page about this topic.
Amsterdam is a safe city, and there is nothing to fear when walking in any part of the city. However, don't leave your belongings unattended. When you're in a coffee shop, bar or restaurant, keep your bag near to you - under the table, between your legs. As in every larger city, beware of pickpockets. Some residential surburbs (outside the city) have a bad reputation at night.