Amsterdam is the Diamond Capital Of The World. Amsterdam lives its life on the street and Amsterdammer's have a warm and welcoming zest for life. The beautiful City of Amsterdam is built around a concentric network of sparkling canals which are spanned by over 1000 bridges.
Many of the grand and beautiful buildings stretching along the canals date back to Holland's golden age of the 17th century. Amsterdam is conveniently compact and best explored on foot to appreciate its elaborately gabled buildings and architecture. The old part of town is a pleasure to explore, strolling across ancient bridges and down narrow lanes with many inviting souvenir boutiques crammed with blue and white Delft china and wooden clogs.
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Sightseeing in Amsterdam: A canal trip is an absolute must and an excellent way to get your bearings. Take one of the many glass-roofed boat excursions and cruise along in comfort for an hour or so. Visit the Rijksmuseum the national museum with Dutch paintings dating from the 16-19th century. Here you will find Rembrandt's Night Watch. There are over 60 galleries, 50 museums and 20 theatres. Visit Anne Frank's house at Prinsengracht 263 for a very memorable and historically haunting experience. Other interesting places in Amsterdam include: The lavishly furnished Royal Palace with its regal facade, the open-air flea market at Waterlooplein and the Vincent Van Gogh Museum. Also worth a visit is Singel's floating flower market or just relax at one of the many delightful cafes around Dam Square. Excursions in Amsterdam: The Heineken Experience, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Amsterdam. The brewery is housed in the original building, visitors will learn about the history of the famous Heineken Company and its special unique brewing process. Getting around Amsterdam: Central Amsterdam is relatively small and most attractions are within an easy walk. The local's choice of travel is by bicycle, renting a bike is easy and fun and they are readily available for hire. The public transport system in Amsterdam is good with numerous options including taxis, trams, and trains. Nightlife in Amsterdam: Take an evening candlelit canal cruise to get you in the mood for the nightclubs and bars of Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein including the eye opening and renowned Red Light district on the east side of Damrak. There is a weekly magazine called 'Amsterdam This Week' which will advise of the weeks events and the clubs worth visiting. The array of tiny bars, smoky 'brown cafes' and exotic nightlife makes Amsterdam a pageant of enjoyment and the ideal short city break.
Shopping: For quaint and boutique shops head to the Jordaan shopping district. For stylish shopping visit PC Hoofstraat, for antiques visit the De Looier covered market and the Waterlooplein Market.
Dining out in Amsterdam: Seafood specialties seem to dominate the menu with pickled herring and smoked eel being two entree favorites. Good dining locations include "The Old Side and the Dam", "The New Side", or "The Plantage and the Oost".
What to buy: Bulbs, cheese, diamonds, delft ware antiques.
Further Attractions in Amsterdam: Eftrling amusement park. Kuekenhof bulb garden. Zomerhof flower exhibition. Hoge Veluwe national park near Arnhem.
Trivia: Approximately 700 bikes are thrown into Amsterdam's canals each year!
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Amsterdam Schiphol AMS. Schiphol airport lies nine miles (15km) southwest of Amsterdam.
Airport Transport: From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city center. The best and easiest way to travel into the city from Schiphol is by train. The train station is directly below the airport and tickets can be purchased from ticket machines and offices near the platforms at Schiphol Plaza.
General Transport in Amsterdam: Passengers travelling to Amsterdam hotels can use the airport hotel shuttle service called Connexxion, it leaves the airport from the front of Arrivals Hall 2 every 20 minutes and serves just over 50 hotels in and around Amsterdam. The airport is also well served by local bus services.
Car Hire: All major car rental companies are represented, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. If you are just travelling to Amsterdam then car hire is not recommended as parking in Amsterdam central can be extremely difficult.
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Netherlands There's always something great to see and do in Holland
Amsterdam is the capital city and is a great place to start.
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Major gateways: Amsterdam Schiphol AMS. Rotterdam Zestienhoven RTM. Currency: Euro. Time: GMT +1. Electricity: 200 volts. Driving: Traffic drives on the right. Language: Dutch, with English, German, French widely spoken. International dialing code from the UK: 0031. Mobile Phones: All major networks.
Climate: Holland has a sea climate. February to May are the driest months and May to August are the sunniest. On average Holland experiences a mild winter and a warm summer (18-22C).
Major Events: Queens Birthday celebrations (April). World HarborDays (September).
Dance Valley Festival. The top names in the international electronic music scene gather in July to energise the 60,000 odd fans for whom this has become one of the annual highlights.
Holland Festival. The festival celebrates the dramatic arts and is the highlight of the cultural season in the Netherlands. Throughout June approximately 30 productions take place across the full spectrum of the arts, music, theatre, opera and dance. Top Attractions: Wfteling. Amusement park (Kaatsheuvel). Rijksmuseum. Dutch masters (Amsterdam). Madurodam. Holland in miniature. Amsterdam at night.
Where to eat in Amsterdam: Rose's Cantina - Mexican style bar and restaurant serving potent margaritas. Dynasty - For Asian cuisine. Odeon - Chic and cosmopolitan restaurant that attracts the stylish and sophisticated diners of Amsterdam.
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