Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands, is located in the Western Netherland. Amsterdam is Europe’s most important point for shipment of goods.
It is known for its artistic heritage, huge canal system, beautiful houses with gabled facades, coffee shops and Red Light District. Amsterdam city is liberal where prostitution is legal and sex shops takes center stage.
Night life in Amsterdam is very active with tourists wandering the streets. Coffee shops in Amsterdam offer relaxed atmosphere.
You can cover most of the important attractions in Amsterdam within 3-4 night’s tour. At Aliya Tour Packages, based on your preferences we can design a tailor made holiday to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam is a perfect European city to visit for its heritage canals and city streets, charming architecture, bustling bicycle lanes, museums, coffee shops, Red Light district and delicious food.
National Maritime Museum and Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot is must for anyone visiting the capital.
Amsterdam airport Schipol, is the main international airport of Netherlands, located 9 kms south west of Amsterdam. It is the third busiest airport in Europe in terms of passenger volume.It is the home base for many intercontinental airlines such as KLM, Martinir, Arkefly, Transavia andAmsterdam Airlines.It is the 6th largest airport in terms of international traffic.
Amsterdam is located in the province ‘Noord-Holland’, situated in the west. It is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. It is a beautiful city with its antique houses, canals, museums and various other attractions. Night life is lively in Amsterdam.
CLIMATE: Amsterdam has an oceanic climate, influenced by the North sea and by Atlantic ocean. December to February is cold; temperature being at freezing point during night time and little above during day along with wind and humidity. Spring is from March to May with initially cold temperature in March which becomes milder in April and May. Summers are from June to August with pleasant day and night bit cold. Rainfall is quite frequent during this period. Autumn is from September to November, initially pleasant in September and gradually becomes cold, dull, wet and windy. North Sea near Amsterdam is usually cold even in summers.
PEOPLE & LIFE STYLE:
There is a rich culture and huge diversity in the leisure and lifestyle of Amsterdam. Amsterdam has a good work-life balance and sets high standards in education, healthcare and family life, resulting in a great quality life. Different nationalities makes it a cosmopolitan city.
GETTING TO AMSTERDAM:International tourist of most of the countries can fly directly to Amsterdam.Amsterdam airport Schipol, is the main international airport of Netherlands. It is located 9 miles south-west center of Amsterdam and twenty three minutes from Amsterdam city. Amsterdam Airport appears in Europe’s top five airports list in terms of traffic and number of flights. Amsterdam airport has 6 runways and one is used by general aviation aircraft.
VISA:To visit Amsterdam, one must have Schengen Visa as Netherlands is party to Schengen agreement. Schengen Visa is valid for all 26 countries in Schengen Area, including Netherlands. Visa depends upon the type of travel one is doing. Type of visa also depends upon your Nationality and length of Stay.
CURRENCY: Currency of Amsterdam is Euro (currency code: EUR). Currency is available in various denominations that can be easily differentiated. Coins in Amsterdamexist in eight denominations starting from one cent to two euros. There are notes/bills of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 & 500 Euro. However, Not many places accept 500 Euro.
Travel insurance is must when visiting Amsterdam
Wear comfortable shoes as you will have a lot to walk
Sim cards are widely available
Avoid tourist trap restaurants.
Carry a universal travel adapter.
Appropriate clothing required
Need to carry pack of scarf
Beware of pickpockets and local scams
Don’t smoke in public areas
Emergency Numbers: The most important emergency number is 112
Activities in Amsterdam/ Attractions in Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum: Van Goghis one of the national art museums in Amsterdam having the collection of drawings and paintings of Vincent Van Gogh in Amsterdam. The actual Van Gogh Museum is located in Museum Square in borough Amsterdam South. It comprises 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters by Vincent van Gogh.
Rijksmuseum: Rijksmuseum, in English means State Museum, is a Dutch national museum dedicated to art and history of Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum is located near Van Gogh Museum in Museum Square in borough Amsterdam South. The most famous piece of collection is The Night Watch by Rembrandt. In addition, the museum has immense collection of the antique objects of vast collection of prints, drawings, the Dutch culture, and the classic photography.
Anne Frank House: Anne Frank House is a writer’s house and biographical museum. It is a museum with a story through quotes, photos, videos and original items of Anne Frank. It is the 3rd most visited Museum after the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. The Museum is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Heineken Experience: A visit to Heineken Experience Tour is must see for beer lovers in Amsterdam. The Heineken Experience is located on Stadhouderskade. It is a 90 minutes self-guided tour where you will be explained about the history of Heineken beer family. You will also enjoy the brewing process in this Tour. The Heineken Tour is one of the most popular activities in Amsterdam as in the end you will end up your trip with free Heineken beers. Visitors under 18 years of age are not allowed to take Heineken Tour.
Canal Cruises: The canals of Amsterdam are great introduction to city. There are over 160 canals in Amsterdam. Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht are the three main canals of capital city of Netherlands. Amsterdam has more than 100 kms of canals and back in 2010, Amsterdam’s canal ring was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site hence Amsterdam visit is incomplete without a canal cruise. Canal Cruise last for 45 minutes to an hour. There is a wide array of Cruises available in day or night and with meals or drinks.
The Royal palace: The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is situated in Dam Sqaure which is the heart of Amsterdam. The Royal Palace is one of the three Palaces, which the State has placed at the King's disposal by an Act of Parliament. As the name suggests, it is used for Royal events. It is open for visitors between 10am to 5pm. Cell phones are not permitted inside the Palace. Photography is permitted under special conditions and with certain exceptions.
Red Light District: Prostitution is legal in Netherlands. Red light district is the area where prostitutes stand behind the window and have their own rooms for entertainment. This is the most visible and typical kinds of sex work in Amsterdam. There are three Red Light District in Amsterdam but De Wallen in the city center is one of the oldest and the famous one. Red Light District in Amsterdam is called as Rosse Buurt. Red Light District is open 24/7. The window brothels are, however, closed for only 2 hours in the morning i.e. 6am-8am.
Museumplein: The Museumplein is a public place for relaxation between visits to all the museums. Most of the museums are located in Museumplein. It is located centrally and has is one of the largest square of Amsterdam. It has many restaurants, shopping complex, biggest park, underground parking and underground super market. This place is also used for festivals and celebrations. Few bordering Museums are Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, and Moco Museum.
Madame Tussauds: Madame Tussauds Amsterdam is a wax museum located in the centre of the city on Dam Square, near the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. It consists of wax figures of the most happening and famous personalities.
Dam Square: Dam square is a town square in Netherlands. It lies in the central of Amsterdam, near Centraal station in the river Amstel. Royal Palace, Madamme Tussaud wax Museum, Gothic Nieuwe Kirk Church and National Monument is situated in Dam square.
Zaanse Schans Tours: This is one of the famous tours of Dutch village to discover the traditional side of Amsterdam. It is popular for its windmills. Zaanse Schans is like an open air Museum having windmills open for visitors. You can club it in Canal Cruise to see Zaanse Schans and Dutch villages.
Hop-on Hop off Canal Cruise:Sightseeing in Amsterdam can also be done by Hop on hop off boats at your own pace. These tours help you to explore city’s famous canals. You can hop on and hop off as often as per your convenience.
Hop-on Hop off sightseeing buses:There are many hop on hop off red sightseeing Bus tours is the best way to get around the city while seeing top attractions especially when you have limited time and you want to make the most of it. There are buses that depart at regular intervals from fixed departure points. The tour gives you flexibility to choose the attraction you wish to explore at your own pace. The best part of Hop off Hop On tour is that you can hop off one bus by checking out and later hop on to another tour bus once you are done with the complete visit of a particular place or in case you want to spend more time in one place. Hop on hop buses are of 24 or 48 hours duration. Most recommended duration is 48 hours.
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