The best tip that you can find...
In order to avoid LONG LONG LONG lines buy your tickets in advance at the information/tourist office center infront of the Centraal Station, or at the tourist office in the Centraal Station itself on the second floor. TRUST ME, it's well worth it, you cut the line, if you have the ticket, why do you need to wait? The I AMsterdam cards are great if you plan ahead and use it fully, but you can't cut the lines with it.
I love the 17th and 18th...
I love the 17th and 18th century architecture. I love the fleets of bicycles on the roads, I love the tree lined canals and scattered parks,I love its freaky perverted and yet sensual lovely red light district! All these contribute to the mood of the city.
Flag of the European Union (EU)
The Netherlands is a member of the European Union.
Since 1 May 2004, the 27 members of European Union are:
Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | The Czech Republic | Cyprus | Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | The Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | United Kingdom |
The historical evolution of membership is:
* 1958: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands
* 1973: Denmark, Ireland, United Kingdom
* 1981: Greece
* 1986: Portugal, Spain
* 1995: Austria, Finland, Sweden
* 2004: The Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia
* 2007: Bulgaria, Romania
The twelve yellow stars on a blue field were officially adopted as the symbol of the European Community on 26 May 1986.
12 was reckoned to be a "good" number because it had no political innuendo, and there are
* 12 signs of the zodiac;
* 12 hours on a clock;
* 12 months in a year;
* 12 apostles;
* 12 tables of Roman Law;
* and 12 starry crowns of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Source: Flags Of The World
Useful phone numbers
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Netherlands:
Police (non-urgent): 0900-8844
NICE TO KNOW THINGS......
TAX FREE SHOPPING IN HOLLAND....
As a foreign visitor you are entitled to claim back the tax you pay on your purchases when you take them home.
The easy and safe way to reclaim your tax is with GLOBAL REFUND .
This service is offered in more than 29 countries worldwide.
As a non-EU resident, you can reclaim your VAT in Holland when your purchases exceed 137 Euro in one store in one day.
For more INFO contact: GLOBAL REFUND HOLLAND bv
Phone 023 524 19 09