Information Centers, Amsterdam
2013 24H Events
City counsel-page with interactive streetmap.
Amsterdam Tourist Board.
Amsterdam events and more
Monuments & Archelogy
Museums at the canals
Latest news presented on the Amsterdam map
WEATHER averages, More weather
Amsterdam events of the coming week
Access to Amsterdam Parking, Road closures etc.
Hot links and discounts
Trendy info; muntthee
A walk in the old city
Amsterdam Communication Channels or Citysite with interactive picture tour.
Amsterdam in 360 degrees
Great Amsterdam pictures
Go where the locals go
None VT Amsterdam meetings
Urban Home & Garden Tour
Fondest memory: More links:
25,000 Amsterdam FAQ's in AlphaBetical order
Spotted-by-locals: Experience Amsterdam like a local
Expat meeting point Amsterdam
Coffeeshops map and Coffeeshop pictures
Red Light Districht information
More RLD info
Amsterdam Centraal, Downtown news in Dutch.
Special organised private tours
Typical Amsterdam info (Dutch only)
Not fond at all: Recent crimes
The Amsterdam Tourist Offices can be found at:
-The Central Train Station (Stationsplein 15 at track 2B)
-The Koffiehuis in front of the Central Train Station (Stationsplein 10)
-Leidsestraat (corner with Leidseplein)
Amsterdam website of the Dutch Tourist Board or the Tourism & Convention Board
Major downtown attractions in one view
Downloadable flyers for your first visit
Fondest memory: Daytrips to attractions within one hour travel around Amsterdam.
Once you exit Centraal Station, you will see an information center right across the street. The line was only a couple of people deep when we stopped by, we asked for a map and were advised it was 2E so we decided to use the maps we had printed out instead which worked fine.
Some very good online information
Amsterdamlogue, especially the layover guide, get out of Schiphol Airport
Frommers has several walking tours
Favorite thing: All over Amsterdam you can find free magazines and booklets about the nightlife, theatre,... pick them up !!! They are full of useful information, discount tickets,... We found the Amsterdam Night and Day very useful.
These little information offices can be found through out the country. While they can offer some good services, they do differ from some of their counter parts in other countries. They can/will give you basic verbal information for free, and sell passes and local maps as well as other basic written information material.
This system appears to have be redesigned several years ago, and now must finically support its self.
The one shown is just outside of Central Station, and one of the busiest ones I’ve seen. With long lines being common, I would suggest trying to use an alternate system for simple information. Many hotels have free maps and along with written information, and a person on staff to answer basic questions. This can be a much more efficient method.
However I have found that it can serve some other unique purposes. First it makes a great meeting place, since it’s easy to find. It also has a nice little internet café attached to it. The computers are a little old and funky, but do work. Coffee is good too. There is also a small restaurant, however I haven’t tried it.
THE AMSTERDAM TOURIST BOARD
Besides tourist information (hotel reservations, excursions and theatre tickets etc.) the Amsterdam Tourist Office (still called by its former name " VVV ", provides info on guided walking tours, attractions, restaurants, shops, parking facilities and public transportation.
The Tourist Offices can be found at 3 central locations: CENTRAL STATION, LEIDSEPLEIN and STADIONPLEIN.
Amsterdam Tourist Board: 0900 400 40 40
Favorite thing: Boom! is a quarterly guide published by Boom Chicago in conjunction with Holland Casino. The guide is not shy about promoting their interests but it was surprisingly very helpful. The guide includes general information on the city (trams, restaurants, clubs), dutch customs, mini guides to the red light district and drugs, and other misc. tips. We had success with the souvenir shop and 3 restaurants that were mentioned in the booklet. A map is also included on the back with all their points of interest marked. I actually ended up using it more than the map I paid for. I picked up my copy in a coffeeshop but I saw them all around town.
"when is the best time to go for our budget"?... I have been four times- always in the off season and twice in February- the prices are considerably lower in Feb. Of course, you miss out on comfortably wandering around all day in warm weather. Here are a few things I felt made the mid-winter visit a good value; "smoking"- it makes every day sunny for me :), museums are always comfy and the crowds are almost non-existent, I could afford to get a nice room in the center (Centrum) of the city- very convenient and usually quite pricey. I doubt that meal prices at nice restaurants fluctuate a lot based on the season but they might- it's definitely easier to find a bargain meal in February than it is in May. There are so many things to do in the city center- and the public transportation is so good, I would make a big effort to have my party of four in a hotel there. That opens the opportunity for folks to head back to the room whenever they want and chill. Finally, there is no bad time to go to Amsterdam- just not enough time.
Fondest memory: My best memories are of interactions with the local people. As with most places, they seem more approachable and appreciative during the off-season.
I subscribe to many different magazines and this one is a tip from National Geographic Traveler:
Free Ride Sandeman's New Europe tours offer free (well, guides accept tips) walking and biking tours of Amsterdam and Berlin. English speaking guides joke, dish out advice, and tell historical anecdotes all along the way.
Check out: www.newamsterdamtours.com
The official site of the Amsteram Tourist and Convention Board.
Lots of useful information!
A website with a lot of practical information about Amsterdam