Check Steven Pemberton's FREE online Guide
for handy links and info when visiting Amsterdam.
And this is another FREE guide, a PDF file from Boom Chicago Amsterdam. A printed version of this guide can be picked up at Boom Chicago and various locations around town. It includes a map of the city center too.
Favorite thing: The first thing one should do after coming to Amsterdam is ofcourse get a tourist map. you have two choices. One, go up to first floor of Centraal station to tourist information centre and buy a map for 2 euros, or buy it for some price at any other place or stoer around. Second option, that I really liked is that just go to the map machine in the station near the ticket machines where you can just print out the map with directions in dark black line as you require. The first photo is the one that I printed out from the machine and the second one is a photo of the machine itself. well this photo is one of the machine frome Rotterdam station. The machine at Amsterdam station looks same, but is in blue colour.
Pick up this very informative book at the tourist info office and some hotels.
Its FREE, includes a mine of info, telephonenumbers, events, tourist info and maps.
The only guide you will need for your visit.,
By far this group has created the BEST map of the city that I have come across. The map can be purchased in tobacco shops and bookstores in Amsterdam.
The online version is pretty great too!
It is available in Dutch and English
The map of the modern Amsterdam is in the center just like it was centuries ago.
The city was started at a dam in the river Amstel. And every time it wanted to get bigger a new canal was dug at the outside. And you still seee the canals in a round patern. The semi circles getting bigger and bigger.
Favorite thing: Most tourists will spend most, if not all, of their time in the old part of the city. This part consists of a series of concentric canals in between which are islands. A map of this part of the city shows a remarkable similarity with that of hell as described by Dante in his Comedia. You may want to get a map of this area if you don't want to get lost; you're not going to see much difference between the canals! Getting lost may be fun in another city, in Amsterdam's canals district it's just a bore. A simple map with just the names of the various canals should already be a big help, and you will usually find the name of the canal where you are at houses standing at corners.
for one year i prepared for our trip to amsterdam, looking up every aspect of the trip.. besides this site which is the best i reccomend anyone with questions about amsterdam to go to http://www.channels.nl/
there are a few people from here that help on that site as well as some very friendly amsterdam natives...
A good map is a must for getting around the city without too much difficulty.
Fondest memory: A good map with give you the ability to know which trams to get on and what stops to get off at:)) And it will keep you from seriously getting lost in this confusing town full of tiny streets!
Get the free map from the hotel or tourist information. The half circle canals always guide you in Amsterdam - hard to get lost, but this specific tourist map is great in another sense, not only to give you the shortcuts from A to B:
We were three collegues spending a weekend in Amsterdam, all equipped with the same tourist map (marked with guiding numbers for different sites), and mobile phones. We wanted to do different things, split and meet, split and meet again. Instead of dealing with addresses and how to get there and where exactly to meet each other, we speedily just could communicate like this:
- I'm at 12 (on the map), where are you?
- I'm a centimeter from number 3. Talked to x and she's close to 6. She hopes to see us at 4 around 8. OK?
It was very simple!
Pick up a (free!) copy of the Yellow Pages Visitors Guide - it contains maps, tourist sites & information, embassies, etcetera...
I think I got mine at the hotel, but I'm sure they'll be easy to find.
Like I said..the geometric shape alone makes Amsterdams layout interesting.Add to that the fact that between almost all those streets are canals and you simply have a plethora of visuals...each turn of the corner gives you another focal point....time after time.Its like some labyrinth that doesnt have dead-ends...just cooler places.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Amsterdam was the 2nd trip in 1985..we had rented a motorhome and parked near the Olympic Stadium campground. It was on a bus/tram line and in a city that was expensivce even back then ,,the campground only charged like $7...these days you tip the bellman that to take your bags to your room.
Favorite thing: Visit a VVV office. Tthe Netherlands has some of the best tourist information available at their tourist offices throughout the country. A VVV office can provide the traveler with anything from maps to city guides to hotel reservations all at a reasonable price. If you don't already have the information you need or if you need a room I highly recommend that you visit a VVV office before you do anything. A hotel reservation will cost you under 10 Euros and is well worth the price if you have ever tried to book a room in Amsterdam by yourself. Once you have settled on the hotel you will be asked to pay for the full bill at the VVV office. The only down side is that you don't get to see the hotel that you are given but again, it's well worth the convenience. VVV offices can be found at Schiphol Airport and in front of Amsterdam's Central Station (walk out the front door and head straight and to the left). You can also use any other VVV office in the country to book as we did from delft.
Favorite thing: Amsterdam is indeed very beautiful, but it's very uniform in its style and the canals and bridges all look the same! Keep a map at hand and know your bearings...
Go to the IJ-brewery.
It is located in a windmill in the east of Amsterdam (near the tropical museum).
Open: Wed-Sun 16:00-20:00
Fondest memory: Well, it's my home town...
What else can I say?
Favorite thing: Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has a wide range of places of interest, historical monuments and more than 50 museums.