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.
When you go out from the Central station just walk to the front where you can see many people leading to..
This is one of the most famous street of Amsterdam called Damrak.. Here you can find many souvenir shops as well as tourist offices for Hotel reservation and tours...
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.
You can see here in the picture where you can bye the pass but let me mention the places here too:
VVV Tourist Office: Stationsplein 10 opposite the Central RW Station, at your left hand side
IN the Central Station on platform 2 (VVV)
VVV in the Leidsestraat 1 (in the city)
Holland Tourist Information AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPHOL at ARRIVAL HALL 2
VVV KOESTRAAT 9 PURMEREND (out of Amsterdam)
VVV Gedempte gracht 76 ZAANDAM (out of Amsterdam)
Fondest memory: In the picture you can also see WHICH restaurants and WHICH attractions give you the 25% discount.......not all do.
Think before you buy: when e.g. you buy a 3 day PASS you have to make use of all is has to offer DURING THE 3 DAYS you have the card.....You buy one and the first time you use it e.g. to go by Tram to your hostel or hotel the 3 days start!
Pay attention to weekends and Dutch National holidays etc. and special events you want to visit!
Perhaps also nice to use the card to travel (15 min) to Haarlem or Rotterdam......
BUT you will save some 100 Euros during 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS.......
You can also rent a bike for 3 consec. days.....
read the brochure before deciding....
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!
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