Amstaredam is a crowded city with cobblestone pavement at certain places.
Luckely more and more improvements are made to aid visual handicapped people, like beeping traffic lights, guiding pavement and more.
The latest I saw where braille rails along the steps at the Central Station
Smits Koffiehuis (Opposite the station)
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
Not fond at all: Recent crimes
If you intend to visit more than 5 museums during your stay it is interesting to buy a Museum Kaart - Museum Card at 39,95 + 4,95 € administration cost only for the 1st year.
Reduced price of 19,95 till 18 yr. (prices checked for 2011).
The card is valid for 1 YEAR for 400 MUSEUMS all over the Netherlands.
All great museums are on the list of free entrance with this card.
In Amsterdam itself, 29 museums are included within the Museum Card:
Allard Pierson Museum / Archeologisch Museum Der Universiteit Van Amsterdam
Amsterdams Historisch Museum
De Burcht / Vakbondsmuseum
De Nieuwe Kerk
FOAM Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
Hermitage Amsterdam (Phase I)
Huis Marseille, Stichting voor Fotografie
Joods Historisch Museum
Museum Amstelkring, Ons' Lieve Heer Op Solder
Museum Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis
Museum Het Rembrandthuis
Museum Het Schip
Museum Van Loon
Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum CS
Theatermuseum / Theater Instituut Nederland
Van Gogh Museum
For Rotterdam: Boymans van Beuningen, etc.
Den Haag: Mauritshuis, etc.
Haarlem: Frans Hals, Teylers, etc.
The card avoids queues especially at the Van Gogh were there is a special fast lane.
At the Rijksmuseum everybody has to pass the same safety control so that the fast lane comes later.
At the other 400 museums there is most often no queue so that it is also better to buy the museum card at one of the less popular museums. The card is also sold at Uitburo (AUB) Leidseplein 26.
The card can be renewed each year at only 34,95 € but that is for the frequent visitors of the Netherlands.
One more cleaing shop: Clean Center.
This one is located between the Heineken Experience and the Albert Cuyp street market at Ferdinand Bolstraat 7-9.
Mo-Fr: 8AM - 9PM
Sa: 8AM - 5PM
I hope you never will need it.
In case on a mediacall emergency call: 112.
In less severe cases take tram 16 or 24 (if possible) and go to the VU Medical center.
For a family docter appointment call: 088 - 0030600.
Jordaan Apotheek - Westerstraat 180c
Business hours: Mo-Fr: 8.30AM - 6PM
MedicijnMan Apotheek - Utrechtsestraat 86
Business hours: Mo-Fr: 9AM - 6PM
DA apotheek Leidsestraat - Leidsestraat 74-76
Business hours: All week 8.30AM - 11PM (you need a family docter prescription!)
The biggest Amsterdam hospital: AMC at the Holendrecht Metro stop.
The following is taken from the Official Dutch Tourist Bureau website:
Effective July 1, 2004 the following health care rules apply to the EU and EEA countries. With an international health insurance pass, visitors to Holland are entitled to health care should this be needed during their stay in our country. The care provided, however, is related to the length of stay in Holland. The concept ‘should this be needed’ is, of course, quite vague. It means that all services covered by medical insurance will be reimbursed.
Treatment for which someone expressly travels to Holland is excepted. An E112 (Treatment Abroad Scheme) form is required for such treatment.
Amsterdam has many city quarters with their own counsils:
Bos en Lommer
After May 1, 2010 the number has been brought down to these seven:
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.
"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.
Wash and Mail is a great shop that offers:
Cheap Internet and intenational calls
Othere tourist services
Address: Amstel 30 - 1017 AB Amsterdam
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