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Amsterdam is a city that many people would describe as ‘not real’ Holland. But sometimes, that’s not really a bad thing, Amsterdam offers a taste of what life would be like if everything was just perfect. That’s not to say Amsterdam isn’t without it’s problems but upon arrival you’ll feel a lot more chilled out, and certainly a lot happier than you was back home. Its a cyclers paradise and a holy Mecca for ‘Coffeeshops’. We love Amsterdam and we wouldn’t have it any other way. This Amsterdam Guide will give you an insight in everything you need to know.

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Activities:

  • Have a picnic in Vondel Park
  • Pose at the IAMsterdam sign
  • Go to the Heineken Museum
  • Take a stroll through the Red Light District
  • Explore like a local – Rent a bike and explore (€10 a day)
  • Explore the numerous museums! Especially, Rijksmuseum!
  • Take a swing above Amsterdam with the tallest swing in Europe!
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There’s only one real way to get around Amsterdam and that is by bicycle.

You can rent one of these for around 10 Euros a day if you know where to look.

Failing that Amsterdam is perfectly easy to walk through, just be prepared to give way to the bikes!

To get here from the Airport you’ll want to take the Metro, which is super easy and costs €20 return.

^ The journey takes around an hour.

BEFORE YOU GO

Visas

If you’re in the EU or EEA, no visa needed! Simply head straight through!

If not, you’ll need a Schengen Visa – which is 60 for 90 days

^ This also let’s you into other European countries.

Weather

Amsterdam is best enjoyed in the summer months (June-September) when the weather is warm.

However if you’re not good with the heat, you can always opt for winter for the idlic winter shots.

Amsterdam is manageable all year round!

Budget

Backpacker Budget -€80 a day
€30-40 accommodation. €20 food. €20 attractions.

 

Rockstar Budget – €150+ a day
€80-500 accommodation, €30-70 food. €20+ attractions.

Currency

Amsterdam only accepts Euro (€)

Most places do take Visa/MasterCard

There’s also a lot of Currency Exchange’s in Amsterdam.

Language

Main: Dutch

Second: English

Third: German

Vaccinations

You won’t need any special jabs to get here.

Just your routine vaccinations – MMR, Polio, Tetanus

Precautions: Hepatitis A & B, Rabies.

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USEFUL INFORMATION

Accommodation

Budget:
Lucky Lake Hostel – Dorms £30 a night. Privates £40 a night.

Moderate:
Citiez Hotel Amsterdam – £83 a night!

Luxury:
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam – £448 a night!

Or alternatively – Live like a local & rent an Airbnb!

Foods

Cheap Eats
Vegan Junk Food Bar

Moderate
Zaza’s

Fine Dining
De Silveren Spiegel

Tops Foods to try:
Stroopwafel
Kroket
Poffertjes
Bitterballen

Mannerisms

The dutch do not raise their voice in public.

When meeting people for the first time, greet by a handshake.

Always use a knife and fork when eating. NEVER use your hands.

Keep hands above the table at all times, however, avoid having your elbows on the table.

Don’t chew gum in public.

Phrases

Hello
Hallo (Ha-low)

Goodbye
Vaarwell (var-vell)

Please
alsjeblieft (a-show-bleeft)

Thank you
Dank u (da-hnk-you)

EVENTS

Light Festival

Whether you stroll around or opt to take a boat on the famous canal – it will illuminate your life! Perfect for those dark, cold, winter months!

November - January

Pride Amsterdam

A massive celebration for everyone. Colours flying everywhere, it’s a brilliant time to be in Amsterdam! Celebrate LGBT’s everywhere!

July - August

Kings Day

A very important day of the Dutch. A celebration where the streets wake up! Concerts, singing, dancing – it’s a festivity you won’t want to miss!

April

WANDERLUST TOP TIPS

  • Book the Anne Frank Museum in advanced. It gets super busy.
  • Vondelpark is the perfect place to hang out for a day if you’re on a budget, but you’ll definitely need a bike to see it all
  • Skip Madame Tussauds, why see waxworks when you’ve got this city to enjoy?!
  • Know the difference between a cafe and coffeeshop, sounds obvious but we’ve seen people get confused very quickly.
  • Don’t be awkward walking around the Red Light District, it’s a new experience so embrace it, just don’t take any pictures.

SUMMARY

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Amsterdam is a beautiful city with so much to offer, from the friendly locals to the coffeeshops that dot all the main streets, its a perfect example of a contemporary European city. The gorgeous rivers that meander through the heart of the city is a testament to its historic charm coupled with its forward thinking policies and attitudes of life.

Affordability 5.5
Ease of Travel 10
Cuisine 7
Culture 6.5
Things to do 8
7.4 Final Score
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