Queen's Day is held every year on April 30. Queen's Day (dutch: Koninginnedag) is a national holiday, which is celebrated by street parties and numerous events. Queen's day is a joyful occasion, where Amsterdam is famous for staging an all out street party, which starts at night on April 29 and lasts into the small hours of April 30.
New Year 2008-2009 - Each Year, in front of the Royal Palace at the Dam the Damfeest is held. The party, to celebrate New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, takes place between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. There is no entrance fee. A NewYears party with lot of music and fireworks. With more than 25,000 visitors a huge party - Happy New Year!
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day -
A short trip on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day to Amsterdam? Count down for New Year, attend Amsterdam New Year fireworks?
Booking in time is announced, what is happening in Amsterdam? New Year parties at pubs, discotheques and at each and every corner up to private underground celebrations... but keep in mind at the first of January between 5 and 7am then it is officially cooling down time. No alcoholic beverages are served. Also remember buying of Fireworks is only permitted from 29.12 to 31.12.
Between 2003 and 2008 the Rijksmuseum, the national museum of the Netherlands dedicated to arts, crafts and history is undergoing a major renovation. Large parts of the Rijksmuseum collection were transferred to other museums in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium during the renovation work in the main building. The museum maintains the most important collection of 15th to 19th century art in the Netherlands, find the Rijksmuseum at Stadhouderskade. The Rijksmuseum is open every day from 9 am to 6 pm. All rooms in the museum are accessible for wheelchairs.
Spend your time, while waiting for your flight, in the Rijksmuseum at Schiphol Airport, the only airport museum in the world! The Rijksmuseum Schiphol is located on the Holland Boulevard, in the area beyond the passport checkpoint between the E and F Piers. The museum is open daily from 7 am to 8 pm. Admission is free. The Rijksmuseum has a permanent exhibition of works by Dutch masters from the Golden Age, from the Rijksmuseum collection. The temporary exhibition changes a number of times a year. Paintings of windmills, but also a number of ingenious 18th. century models. Showing this exhibition, the Rijksmuseum gives the passengers at AMS Airport Schiphol a glimpse of this distinctive part of the Dutch cultural heritage.
The #1 best way to meet Amsterdam is by bike. At most of the Dutch train stations there are bicycle rentals called OV-fiets. Unfortunately they very rarely support eco-friendly sightseeing with additional services like the latest bike maps or guided bicycle tours or even bycicle with child seat.
The Van Gogh Museum contains the largest and most varied collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. Located close to the Museumplein, between Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum. Vincent van Gogh was one of the greatest draughtsman to emerge in the 19th century (1853-1890). The Museum is accessible for wheelchair users.
Rembrandt House Museum is located behind Waterlooplein a 5 minutes walk from the Central Station. The Rembrandt House Museum was officially opened in June 1911 by Queen Wilhelmina. All floors of the museum can be reached by lift.
Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam's best known and most often visited church stands in the heart of the city, next to the Royal Palace on the Dam Square. Inside rest numerous names from Dutch history like Admiral de Ruyter and the poet Vondel.
Concertgebouw, built in 1888 and spectacular for its acoustics with more than 600 concerts and events a year. Het Concertgebouw is located at Concertgebouwplein
The Royal Theatre Carré at Amstel 115 - 125 Known from revivals of musicals like West Side Story, My Fair Lady or Anatevka but also from shows with international music stars like Dave Brubeck, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick or Van Morisson.
Leidseplein (tram 1,2 or 5 from central station) and Rembrandtsplein (bus 355 from central station) are other tourist attractions, in this area you find restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs all close together.
RAI the Exhibition and Conference Centre
The RAI started in 1893 as a bicycle exhibition centre and went to an international leading exhibition and congress organisation today, featuring exhibitions, trade fairs and international conferences and symposiums. The RAI is located in the South of the city.
The football stadium ArenA (with a retractable roof) of soccer club AFC Ajax, built in 1996 for about 92 million Euro with a capacity of a little more than 50,000 seats. Seatingplan!. The stadium also hosts the Amsterdam Admirals, an American Football team. It is a good idea to use the ArenA Transferium car parking when visiting Amsterdam. It costs about 9,- Euro a day including a tram ticket to the city centre. Find the ArenA on exit 1 Ouderkerk aan de Amstel on the motorway A2 Utrecht-Amsterdam following the P+RPark and Ride signs.
Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art: Leporello
An art historian's selection from the museums collection - 130 works will unfold as a Leporello, in which each art work has a connection to the preceding and following work of art.
Aalsmeer Flower Auction The world's largest flower auction. Each day from Monday to Friday millions of plants and cut flowers like tulips and daffodils are sold and bought in Alsmeer near Schiphol Airport and about 15 kilometers from Amsterdam. The majority of the flowers and plants come from local producers, but also from foreign countries. Once they are sold they are loaded onto trucks and spread to local florist shops in Europe and other worldwide countries. To visit a flower auction go there early in the morning. The entire spectacle starts at 7am. And will only last for little more than 2 hours.
Houseboats Amsterdam counts almost 2500 houseboats permanent moored in the canals where people live on. Some are only designed for housing and equipped with water and electricity. Some Houseboats are real ships most of them are early cargo ships rebuild for housing purposes. Some houseboat owners offer accommodations with breakfast as well as accommodations without breakfast or self-catering. It seems Amsterdam has the only Houseboat Museum in the world located at Prinsengracht.
The secrets of the world's oldest profession exposed on a walking tour through the narrow alleys and canals of the famous Red Light District of Amsterdam. Chat with a former sex worker who can answer all your questions. A safe way to discover the old streets where famous monuments, prostitutes, pubs, and restaurants jostle side-by-side. Besides the famous red windows, there is a museum the Sex Museum Amsterdam dedicated to sex wat else?. In its interior a review to the history of the oldest pleasure of the world is realised with peculiar objects and sexual games of all type.
Where is? Map of Amsterdam including Schiphol Airport
Amsterdam Metro Map
Map colour and metro stops
Red - Central Station to Gasperplas
No. 53, Metro stops: Central Station, Nieuwmarkt, Waterlooplein, Weesperplein, Wilbautstraat, Amstel, Spaklerweg, Van der Madeweg, Venserpolder, Diemen Zuid, Verrijn Stuartweg, Ganzenhoef, Kraaiennest, Gaasperplas.
Yellow - Central Station to Gein
No. 54, Metro stops: Central Station, Nieuwmarkt, Waterlooplein, Weesperplein, Wilbautstraat, Amstel, Spaklerweg, Van der Madeweg, Duivendrecht, Strandvlet, Arena, Bijlmer, Bullewijk, Holendrecht, Reigersbos, Gein.
Orange - Central Station to Westdijk
No. 51, Metro stops: Central Station, Nieuwmarkt, Waterlooplein, Weesperplein, Wilbautstraat, Amstel, Spaklerweg, Overamstel, RAI, Zuid WTC, De Boelelaan, Uilestede, Kronenburg, Zonnestein, Onderuit, Oranjebaan, Amstelveer Center, Ouderkerkerlaan, Sportlaan, Maarne, Gondel, Meent, Brink, Poortwachter, Spinnerij, Sacharovlaan, Westwijk.
Green - Isolatorweg to Gein
No. 50, Metro stops: Isolatorweg, Sloterdijk, De Vlugtlaan, Jan van Galenstraat, Postjesweg, Lelylaan, Heemstedestraat, Snelvlietweg, Amstelveenseweg, Zuid WTC, Rai, Overamstel, Van der Madeweg, Duivendrecht, Strandvlet - Arena, Bijlmer, Bullewijk, Holendrecht, Reigersbos, Gein.
Welcome in Amsterdam! - Welkom in Amsterdam! - Bienvenue à Amsterdam! - Willkommen in Amsterdam!
For train travel from Schiphol to Amsterdam or other Dutch cities visit the NS.NL Journey planner, (available in English).
For car travel from Schiphol to Amsterdam or other Dutch cities visit ROUTE.ANWB.NL ANWB routeplanner, (not available in English).
Collection of facts for tourists and travelers - Attractions guide to Amsterdam - Sightseeing.
Visiting and exploring the capital of the Netherlands in the province North Holland, one of the most popular european cities. The city is separated by the IJ waterway formerly a bay connected to the Zuiderzee. Tunnels connect the center and the North area. To the North of Amsterdam borders the Markermeer. There is the quiet yacht harbor of Durgerdam. About 170 nationalities live in the main city. The city centre has many renaissance buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries. Historical buildings are to be found along the famous canals. Amsterdam has also a long heritage in the diamonds industry and has been a major diamond centre since the later 16th century. Just in case, if you hear about Mokum, some people state it is a nickname for Amsterdam. Actually people related to Amsterdam, we asked about this, said this name refers to a quarter in the old city center! Parking space in the center is rare and expensive, using public transport like tram, metro, bus or the ferry to Amsterdam North is advisable. An other nice way to discover the city is by water on a rented water bike, on foot, or by a canal boat. One of the major gateways to Europe is AMS Schiphol Airport. From the train-station at Schiphol Airport it needs 15 minutes to the Central Station. A taxi from the airport may cost about 35€. By the way, by train you may reach every major city in the Netherlands within 3 hours or less.
For Children - Science Center Nemo about technological and scientific subjects with interactive exhibitions, the key is touch everything.
AMS Schiphol Airport Arrival and Departure
( Luchthaven Schiphol, Evert v.d. Beekstraat 202, 1118 CP Schiphol, NL )
Distance from Schiphol Airport to the City Centre 17 kilometers or 20 mins. The Inner city of Amsterdam is enclosed by the Spuistraat in the West, Amstel in the South and Zwanenburgwal / Oudeschanns in the East. The outer city is enclosed by the highway A10
Anne Frank House in the city center at Prinsengracht 263 the place where Anne wrote her famous diary. Anne Frank (Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank 1929-1945) and family and 4 other people hid in this building from July 1942 until August 1944. Once betrayed, all were sent to concentration camps, only Anne's father, Otto Frank, survived. Anne Frank died of typhus in 1945 at the age of sixteen a few days after her sister Margot in the Belsen concentration camp only a week before the German surrender. In 1947 the first Dutch edition of Anne's diary, published by her father, appeared. Since then the diary has been published in more then 60 languages. The Anne Frank House as well the Diary of a Young Girl is a very emotional experience. The original of the diary is on display as part of the Anne Frank House's permanent exhibition. Anne Frank Museum | Anne Frank Anne Frank Center, USA
Anne Frank Monument by Mari Andriessen
Madame Tussauds where you can meet famous Dutch, foreign personalities and celebrities. Special effects help to create a vivid impression of life in Holland. Madame Tussauds is located on Dam Square a 10 minute walk, along the Damrak, from Central Station. Note, no dogs are allowed inside Madame Tussauds.
Tussauds at Dam Square - also think of the Royal Palace, the annual New Years Party, the National Monument, Hotel Krasnapolsky or Nieuwe Kerk and countless dining and shopping opportunities, it's all on the square.
Dutch Touring Tips
If you come to the Netherlands to see major cities like Delft (Zuid Holland), Leiden (Zuid Holland), Arnhem (Gelderland), Den Haag (Zuid Holland), Maastricht (Limburg), Utrecht (Utrecht), Groningen (Groningen) and Haarlem (Noord Holland) these are a few, use the train, it is your best way of transportation. Trains run from early in the morning to midnight every day. There are at least 2 or even more trains per hour on all major cities. Have a look at the country side and villages as well, a good way to do this is renting a bicycle at a railway station.
Please note! Travel to the Netherlands or Europe by Schengen Agreement. Upon entry into the the Netherlands, immigration officials will typically require presentation of round-trip tickets and documents valid for onward travel.
Drinking and driving: If the level of alcohol in the blood is 0.05 per cent or more, severe penalties include withdrawal of driving license and imprisonment.
Driving license: The minimum age at which license holders can drive a temporarily imported car or motorcycle is 18.
Fuel: Unleaded petrol (95 and 98 octane) is available; there is no leaded petrol, but lead-substitute petrol is available as Super, 98 octane. You are permitted to carry petrol in cans, but it is forbidden aboard ferries. Credit cards are accepted at most filling stations; check with your card issuer to be sure you can use your card in the Netherlands before traveling.
Lights: Undipped headlights cannot be used during the day, or when their use inconveniences other traffic or pedestrians. Sidelights only are prohibited.
Motorcycles: Crash helmets are compulsory.
Motor insurance: Third-party insurance is compulsory.
Passengers/children in cars: Children under 12 or less than 1.5m in height cannot travel as front-seat passengers unless using suitable restraint system.
But a child of ten and 1.6 metres or more in height can sit in the front wearing normal seat belts. Children under three in the rear do not have to wear a seat belt, but must use a child seat or restraint if one is fitted. Children over three and under 12 must wear a seat belt if there are no child seats or restraints.
Seat belts: Front- and rear-seat occupants must wear seat belts where they are fitted.
Speed limits: Standard legal limits (varied by signs) for private vehicles without trailers: built-up areas 31mph (50km/h), outside built-up areas 49mph (80km/h) or 62mph (100km/h) and motorways 74mph (120km/h). There is no minimum speed on motorways.
Special features: A warning triangle or hazard warning lights must be used in accidents or breakdowns (we recommend that you always carry a warning triangle). Buses have right of way when leaving bus-stops in built-up areas. Trams have right of way except when crossing a priority road. Be aware of cyclists and skaters.
Bed & Breakfast, the lowcost way to travel. After budget hotels, the Bed & Breakfast (B&B) segment is slated to create the next buzz in the domestic hospitality industry. This Dutch travel lodge site meets the demands of housing for leisure travelers. For footloose foreign tourists and people, B&B hotels and Dutch Inn's offer home-like environs with personalised service at economical rates in a large quad, triple, twin room or a family Bed and Breakfast. This is where the B&B segment fits the bill. Though running B&B is an out and out private sector affair. In most European and US markets, the B&B segment accounts for anywhere between 20% and 40% of the total hospitality sector market. B&B's are essentially family-managed, with a few select rooms dedicated for guests offering basic personalised services. Internationally, the tariff points, targeted at budget travelers, prices range between $25 and $60 per room per night and person, offering no frills services with a home flavour. The personal and family touch in B&B hotels is what sets them apart from the rest. For instance, farm tourism can help farmers augment their incomes, while giving city slickers a first-hand feel of rural life. Currently, paying guest accommodations in major metros and tourist centres mostly cater to backpackers from overseas. The B&B segment is a very vibrant sector in the international hospitality industry. As the action in the B&B segment hots up, leisure travellers certainly will look forward to this home away from homes.