This city is called in different ways.
The city of tulips, because there are indeed a lot of them and Amsterdam holds one of the first places for selling flowers in Europe. Be sure to visit the only floating flower market in the world.
The city of bicycles, because locals and tourists, mostly, move around the city on them. You can also rent a bicycle (link below). Not only bicycles but also scooters move along numerous bicycle paths, the traffic is very intensive. Therefore, if you are not sure about your bike riding skills, it is better to walk or use public transport. It is more profitable to buy a single transport card for all days of stay.
The city of canals, as the city is built on stilts and is surrounded by numerous canals with hundreds of bridges. Regular water excursions are conducted along the canals. And not far from the central station there are three berths with free ferries, on which you can swim the river.
The city of sin, because ... well, everyone knows why. You will feel a real freedom of morals by visiting one of the Coffee Shops and passing through the Red Light Street.
The city of museums, because in the city there are about 50 museums of the widest spectrum from the museum of computers to the museum of hashish, marijuana and hemp. Some museums occasionally arrange free tours.
The city of cheese. But before buying the famous Dutch cheese, visit a specialized cheese shop where you can try different kinds of cheese without restrictions. Then you can buy the one that you like best.
The local people proudly call the city I Amsterdam. Here you will find a lot of unforgettable impressions. Wonderful architecture and much more will leave you with a lot of pleasant memories.
And Amsterdam is often called the capital of the smart cities, thanks to the fact that only for this city there are more than 200 mobile applications - from the toilets map to the canals scheme.
What to do and where to go in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is very convenient for independent Smart Tourism. On the links below you can buy in advance through the Internet tickets to museums, so as not to waste time in the queue. There, you can buy tickets for various tours and other events.
All the main attractions of the city are located in the center, so walking is the most popular way to get to know them. You can sign up for free pedestrian tours, if you want independence, use the free city audio guide.
The most convenient place to live in the central area of Amsterdam, which is called Centre. All the attractions are close by and here is located the Central Station, from which you can easily reach the airport. The downside is that there is always a lot of people and noisy. To the west and east of the station are the more tranquil and respectable areas of Jordaan and Plantage respectively. They also has its own attractions and the city center is not far away. Prices for accommodation in hotels in the central areas start from 150 euros. Slightly lower prices in the Zuid area. It is further away from the Central Station, but no less interesting. Here is the Museum Quarter and the ancient city park Vondelpark. This quiet area is perfect for a holiday with children.
Flights to Amsterdam
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - one of the largest in Europe. Three halls for passengers are located in one terminal. Here are served more than 100 airlines and the largest of them - KLM. The airport has large shopping halls, conference rooms, shops, restaurants, recreation areas, a library, a casino and children's playgrounds. This is the only airport in the world where the real museum is located. And on the roof of the terminal there is a huge viewing platform. The airport Schiphol is located 17 km from the city center, which can be reached by train or bus.
The Dutch customs rules do not differ much from the rules of other EU countries. Cash amounts over 10,000 euros must be declared.
The cheapest flight times
Points of free Internet access can be found in Internet cafes, in the hotels of the city, in bars and restaurants. You can purchase a SIM card from one of the local carriers, for example Lebara, Lycamobile or T-mobile. This can be done at any cellular phone store, in supermarkets, newsagents and at the airport.
There is no transport problem in the city and all types of transport are widely represented on the Internet by the links below.
A special pleasure will be given to you through the small towns and villages of Holland. To go out of town and visit one of the villages or a small town can be by bus or train. You can also rent a car and travel around the country.
Amsterdam is a city of bicycles. Local residents and tourists, mainly, move around the city on them. You can also rent a bicycle. Not only bicycles but also scooters move along numerous bicycle paths, the traffic is very intense. Therefore, if you are not sure about your riding skills, it is better to walk or use public transport. It is more profitable to buy a single transport card for all days of stay.
Despite the breadth of views of the Dutch, a tourist in Amsterdam should be aware of some limitations:
In Amsterdam, you can not smoke in public places.
Do not take items with natural fur. There can be trouble from the defenders of nature.
In the Netherlands, light drugs are allowed. But they are not allowed to be exported from the country. And do not buy them on the street. For this there are special places - Coffee Shops.
In the Red Light District you can not take pictures and stare at representatives of the ancient profession. This threatens trouble for you and your camera.
The Dutch police usually do not touch foreigners, if they do not violate public order, do not get drunk too much and do not bring anxiety.
In the Netherlands, it is not customary to leave a tip, since they are already included in the bill.
And stock up on raincoats or umbrellas, because the weather in Amsterdam is unpredictable.
To enter Holland with a tourist purpose, it may be necessary to issue a Schengen visa, which will allow visiting another 26 countries of the Schengen agreement. Links below will help you understand the visa issues.
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