Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The bike-friendly Dutch capital is joined to the Rhine via the Amsterdam–Rhine canal, allowing it to be enjoyed as part of a Rhine River tour. With charming tree-lined canals and diverse architectural presence, Amsterdam is a gem in the crown of the Rhine, earning its spot as 1 of the top tourist destinations in Europe. The city has also earned a reputation for its red light district and cannabis coffee shops, showcasing its liberal attitudes.
Boats dock at Amsterdam Central, the main train station in town, which dates back to 1889 when it was constructed under some controversy due to its prime waterfront position.
- A nearby tourist office, selling transport cards and tickets for various museums and attractions
- Travelex change offices within the station
- A bicycle storage area and repair shop. Rentals are also available
- Luggage lockers, available 24/7
- A shopping centre, with some retailers open from 7am until 1am.
How To Get Around
Amsterdam is noted as 1 of the world’s most bike-friendly cities. Bikes can be rented from Amsterdam Central and the city is flat and easy to traverse. Alternatively, it is just as easy to get around on foot, with a lot of the feature attractions of the city within short walking distance of Amsterdam Central. Trains run directly from Amsterdam, with airport services departing every 10 minutes. International train services are also available, with a trip to Paris taking only taking 2.5 hours. Ferries carry passengers to Amsterdam North from the north exit of the station.
Buses do not stop at the terminal directly but are close by and well signposted. Trams also service the city on several routes. For a fixed price, an ‘I Amsterdam City Card’ permits free entry to a number of the city’s top attractions and free public transport for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
A taxi rank is directly out front of the station.
- Currency - the currency in Amsterdam is the Euro (EUR). Coin denominations include: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents. Note denominations include: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.
- Time Zone - Amsterdam uses Central European Summer Time (CEST) from April to October, and Central European Time (CET) for the rest of the year. CEST is +2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) whilst CET is +1 hour ahead.
- Weather - Amsterdam is classed as having an oceanic climate, with westerly winds blowing in from the North Sea having some effect on weather patterns. The average daily temperature ranges from 3.5 degrees Celsius in January to 17.5 degrees Celsius in July. It is known to snow an average of 26 days per year.
- Van Gogh Museum - Vincent Van Gogh is honoured by this museum showcasing a permanent collection of some 200 paintings and 500 drawings. There are also a number of other works by his peers and predecessors, as well as his contemporaries.
- Anne Frank House - the original house in which Anne Frank hid with her family is preserved at this museum, which serves as 1 of the city’s premier tourist destinations. The museum offers a unique perspective into the persecution Anne Frank and her family suffered at the hands of the Nazi’s in WWII. It also contains a collection of permanent and temporary associated exhibitions.
- Vondelpark - Vondelpark is 120 acres of green space in the middle of Amsterdam. It’s popular with locals and tourists alike with ponds, abundant greenery and an open-air theatre. Like the rest of Amsterdam, Vondelpark is bike friendly and there are also a number of bars and cafes in the park.
- Canal Boat Cruise - the canals are a perfect way to take in the city. Glass-topped canal boats leave from the port at Amsterdam Central and take a comprehensive route through the narrow canals of the city. The canals are especially picturesque at night, when the bridges and buildings are lit up.