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Amsterdam City Guide

Amsterdam is one of the Netherlands’ main business centres and the country’s capital city. Over 2,500 international companies have invested in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, which hosts global enterprises in many fields of professional services such as: legal affairs, media, Information & Communication Technology (ICT). The city is also full of attractions aimed at different age groups, with an I Amsterdam City Card available, which gives tourists free or discounted entrance to many of the popular destinations.

When in Amsterdam be sure to visit:

  • The Anne Frank Museum: The museum is dedicated to sharing her experience with diary extracts and unique film images.
  • The Rijksmuseum: Amsterdam’s national museum; hosting paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century.
  • Concertgebouw: Amsterdam’s 19th century concert hall, known for its excellent acoustics and for being the home to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Transport

In the centre of Amsterdam most places are within walking distance, however should you wish to venture outside of the centre or need to travel into the centre, there are many different transport options available. Amsterdam’s metro, bus and tram services offer cheap and efficient travel, with an unlimited 24-hour chip card for just €7.50. The option of cycling is also popular throughout the city and bikes are available to rent for around €10 a day, with season permits also available. Alternatively, taxi ranks can be found in multiple locations in and around the city.

Airport

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol sees around 50 million passengers per year and is located just twenty minutes from Amsterdam City by train or car. Schiphol also has connecting flights to most well-known European airports and worldwide cities. See the link to the official website for a full list of airlines and destinations.

Airport lounges

Transfer details

There are many different modes of transport available from the airport to Amsterdam city centre.

  • Train – direct to Amsterdam train station every 10 – 15 minutes, with the journey taking approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • Bus – running every half an hour, these buses are ideal if you’re staying in a hotel near the bus station.
  • Shuttle – offer a door-to-door service and costs €13.50 for an adult and €6.25 for children.
  • Taxi – these are available just outside the main entrance of the airport; however, some fares can be inflated so make sure you are quoted before travelling.

Schools

Amsterdam offers an excellent education system with two prestigious universities (University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam), 200 primary schools and over 60 schools providing secondary education. Amsterdam is also home to several international schools offering both private and public schooling options.

Currency

EUR = Euro (€)

Weather

Amsterdam has an oceanic climate, which means it has warm summers and cool winters. Summer months are between late May and early September with an average temperature of around 20°C. Winter months, therefore, are between late September and early May with the coldest month being January (heights of 5°C). It’s always a good idea to check the latest weather before you travel.

We have a diverse range of serviced apartments in Amsterdam; give SilverDoor a call to chat to one of our client managers who’ll be delighted to find the perfect one for your next trip.

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Alice Brunel-Cohen

With a strong background in real estate and the serviced apartment sector, Alice has developed solid property partner relationships all over the UK and the world. You’ll usually find Alice providing up to date information on new properties, featured apartments, industry events and new property partners, as well as compiling comprehensive city guides.