Small City, Big Heart
Amsterdam is a romantic city and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is the capital city and the most populous city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Best annual Amsterdam festivals
Amsterdam is an all-year tourist destination. It experiences cool winters with short days of up to eight hours and moderately warm summers. The city has a very conducive oceanic climate. Among the festivals commemorated are King's Day (Koningsdag) which is a lively day celebrated on 27th April, and Bevrijdingsdag on 5th May which marks the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany.
Information for travellers
An Indian citizen requires a visa before travelling to the Netherlands. You need to check whether routine vaccines are up to date before your trip. Routine vaccines include a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and polio vaccine.
Local Amsterdam travel facts
English is widely spoken although Dutch is the official language. On arrival, fast trains will take you from Schiphol International Airport to Amsterdam Central Station. The trains run every 10 minutes. The Airport railway station with trains directly to central Amsterdam is a journey time of five minutes and costs roughly EUR4. Bus 197 from/to Leidseplein in central Amsterdam takes around 35 minutes travel time. Amsterdam taxis are a bit expensive as a 10-minute journey costs approximately EUR15-20. Airport shuttles and taxis are also a convenient way of moving from the airport and they charge roughly from EUR17 to EUR27. Public transport is the most preferred and costs roughly from EUR7 upwards. A 24-hour day ticket for public transport is about EUR8 for adults and EUR3 for children aged 4-11. Remember to ask taxi drivers for the estimated price of a trip to avoid unexpectedly high costs. A basic restaurant meal costs around EUR15. Cheap hostels range from roughly EUR20 per night while hotels from EUR45. Many snack bars and restaurants serve food from former colonies which are Surinam, Indonesia, and NL Antilles. At the rear of the central station, there is a free ferry "het pontje" across the IJ to NDSM (which is now a cultural centre, formerly a wharf).
Amsterdam attracts many tourists from all corners of the globe and is expensive especially near tourist attractions.