Amsterdam

Amsterdam – Historic city

Accessibility & compact:
Amsterdam is a national and international gateway. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is considered one of the best in the
world and is only 20 minutes from the city centre. Amsterdam’s compact city centre has an outstanding public transport
service and therefore most facilities and sights are within walking distance of each other. The city’s network of canals
also offers a unique opportunity to transport your delegates via the water.

Historic heart:
Amsterdam was founded in the Middle Ages near a dam on the River Amstel. The city truly blossomed in the early
17th century, when it became the world’s largest centre for trade and art. The historic heart of the city, known as the
‘Grachtengordel’ (canal ring), has remained beautifully intact to this day.

Outstanding culture:
The Netherlands capital city has been a centre of creativity and culture for centuries. Works by 17th century Dutch
Masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer grace the walls of Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum. The Van Gogh
Museum houses several of the artists’ masterpieces. Other cultural treasures include Anne Frank’s House, the baroque
Royal Palace on Dam Square and the Rembrandt House. Amsterdam can even satisfy the cultural pallet of the most
experienced visitor.

Amsterdam – Facts and figures

Climate
Amsterdam has a moderate, maritime climate largely infl uenced by the North Sea and other surrounding
waterways. Water holds temperature longer than land; it heats and cools more slowly. In watery Amsterdam,
this means the crisp, rejuvenating spring and cool, breezy autumn can linger for months, as warm summer air
and cold winter chills arrive quite gradually. Average temperatures are 17°C (62.6°F) in mid-summer (July) and
3°C (37.4°F) in mid- winter (January). Rainfall occurs an average of 120 days annually and is spread evenly
throughout the year.

Shop opening hours
Monday 11.00 – 18.00, Tuesday – Saturday 09.00 – 18.00 , Thursday evening till 21.00
Sunday 12.00 – 17.00
Office opening hours
Monday – Friday 09.00 – 18.00 Saturday – Sunday closed

Currency
The Dutch currency is the Euro (€). Major credit cards are accepted at most large businesses.

Language
English is the second language in Amsterdam next to Dutch and spoken by most inhabitants

Websites with more information:
http://www.holland.com/global/tourism/destinations/amsterdam.htm
http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/plan-your-trip/visitor-information-centres
http://www.amsterdam.info/tips/touristoffice/