City of Amsterdam (North Holland)

The city of Amsterdam is included to the province North Holland and to the municipality Government of Amsterdam

Presentation of the destination

Amsterdam welcomes you

Amsterdam hereby welcomes you with open arms. The city was founded as a fishing town in the 13th-century. Nowadays Amsterdam is a major city where history and culture attracts tourists from all walks of life. No matter your tastes or interests, it is almost certain that you will find what you are looking for in Amsterdam. The city is the capital of The Netherlands and is located in the western region of the country. It has a relatively moderate climate with an abundance of rainfall. Cool summers and mild winters are common. Amsterdam metropolitan area has a population of over two million people. Roughly 50% are of Dutch ancestry and the other 50% are foreign nationals. The Euro is the local currency. Amsterdam is on the Central European Time Zone.

Points of interests / things to see

Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is a hideout house that has been transformed into a living museum. It's a sober reminder about the persecution of Jews during the WWII and discrimination against other groups of people in general. This is the actual house that Anne Frank and her family sought refuge during the war. Personal items of other people who resided in the house are on display as well as Frank's original diary and other notebooks. There are special educational tours offered to students and teachers. A bookshop is on the premises. You can purchase a copy of Anne Frank's diary. It has been translated into several different languages. Do not pass up the opportunity to visit this museum when you are in Amsterdam. It shows the courage and resilience of people in the face of imminent danger and unbearable circumstances. The Anne Frank House is located on Prinsengracht 263. Website: http://www.annefrank.org. Telephone: +31-020-556-7105. Entrance fee for adults is 9 euros. Entrance for young people from ten to seventeen is 4,50 euros. Kids up to nine years do not have to pay. Opening hours vary. Please check their website for more details

Electric Ladyland

Electric Ladyland was inaugurated on the 19th of April 1987. It is the first museum dedicated to fluorescent art. There's a permanent collection of fluorescent art, minerals, and glowing artifacts. The guided tour takes visitors on a visual journey of glowing rocks and minerals that explode into a kaleidescope of different colors when viewed under different light wavelengths. Visitors can create an illuminated sculpture in a room called the “Fluorescent Environment.” There's also an area called “Participatory Art” where visitors are allowed to create various forms of art while at the museum. Electric Ladyland is not your traditional museum. Here, frequenters become active participants in the creative process, cultivating a deeper, personal appreciation for artistic endeavors. Overall, Electric Ladyland is a phenomenal experience. Don't pass up this once in a lifetime museum the next time you are in Amsterdam. The museum is located on Tweede Leliedwarsstraat 5. Website: http://www.electric-lady-land.com. Email: electriclady21@hotmail.com. Telephone: 020-420-3776. Opening hours are from 13:00 to 18:00 from Tuesday to Saturday. The museum is closed on Mondays and Sundays. Admission is €5.00 per person. The fee includes a fifteen page Museum Booklet. There is no entrance fee for children under 12.

Erotic Museum

And then there was the Erotic Museum. Located in the heart of the red-light district, this museum explores history and different expressions of eroticism. Photos, drawings, paintings, cartoons, sculptures, and other forms pleasure objects showcased at the museum. There's an entire floor dedicated to Sadomasochism and a recently added Sexy Art Gallery. There's also an area called La Galerie Provocatrice. In 2010, the Erotic Museum was nominated to receive “The Best of Amsterdam Awards 2010.” The Erotic Museum has a very enticing gift shop that offers visitors the chance to bring home an erotically inspired souvenir or trinket. So, do not repress your burgeoning sensual desires. Be sure to visit the Erotic Museum and let them show you the many ways in which you can express your desires and fulfill your wildest dreams. Let erotic history and culture enlighten your sexy bedroom etiquette. Erotic museum is conveniently located on Oudezijds Achterburgwal 54. Website: http://www.erotisch-museum.nl/. Telephone: 0031-(0)20-627-8945. Opening hours are from 11:00 to 13:00 from Monday to Thursday and Sunday; and 11:00 to 14:00 on Friday and Saturday. Entrance is seven euros per person.

Foam

Welcome to Foam. This museum is renowned internationally for showcasing art photography draped against a marvelous canal backdrop. It also serves as a meeting spot for photographers so that they can participate in public symposiums and conferences. Foam has hosted some of the most celebrated names in photography over the past ten years. They include Cy Twombly, Anton Corbijn, Helen Levitt, Diane Arbus, Alex Prager and more. Nonetheless, the museum is a creative incubator that supports all genres of art photography as well as upcoming talent and photographers at different stages of their career. The museum also produces an international photography magazine titled Foam Magazine. Other events that occur at the museum include films, lectures, personal tours, and public discussions. The museum is located on Keizersgracht 609. Website: www.foam.org. Email: info@foam.org. For tours and workshops contact: education@foam.org. Telephone: +31-(0)20 5516500. Entrance fee for adults is €8,75. Entrance for people over 65 and students is €6,00. Children under six do not have to pay. Opening hours are from 10:00 to 18:00 (Monday to Wednesday), 10:00 – 21:00 (Thursday and Friday), and 10:00 – 18:00 (Saturday and Sunday).

Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum

The Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum was inaugurated in 1985, becoming the first museum in the world dedicated to the cannabis plant. Here, visitors will learn about the versatile cannabis plant. Often mistaken as a plant that people use to get stoned, the museum outlines how cannabis contributed to the production of medicine, agriculture, clothing, sea travel, and much more. Religious and cultural uses of the plant are also highlighted. The Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum reminds all visitors that cannabis has been used in everyday applications, and in different cultures around the world, for thousands of years. Ben Dronker reminds us that, “...we wanted to provide people with information about what hash, marijuana and hemp can do. Not simply the role of cannabis in Amsterdam’s coffee shops, but its status as an essential, renewable resource and a global cultural and natural phenomenon.” It's only fitting that such a remarkable gift from nature is being honored by this museum. The museum is located on Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148. Website: www.hashmuseum.com. Email: reservations@hashmuseum.com. Telephone: +31-(0)-. Entrance fee for adults is €9. Children do not have to pay. Opening hours are from 10:00 – 23:00 (Monday to Sunday).

Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam (Botanical Garden)

Hortus Botanicus was established in 1638 as an herb garden for pharmacists and doctors. It's a tranquil sanctuary from the surrounding city. Renowned as one of the oldest gardens in the world, it's home to over 6,000 different indigenous and foreign plants and trees. It also has a giant water lily that is over 154 years old and an agave cactus dating back to the Roman era. A beautiful café is located on its premises. Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is located on Plantage Middenlaan 2A. Website: http://dehortus.nl/ Email: info@dehortus.nl. Telephone: 020-625-9021. Opening hours are from 10:00 until 17:00.

Amstelpark

Built in 1972, Amstelpark is located in south Amsterdam. A petting zoo and array of flower gardens are on its premises. There are also two areas reserved for exhibitions. The park also hosts to an annual garden show that attracts professional gardeners and enthusiasts. They all utilize their horticultural skills to create magnificent garden layouts. Amstelpark is the perfect place for family fun when you are in Amsterdam. The park is located on Arent Janszoon Ernststraat 1. Website: http://www.speeltuin-amstelpark.nl. Email: info@speeltuin-amstelpark.nl. Telephone: 020-644-1744. Check out their website for opening hours.

Rembrandtpark

Rembrandtpark is located in west Amsterdam. It is a wonderful place to hang out with family and friends. Lush greenery, ponds, walking and biking trails, and playgrounds are scattered throughout the park. De Uylenburg, the oldest petting zoo in Amsterdam, is also located on the park's grounds. This public park is always opened to visitors. Don't hesitate. Rembrandtpark awaits your arrival. It is the perfect place to have a picnic with family and friends are just to cool out on a warm summer day. The park is located on Orteliuskade 57. Website: http://www.rembrandtpark.org. Email: info@rembrandtpark.org. Telephone: 020 346 0670.

Amsteltuin Vineyard

Amsteltuin Vineyard is located in Amstelveen, a village just outside of Amsterdam. This vineyard cultivates over 3,500 grape vines over 1.5 hectares. Visitors are also welcomed to partake in wine tastings, workshops, and other organized excursions. Amsteltuin is a luxurious, laid back environment. It's great for wine connoisseurs or budding enthusiasts. Amsteltuin Vineyard is located on Langs de Akker 5. Website: www.amsteltuin.nl. Email: info@amsteltuin.nl. Telephone: 06-5383-5727 or 06-2859-7270. Opening hours are from 9:00 until 17:00 (Monday to Thursday). The park is closed on Friday to Sunday and on public holidays.

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Local time and timezone in amsterdam

Amsterdam time
Timezone
UTC +2:00 (Europe/Amsterdam)
Summer time UTC +2:00
Winter time UTC +3:00

Figures

Country :
Netherlands
Locality :
Amsterdam
Administrative area 1 :
North Holland
Administrative area 2 :
Government of Amsterdam
Country code :
NL
Latitude :
52.3702157
Longitude :
4.8951679

Surrounding towns

  • Haarlem ~17 km
  • Amstelveen ~7 km
  • Hilversum ~24 km
  • Zaandam ~9 km
  • Purmerend ~17 km
  • Hoofddorp ~16 km
  • Beverwijk ~21 km
  • Diemen ~6 km
  • Naarden ~20 km
  • Uithoorn ~15 km
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Getting to Amsterdam

Traveling to Amsterdam is fast and easy. Amsterdam Airport Schipol is the main airport servicing the city. It offers an array of domestic and international flights and is located a little over 9 kilometers southwest of Amsterdam. Check their websites for more details. Website: http://www.schiphol.nl/ Amsterdam Airport SchipolEvert v/d Beekstraat 2021118 CP SchipholNederland Telephone (in The Netherlands): 0900-0141 Telephone (outside The Netherlands): +31-207940800 There are numerous major international airlines that fly to Amsterdam. A short list is below. Check their websites for schedules and prices. Lufthansa: www.lufthansa.com United: www.united.com British Airways: www.britishairways.com SAS: www.flysas.com Air France: www.usairways.com Turkish Airlines: www.turkishairlines.com TAP: www.flytap.com KLM: www.klm.com Alitalia: www.alitalia.com Korean Air: www.koreanair.com Eurostar offers direct train service to Amsterdam. Check out their website for schedules and prices. Eurostar: www.eurostar.com The A2 Motorway is the principal motorway leading to Amsterdam. Getting around Amsterdam is easy and convenient. Public transportation, collectively known as GVB, allows for efficient and prompt navigation of the city's districts by bus, train, ferry, tram, and metro. The best way to get around is to purchase a Multi-day card, One-hour card, or Refillable anonymous cards. Check out GVB's website for more details. GVB: www.gvb.nl

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