Amsterdam Sights

Useful information from A to Z

BANKS   Most banks are open from Tuesday to Friday between 9 and 16. On Mondays business hours start mainly at 13. On Saturdays and Sundays banks are closed.

BICYCLE RENTAL   You can rent bicycles at different bike shops in Amsterdam. Compare prices and services

BOAT RENTAL   Canoes, pedalboats and other boats can be rented at Canal Bike

CAR RENTAL Need a car during your stay in Holland? Recommended car rental firms in Amsterdam are: AmCar Jacob Obrechtplein 13-15 (Zuid), easyCar Overtoom 333 (West), Sixt Oosterdoksstraat 4 (Centrum), and Europcar Overtoom 197 (West)

CHURCH SERVICES   In English: Anglican church Groenburgwal 42, English Reformed Church Begijnhof 48. → more churches

CURRENCY   The Euro (€). Check out the current exchange rates (updated every day).


EMERGENCY   Dial 112 for ambulance, fire department, police and on-call doctors.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS   contact the nearest consulate or embassy of the Netherlands to determine your entry/visa requirements.

LANGUAGE   Dutch. English is spoken by most everyone as well; Many people understand German and, to a lesser degree, French.

LUGGAGE STORAGE   Go and enjoy AmsterdamAmsterdam to the fullest while your belongings are safely stored at Luggage Depot.

MOVIE THEATRES   There are plenty of theatres in Amsterdam showing movies. At the Reguliersbreestraat you will find première theatre Tuschinski, a beautiful building in the heart of Amsterdam.

PARKING   Parking correct and legal in Amsterdam can be quite difficult. Parking in Amsterdam The best and cheapest way to park is in a P+R car park for only €1 per 24 hours, including a free return ticket for the metro into the city.

PHARMACY   Regular business hours are Monday to Friday between 8/9 am and 17:30/18. On nights and weekends, pharmacies are open on a rotation schedule.

POLICE   Find the nearest police stations , or call the Amsterdam Police at 0900-8844.

POST OFFICES   Regular post offices are open from Monday to Saturday, between 9 and 18. Stamps can be bought in most news stands and kiosks.

SHOPPING   Shops are usually open 10-18 Mon-Fri (17 on Sat). Department stores and many other stores in the city centre are open on Sundays 12-17. Grocer's shops are open everyday, most of them until 20, some of them even longer.

SUMMER TIME   At 2:59 a.m. on the last Sunday morning in March, the time in Amsterdam will change to Central European Summer Time (what Americans call "Daylight Saving Time"). Don't forget to set your watch ahead one hour!

TAXI   Taxi Centrale Amsterdam
+31 20 7777 777.

TELEPHONE   Country code: 31, City Code: 20. When calling from abroad, dial: [your outgoing country code] + 31 + 20 + [local number].

TOURIST INFORMATION   Be well prepared and know what is on in and around Amsterdam. Call, email or visit one the official Amsterdam Tourist Offices (VVV) at Centraal Station or Schiphol Airport from Mon to Fri 9-17.

TRAINS & BUSES   Information regarding train traffic is given on ph. 0900-2021163 or . Call 0900-9292 or visit for information regarding local buses, subway and commuter trains.

The difference between Holland and the Netherlands

Both the country name as well as the language name can be very confusing for toursists.

Tips voor visitors

cheap parking, free lunch concerts, refund of VAT

Online ticket service

Avoid queues, get discounts or good time slots.
Purchase tickets online in advance en print your own e-ticket.

Download maps

Prepare your trip and download the maps you need before you leave.


What are coffeeshops?

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