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Top Things to do in Amsterdam

 “Chill” at the Ice Bar

Amsterdam’s coolest place to be seen - literally! The Amsterdam Ice Bar is made from over 35 tons of natural ice, including the walls, the bar and even the glasses your drinks are served in!

It’s kept at a brisk -10ºC inside, but don’t worry - you’ll be kitted out with a warm poncho and mittens to keep you cosy.

Horrible History

See, hear, touch and even smell Amsterdam’s murky past at the Amsterdam Dungeon experience - guaranteed to give you the funniest fright of your life!

Take a bloodcurdlingly hilarious 80-minute journey through 500 years of history, filled with witch hunts, torture chamber and more gruesome discoveries…..

Meet the Stars!

At this star-studded Madame Tussauds Amsterdam you’ll see incredible wax figures of our biggest celebrities, and can even join them in doing what they do best!

Get the ultimate selfie with your favourite A-listers, have a kickabout with world-famous footballers, pose on-stage alongside music icons and lots more at this amazing, interactive attraction in the heart of Amsterdam.

The Incredible “Body Worlds”

With over 40 million visitors worldwide the hugely popular Body Worlds exhibition is something you don’t want to miss when visiting Amsterdam

Body Worlds: The Happiness Project features over 200 anatomical specimens of real human bodies, and reveals how happy emotions can affect your body, your soul and most importantly, your health.

Amsterdam – Quick Facts

Language:

The main language used here is Dutch, but English is also spoken widely

Flight Time from UK:

The average flight time from London to Amsterdam is 1 hour 15 minutes

Currency:

Euro

Airports:

  • The largest airport in Amsterdam is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • You can also travel between London and Amsterdam on the Eurostar train

Temperatures:

The average temperature in July/August is 17 °C, while in December it can drop to around 3°C.

Telephone:

  • Country code: +31
  • Emergency Services Number: 112

Electricity

EU standard, 230 V

Getting Around in Amsterdam

Public Transport

  • Amsterdam’s main public transport system is operated by GVB (http://en.gvb.nl/)
  • It is made up of 4 metro lines, 15 tram lines, 43 bus routes and 10 ferry connections
  • Single and multi-day tickets are available at GVB Service Points throughout the city and via vending machines inside metro stations.
  • You can also purchase a rechargeable public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) at GVB service desks and vending machines, or online at https://www.ov-chipkaart.nl

Bike

  • One of the fastest and most economical ways to get around Amsterdam is by bike!
  • There are nearly 400km of bicycle paths throughout the city, which lead to most of its famous attractions
  • Popular rental organisations in the city include MacBike, Star Bike and Yellow Bike.

Car

  • Parking: Parking in Amsterdam city centre is limited and can be expensive. Parking meters do not accept cash, and payments can only be made using a major (international) credit card or a Dutch bank card.
  • Park + Ride: If you are renting a car in Amsterdam, the cheapest way to access the city centre is by using a Park + Ride car park. These are located on the outskirts of the city, with parking from as little as €1 per 24 hours!  

Metro

  • The fast and efficient Metro service connects Amsterdam’s Central Station with the city’s outlying districts via four routes.

Get the App!

The following free apps are available on iPhone and Android, and can help point you in the right direction!

  • GVB app
  • The 9292ov app

Things to do in Amsterdam

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