Practical info about the Amsterdam Area

Here’s a selection of useful information to make your time in the Amsterdam Area as easy and enjoyable as possible. From public holidays to phoning home, browse through this practical advice on Amsterdam.

Useful Amsterdam info

Tram 16 Zuidas Marc Dorleijn

Getting around Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a world-class international transport hub and there are countless ways of getting into the city. Many travellers fly into the award-winni...
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‘My First Month’ booklet

With IN Amsterdam’s ‘My First Month’ booklet you have a wealth of information at your fingertips! Includes FAQs, tips, articles and ...
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handhavers Amsterdam A. Nieuwenhuis

Health & safety in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is renowned for its friendly, welcoming ambience and prides itself on being a safe city. However, in order to ensure they enjoy their time i...
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Official matters

Organise visas, permits, registration, driving licences and other essential procedures for becoming a new resident in the Amsterdam Area. 
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Euros Amsterdam

Communication & money matters

What currency is used in the Netherlands and where can you change or withdraw money? How much should you tip a taxi driver? How can you call home? And...
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Amsterdam Westertoren Toyah Boer

Move to Amsterdam in 7 steps

Settling into Amsterdam life can be relatively straightforward, especially if you plan and arrange as much as you can before relocating. Check out the...
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Herengracht Kings Day Amsterdam

Public holidays

The following is a list of public holidays in the Netherlands. On these days, shops, museums and attractions usually either close earlier or are close...
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Amsterdam canal aerial view Cécile Obertop

Amsterdam city districts

The city of Amsterdam consists of seven city districts (stadsdelen): Centre, Nieuw-West, Noord, Oost, West, Zuid and Zuidoost.
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Living in Amsterdam's neighbourhoods

From its humble beginnings as a 13th-century fishing village, Amsterdam has always been a bustling hub of commerce that welcomes other cultures with o...
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Amsterdam Westerpark FatimaZahra Nouzi Marie Charlotte Peze

People & culture in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is an international city with a rich history and a highly diverse population from 180 different backgrounds enjoying a broad range of arts a...
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Driving licence & cars

In order to drive a car in the Netherlands you’ll need to be over 18 years of age, carry a valid driving licence and have third party insurance....
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