Amsterdam


adamcanalflowersThis page is in english unionjack and italian – Questa pagina è anche in versione italiana italy

unionjack Known as Venice of the North because of its romantic charm and its lovely canals, because of its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. Every traveler will enjoy Amsterdam, whether if you like culture and history, or serious partying and unordinary fun. The unique atmosphere of city is exactly this, beside a big number of tourists visiting Amsterdam because of its reputation for tolerance, as prostitution is legalized and very visible (window prostitution), as well as the sale, possession, and consumption of small quantities of cannabis is tolerated by authorities, if you avoid the red light district, Amsterdam is an excellent relaxed and charming destination.

You can visit A’dam (short name for Amsterdam) all year round, however, in winter the days are short and the weather may be too cold to walk around the city comfortably. January and February are the coldest months, while July and August are the warmest months.

amcanalitaly Conosciuta come la Venezia del Nord per il suo fascino romantico e dei suoi canali belli, per la sua architettura imponente e più di 1.500 ponti. Ogni viaggiatore potrà godere di Amsterdam, sia se per la cultura e la storia, sia per divertimenti anche fuori dal comune…
L’atmosfera unica della città sta proprio in questo, accanto a un gran numero di turisti che visitano Amsterdam a causa della sua reputazione di tolleranza, la prostituzione, il possesso e il consumo di piccole quantità di cannabis sono tollerate, basta evitare il quartiere a luci rosse, ed Amsterdam è una destinazione rilassante e affascinante.

È possibile visitare A’dam (nome breve per Amsterdam) durante tutto l’anno, tuttavia, in inverno le giornate sono corte e la temperatura può essere troppo fredda per camminare in giro per la città comodamente. Luglio e agosto sono i mesi più caldi.

 

Act like a local!

amsterdamgirlbike– Get a bicycle! However cycling the Amsterdam way takes a significant amount of skill: the locals have been riding bikes from the moment they could walk and this informs their behavior…
Amsterdam has one of the highest bicycle theft rates in the world. There’s an old Amsterdam joke; When calling out to a large group cyclists passing by; “Hey, that’s my bike!” about five people will jump off “their” bikes and start running.
– Dress yourself with something orange. Dutch will get fully dressed in orange for Queensday (30th of april) and for any national team football match or big sport event.

– Do you like ice-cream? in Nieuwendijk street you can find the best ice-cream of Amsterdam. There are two stores, one has all the flavors you can think of and even make a flavor on demand, but you have to tell the owner 1 or 2 days in advance (In winter he serves typical dutch food, like mashed potatoes with cabbage and sausage), the other is officially a bakery, but it mostly prepare famous whipped cream ice, lovely almond cookies and cakes.

– Locals like Surinamese food. A try is worth. The highest concentration of Surinamese restaurants can be found in the South, especially in the Albert Cuypstraat. Also check out bitterballen, a kind of fried meatball, and the kroketten (the same, but shaped like a cylinder). Last but not least, don’t forget to try a traditional herring or a broodje haring (herring sandwich), available from fish stalls around the city. Herring in Amsterdam is usually with served onions and pickles. A good try is the fish stand on the Koningsplein near the Flower Market. If you’re visiting in late November or December, you can enjoy oliebollen, which are round blobs of sweet fried dough embedded with raisins (sultanas) and dusted with powdered sugar.

– Amsterdam has several small local beer breweries. They make very good beers. At Herengracht 90 you’ll find Proeflokaal Arendsnest, serving a large collection of Dutch beers, including those from Amsterdam.

adamcrazybikes-Gira in bicicletta! Serve una discreta abilità. Amsterdam ha uno dei più alti tassi di furti di biciclette al mondo. C’è una vecchia battuta di Amsterdam, quando passa un grande gruppo ciclisti grida: “Ehi, questa è la mia bici!” Circa la metà lasceranno la bici ed inizieranno a correre.
– Metti qualcosa di arancione. Il 30 aprile ogni Olandese sarà vestito di arancione per la festa della Regina, lo stesso ad ogni partita dell Nazionale di calcio o di un grande evento sportivo.
– Ti piace il gelato? A Nieuwendijk si possono trovare i migliori gelati di Amsterdam. Ci sono due negozi, uno ha tutti i sapori basti pensare che si può richiederne uno su richiesta, con 1 o 2 giorni in anticipo. In inverno serve piatti tipici della cucina olandese, come il purè di patate con cavolo e salsiccia. L’altro è ufficialmente una panetteria, ma soprattutto prepara un famoso gelato con panna montata, deliziosi biscotti alle mandorle e dolci.
– La più alta concentrazione di ristoranti del Suriname si trova a Sud della città. Prova anche il bitterballen, una sorta di polpetta fritta, e il kroketten (lo stesso, ma ha forma di cilindro). Ultimo ma non meno importante, non dimenticate di provare le aringhe tradizionali o un Haring broodje (panino con l’aringa), disponibile alle bancarelle di pesce in giro per la città. Herring ad Amsterdam è di solito servito con cipolle e sottaceti. A fine novembre o dicembre, si può provare oliebollen, che sono pasta fritta dolce integrato con uvetta (uva sultanina) e spolverate con zucchero a velo.
– Amsterdam ha diverse piccole fabbriche artigianali di birra. Fanno birre molto buone. A Herengracht 90 troverete Arendsnest Proeflokaal, che serve una vasta collezione di birre olandesi.

 

Budgeteuro…tips

bycyclepop– From airport if you are desperately trying to save money or are staying near Leidseplein, you could use local bus 197 to central Amsterdam. A trip takes 30 min and leads directly to the south-west of the centre of Amsterdam (namely Museumplein and Leidseplein). Buy the ticket from the machine; if you purchase your ticket at the counter you will pay €0.50 extra

– CityNightLine/Euronight trains run overnight from Amsterdam Centraal Station directly to Copenhagen (1 night), Warsaw (1 night), Minsk (1 night and 1 day), Moscow (2 nights and 1 day), Prague (1 night), Munich (1 night) and Zurich (1 night). Travelling with these trains you might save a night in hostel. You can choose among ordinary seats, reclining seats (only to Warsaw/Munich/Zürich), 6- or 4-bedded couchettes, or a 3, 2 or 1-bedded private sleeper-compartment

amsterdamnarrowst– Amsterdam’s centre is fairly small, and flat. you can easily get to most tourist destinations on foot. Also getting around the city and sightseeing by bicycle is a smart decision, due to the big number of bike rental offices you can find. However the best decision is to join the free walking tour, is the best way to discover the city, meet people, learn a bit of its history, monuments and most important habits and useful practical information

– Avoid at all costs any steak house or fast food shop in the centre – they are well known tourist traps. Damstraat Is a fairly busy road filled with small and cheap Chinese and Middle Eastern restaurants – expect sticky tables, but it’s definitely a good place for budget travelers. The numerous falafel bars have a good value, often sporting a “all you can pile” salad bar. For food during the day, the Albert Heijn supermarkets (largest national chain) usually have cheap ready-to-go meals on hand, from prepackaged sandwiches and salads to microwavable single-serving meals. There is one right behind the Royal Palace on Dam Square, on the Nieuwmarkt, on Koningsplein and in the Vijzelstraat. For budget meal, check out also the various Falafel and Shoarma restaurants around the Damstraat and Muntplein. They usually include in the dish a large amount of salad. Lange Leidsedwarsstraat (just off Leidseplein) has about five Italian restaurants that sell pasta or pizza for €5

amsterdamA day in Amsterdam without spending a penny, cent, coin…

– Stroll along the canals, see the Begijnhof, smell the flowers at the Bloemenmarket, visit the Albert Cuypstraat market, see the Magere Brug and relax in the Vondelpark.
– The Eye film museum has an interesting free permanent exhibition in the basement.
The GVB ferries that run on the north side of central station are free of charge and provide nice views of the harbor and skyline
– Free lunch concerts are held at the: Concertgebouw This concert hall close to Museumplein holds a free concert every Wednesday at 1230. Worth a visit if only for its architecture

– NEMO Panorama terrace During summer the Nemo Science museum has a panorama roof terrace on its roof with deckchairs with free entry.
– OBA Amsterdam’s Public Library Read newspapers and magazines or relax at Amsterdam’s main library at Oosterdokskade (Internet is no longer free)
– The Schuttersgallerij (Civic Guards Gallery) is a hidden passageway filled with 15 enormous 17th-century paintings; entrance is free to the public during museum hours
– Vondelpark open-air theatre . Open air theatre at the city’s main park running during the summer on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. Additionally, there are several other festivals in Amsterdam, many of them free

chillout-Dall’aeroporto se si sta disperatamente cercando di risparmiare denaro, è possibile utilizzare l’autobus pubblico n. 197. Il viaggio dura 30 minuti e porta direttamente a sud-ovest del centro di Amsterdam (vale a dire Museumplein e Leidseplein). Compra il biglietto dalla macchina, se si acquista il biglietto allo sportello si paga 0,50 € in più
– CityNightLine / Euronight sono i treni che durante la notte dalla Stazione Centrale di Amsterdam vanno direttamente a Copenhagen (1 notte), Varsavia (1 notte), Minsk (1 notte e 1 giorno), Mosca (2 notti e 1 giorno), Praga (1 notte), Monaco di Baviera (1 notte) e Zurigo (1 notte). Viaggiare con questi treni si risparmia una notte in ostello. È possibile scegliere tra i sedili normali, sedili reclinabili, cuccette varie
– Amsterdam è abbastanza piccola e piatta. si può facilmente raggiungere le mete più turistiche a piedicicletta, tuttavia, la decisione migliore è quello di partecipare al tour gratuito a piedi, free walking tour è il modo migliore per scoprire la città, incontrare persone, imparare un po’ della sua storia, i monumenti e le abitudini più importanti e utili informazioni pratiche
– Evitare a tutti i costi qualsiasi steak house o negozio di fast food del centro, sono ben note trappole per turisti. Damstraat è una strada piuttosto trafficata piena di ristoranti cinesi di piccole dimensioni ed economici. I bar che offrono falafel sono numerosi, spesso hanno un “all you can eat”. Per il cibo durante il giorno, i supermercati Albert Heijn (la più grande catena nazionale) hanno di solito veloci ed economici snack, panini preconfezionati e insalate. Lange Leidsedwarsstraat (appena fuori Leidseplein) ha circa cinque ristoranti italiani che vendono pasta o pizza per € 5
amsterdamchest2Amsterdam senza spendere una lira, centesimo…
– Passeggiate lungo i canali, vedere il Begijnhof, l’odore dei fiori al Bloemenmarket, visitare il mercato Albert Cuypstraat, vedere il Magere Brug e rilassarvi nel Vondelpark.
– I traghetti GVB sul lato nord della stazione centrale sono gratuiti e offrono una bella vista sul porto
– Concertgebouw sala da concerto vicino a Museumplein tiene un concerto gratuito ogni Mercoledì alle 1230.
– NEMO Terrazza panoramica durante l’estate il museo della scienza Nemo ha una terrazza panoramica sul tetto con sedie a sdraio con ingresso gratuito.
– Biblioteca Civica OBA Amsterdam, per leggere giornali e riviste o rilassarvi presso la biblioteca principale di Amsterdam a Oosterdokskade
– Il Schuttersgallerij (Civic Guards Gallery) è un passaggio segreto con 15 enormi dipinti del 17 ° secolo, l’ingresso è gratuito per il pubblico durante le ore di museo
– Vondelpark teatro all’aperto. Teatro all’aperto al parco principale della città in funzione durante l’estate il venerdì sera, il sabato e la domenica. Inoltre, ci sono diversi altri festival ad Amsterdam, molti dei quali gratuiti

Events and festivals

condomadamQueensday April 30: The national holiday, nominally in celebration of the Queen’s birthday (in fact the previous Queen’s birthday) is hard to describe to anyone who’s never been there. The city turns into one giant mass of orange-dressed people (all Amsterdam locals, and another 1 million or so from throughout the country visit the parties in the city) with flea markets, bands playing, and many on-street parties, ranging from small cafes placing a few kegs of beer outside to huge open-air stages hosting world-famous DJ’s.

June:

– Holland Festival: famous around the world, this Netherlands performing arts festival brings events from all over the world on the fields of music, opera, theatre and dance.

– The Open Garden Days: Normally you can see only the front of the canal houses, but during the Open Garden Days you get to go past the entrance and see the green world behind them, many times bigger than you would have expected. You can buy one ticket that gives you entry to all participating gardens, and there is a special canal boat to take you from one location to another.

– Amsterdam Roots Festival: an open-air (free) festival with music from non-western countries accompanied by paid film and theatre performances in the surrounding area theaters.

July/August

– Vondelpark Open Air Theater: This free festival offers many different performances every day. Go to the open air theatre just by the fountain and let the entertainment do the work. From cabaret to drama to concerts to dance, there is something here for everyone and of all ages.

– Amsterdam International Fashion Week: Twice a year, this event presents young and upcoming fashion in Europe and with a focus on Dutch design.

amsterdamwriteAugust:

– De Parade: Martin Luther King Park. Circus turns vintage, on an old-fashioned fairground with many different tents, the performers are each trying to attract their public, featuring spectacles of dance, theatre, magic, art, animation and music.

– Gay Pride: Amsterdam gay pride on the first weekend in August. One of the biggest festivals in Amsterdam with parties, performances, workshops and a boat parade on the Prinsengracht on Saturday afternoon which is always well worth seeing.

– Prinsengracht concert: third weekend of August each year. A free open-air classical music concert is held every year on a stage in the middle of the Prinsengracht canal. If you have a little boat, join the crowds and make sure to bring your rose wine or prosecco for full enjoyment.

– Uitmarkt: The opening of the cultural season in the last weekend of August, it offers a taste of the year to come with 30 min performances at different theaters, an extensive book market and many open-air concerts. All free.

September:

– Jordaan Festival: A big inner city street festival celebrating the diversity of this former working class district. Features can include drum bands, a children’s festival, opera and cabaret, a boules competition, a flea market and an auction.

– Robodock arts festival: A unique festival presenting contemporary art shows in the huge, old NDSM shipyard depot, in the Amsterdam North. The atmosphere is rough, industrial, experimental. A lot of loud music, fire, smoke, noise and heavy machinery are usually elements of these performances.

– National Restaurant Week: Two times a year, participating restaurants offer a full 3 course dinner for a mere €25 (excl drinks), allowing you to experiment a different restaurant for a change or a chance to eat affordably at one of the famous 5-star restaurants.

November

– Museum Night – Museumnacht: Long before the film came out, this night at the museum attracts new crowds at the traditional Amsterdam museums with special performances at unusual locations. Do as the locals do and hire a bike to go from one place to the other.

– IDFA – International Documentary Filmfestival of Amsterdam: Leidseplein, (various times). International documentary festival screening some 200 documentary films and videos.

December/January:

– Amsterdam light festival: Streets and canals decorated with lights, special boat tours, Christmas canal parade.

 

How to get here? What to see? What to eat and drink? Where to sleep? For any other practical information, visit wikitravel’s page.

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