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The Beginner’s Guide to: Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is Europe’s rebellious child with their lax rules it’s what makes this country truly special. Be warned though for Americans the Dutch view on things can be a bit shocking at first but if you go in open-minded you will fall in love with this beautiful country and the wonderful people.

Basic Information

Language: Dutch, English

Currency: Euro (1 EUR=$1.06 USD)

Banks/ATM’s: ATM’s are found pretty prominently throughout the city. MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted credit cards.

Climate: Winter( December-February)- The temperatures during this time average 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spring (March-May)- Amsterdam in the spring is gorgeous because the Tulips are in bloom and the temperature runs on average between 42-55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Summer( June-August)- The temperatures during the summer average between 61-64 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fall(September-November)- Fall is always my favorite time to travel and fall in Amsterdam is no exception. The temperatures during this time are also pleasant averaging between 43-58 degrees Fahrenheit.

Arriving: The easiest way to get to Amsterdam is to fly into Schiphol Airport and take the metro directly into the city center.

Places to stay

Cheapest: Shelter City– This Christian Hostel is a must stay for any first time traveler to Amsterdam. From the friendly staff to the amazing breakfast this has something for everyone. They are located in the oldest part of the city which has its own unique vibe. They also offer discounted tickets to museums and you can rent a bike at the front desk. Multi bed dorms begin at 17 EUR.

The Flying Pig– This super funky hostel is a must stay for anyone looking for that true Amsterdam vibe. The minute you walk into their location you can tell you’re in for a good time. Their location can’t be beat either they are right near Vondelpark. This is a party hostel so if you are looking for a good time this is the hostel for you and with beds starting at 15 EUR this hostel can’t be missed.

The Bulldog hotel– This hotel is located in one of the coolest neighborhoods in Amsterdam the Red Light District.Outside of its prime location it is also a canal house which provides its own unique experience. The Bulldog also has its own vibe with full size lockers and checkered walls. This hotel’s dorm style beds are 22 EUR and each room has its own En Suite.

My choice hotel:Hampshire Hotel Rembrandt square– This hotel has everything you could ask for conveniently at your fingertips. The location allows you to be steps away from all the museums and has a number of restaurants right outside its doors. The rooms are also super sleek and modern with the coolest showers I’ve ever seen the entire bathroom is one big glass box. Anyone looking to be in the heart of all the action and have all the comforts of a hotel this place is a must stay.

Top ten things to do in Paris

  1. Anne Frank House
  2. Red light district tour
  3. Heineken Tour
  4. Visit the Delft
  5. Visit a Coffee Shop
  6. Visit Wynand Fockink
  7. Rent a bike
  8. Rijks Museum
  9. MOCO Museum
  10. Canal cruise

 

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