Explore Amsterdam 

Let us welcome you to Amsterdam, a place of many inspiring and surprising faces. No other city mixes cosmopolitan style and relaxed atmosphere quite like Amsterdam, where our hospitable nature attracts an excitingly diverse population. Whether admiring the Golden Age gabled merchants’ houses of the old city centre or marvelling at the sleek skylines of the new Zuidas and harbour areas, you will see that Amsterdammers pride themselves on the city’s rich history while keeping focused on the future. Home to some of the world’s most acclaimed works of art, with more canals than Venice, more bridges than Paris and nearly 7,000 monumental buildings, our compact floating city offers a variety of historical and cultural treasures. It’s no wonder Amsterdam’s historic canal ring has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We hope you enjoy our vibrant, open spirit.

For more information about Amsterdam, please visit www.iamsterdam.com

Tips  


General information

Banks, ATM and Offices
Banks are usually open from 09:00-16:00 (Monday-Friday), with a few big city banks also open Thursday evening until 21:00 or on Saturday morning. Offices are usually open from 09:00-18:00 (Monday-Friday) and closed during the weekends.There will be ATMs (Automatic Teller Machine) all over the city of Amsterdam. At the airport and main station and along the main streets you find currency exchange offices as well. 

Climate
Amsterdam has a moderate, maritime climate largely influenced by the North Sea and other surrounding waterways. Water holds temperature longer than land; it heats and cools more slowly. In watery Amsterdam, this means the crisp, rejuvenating spring and cool, breezy autumn can linger for months, as warm summer air and cold winter chills arrive quite gradually. Average temperatures are 17°C (62.6°F) in mid-summer (July) and 3°C (37.4°F) in mid-winter (January). Rainfall occurs an average of 120 days annually and is spread evenly throughout the year.

Credit Cards
All major cards are widely accepted, though in some small shops or hotels, there might an extra charge (2-6%). When paying by credit card for your shopping, you will be asked to show identification.Please have your ID card or passport with you all the time, otherwise they may refuse to accept your credit card as payment.

Currency and Exchange Bureaus
The Dutch currency is the Euro (EUR). Major credit cards are accepted at most large businesses. When you are exchanging your currency, you need your passport or official ID card. If you don’t have it with you, the bank may refuse to exchange your currency.

Electricity
The power supply in the Netherlands is 220/240 V. Most electric outlets adhere to the continental standard (Schuko). Appliances from North America require a transformer and British ones an adaptor for the two-pin sockets in use in the Netherlands.

Insurance
The conference fee does not include insurance. All participants should arrange for their own insurance. Health and accident insurance is recommended and has to be purchased in your country of origin.

Museums
The Netherlands’ capital city has been a centre of creativity and culture for centuries. Works by 17th century Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer grace the walls of Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum. The Van Gogh Museum houses several of the artists’ masterpieces. Other cultural treasures include Anne Frank’s House, the baroque Royal Palace on Dam Square and the Rembrandt House. Amsterdam can even satisfy the cultural pallet of the most experienced visitor.

Restaurants & Nightlife
Amsterdam is home to an array of bars, nightclubs and cafés. Authentic 19th century pubs or ‘brown cafés can be found all over the city, alongside their contemporary counterparts: designer grand cafés and sleek lounge bars. The most popular bar areas are around the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. There are also jazz cafés, late night bars and a large casino in the city. Best of all, nightlife venues are located less than a few square miles of each other.On the restaurant front, Amsterdam is offering a culinary melting pot reflective of the city itself. City restaurants offer everything a hungry visitor craves: from Indonesian to tapas, from Mediterranean to modern Dutch.

Shopping
With everything from multi-storey department stores and exclusive boutiques to antiques and contemporary Dutch design, Amsterdam inspires even the most discerning shopper.
 
Opening hours:                                     
Monday 11:00 – 18:00
Tuesday - Saturday 09:00 – 18:00                                 
Thursday evening until 21:00
Sunday 12:00 – 17:00

Telephones
Pay phones are available at the Congress venue, both for local and long distance calls. Public phones in Amsterdam operate by using phone cards which can be purchased at tobacconists and VVV tourist offices. 

Time zone
Amsterdam is 6 hours ahead of US - Eastern Standard Time, and 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Visas
EU citizens must either present a passport or ID card valid for the duration of your stay in order to enter the Netherlands for tourist visits. Citizens of other countries must have a valid passport. Some non-EU citizens are required to produce a visa.

PLEASE CHECK THE CURRENT VISA REQUIREMENTS WITH THE NEAREST DUTCH CONSULATE/EMBASSY IN YOUR COUNTRY BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE TO AMSTERDAM.