PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Schools, city councils, post offices and banks are closed for the whole day on official public holidays in the Netherlands. The following public holidays fall in spring 2018:
Amsterdam is well equipped with a public transport network of trams, buses and the metro, operated by GVB (gvb.nl). Public transport tickets – known as OV cards – are obligatory on all forms of public transport. You can buy a card for one or more days from ticket offices at the main stations; single one-hour tickets are for sale on trams and buses. To plan your journeys once in Amsterdam, visit 9292.nl/en for up-to-theminute information on all public transport routes in the city and beyond. Google Maps is also generally fairly reliable. Alternatively, hire a bike from one of the many bicycle rental stores throughout the city, and pedal like a local!
30 MARCH: Good Friday (not an official public holiday but many businesses do close) 1 APRIL: Easter Sunday 2 APRIL: Easter Monday 27 APRIL: King’s Day Get the I amsterdam City Card for free entry into many of the city’s museums and attractions, as well as discounts and special offers!
4 MAY: National Remembrance Day (not an official public holiday but some government offices close) 5 MAY: Liberation Day (only an official public holiday every five years, but some government offices close) 10 MAY: Ascension Day 20 MAY: Pentecost Sunday (Whit Sunday) 21 MAY: Pentecost Monday (Whit Monday)
In Case of Emergency
If you are a victim of crime, report it to the police (politie.nl). In emergency situations or to report a crime in progress, call 112. For non-emergency situations requiring police assistance or to make an appointment to report a crime in person, call 0900-8844 (if using a
mobile phone with an international SIM card, dial +31 343 578 844). For medical emergencies, including telephone consultations and consultations on location, contact the hotel reception or call the tourist doctor on +31 (0)20 427 5011 (expatmc.net).