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INDEX Introduction 1 A short history of Amsterdam 2 Cycling in Amsterdam 4 What to do 5 -rent a bike -canal cruise -walking

Shopping 10 -shops and markets

What to see 12 -museums, sport

Where to eat 17 -Dutch specialties -Restaurants, Coffee

Nightlife 21 Transportation 22 - Taxi’s - Amsterdam public transport - I Amsterdam City Card (Public Transport + Museums) - Private drivers

Emergency numbers 23 -Police, ambulance, fire, hospitals, dentist, embassy

Weather in Amsterdam 24 Useful Dutch words 24

Dear family and friends, Thank you for coming to Amsterdam to help us celebrate my birthday. It makes us very happy to share our wonderful city with you, however briefly, and we want be sure that all of you have every opportunity to get to know Amsterdam, to relax and to have fun during this weekend. We hope that this booklet will give you an insight into some of the interesting and beautiful things to do, see and enjoy in Amsterdam We can’t list everything of course, as there is so much more, but perhaps this guide will help you to get inspired and fall as much in love with Amsterdam as we are.

Warm greetings, Ian

P.S. During your stay in Amsterdam, the company Jungle Room will be at your disposal to help in every way and avoid any inconveniences. They have all the information necessary to make your stay memorable and will organise any activity or booking you would like to make. You will be able to contact them at any time from now on and during your stay by mail or by phone 0031 (0)6 21953769. 1

A short history of Amsterdam Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and has 838.338 inhabitants. The name Amsterdam dates back to the year 1275. The heart of Amsterdam is the Dam, which was the dam that was built in the river Amstel. The name of the city was born by joining these two words. The first Amsterdammers were fishermen and merchants and the city flourished as a trading centre. Amsterdam’s coat of arms dates from this era as well. Some say these 3 crosses represent the 3 enemies of the city: water, fire and the plaque. The city developed quite rapidly and around 1613 the digging of the three main canals started. After the conquest of Antwerp by the Spanish in 1685, Amsterdam became the biggest and one of the richest cities of the world. During that time, it also became leading centre for finance and diamonds. A position that would be held until around 1700. After the 80-year war with Spain, many people were drawn to Amsterdam and it became known for its relative religious tolerance. Jews from Spain and Portugal, Huguenots from France and economic and religious refugees found their safety in Amsterdam. Also the number of artists grew enormously.


The 17th century is considered to be the Golden Age of Amsterdam. The Merchants of Amsterdam had the largest share in both the Dutch East India Company and the Dutch West India Company. The reflection of this prosperity can be seen in the construction of monumental, architectural masterpieces. The city’s traders gathered the exotic goods of the wide world and brought them here, their ships sailing right up the canals to their front doors. They stored those goods — cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper — in their attics. The canals were in effect arms extending around the globe, gathering bounty and bringing it not just into the city centre but into the very homes of its residents. Dutch interior paintings of the 17th century celebrated the particular brand of domesticity that the Dutch traders fostered. “Gezelligheid” — an untranslatable word that means something like “the warm feeling that comes from being secure and in the embrace of friends and family” — is what animates those paintings. After the French invasion, Napoleon Bonaparte founded the Kingdom of Holland in 1806 and his brother became King of Holland in 1810. The nation’s population rebelled. During the congress in Vienna, in 1813, it was decided that the Netherlands were to become a monarchy. The Germans invaded the Netherlands in 1940. The Nazi occupation of the country during the Second World War understandably changed Holland in untold ways. Many lives were taken due to starvation and as a result of the deportation of the Jews to Nazi concentration camps. Anne Frank is one of the 20th century’s most famous authors, the writer of an optimistic diary detailing her experience as a Jewish girl forced to hide in a secret apartment with her family from the Nazis. The actual diary of Anne Frank sits alone in a glass case at the Anne Frank House, the annex where the family and others sat in silence for two years before they were betrayed and sent to their deaths. Moving, haunting and inspiring, the museum represents both the darkest and most beautiful aspects of the human experience. After the Second World War, many new suburbs were built around Amsterdam. The society changed, many people moved to the suburbs. The city centre of Amsterdam has been restored and restoration is still ongoing. Many of its buildings have become monuments. In 2010, the 3 main canals Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. 3

Cycling in Amsterdam Before the Second World War bikes were as popular in the Netherlands as they are now, being a fairly new, cheap and easy way to get around on the flat Dutch roads, largely thanks to the affordable Safety Bicycle, one of Holland’s first mass-produced products. Cycle paths were built because there was space for them and cyclists went to work, to school, to the shops, to friends’ houses and to church by bike. During the Second World War the occupying forces confiscated peoples’ bikes and sent them off to be used by the Nazi troops. There are some brilliant photos in the Dutch Resistance Museum of how some Dutchies creatively changed their bikes so they weren’t taken away from them, including replacing wheels with those of a moped. Cycling is a way of life for locals. The love affair with bikes is all-inclusive. It’s not just for the old or young, it’s not just for the rich or the poor, it’s not just for one race or one gender. Unlike in other countries, cycling doesn’t divide, it unites. You could be suited and booted heading to the office, or a stay at home mother of three taking the children to school - all colours, all ages, all lifestyles - everyone cycles here. But if you prefer a less strenuous tour of the city, hop on a canal boat and float past hidden gardens, cafes, bridges, houses painted in primary colours and charming churches.


What to do Many of you are staying at the hotel De Hallen where you can enjoy the variety of boutiques, cafés, restaurants and markets in the vicinity, such as the Ten Katemarkt, a favourite of the locals. The cinema, with a historic art deco auditorium, a library and an indoor food market are also must-sees in Amsterdam West. The perfect spot to get inspired and make great memories. When you have seen everything in Amsterdam West, the city centre has many more highlights and hotspots to offer, including the famous Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum and the ‘nine streets’ which are only a ten-minute walk from our hotel. Amsterdam’s popularity as a travel destination has focused mainly on its historic centre, and to some extent its long-gentrified southern districts. These are easily accessible on foot, by tram or on a bicycle.

Rent-a-bike There are bike lanes on most roads, marked by white lines and bike symbols. There are plenty of places to rent bikes, but perhaps going on a bike tour is a better, more interesting option, so we have listed some below: Amsterdam 2 or 3 hour bicycle tour See Amsterdam like a local on a 2-hour or 3-hour bike tour of the city’s major attractions. Riding with an experienced guide, see fascinating sites and districts, such as the Jordan Quarter, the Red Light District and the Rijksmuseum. Half-day countryside bike tour from Amsterdam Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on a 4-hour bike tour of the spectacular Waterland district north of the city. Pedal past picturesque villages and green pastures. Ride alongside waterways and get a taste of the real Netherlands. Amsterdam 3-hour bike tour: backstreets and hidden gems Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on a 4-hour bike tour of the spectacular Waterland district north of the city. Pedal past picturesque villages and green pastures. Ride alongside waterways and get a taste of the real Netherlands. 3-hour guided Bike Tour of Historical Amsterdam Explore Amsterdam by bike with an experienced local guide who will show you the famous canals, the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, the Red Light District, and many hidden treasures. On various stops you’ll learn about Amsterdam’s history as well. 5

Top 3 popular STRAVA routes to bike yourself ‘Hoep’ tour (Distance: 38 km - Height difference: 155 m - Type: on road) By far the most popular bike tour in Amsterdam. Easy acces from the town center and will guide you to the county side in less than 15 minutes.

Amsterdam - Purmerend (Distance: 50,5 km - Height difference: 122 m - Type: on road) Situated in the ´Waterland´ aera. The name says it all, the first part follows the ´Zeedijk´ (Sea dyke) towards Purmerend and the cosy town of Edam. From there you’ll go straight back to Amsterdam.

Marker Museum (Distance: 48 km - Height difference: 117 m - Type: on road) Waterland’s highlights in a short ride: from Durgerdam’s kinderkopjes (cobble stones) over the dyke next to the former Zuiderzee (South Sea) and the narrow, rough path circling the island of Marken.


Canal cruise Floating houseboats add even more character to the 160 man-made canals in Amsterdam, elaborate gables welcome visitors and the street names tell tales of naval heroes, national legends and Golden Age painters. The closest Amsterdam has to a defining monument is the canal house. An individual family dwelling is an apt symbol for the city because Amsterdam shaped itself around the power and needs of individuals. Where other European capitals were built around the might of the church or a monarch or both, here the central forces were commerce, art and science. The best way to check out all the different varieties of canal houses is by boat. There are many different canal cruises to choose from. Besides the straightforward canal cruises, we have listed some combination cruises below: Canal cruise & Heineken experience Enjoy a combination canal cruise tour with skip-the-line entry to the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam. Cruise past beautiful bridges and merchant houses, then learn about the historic brewing process behind Heineken’s premium lagers. Canal Cruise & Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Canal Cruises offers you the possibility to combine a visit to one of these museums with a canal cruise through Amsterdam. With our combination tickets you do not only get a discount, but you also avoid the queues at the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Amsterdam Dinner Cruise Enjoy a 4-course à la carte dinner as you cruise the canals of Amsterdam and feast on culinary delights while enjoying ever changing views of the Dutch cultural capital at night. Admire the illuminated merchant houses, house boats, bridges, and more. Evening Canal Cruise See the sights of Amsterdam’s Canal Belt on a fully narrated 1-hour evening canal cruise. Sail past the floodlit merchant houses of the Golden Age. Marvel at illuminated attractions, such as the Westerkerk, Anne Frank House and much more.


Amsterdam Walking Tour and Canal Cruise On this customizable private 3-hour walking tour of Amsterdam, see its highlights from a local perspective. Stroll through lively neighbourhoods, admire the unique architecture and go shopping at a local street market before finishing with a canal cruise. Secret Amsterdam 75-minute Canal cruise & Maritime Museum Discover Amsterdam from a different perspective on a boat cruise through the Plantage. See an historic windmill, Hermitage Museum, and Zoo Artis. Then, go to the National Maritime Museum to look at the Royal Barge of The Netherlands. Amsterdam: Dutch Cheese & Wine Cruise Cruise the canals of Amsterdam’s Canal Belt at night as you enjoy a selection of cheese and wine. Experience the city as it comes alive for the evening on a 2-hour cruise past sights such as the illuminated Skinny Bridge, merchant houses, and more

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Walking Vondelpark Amsterdam’s largest green space is named after the city’s best-known poet, Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679). Vondelpark is the most central of the city’s major parks, its construction inspired by the large development of the Plantage, which had formerly provided the green background for the leisurely walks of the rich. It was designed in the ‘English style’ by Zocher, with the emphasis on natural landscaping; the original ten acres opened in 1865. There are several ponds and lakes in the park plus a number of play areas and cafés; try ‘t Het Blauwe Theehuis (Round Blue Teahouse) Instead of exploring the city on your own, it’s also possible to book a guided tour on foot. Amsterdam: 2-hour History of Anne Frank Walking Tour Take a walk through Amsterdam with a professional guide who will tell you about the city during WWII, through the eyes of Anne Frank. The route takes you from the Jewish Quarter, past Anne Frank’s House. You’ll hear the complete story of those dark days. Alternative Amsterdam: 2-hour guided Walking Tour Experience Amsterdam’s alternative scene and hear the stories behind the city’s coffee shops, houseboats, bikes, and squats. You’ll learn about sub-cultures and drug policies, and encounter the real Amsterdam on this guided walk.


Shopping Amsterdam – a shopper’s dream A city renowned for its innovation and creativity, Amsterdam is home to many established and budding fashion talents. From the club scene to the catwalk, the city is a source of inspiration for stylish individuals. In addition to all the big brands, fashion chains (on the Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat) and international designers, Amsterdam boasts numerous up-and-coming Dutch designers and independent shops. The city is also big on denim, being home to multiple denim brands, shops and designers.

Shopping areas in Amsterdam Amsterdam has many different shopping areas. Each has its own character, which means that in addition to getting your shopping fix, you can experience new neighbourhoods and enjoy strolling around. From the hip Nine Streets – narrow streets nestled between the historic canals of the canal ring – through the luxury boutiques in grand Oud Zuid to vintage delights around Waterlooplein, soak up the unique atmosphere


Design, markets and more It is not only fashion you can shop for in Amsterdam. There is also a great selection of design and interiors shops, where you can stock up on various objects, decoration, kitchenware, textiles and more. Dutch design enjoys a great reputation for being beautiful yet practical, even pragmatic, and often with an air of dry humour. You also shouldn’t forget to stock up on souvenirs. Plus there are many great markets that sell everything from organic produce through vintage fashion to general bric-a-brac. Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market) This is the world’s only floating flower market, with 15 florists and garden shops (although many also stock cheesy souvenirs these days) permanently housed on barges along the southern side of Singel. The plants and flowers usually last well and are good value. Albert Cuypmarkt Amsterdam’s largest general market sells everything from pillows to prawns at great prices. The clothes on sale tend to be run-of-the-mill cheapies. Nieuwmarkt From Monday through Friday, the Nieuwmarkt is home to a very small market. On one side of the square you’ll see a couple stalls selling basics like vegetables, flowers and cheese. On Saturdays, the entire square is taken over by the weekly organic farmers’ market. Here you’ll find everything from locally-grown fruits and vegetables to candles and cosmetics.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jungleroom. We are here to organise everything to make your stay memorable. or by phone 0031 (0)6 21953769. 11

What to see A few years ago many of the major museums were undergoing renovation at the same time, and were either closed or only partly open. All the work has now been completed, and these great cultural institutions are now open for your visit. Here are just some suggestions, if you love art, culture, photography or history.

Rijksmuseum More than 200 masterpieces are on display at the Rijksmuseum, the country’s premier art museum. Inside are iconic pieces like Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, Rembrandt’s Night Watch and an array of world-famous masterpieces by Van der Helst, Steen, Hals, Cuyp and other Golden Age stars. The pride of the Netherlands, the museum is a must-see for anyone with an appreciation for fine art. Van Gogh museum In a city of so many museums, it is impossible to pick a favourite, but the Van Gogh Museum is definitely a highlight. The museum is as much a tour of the troubled painter’s mind as it is a walk through his body of work. Hundreds of Van Gogh’s works chronicle his short but astonishing life. Through the paintings and drawings, visitors go with Van Gogh from Holland to Paris and finally to Arles, and accompany him on his evolution as an artist. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is an international institution for modern and contemporary art and design. It offers art and design to a wide range of public in different styles and disciplines; including graphic and industrial design. The museum is located in Amsterdam on the Museum square, close to the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. 12

Hermitage Hermitage Amsterdam is the Dutch auxiliary branch of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. Set in a former 19th-century hospital complete with 17th-century courtyard, the building has two vast exhibition spaces, a concert hall and a restaurant. The Hermitage’s riches owe much to the collecting obsession of Peter the Great (1672-1725), who came to Amsterdam to learn shipbuilding and the art of building on waterlogged ground – the latter knowledge he applied to his pet project, St Petersburg. Do not miss the very special Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age. Foam This photography museum, located in a renovated canal house, holds regular exhibitions of works by shutter-button maestros like August Sander as well as advertising from local agency KesselsKramer, and shows covering local themes such as Amsterdam crime scene photos (plus universal themes like Kate Moss). Anne Frank House Prinsengracht 263 was the 17th-century canal side house where young Jewish girl Anne Frank and her family hid for two years during World War II. Today it’s one of the most popular attractions in Amsterdam, with almost a million visitors a year. Having fled from persecution in Germany in 1933, Anne, her sister Margot, their parents and four other Jews went into hiding on 5 July 1942. Living in an annexe behind Prinsengracht 263, they were sustained by friends who risked everything to help them; a bookcase marks the entrance to the sober, unfurnished rooms. CoBrA Museum of Modern Art Artists such as Karel Appel, Eugene Brands and Corneille were once regarded as little more than eccentric troublemakers; they’ve now been absorbed into the canon. This museum provides a sympathetic environment in which to trace the development of one of the most influential Dutch artistic movements of the 20th century. They’ve also now started having exhibitions of more modern artists to attract more visitors. North Amsterdam: Eye Film Museum and Shell Tower Formerly the Film museum, this is the most important centre for cinematography in the Netherlands, specialising in major retrospectives and edgier contemporary fare. There’s a permanent exhibition space, as well as free-to-access education area, with ‘EYE’ pod screening booths. The cyber shark-shaped building dominates the northern waterfront of the Ij and is worth the free ferry ride in itself. Not many tourists visited Noord until 2012, when the EYE Film Institute opened on the waterfront just opposite Central Station. It has since become a cultural anchor in the area. In June, the 22-story building beside it, once the headquarters of Royal Dutch Shell, opened to the public. Inside are a hotel, performance studios and artist lofts, and for 12.50 euros a person can ascend 300 feet to an observation platform called the AmsterDam Lookout.


Verzetsmuseum (Museum of the Dutch Resistance) The Verzetsmuseum is one of Amsterdam’s most illuminating museums and quite possibly its most moving. It tells the story of the Dutch Resistance through a wealth of artefacts: false ID papers, clandestine printing presses and illegal newspapers, spy gadgets and an authentic secret door behind which Jews hid. The exhibits all help to explain the ways people in the Netherlands faced up to and dealt with the Nazi occupation. The Diamond Museum Amsterdam A visit to the Diamond Museum Amsterdam sends you to a journey that starts 200 kilometres below the surface of the earth’s crust. There you will learn how diamonds are formed through a process of billions of years to their final shape. At the musuem you can also see actual diamond cutters and goldsmiths turning these precious stones into the most beautiful jewellery. They are located in the heart of Amsterdam next to the famous Museum Square between the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Joods Historisch Museum (Jewish Historical Museum) The National Holocaust Museum The Portuguese Synagogue In the heart of Amsterdam you will find a number of impressive Jewish monuments within less than one square kilometre. In the old Jewish quarter you will find the Jewish Historical Museum, with its fascinating Children’s Museum, the imposing Portuguese Synagogue, and the Hollandsche Schouwburg (National Holocaust Memorial), a moving historic monument. Visit these beautiful locations in Amsterdam during your trip. You can visit all four locations with one ticket. Reserve your own private guided tour at the Portuguese Synagogue and/or any of our other locations and exhibitions. Professional guides, thoroughly trained by their Education Department, can lead you through the entire building complex of the Portuguese Synagogue.


Other must-see destinations in Amsterdam include the House of Bols gin distillery and museum, the Begijnhof former convent, the Heineken Experience, the 19th-century Waag house, Madame Tussauds, the Artis Zoo, the archaeological Allard Pierson Museum and the Oost-Indisch Huis, former headquarters of the Dutch East India Company.

We can organise private tours at several of these musea. Please do not hesitate to contact Jungleroom. We are here to organise everything to make your stay memorable. or by phone 0031 (0)6 21953769. 15

Sport Football: Ajax FC Ajax is Ian’s club and has been for over 30 years. Every home game is a fixture in the family diary. As it happens, on Sunday 20th there is a home game against N.E.C. (from Nijmegen) that kicks off at 14h30. If you would like tickets in the Arena for this match, please let us know asap! Hockey: The Dutch premier league is considered by many as the most competitive and highest level in Europe, if not the world. On Sunday 20th November, Amsterdam Men’s 1 will be playing in the Wagerners stadium in Amsterdam (approx. 20 mins from the centre) against Almeerse HC Men’s 1. Please let us know if you would like to watch this top hockey and we will organise tickets and transport. This will be preceded by coffee and an introduction to the game by Pieter Offerman (3 times coach of Bloemandaal to win the European championship).


Where to eat Amsterdam holds its own on the restaurant front, offering a culinary selection reflective of the city itself. Restaurants offer everything a hungry visitor craves: from Indonesian to tapas, and from Mediterranean to modern Dutch. Please let us know if we can help you find a restaurant during your stay in Amsterdam. We have a list of wonderful suggestions, and we are happy to share Ian’s choice of restaurants for all occasions!

Restaurants Brasserie Waldorf Astoria Herengracht 542-556, 1017 CG Amsterdam

0031 (0)20 718 4600

Lunch and dinner

Brasserie Hotel de l’Europe Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14, 1012 CP Amsterdam

0031 (0)20 531 1777

Lunch and dinner

Brasserie Conservatorium Hotel Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam

0031 (0)20 570 0000

Lunch, high tea, dinner

Restaurant Beulings Beulingstraat 9, 1017 BA Amsterdam

0031 (0)20 320 6100


Hilton Zuid, Roberto Apollolaan 138, 1077 BG Amsterdam

0031 (0)20 710 6025


Restaurants in Okura: Ciel Bleu Restaurant - Yamazato Restaurant - Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka - Serre Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam 0031 (0)20 678 7111 Lunch and dinner

Luxembourg Spui 24, 1012 XA Amsterdam

0031 (0)20 620 6264

Breakfast, lunch, diner

Market 33 (foodmarket) Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT Amsterdam

0031 (0)6 292 65037

Lunch and dinner


Coffee and more


Gertruud Eerste van Swindenstraat 547, 1093 LC Amsterdam 0031 (0)6 226 08765

Coffee, juices and more

Expresso Fabriek Pazzanistraat 39, 1014 DB Amsterdam

0031 (0)20 486 2106

Coffee and more

Screaming Beans Hartenstraat 12, 1016 CB Amsterdam

0031 (0)20 626 0966

Coffee and more

Brandmeesters Van Baerlestraat 13, 1071 AM Amsterdam

0031 (0)20 572 0811

Coffee and more

Zuivere Koffie Utrechtsestraat 39, 1017 VH Amsterdam

0031 (0)20 624 9999

Coffee and more

Back to Black Weteringstraat 48, 1017 SP Amsterdam

0031 (0)6 1119 4870

Coffee and more

Sweetcup Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 93HS, 1017 NH Amsterdam 0031 (0)20 370 3783

Coffee and more

CafĂŠ Bru Beukenplein 14, 1092 Amsterdam

Coffee and more

0031 (0)20 751 9956

Dutch Delicacies We suggest you also try at least one of these traditional Dutch foods: Stroopwafel:

Two thin waffles stuck together with a layer of sweet syrup; these delicacies are best enjoyed hot and gooey from a street market or bakery.

Poffertjes! Pronounced ‘PO-fer-jus’. These little clouds are served up at restaurants and pancake houses all over Amsterdam, but nothing can beat a bag of hot, buttery poffertjes from a street market vendor. Sprinkle them with powdered sugar and let the good times roll. Bitterballen: Delicious, deep fried crispy meatballs traditionally served with mustard for dipping – they’re the ultimate in Dutch pub snacks and can be found on the menu at most Amsterdam drinking establishments. Thick Dutch fries: Not just any fries. Trust us. You might see these thick cut fries called patat or frites on menus, and traditionally they come served in a piping hot paper cone slathered with any manner of tasty toppings. Ask for ‘patatje oorlog’ for a dollop of peanut satay sauce, mayo and onions, or a ‘patat speciaal’ for a mix of curry ketchup, mayonnaise and onions. Raw herring Raw herring may sound a little scary to the uninitiated, but every visitor to Amsterdam should give it a go. You’ll spot haringhandels (herring carts) serving up this Dutch speciality all over the city - ask for a ‘broodje haring’ to get the fish served in a small sandwich with pickles and onions. The best time to try raw herring is between May and July when the herring is said to be at its sweetest. Croquettes from a vending machine

Not exactly Michelin standard cuisine, but these hole-in-the-wall cafés get into this list of Dutch must-tries on novelty value alone. Head into any FEBO and you’ll see an array of hot snacks including hamburgers, kroketten and frikandellen displayed behind glass doors. Put some coins into the slot and dinner is served.


Say cheese!

Cheese is big business in the Netherlands, so don’t go home without visiting one of Amsterdam’s many ‘kaas’ shops or markets and tasting some Gouda, Geitenkaas or Maasdammer. For an introduction to the most popular Dutch cheeses, stop by the Cheese Museum or one of the Henri Willig Cheese and More shops. Next, visit the Reypenaer Tasting Room for a professionally-guided tasting of their award-winning cheese. In the Negen Straatjes (9 Streets) the Kaaskamer’s shelves are stuffed with cheese from the Netherlands and abroad.

Stamp pot One for cold winter evenings, stamp pot is the ultimate Dutch comfort food, not dissimilar to British Bubble & Squeak. Translated literally as ‘mash pot’, this traditional dish involves potatoes mashed with other vegetables – traditional stamp pot includes various combinations of sauerkraut, carrot, onion or kale - and is usually served with a big juicy sausage.



Holland’s version of pea soup is a thick green stew of split peas, pork, celery, onions and leeks, and contrary to its name, it’s delicious. Widely consumed all over the Netherlands, snert makes for a hearty winter snack traditionally served up by street vendors to ice skaters on the frozen canals.

Dutch liquorice

Liquorice eating in Holland is something of a national pastime – in fact the country boasts the highest per-capita consumption of the sweet in the whole world. But if anyone in Holland offers you some liquorice (and they will); BEWARE. This is not liquorice as you know it, but a more salty, black version known as ‘drop’. Approach with caution.

Nightlife Nightlife is not confined to one spot. While the main areas are Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, you can also find other great places scattered around the city. Amsterdam provides music of all types, various performances, places that you can let loose, as well as comedy clubs and low-key establishments. No matter what you’re looking for or the mood that you’re in, the city caters to everyone. Attend one of the many concerts at the Concertgebouw and lose yourself in the sound of classical music and modern compositions. Internationally renowned for being one of three halls with the best acoustics in the world, the Concertgebouw program offers a wide range of shows from piano music to chamber performances and jazz to children’s concerts. Jazz up your night at the Bimhuis – one of the best jazz clubs in the city. Located on the IJ River in the Muziekgebouw, the Bimhuis is known for its focus on music since 1974.. Take the free ferry to the NDSM-werf in Amsterdam Noord, and you will find Cafe Noorderlicht. Admire msterdam from the “other” side of the IJ River. Cafe Noorderlicht is like no other place in the city; you walk into another world when you’re here. Relax on the terrace, soak up some sun and gaze over the sparking blue water. At night, surround yourself in a sphere of colour, as the cafe has carefully hung strings of lights around the venue. DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station boasts a prime location adjacent to Amsterdam Centraal Station. If you want to have a drink and/or a bite and enjoy a breath-taking 360-degree view from the top floor of the city and historic old town, the hotel’s Sky Lounge Amsterdam with rooftop terrace is a stylish meeting place with baristas, cocktail experts and a live DJ daily. Clubbing Since 1968, Paradiso has been a location for creative talent. Now, Paradiso, once a church, has evolved into a concert hall, club and cultural centre, attracting people of all ages. World famous musicians, such as the Rolling Stones and Lady Gaga, have played in the Main Hall, while several other artists, such as Franz Ferdinand and Kings of Leon, have made their start in the Small Hall. The entire music spectrum is covered: rock, folk, soul, country, reggae, eclectic and blues. At Jimmy Woo, a luxurious night club located near Leidseplein, you’ll be dazzled by the design and blown away by the sound; the club won the “Dutch Design” prize and was awarded the “best club sound in the Netherlands.” Please do not hesitate to contact Jungleroom. We are here to organise everything to make your stay memorable. or by phone 0031 (0)6 21953769. 21

Transportation Finding your way around Amsterdam is easy: there are efficient, cheap and integrated trams, metros and buses, and in the centre most places can be reached on foot. Locals tend to get around by bike, and there are also boats and water taxis. (Please note that public transport for those with disabilities is,however, not that simple.) Taxis Uber works very well in Amsterdam. Alternatively you can call Taxi Ruud (a private taxi company) on +31654 262 366 to arrange a pick up at a pre-arranged time. Taxi ranks are to be found round town, but there is an efficient central service you can phone on 020 777 7777 Unlimited use of Amsterdam public transport with the OV chip card If you’re using public transport in Amsterdam and beyond, the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) is used for travel on trams, buses and metros. The most convenient option for visitors is a disposable one-hour card or day card (valid for one to seven days). One-hour tickets can be bought from the conductor or driver on the tram or bus. Day tickets can be bought on the tram or purchased in advance. Tickets are valid across the whole network from the time of purchase, allowing you to take as many journeys as you choose within your chosen time-frame. I Amsterdam City Card If you want to see Amsterdam by public transport and have an interest in museums, then the I Amsterdam City Card will be perfect for you. It includes unlimited use of the public transport system and free entrance to 38 museums and attractions. It can be purchased at several shops and newsagents across Amsterdam, or at one of the Amsterdam Tourist Offices. Cost: €42 (24 hours), €52 (48 hours) or €62 (72 hours). Private drivers Do not hesitate to contact us if you are in need of a private driver. We will organise private car service at your will.


Emergency Numbers The emergency number for police, fire or ambulance is 112. The pan-European 112 emergency operators will speak English. The non-emergency number is 0900 8844. You will be connected to your local police station. You can also visit for information. Emergency doctor’s services (Centrale Huisartsenpost) National line for information on all medical services: 0900 1515 (24/7). Hospitals A hospital is a ziekenhuis, listed below are 4 hospitals in Amsterdam.

Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis Oosterpark 9, 1091 BC Amsterdam 020 599-9111

Slotervaartziekenhuis Louwesweg 6, 1066 EC 020 512 9333

Sint Lucas Andreas Ziekenhuis Jan Tooropstraat 164, 1061 AE 020 510 8911

VU Medische Centrum De Boelelaan 1117, 1081 HV 020 444 4444

Pharmacies To locate a pharmacy, please ask at the hotel reception or visit Dental emergencies in the Netherlands Amsterdam: 0900 821 2230 | An internet search will show many urgent dental clinics (spoed tandartsen) providing 24/7 or emergency dental care in Amsterdam. Embassies and Consulates Find your Embassy or Consulate in the Netherlands:


The weather in Amsterdam November can be wet and chilly in Amsterdam, but is still a very fine time of the year to visit. Please bring layers and a waterproof jacket because November is the wettest month of the year, averaging 90mm of rain though much of this falls as a light drizzle.

Useful Dutch words Hello Hallo Good day Goedendag Bye Dag Please Alstublieft Thanks Dank u wel Yes Ja No Nee Can I have the bill, please? Mag ik de rekening, alstublieft? Happy Birthday Gefeliciteerd

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Welcome to Amsterdam  

This booklet was written for guests who are coming to Amsterdam in November to celebrate Ian’s Birthday. We hope it will be a source of insp...

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