Compared to other large cities, Amsterdam is a relatively safe place for both tourists and residents. Violent crimes do not occur here very often. But be aware of pickpockets and thieves, though. Pickpockets are active in crowded places and on trains travelling between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal Station, but you can also encounter them in trams or in places where people watch street artists. Take sensible precautions, mind your belongings carefully, and leave your valuable items at your apartment.
Why not see Amsterdam at a faster pace aboard two wheels? It’s the perfect way to stay cool in the summer time.
If you’re planning a trip to the one and only Amsterdam – the capital of the Netherlands and the Mecca of some of the most amazing sights and attractions in Europe (if not in the world), it’s quite easy to get lost already at the starting point. After all, the broad spectrum of options may make your head dizzy. However, if you remember about the 10 useful tips listed below, moving around and about the city should a fun experience and a piece of cake – a delicious one, too.
Getting around Amsterdam is easy, most things are within easy reach on foot but sometimes you may want to give your feet a rest and try a little local locomotion!
The GVB network is well integrated enabling you to buy one ticket and travel across any bus, train, tram, or metro though the metro is only really used for going to the suburbs. By far the easiest way to get around the city is on foot as many of the attractions are within walking distance of one another; travelling on foot allows you to absorb the ambience of the city and offers no restrictions.
Are you planning on a busy short stay in Amsterdam filled with days full of excursions and travelling, or even only visiting three main attractions? The I Amsterdam City Card is the ideal way to enjoy all the things you want to do during your leisure or business stay in Amsterdam but for less and with three validity periods: 24, 48 or 72 hours.
Cruising Amsterdam’s canals is a given on any short stay in the city; there’s no question about it, you just do it. Amsterdam was built around these historic canals and to appreciate all the wonderful sights you have to go on the waters. There are many canal cruise operators with a number of piers around the city so there is bound to be one near your apartment. Choose from daily cruises, night time cruises, private party cruises, gourmet meals or romantic dinners.