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Many of the world's airlines fly directly to Amsterdam, but it might be cheaper for you to fly to a nearby city such as London and get to Amsterdam by bus or train.
Many airlines will offer you a free side trip within Europe, so ask around and see what offers are available.
Amsterdam is well connected to the rest of Europe, including Britain, by long-distance bus.
Buses are consistently cheaper than trains, but on some services you'll get a lungful of cigarette smoke.

Getting Around In Amsterdam:
Amsterdam has a very good public transport system, with trams, buses, a metro and taxis. And, of course, plenty of good bicycle lanes.
The best way to get around Amsterdam is by tram.
You can buy tickets onboard from the driver or conductor at the back, but it’s is cheaper to buy a 'strippenkaart' from GVB sales points, supermarkets, tobacco or newspaper shops, or the Amsterdam tourist office.

One of the fastest and most enjoyable ways to get around and see the city is by bicycle.
There are special lanes purely for bikes, which makes negotiating the city much easier.
Two points of caution though: always lock your bike up well, with preferably two locks, and lock it to something immovable.

Where To Stay:
Ambassade Hotel.
This literary retreat draws publishers and authors - recent guests include Donna Tartt and Nicci French - and part of the appeal is surely the library of 1,000 or so signed books.

Where To Eat:
Cafe Pacifico at 31 Warmoesstraat. It is one of Europe's first mexican restaurants.
If you are looking for a WIDE selection of tequila they can help you with that, too.
Fantasia. Marnixstraat 417, Authentic Italian food.

What To See:
For a refreshingly different view of Amsterdam, try a canal boat tour.

The canals provide a leisurely pace from which to observe Amsterdam's unique architecture and street life.
You can find a convenient departure either in the daytime or evening hours from many locations throughout the city.

Koninklijk Paleis, Royal Palace. Originally built as the City Hall, Louis Napoleon turned it into the Royal Palace during his short-lived reign over the Netherlands.
Today it is only rarely used by the Dutch royal family for ceremonial occasions.
It was last used during the wedding of Prince Willem and Maxima. The sculptures and artwork inside are worth seeing.

The Vondelpark. The Vondelpark is a very popular place on warm, sunny days with the Dutch and tourists alike.
The park extends over several hundred acres with bike paths, walking paths, an open-air concert venue, three large outdoor cafes and the Film Museum.

Cannabis College.Curious about cannabis?
Want to learn more about hemp products?
Need some marijuana growing tips?
The friendly staff at the Cannabis College are ready to answer all your cannabis questions.

Where To Shop:
Traditionally, shops and markets are closed all day Sunday and Monday mornings.
Normal shopping hours are 09:00 or 10:00 to 18:00 (17:00 on Saturday) although some are now beginning to stay open later in the evenings and about half of the shops on the main shopping streets are even open on Sundays.
There is late-night shopping on Thursdays until 21:00, when most shops on the main streets are open.

Metz & Co. Leidsestraat 34-6. Metz & Co is a good place to shop for special gifts: designer furniture, glass and Liberty-style fabrics and scarves are all sold here.

De Bijenkorf. De Bijenkorf Dam 1. De Bijenkorf is to Amsterdam what Harrods is to London and Bloomingdale's is to New York.
There's a good range of clothing - both designer and own-label - kidswear, jewellery, cosmetics, shoes, accessories and a wonderful household goods department.

Amsterdam's club scene is unequalled anywhere.
There are lots and lots of venues for the young, and young at heart here in Amsterdam.
The biggest rave of the year is Dance Valley, held in the countryside in mid summer.
Almost a dozen huge circus tents feature live acts and DJs that play simultaneously all day long.
The Leidseplein is the center of the nightlife with the famous Paradiso and Melkweg venues nearby, and many smaller places all over the city.


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