About The Netherlands neighbors are Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the north and the west. The population of the country is 16 million, with the capital Amsterdam being home to 750,000 people. Amsterdam is one of the largest trade ports in the world, yet architecturally it still appears to be living in the 17th century. It is also most visually stunning cities in the world, where you can delve through centuries of history aboard a canal boat or explore the array of excellent museums.
Numerous canals encircle the old city. In the canals beneath the stigma of orgies and weed, young Internet entrepreneurs strike deals across Europe from their houseboats. Besides the quaint canal boats, the city’s waterways are home to massive cargo vessels from around the world, as well as cruise ships. Practically everywhere you turn in Amsterdam there are canals, as at last count there were 165. In addition, there are countless smelly yellow canals next to passed out drunks in the streets, but these tend to disappear quickly.
Amsterdam is pretty much the ultimate hippy city, as anything goes here. Drugs and prostitution are legal and one of the city’s main sources of attractions for tourists. The streets are picturesque 17th and 18th-century architecture, traveled by fleets of bicycles to exotic cars; all mixed amongst tree-lined canals and numerous parks and museums and live sex shows.
We’ve all heard about the world famous Red Light Districts of Amsterdam. Day and night, strolling the streets you’ll see hundreds of “ladies”(?) sitting in display windows like department store mannequins, wearing next to nothing. They offer discrete paid interludes in these rooms behind curtains. It’s not only legal; the government now forces the girls to pay taxes. Amsterdam’s Red Light District, known locally as the Walletjes, or Wallen (little walls), is located along and around two of the city’s oldest canals, the Oudezijds Achterburgwal, the Oudezijds Voorburgwal.
Amsterdam Netherlands Photo Gallery
Entry Requirements :
Passport required, and must be valid for at least 3 months after the last day of the intended visit. Visas are required if your stay exceeds 3 months. A uniform type of visa, the Schengen visa, is issued free of charge for tourist, business and private visits. Short-stay, Multiple-entry and Transit visas are available for between £17-35, although prices can fluctuate. All visas are subject to a handling charge of between £7-£35, depending on the type of visa and the exchange rate.
Airport info :
Amsterdam Airport is called Schiphol, its code is (AMS), website is: (www.schiphol.nl ) Schiphol International airport is located 11 miles southwest of the main city. Your entry is an expensive 30-minute cab, an expensive K.LM bus, or the inexpensive train, which leaves every 15 minutes for its 20-minute ride. The direct rail link between the airport and Amsterdam Centraal Station has trains every 15 minutes from 0600-0000 and every hour through the night.
The Netherlands’ national airline is KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines (KL). KLM flies direct to all major European, North American and Asia-Pacific cities. From Amsterdam to New York is 7 hours, including a stopover in London. Distance to London is 1 hour 20 minutes; to Manchester is 1 hour 15 minutes.
Mild, maritime climate. Summers can be described as mild to hot, nothing excessive. Winters can freeze your butt off, and large snowfall is not unusual. It rains very often in Amsterdam, as the heavens are unsuccessfully attempting to wash away all the filth and sin in the town.
Money Matters :
The Euro is now the official currency. The first Euro coins and notes were introduced in January 2002; £Euro = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of £500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of £2 and I, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent.
Currency exchange :
The letters GWK. indicates Exchange offices. GWK is a national organization with currency exchange offices at major railway stations, at Schiphol Airport and at the border crossings with Germany and Belgium. 1 lotels tend to charge high commissions. Verkoopt means sell, while Koopt means buy.
Credit & debit cards: MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are accepted, as well as Eurocheque cards. As always, call your credit card company for what is available. As of our last trip, the friendly girls of the Red Light district still don’t have the electronic swipe the crack with your credit card payment feature.
Get with the program girls.