WHAT TO EXPECT IN AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam has a fascinating history and is part of the reason this city is on so many travelers' bucket lists. It's truly one-of-a-kind, and offers so many different kinds of experiences. Here are some things you should know before traveling to Amsterdam:
Language: The official language is Dutch, but nearly everyone speaks English as a second language.
Currency: The Euro!
Climate: You can visit Amsterdam year-round and have a great experience, but the winter months (November through March) may be too cold for walking or cycling around the city. You'll find the warmest months in Amsterdam to be June through September, but they are also the highest months for tourism!
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol,is located about 20km from Amsterdam, and the cheapest and quickest way to get into the city center is by train (about 15 minutes). You are able to purchase a one-way ticket for just €3.70 Euro from the machines next to the trains.
GETTING AROUND IN AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam has impressive public transportation and offers travelers bicycles, metros, buses, ferries and tram to help you get around the city and beyond. Getting around Amsterdam is also very cheap, just a Euro or two per ride, so you have lots of options!
Bicycle: Most locals use bikes to get around. There are a LOT of bicycles, so be prepared for lots of bike traffic, but you can easily rent one (for about $10-12 Euros) for your time there.
Walking: Most places you'll want to visit in Amsterdam are relatively close together. Obviously a bus or metro will get you around much quicker though.
Public Transport: You'll find that getting around quickest can take a combination of bus, metro and tram rides. Luckily, the GVB offers daily transportation passes, available for 1 to 7 days, with prices starting from €7.50 Euros, and are valid for use on all three types of transport. This is definitely your best best if you're in the city for a few days. TRAM was my favourite!!!!!
WHERE TO STAY
This is going to, of course, vary by person to person. You have options to stay in hotels, apartments and Hostels. If you're staying in an apartment or hostel with cooking facilities, you can take full advantage of the great range of fresh produce in markets and supermarkets. But let me tell you i stayed in IBIS styles Amsterdam city location was so amazing next to canal and 2min away from Albert Cuyp market . I loved my staying there...
WHAT TO EAT
Dutch food is great, but not as wide spread in the city as Indonesian. Go to Blauw for traditional Indonesian cuisine served in trendy setting. As Indonesian is very popular here, make sure to try the spicy rijsttafel, or 'rice table'. Also must try the waffles, stroopwaffel from Albert Cuyp, croquettes, fries with mayonnaise, cheese, and pancakes.