Population: 811,185 Inhabitants in Amsterdam Metropolitan Area: 2,332,773 (http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/travel-trade/why-amsterdam/facts-and-figures)
Country: The Netherlands
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 (Central European Time)
Climate: Amsterdam has a moderate maritime climate with mild winters, cool summers and a fair amount of rainfall. The average temperature in June is 19°C.
Country Calling code: +31
Currency: Euro (€)
Electricity: 230 V AC, 50 Hz
Electric Plug Details: European Round two-pin
What makes Amsterdam so attractive is the 17th century historical atmosphere combined with the mentality of a modern metropolis creating a friendly and relaxed environment. The small scale of the buildings and the intimacy of the streets, canals and squares create an atmosphere that visitors find unique. The city is also often called ‘Venice of the North’, due to its vast network of canals. Traditionally a trading city and with a central location, Amsterdam has become one of the most multicultural cities in the world famous for its open and tolerant attitude. The city’s core values of creativeness, enterprise and innovation are clear to see as it buzzes with cafés, museums, old merchant houses, theatres and music as well as a lively night life.
Food & Drink
Amsterdam certainly holds its own on the restaurant front, offering a culinary melting pot reflective of the city itself. Restaurants offer everything a hungry visitor craves: from Indonesian to tapas, and from Mediterranean to modern Dutch. For traditional Dutch cuisine there is a more limited choice however there are several good pancake houses where you can enjoy this typical Dutch snack. There are also several Dutch beers which can be sampled at bars throughout the city. Please find below a guide to prices you can expect to pay for dining in Amsterdam
Small Bottle of water: €1.50 - €2.50 EURO
Large Beer: €3.50-€6.50
The currency in Amsterdam is the euro €. If you need to change currency it is advisable to use either Postbank (at the post office), banks or GWK Travelex offices as these use the official exchange rate and do not overcharge commission. Alternatively currency can be withdrawn from the many ATMs throughout the city. Most banks have ATMS outside offering international services. The main international credit cards are also accepted by most shops, restaurants and hotels.
Tax and a service charge are usually included in bills however modest tips for service are always appreciated. It is customary to give waiters and taxi drivers a 5 -10% tip.
Emergency telephone number
Emergency Services 112