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Amsterdam, the vibrant and eclectic capital city of the Netherlands, is so charming and full of attractions that you’ll find yourself needing to visit more than once. Cosy cobbled streets lead you around this beautiful city, while shop fronts beckon you in with exotic cheeses, clogs, and tulips. A holiday in Amsterdam is a feast for the eyes, whether you are indoors or outdoors. 

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Everywhere you turn there is a world-class museum, gallery, or restaurant that begs exploring. Take your pick: traverse the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or the Stedelijk Museum. Then, visit the house where Anne Frank lay hidden from the Nazis in WWII, now turned into a museum that pays tribute to her and her family.  

If you are a beer enthusiast, you’re in for a treat with the number of different beers you can try in one bruin café (a pub). For the whole family, there are amazing pancake restaurants that Amsterdam has to offer. Savoury or sweet pancakes? Why not try both?  

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Top Activities and Tourist Attractions in Amsterdam 

  • The Rijksmuseum: Boasting a hugely impressive art collection of over 8000 important paintings, this museum is not to be missed. 
  • Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam: Visit one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens. Found in the centre of the city, this impressive botanical garden started out as a garden for growing herbs for doctors and apothecaries. 
  • The Anne Frank House: Dedicated to Anne Frank, a young Holocaust victim, who wrote a diary while in hiding during WWII. The home has been carefully preserved and visitors can get a glimpse into what her life was like. 
  • De Carrousel Pannenkoeken: Sample the best pancakes and waffles that Amsterdam has to offer! This restaurant is set within an old-fashioned carousel ride – perfect for your next set of Instagram photos! 
  • The Red-Light District: Set in the medieval city centre, De Wallen, you’ll find everything from red-lit windows indicating a brothel, to sex shops and museums. There’s so much more to this neighbourhood with its great pubs and clubs.  
  • The Heineken Experience: For beer lovers! Take this amazing interactive tour of how the world-famous Heineken beer is made. See memorabilia and even the Heineken horses in their stables. You’ll pop out of the tour into a fun and lively bar. 

There are different ways to get around Amsterdam. The most popular way is by bike, as it is flat and there are dedicated bike lanes everywhere. You can also walk or take the tram.  

If you're planning on doing any sightseeing, it's worth it to buy a tram pass. This will give you unlimited access to the tram system, which is the best way to get around the city. 

If you're interested in visiting Amsterdam's many museums, it's worth it to get a Museum Card. This card gives you free entry to over 400 museums in the Netherlands, and it also includes discounts on many other attractions.

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is in the western part of the country. The city is situated on two major rivers, the Rhine, and the Meuse, and has a population of over 800,000 people. 

Amsterdam has a moderate climate, with average temperatures ranging from 18-25 °C (64-77 °F). The city experiences a fair amount of rainfall, so be sure to pack an umbrella! 

The best time to visit Amsterdam is from April to May or from September to October. These months have the most pleasant weather and are not as crowded as the summer months. 

Amsterdam is a relatively small city, so it is easy to get around on foot or by bike. However, there are also a number of public transportation options, including buses, trams, and trains.

  • Visa Information: South African passport holders will need a Schengen visa ahead of arrival. However, it's important to check the latest visa requirements and regulations before your trip, as they may change. 
  • Plug Types: The Netherlands uses Type C and Type F electrical plugs. Type C plugs have two round pins, while Type F plugs have two round pins with two earth clips on the sides. The standard voltage is 230V, and the frequency is 50Hz. It's recommended to carry suitable adaptors if your devices use different plug types. 
  • Currency: The official currency of the Netherlands is the Euro (EUR). Currency exchange facilities are readily available at airports, banks, and exchange offices. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands.
  • Time Zone: Amsterdam is in the Central European Time Zone (CET), which is UTC+1 during standard time and UTC+2 during daylight saving time (usually from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October). It's important to adjust your plans and schedules accordingly based on the time of year. 
  • Language: The official language in Amsterdam is Dutch. However, English is widely spoken and understood, especially in tourist areas. 

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