Uitmarkt Amsterdam

Uitmarkt Amsterdam

The Uitmarkt is a famous festival that forms the opening of the new cultural season of each year. It always takes place in the last weekend of August.

This is a very large festival that attracts a large number of people (over half a million in 2013) that share a passion for theatre, literature, music & film. There are plenty of activities for the whole family.

 

Gay Pride Amsterdam 2014

Gay Pride Amsterdam 2014

This year from the 26th of July till the 3rd of August in Amsterdam the Gay Pride takes place. This event lasts for a full week including the famous boat parade.

Canal Parade

The canal parade is the biggest even during the Gay Pride and is something that you should visit! The parade this year starts at the start of the Prinsengracht in the western part of Amsterdam and will end in the east.

Make sure to be there early to get a good spot cause it will be busy!

 

 

Metro Prices Amsterdam

Price of Metro in Amsterdam

If you need to get around the city centre the metro is not the fastest way to travel. The metro is great when you need to reach districts such as Amstelveen & the Bijlmer. If you would like to know where the metro can take you, have a look at this Amsterdam Metro Map.

Metro Prices Amsterdam

Just like the tram, the metro uses OV-chipcards.  There are 24-, 48-, 72-, 96-, 120-, 144- and 168- hour OV-chipcards.

Days/hours Price 2014
1 day – 24 hours € 7.50
2 days – 48 hours € 12.00
3 days – 72 hours € 16.50
4 days – 96 hours € 21.00
5 days – 120 hours € 26.00
6 days – 144 hours € 29.50
7 days​ – 168 hours € 32.00​

 

Where to buy Metro Cards?

GVB Tickets & Info, Stationsplein CS:
Monday to Friday: 07:00 – 21:00 and
Saturday and Sunday: 08:00 – 21:00.

GVB Tickets & Info, Station Bijlmer ArenA:
Monday to Friday: 07:00 – 18:00 and
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 – 18:0

GVB Tickets & Info, Station Lelylaan
Monday to Friday: 07:00 – 18:00
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00

GVB Tickets & Info, Station Zuid
Monday to Friday: 07:00 – 18:00
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00

 

Price of Tram tickets

Price of the Tram in Amsterdam

The tram is a great way to move from A to B in Amsterdam.  They run regularly until 00.15.  If you would like to know where the tram can take you please take a look at the Tram map of Amsterdam.

The payment system is like the Oyster Card in London and is named an OV-chipcard.  These cards allow unlimited travel on all trams, buses, metros and night buses. The card can be bought for different durations. There are 24-, 48-, 72-, 96-, 120-, 144- and 168- hour OV-chipcards

Price of a tram ticket?

Days/hours Price 2014
1 day – 24 hours € 7.50
2 days – 48 hours € 12.00
3 days – 72 hours € 16.50
4 days – 96 hours € 21.00
5 days – 120 hours € 26.00
6 days – 144 hours € 29.50
7 days​ – 168 hours € 32.00​

Where to buy the ticket?

These cards can be purchased at various places in Amsterdam and also on the Tram itself. We would not recommend this since they charge a premium price when the ticket is bought on the tram itself.

We would recommend buying these online at GVB. There are various places where you can also top up a card if you have already bought a card.

GVB Tickets & Info, Stationsplein CS:
Monday to Friday: 07:00 – 21:00 and
Saturday and Sunday: 08:00 – 21:00.

GVB Tickets & Info, Station Bijlmer ArenA:
Monday to Friday: 07:00 – 18:00 and
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 – 18:0

GVB Tickets & Info, Station Lelylaan
Monday to Friday: 07:00 – 18:00
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00

GVB Tickets & Info, Station Zuid
Monday to Friday: 07:00 – 18:00
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00

London to Amsterdam by Train

London to Amsterdam by Train

If you have got a fear of flying or feel like a stop in Belgium too, you could consider going to Amsterdam by train. The high speed connection takes you to the centre of Amsterdam in just over 4,5 hours. It could not be simpler; you only need to make one connection with Thalys in Brussels.

Ticket Prices

If you would like your tickets to be as cheap as possible make sure to book at least three months in advance. When buying your tickets at the right time a return ticket can be bought for £99.

Ticket Types

There are different types of tickets that can be bought. The cheapest ticket that you can buy is a non refundable standard ticket.

Business Premier: 10 minute fast track check-in, three course gourmet meal, power sockets at your seat & tickets are fully flexible.

Standard: 30 min check-in & selection of Waitrose food at the bar buffet.

Kalverstraat

Shopping in the Kalverstraat

The Kalverstraat is the busiest shopping street in Amsterdam and is named after the calves market. The street starts at Dam Square and ends about 0.5 mile down at Muntplein.

Like  ‘De Waag’, Munttoren, the tower at the end of the Kalverstraat, was a part of the city walls.

Brands

Footlocker, Marks & Spencer, H&M, Pepe Jeans, Diesel & Rituals are a few of the different brand stores that you will be able to find on the Kalverstraat.

Opening Times

Most shops will have their own individual opening times however most of them will open at the following hours:

Monday: 13.00 – 18.00
Tuesday: 09.00 – 18.00
Wednesday: 09.00 – 18.00
Thursday: 09.00 – 21.00
Friday: 09.00 – 18.00
Saturday: 09.00 – 18.00
Sunday: 12.00 – 17.00

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Artis Zoo Amsterdam

Artis Zoo Amsterdam

Artis is the oldest Zoo in the Netherlands and is located in the centre of Amsterdam where it was founded in 1938. When it was founded it was given the name Natura Artis Magistra, which means: nature is the teacher of art and science. Artis is also one of the few zoos in Europe that has listed buildings within its grounds. The Large Museum being the oldest (1855).

Besides the listed buildings, there are more than 900 different species. The zoo has got different sections which include an Aquarium, butterfly pavilion, insectarium & planetarium.

Admission

3-9 years youth ticket: €16,50
10+ normal ticket: €19.95
Senior ticket: €17,95

Opening Times

1 November – 28 February  : 09.00 – 17.00
1 March – 31 October : 09.00 – 18.00

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Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum is the famous national museum that has a focus on arts & history. The museum is close to the Van Gogh Museum & Stedelijk Museum.

Originally founded in The Hague, the museum was moved to Amsterdam 8 years later in 1808, to the Royal Palace. The building that currently hosts these fine objects of art & history was designed by Pierre Cuypers.

Until recently the building was under renovation and was reopened in 2013.

Art Collection

The museum holds some true highlights such as Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’. Besides this painting other artists’ works are of the likes of: Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen & Karel Appel.

Admission

Adults: €15.00
Children under the age of 18: Free

Opening Times

Monday: 09.00 – 17.00
Tuesday: 09.00 – 17.00
Wednesday: 09.00 – 17.00
Thursday: 09.00 – 17.00
Friday: 09.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 09.00 – 17.00
Sunday: 09.00 – 17.00

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