Picturesque Amsterdam, the capital and most populous city in the Netherlands, is a haven for tourists, cyclists and multicultural individuals, eager to experience its intriguing architecture, sights and alternative lifestyle practices. With 165 waterways, historic inhabitants such as Anne Frank and Vincent Van Gogh and the world’s oldest stock exchange, there’s no end to the wealth waiting to be uncovered in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is located about 13 miles from the city center; a ride to or from the airport should take 30 minutes, depending on traffic. The Airport Express Bus departs from stop B9 every 15 minutes, for about $12. Taxis are also readily available; expect to pay around $45.
Amsterdam’s extensive public transportation system includes metros, buses, trams, ferries and trains. The I amsterdam City Card allows travelers free access and discounts to a number of sites, as well as use on the transit system for 24-, 48- or 72-hour periods. A day pass on the system runs about $8.50. Taxis start at about $3.25 per kilometer (about $5.23 per mile). Or explore as the locals do, and cycle your way around the city.
Enjoy the scenery and some power talk over lunch or dinner at De Belhamel. The high, wide windows bring the beauty of photo-ready Amsterdam tableside. A favorite in the city, the restaurant was regularly awarded Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand award.
Located at Hotel V at Nesplein, The Lobby serves breakfast every day of the week. Meet with business clients and partners at this eatery that attracts visitors and locals alike, serving standby dishes like eggs Benedict and traditional dishes including wentelteefjes and flammkuchen.
The Playing Circle
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The Michelin-starred restaurant inside InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam attracts the city’s elite, from politicians and celebrities to royals. Plan early, as it can be difficult to score a table here, where the Mediterranean/French cuisine, enviable wine list and 5-star service are in demand.
It’s three bars in one — need we say more? When looking to unwind after a long day of business, The Tara’s five rooms, three bars and two sidewalk terraces will likely offer something to inspire you. Live bands and DJs are regularly scheduled, and the bar can accommodate private groups.
Van Gogh Museum
Open daily until 6 p.m. and on Friday nights until 10 p.m., the Van Gogh Museum is a must-see in Amsterdam. Beginning September 2015, museum goers will enter through a glass structure on Amsterdam’s popular Museumplein. The world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s works includes Almond Blossom and The Bedroom.
For more information, visit iamsterdam.com.
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The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.