Destination Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From Amsterdam canals to world-famous Amsterdam museums and historical Amsterdam sights, it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Canal cruises are a popular way to see the city from the perspective of its canals.

Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: rich culture, lively Amsterdam nightlife, international restaurants, good transport – but is quiet, and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has a little road traffic. In this city your destination is never far away, but get a bike for an authentic local experience.


Dutch is the national language of Holland. However, English is spoken by everyone in Amsterdam. In addition, many Dutch people speak German and French. Dutch is the mother tongue of well over 21 million Dutch people and Flemish people (Dutch- speaking nationals of Belgium). Find a here few Dutch keys phrases and other Amsterdam tips.

Please note; The spoken language during the EFAD congress 2015 is English.


October is traditionally a wet, breezy and changeable month in Amsterdam, although quiet spells with sunshine by day and chilly nights crop up from time to time, and on rare occasions, warm, sunny tastes of summer crop up with temperatures exceeding 20 degrees. Temperatures reach an average maximum of 14 degrees during the daytime and fall to an average of 7 degrees overnight.

Rainfall averages between 80 and 90mm per September and falls on an average of 17 days, an average of approximately one day in every two. There is an average of four hours per day with bright sunshineSea temperatures begin to fall away significantly during October with an average sea temperature of 15 degrees.

Weather mixes the good with wet and cold. Bring warm clothes to enjoy outdoor.


Call from the hotel: Most hotels have telephone in rooms, but better ask in advance at the reception. Otherwise the telephone costs that will appear at your bill are likely to be inflated.

Reaching the right number: When you are in Amsterdam, you do not use the pre-dial for Netherlands (+31) rather you need to start your phone call with someting like 020… or 06.. for mobile numbers.

Emergency numbers: 112 – for first aid, police and fire department. If there is no emergency, but you do need police assistance, then dial 0900 – 8844

Public telephone: There are not many public phones left. You’ll find some at key locations, such as Amsterdam Central Station or at Schiphol Airport. They accept credit cards and/or phone cards. The latter can be bought at call stores, supermarkets and tobacconists.

Money and currency

In Amsterdam, as well as in all the Netherlands and many other countries of European Community the accepted currency is Euro (EUR, €), no other currencies are commonly accepted, so you will have to change your dollars, sterling, yens, etc to Euros. Credit cards are widely accepted too, though in some small shops or hotels, there might an extra charge (2-6%) if you pay by a credit card, passport may be required. Generally, the most preferred payment method is Euro cash with the banknotes up to 50 Euro bill.

Extra info

For general information about Amsterdam City, please find here the link to

iamsterdam – http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/