AMSTERDAM TIPS

Amsterdam tips: Before any trip it is always a rush. What to pack, what to buy in advance, airfare, accommodation, tickets, travel insurance … To make your life easier and help you organize everything calmly, we have prepared a complete list of everything you need to know and do before to travel.

Airfare.

That time when we looked for a travel agency and bought a package with hotel and airfare was in the past. Do everything yourself quickly and safely, and save some money. If you want to go to Amsterdam without stopovers and are free to choose which date to travel on, the best option is to buy your airline ticket directly with KLM, the largest airline in the Netherlands. There are daily flights from São Paulo, and the flight lasts around 11 and a half hours. The destination airport is Schiphol, Amsterdam.

It is a very pleasant experience to fly KLM. There is plenty of entertainment on board, snacks and drinks served at all times, in addition to the usual meals, and flight attendants are extremely friendly. There is always a commissioner who speaks Portuguese. Access here the KLM website to book your flight. The company offers the option of cheaper flights with a stopover in Paris.

But if you want to save a little more and don’t bother making a stopover, look for airline tickets at Google flights or on the KAIAK website.

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Baggage allowance.

Airlines are increasingly restricting the weight and number of checked bags. At KLM, for example, you can only ship a 23kg bag. And you have to pay for the check, which is not included in the luggage price.

The maximum weight of hand luggage up to 12kg is free. In addition to KLM, Air France and many other national and international airlines charge for sending luggage.

To learn more about baggage allowance and shipping charges, visit your airline’s website before boarding.

Travel insurance.

All European countries that signed the Schengen Treaty require Travel Insurance with a minimum coverage of 30 thousand euros. The Netherlands is part of that treaty. So, be sure to hire travel insurance with the minimum coverage required.

Immigration agents can request proof of insurance at random, so it is best not to take any chances and avoid problems entering the country.

Cash or card ?.

The first important information to know is that the limit in value in cash is R $ 10,000 or the equivalent amount in euros. According to the IRS, there is no need to declare if you do not exceed this amount. Try not to save & nbsp; all the money in one place, because in case of theft, you will not be totally unprepared.

It is also important to bring an international credit card for an emergency. But try to use it only if it is very necessary, as the Tax on Financial Operations is 6.38%. Just be sure to ask your bank to release the card for use abroad. Another advantageous option is to take a prepaid card.

All commercial establishments in Europe accept this type of card. You can purchase it from your credit card operator in Brazil or at exchange offices.

Plug adapter.

Don’t forget to take a universal plug adapter to Holland.

The plugs in Holland and most of Europe are C and F. They are very different from Brazil. The most suitable is the all-in-one adapter that will allow you to use your electronic devices in more than 150 countries!

Another important information: The voltage in Europe is 220V. If your electronic device is not bivolt, it does not help or put it in the suitcase.

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How many days does it take to visit Amsterdam?

Between 3 and 5 days is the ideal time to visit Amsterdam. Three days are enough to see the main attractions, walk around the city, take a canal cruise and visit at least two museums. But if you want to go beyond the obvious or if you are a big fan of museums, book at least 5 days. Amsterdam has an extensive calendar of events throughout the year.

And it’s important to remember that there’s a lot more to see in outskirts of the city : The old Dutch village Zaanse Schans, with the windmills, the Tulip fields, the city of Giethoorn, known as the Venice of Holland, as well as picturesque cities in Belgium and Germany, close to the border. The Netherlands is a geographically small country, so don’t miss the chance to make the most of your trip and visit amazing places.

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Hotel reservation in advance.

Book your hotel, apartment or hostel at least one month in advance. Prices increase & nbsp; quite on weekends and many hotels are crowded in high season, which takes place between the months of April to August. If you do not book in advance, chances are good that you will stay in a bad hotel, far from the center and pay dearly.

Amsterdam is a territorially small city, so the offer of accommodation is limited. To search for hotels and hostels, visit the Booking.com website

If you prefer an entire apartment or just a room in a residence, look for the best option for you by accessing the Airbnb .

Be prepared for emergencies.

Emergencies can happen at any time, from a bicycle or car accident to excessive drinking or marijuana. It is important to know that there is no public health system in the Netherlands. Everything is paid for and costs to be expensive, so the importance of travel insurance, as we informed above.

It is also important to always have useful phones on hand. The emergency number in Amsterdam is 112 – & nbsp; police, fire and ambulance. The city has an emergency medical service available and you can call 088 003 0600 to contact a doctor 24 hours a day.
For reports of theft or robbery you can also call & nbsp; 0900 8844.

Take a photo ID.

Always have a copy of your passport, the page with your personal details, or your driver’s license with you. You may be stopped by a police officer on the road or even at the entrance to a bar or coffeshop. It is not prudent to always carry your original passport, at least in situations where it is essential.

Amsterdam is a safe city, but there is a crowd of tourists everywhere, and thefts happen

Always carry money in the bag.

Always have some cash money with you. There are still some establishments that do not accept cards. Public restrooms, for example, are not free and payment is always made in cash. When you need to, you can go to any ATM and withdraw money. ATMs are called ATMs.

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Clima.

It doesn’t matter what season of the year you plan to travel to Amsterdam. Always be prepared for all climates (rain, sun, cold….)

In summer temperatures can exceed 30 degrees, with occasional rain, but the truth is that anything can happen. There will be hot days, mild days, colder days, others with rain…. The hottest seasons in the Netherlands are very unstable. But one thing is for sure: don’t expect an entire summer of sun and heat. This is rare.

So, put a little bit of everything in your suitcase. In winter, it can even snow, but the most common are very cold and rainy days. The good news is that it’s easier to know what to pack. Basically winter clothes and shoes. In the spring and fall, you can expect a variation of freezing cold or scorching heat. So always have an umbrella in your bag at any time of the year.