EuroCheapo's Amsterdam Practical Info Articles

When visiting Amsterdam, it pays to do a bit of research on ways to save time and money, and get around with ease. Our local correspondents have plenty of practical advice to share with you in the posts below.

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Amsterdam: Which neighborhood is right for you?

Amsterdam: Which neighborhood is right for you?

Those of us who drop by a city like Amsterdam for a short visit never really get to see each and every attraction. Nor do we want to in most occasions. Quite often, however, we try to stay in neighborhoods that offer our various interests and seem “right” for our trip. Choosing the right ‘hood, therefore, is » Read more

Amsterdam Transport Update: Trams and metro budget tips

Amsterdam Transport Update: Trams and metro budget tips

Public transportation in and around Amsterdam can be confusing for outsiders. And now a recent makeover in the city transit system has altered the cost and protocol of inner-city travel. Here’s some useful info to keep trams, buses and metros convenient and affordable for sightseers. Remember, there are low-cost and efficient ways to get around » Read more

Amsterdam: Free iPhone application for tourists

Amsterdam: Free iPhone application for tourists

Most people we know with iPhones like to brag about all the whiz-bang tools packed into their phone, as iPhone “applications” extend the possibilities of the device far beyond simply making a telephone call. The “Amsterdam Mobile Guide,” one of the latest tools in the box, is a free iPhone application that acts as a personal » Read more

Amsterdam: Last-Minute Ticket Shop offers deep discounts to shows

Amsterdam: Last-Minute Ticket Shop offers deep discounts to shows

The Dutch thrive on a passion for deal-making, and Amsterdam’s lively theater and music scene is, fortunately, not immune to great deals. Locals in search of half-price tickets to a wide-variety of entertainment events (from high to low-end), head straight to the Last-Minute Ticket Shop. Always half off, no more, no less Located at the » Read more

Amsterdam Cheapo Souvenir: Canal house salt ‘n pepper shakers

What better way to celebrate Amsterdam, the city of tulips and Rembrandt, than with a set of adorable canal house salt and pepper shakers? Better yet if the price tag is under €5! Pass the salt. The canal house has long been an icon of Amsterdam’s unique architecture. On our last trip to the canalled » Read more

Amsterdam cheap souvenirs: Flower markets, seeds and bulbs

Amsterdam cheap souvenirs: Flower markets, seeds and bulbs

Amsterdam is fertile ground for free and almost-free souvenirs. While floral bouquets don’t travel well on an airplane (and may not be allowed!), seed packets and bulbs are both easy to pack, travel well, and will blossom back home. Plus, they’re totally cheap. (Please note: US Customs doesn’t want American tourists bringing home just any old » Read more

Amsterdam: The cheapest bike in town

Amsterdam: The cheapest bike in town

Amsterdam is one of the best European cities for cycling. See the city, speed along the canals, and act like a local. Ready to roll? First, grab a good map. The tourism office facing Centraal Station offers a bike-specific map with highlighted biking paths and touring suggestions. Then, go get a bike! Where? Mike’s Bike Tours Kerkstraat » Read more

Amsterdam: Underground Instability

Amsterdam: Underground Instability

It’s possible to get almost anywhere in Amsterdam by foot, tram, bus, and, of course, the trusty Dutch bicycle. Since 2003, the city, recognizing a need for speedier transit, has been digging for a subway. In a city lined with canals and soggy earth, a dig of this sort presents some unique challenges. Yesterday’s Boston Globe had an » Read more

On Screen: Snapshots of Amsterdam

On Screen: Snapshots of Amsterdam

When we think of Amsterdam, romance is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind. The city’s depiction in film has mostly been relegated to stories of Anne Frank, tales of horror (Hostel begins in A’dam, need we say more?) and movies detailing the, um, distinctive local merchandise (Cheech and Chong’s Still Smokin). A » Read more

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