Amsterdam is one of the world's best hangouts, a canny blend of old and new: radical squatter art installations hang off 17th-century eaves; BMWs give way to bicycles; and triple-strength monk-made beer is drunk in gleaming, minimalist cafes.
The city seems to thrive on its mix and, despite hordes of tourists, still manages to feel quintessentially Dutch. The old crooked houses, the cobbled streets, the tree-lined canals and the generous parks all contribute to the atmosphere.
Amsterdam's centre is enjoyably small-scale, though finding your way around the canal belt can be confusing. The old city is contained within the ring of concentric canals dating from the 17th century that form the crescent-shaped canal belt bordered by the Singelgracht. Think of it as half a bicycle wheel: the medieval city around Centraal Station is the hub, and several main roads, minor canals and the Amstel River function as spokes.
Dam Square, five minutes' walk south of the station, is the centre of town, but there are several other happening 'centres', all within walking distance: Leidseplein, with much of the city's cultural life and nightlife, Rembrandtplein (nightlife), Spui ('intellectual' life) and Museumplein (culture) are just some of the focal points that make the city a joy to explore on foot or by bicycle.
Centraal Station, the central train and bus station, lies on the south bank of the IJ. The airport at Schiphol is 18km (11mi) southwest of the city centre.
-- from the Lonely Planet
Here are a few links about Amsterdam from a tourist's perspective
If you are going to be in Amsterdam for more days that the tourney we recommend that you rent one for your stay here. Here are the reasons why: The metro and the tram are a 10-15 minute walk from the fields. They cost 1.80 EUR per trip. They stop running at midnight, after that an infrequent night bus. Bikes on the other hand give you complete freedom of mobility and timing...a definite if you plan on staying out past midnight for the party! Biking is convenient, safe, and a lot of fun. Bicycle paths are everywhere, it is a major part of Amsterdam lifestyle.
Bikes generally cost around 18 EUR to rent for three days. You could even be like the Dutch and use one bike for two people. Almost convinced you say? Worried about getting lost? Have no fear, we have secured very detailed maps of Amsterdam for you. So, bikes it is! It’s the number one method of transport in Amsterdam.
Where to rent a bike
Amstel Fietspoint (close to fields)
Where: It's in the 'basement' (the entrance to the trams) of the Amstel station. Most of you will get out at this station to get to the fields, if you are coming by public transport.
Costs for the cheapest bike: €6,50 per day (+ €100,- deposit)
You have to show passport or ID-card.
It's opened every day. During the week till 7.30pm and in the weekends till 6.30pm.
How to get there: reached by tram nr. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 10; (stop Leidseplein)
MacBike Mr. Visserplein
Mr. Visserplein 2, 1011 RD Amsterdam
How to get there: reached by tram 9, 14, 20 or metro (stop Waterlooplein)
MacBike Central Station Eastpoint
Stationsplein 12, 1012 AB Amsterdam
How to get there: located next to the Central Station and can be reached by train, metro & most trams.
Close to the fields:Het Rijk van de Keizer
Formerly a squat house and kitchen that served 12 people, this restaurant has come a long way. Bio ingredients used whenever possible.
Joris van den Berghweg 101-111
1067 HP Amsterdam
020-497 75 06
Review websites:Special bite
Price Range: up to 15€ per person
Chinees Indisch Restaurant.
Lambertus Zijlplein 29
Area: By the fields
Snackbar with pizza and doner kebab
1067 GR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Area: By the fields
It feels as you’re at an Aussie surfer’s beach and eating the best homemade burger around.
Albert Cuypstraat 48
Area: De Pijp
Wok to Walk
Cheap and easy and on the Leidseplein
1017 PE Amsterdam
Telefoon : (020) 624 29 41
Snackbar and restaurant on separate sides of the street. This great Thai food is in the middle of the red light district, thus immediately also entertaining.
Zeedijk 72- 74
1012 BA Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 6201442
Area: Red Light District
Hip pizzeria half way to fields from center of amsterdam
Frederik Hendrikstraat 90
1052 HZ Amsterdam
Telefoon : (020) 681 50 97
Price Range: up to 25€ per person
Cute brown café in oud-west neighbourhood of amsterdam
Jacob van Lennepkade 334 D
Trendy in the middle of the hip and cool Pijp
Ferdinand Bolstraat 11
Area: De Pijp
GREAT Thai in the center of the Jordaan a typical Dutch village inside the city.
1016 TM Amsterdam
Telefoon : (020) 620 95 51
The Garlic Queen
No romantic encounters after eating here but its delicious and well worth it.
1017 BJ Amsterdam
(020) 422 64 26
Area: Center/ Leidseplein
Mexican food and margaritas in the heart of Amsterdam
1017 BM Amsterdam
Area: Center/ Leidseplein
A cafe /bar in the middle of one of the most charming parts of Amsterdam. Festina serves a wide range of tapas and tasty beers. This place is always crowded with cool locals.
1016 VS Amsterdam
+31 20 6381412
Café De Jaren
Restaurant and bar often frequented by students.
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20/22
1012 CP Amsterdam
Telefoon : (020) 625 57 71
NO NAME BAR
Cool chill place in the center of Amsterdam that is very popular with locals.
The name means naughty in Dutch. Great place for lunch in the center of Amsterdam and if the weather is good, sit and watch the day go by on one of the outdoor cushions.
Price Range: up to 40€ per person
Hip and cool restaurant/bar in oud-west. Italian food: Clientele gets very interesting as the night goes on.
For the Belgian in all of us.
Herengracht 88, 1015 BS
Great space that was earlier a factory. This restaurant turns into a bar with ecletic music for all styles of dancing. Also great for chilling outside with a coffee.
The Colour Kitchen
An old school building that hides a huge and funky restaurant on the inside.
Jan Evertsenstraat 747
Eet Smakelijk! Bon Appetit!
Hotels and Hostels
HotelsHotels close to the fields:
Distance to the fileds included in the list below
2,9 km. :
Hotel Nieuw Slotania
1063 JN Amsterdam
3,0 km. :
Blue Square Hotel
1064 HD Amsterdam
3,5 km. :
Amsterdam City West Hotel
1069 AE Amsterdam
3,6 km. :
1161 JX Zwanenburg
4,5 km. :
1064 WG Amsterdam
5,5 km. :
1055 JE Amsterdam
5,5 km. :
Holiday Inn Amsterdam Schiphol
1175 RM Lijnden
Check for accomadation yourself:
HostelsAnother good possibility is to sleep in a hostel in the centre of Amsterdam and take the bus / tram to the fields. Below some links to hostels.
The Flying Pig Downtown Hostel
Nieuwendijk 100, 1012MR
The Flying Pig Uptown Backpacker Hostel
Vossiusstraat 46, 1071AJ
Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark
Zandpad 5, 1054
Stayokay "Amsterdam Stadsdoelen"
Kloveniersburgwal 97, 1011KB
Hostel The Veteran
Herengracht 561, 1017BW
International Budget Youth Hostel
Leidsegracht 76, 1016CR
Aivengo Youth Hostel
Spuistraat 6, 1012TS
Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg
Timorplein 21, 1094CC
Bob's Youth Hostel
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 92, 1012SG
Shelter City Christian Hostel
Barndestesteeg 21, 1012BV