Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the main international airport of the Netherlands and is situated in Haarlemmermeer municipality, southwest of the Amsterdam city centre. It is one of the busiest airports in the world, with connections to many other notable European airports. Schiphol consists of one large terminal, split into three large departure halls.
You can get from the airport to the capital city, Amsterdam via public transport like the train, bus or taxi. There is a railway station situated conveniently below the passenger terminal complex, with trains operated by the national train operator, Nederlandse Spoorwegen. The train is a reliable mode of transportation for travellers who are looking to get into Amsterdam or other cities such as Utrecht and The Hague. There is also a rail line that connects the airport directly to Antwerp, Brussels and Paris. If your accommodation is situated near a bus station, you can choose to take a bus or the hotel shuttle that serves over 100 city centre hotels. Depending on traffic conditions and your budget, taxis are a comfortable option as well, especially if you’re lugging huge luggage.
Once you’re in Amsterdam, you can get around tourist destinations on foot or make use of the highly connected and efficient public transport system. There are sixteen tram lines and four metro lines on top of the bus services that serve the city and its surrounding suburbs. You could also rent a bicycle, as the city is extremely bike friendly, with separate bike lanes offered on most major roads. However, you should also opt to ride a bike if you have experience doing so in a city.
Amsterdam is much like the cool kid sitting at the back of the class who effortlessly excels at topics like art and history. The city has so much to offer with regards to art and architecture, on top of its famous nightlife scene, notorious red light district and a tolerant outlook on cannabis. Additionally, Amsterdam is filled with lovely canals, which has earned it a nickname, “Venice of the North”. By the end of your trip, you’ll find yourself adopting the city’s breezy laid-back attitude.
You must definitely visit high-profile museums like the famous Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum of modern art and the Van Gogh Museum, all congregated in an area the aptly named Museumplein, just 15km (9.3 mi) from the airport. The area is arguably the city’s cultural hub and is an art lover’s paradise with over 10, 000 objects of art and history on display, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, and Van Gogh.
Another site you should stop by is the Anne Frank House, dedicated to Anne Frank, the Jewish girl whose diary chronicled the Nazi occupation of Netherlands and became one of the top selling books of the 20th century. The house consists of the preserved secret annex, where Anne, her family and four other people hid to avoid Nazi persecution, and an exhibition on the life of the diarist. Be prepared for an emotional and poignant experience as you learn how brutal the Nazi occupation was and leave inspired by the indomitable spirit displayed by those who were persecuted.
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