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A stop in Amsterdam offers the chance to explore the sights of one of Europe’s most colorful, dynamic and historic cities—one with a well-earned reputation as a laid-back and inviting place for people of all stripes. Visitors are naturally drawn to the historic city center where you’ll find some of the world’s top art museums, including the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. And at Dam Square, the Amsterdam’s largest public square, you can tour the Royal Palace before continuing to the tourist attractions on the Canal Belt. The iconic network of waterways that surrounds the downtown area offers a picturesque backdrop for sightseeing by bike or canal boat. Be sure to visit the floating Bloemenmarkt to peruse famed Dutch tulips, and take time to wander and window-shop among the narrow lanes of de Jordaan. And you won’t have to look far in Amsterdam to find delicious Dutch treats along the way. Just duck into a cozy brown café to sample a plate of bitterballen with mustard and a beer, and grab a gooey sweet stroopwafel from a street vendor as you stroll.

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WHAT TO SEE

At this convenient port of call, your destination is never far away!

Amsterdam delivers a sensory overload— from its welcoming gezellig Dutch spirit to the clinking of bicycle chains and tulips of every color. This is where 17th-century Golden Age estates meet gritty Red Light District alleys, all woven together by an elaborate system of canals. Stand amidst the bustle of Dam Square and pick fresh blooms at Bloemenmarkt. See where celebrated painter Rembrandt once worked and admire his masterpieces at Rijksmuseum. Nibble on Gouda amid the greenery of Vondelpark— or relax in one of the city’s quirky coffee shops. Here it’s easy to let go and give in to romantic adventures.

Rijksmuseum

The State Museum has an unparalleled collection of paintings, prints, classic photography and beyond.

Stedelijk Museum 

The Amsterdam Municipal Museum is known for holding some of the richest assemblies of contemporary art in the world. This site contains a collection of 90,000 modern paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphics, design objects and video artifacts.

Begijnhof 

Begijnhof is a charming city courtyard founded in the Middle Ages, circa 1389, and features one of only 2 original wooden houses that remain in the city.

Shopping

Amsterdam is, among other things, a city of antiques, books, diamonds and curiosities. Shoppers can find many treasures when exploring Nieuwedijk-Kalverstraat, a major pedestrian-only shopping area.

Albert Cuyp Market 

Experience the busiest outdoor market in Europe.

Van Gogh Museum 

Visit the museum touted to house the greatest number of works by Vincent van Gogh—one of the greatest painters in history. The artwork is displayed in 2 buildings—one by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld and one by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa—along with temporary exhibits about the times in which van Gogh lived and worked.

Anne Frank House 

Wander the museum remembering the life of young Anne Frank, who hid from Nazi persecutors with her family and 4 others in the annex of this residence for 4 years. This is the historic site where Anne wrote her famous diary until her family’s discovery in 1944.

Hortus Botanius 

Behold one of the world’s oldest botanic gardens. This major attraction was originally founded in 1632 and features 6,000 plants—including a 2,000-year-old agave cactus.

Artis Zoo 

Enjoy a planetarium, botanical gardens, geological and zoological museum, aquarium and more!

Windmills 

Windmills are an iconic part of the Dutch landscape, so a visit to one of the 8 located in and around the city is a must for tourists.

Oude Kerk 

Built circa 1213, Oude Kerk—with its impressive, Gothic-Renaissance octagonal bell tower—is Amsterdam’s oldest building and parish church.

Royal Palace 

See the landmark originally built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. The structure became the royal palace of King Louis Napoleon, and later of the Dutch Royal House. The castle is situated on the west side of Dam Square in the center of Amsterdam, opposite the War Memorial.

Canal Tours 

Enjoy the tranquil mode of transportation Amsterdam is famous for.

Magere Brug

The “skinny bridge” is one of 1,280 bridges in town. Wonder at the double-leaf Dutch drawbridge connecting the banks of the river Amstel.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Travel Information

What to know before you go to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Language

The official language of Amsterdam is Dutch.

Weather 

Year-round temperatures in the city typically range from a high of 72° F to a low of 33° F.

How to Pay 

The currency used in Amsterdam is the euro (€).

How to Get Around

The city has an excellent public transport network of metros, buses, trams, ferries and trains. An interactive map and apps are available on the city’s website. Or, rent a bike for an authentic local experience. Thanks to its extensive canals, the city has little road traffic.

Safety in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a destination that is considered very safe, but Disney Cruise Line Guests are always advised to follow safety precautions to protect valuables. Please follow these tips to help ensure that you have a fun and safe vacation.

Instances of pickpocketing activity may increase in busy tourist areas and outdoor festivals. It is a good practice to keep your wallet in your front pocket and any bags securely zipped.

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The I amsterdam City Card offers unlimited access to public transportation, museums, canal cruises and local cuisine at a substantial discount.
Be mindful of bicyclists when walking the streets— bicycles outnumber citizens in this city.
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Arrival Information

Learn about port details such as driving directions, parking and onboarding information.

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Getting to and from Amsterdam

Amsterdam is very easy to reach by plane, train, car or even boat. The award-winning Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is centrally located and flies to 323 destinations. From Amsterdam, high-speed rail services connect Amsterdam to Paris, London, Berlin and Brussels, and the Port of Amsterdam ranks fourth in Europe. Here’s a selection of up-to-date information and useful tips to make your journey as easy as possible, no matter which mode of transportation you choose.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the primary international airport in the Netherlands, is located about 20 kilometres from Amsterdam. Ninety airlines fly to and from Schiphol and have offices at the airport or in Amsterdam. You can reach the city from Schiphol in just half an hour by train, taxi or hotel shuttle.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is situated approximately 20 km south-west of Amsterdam. Schiphol is a national and international airport and handles over 48 million passengers a year traveling to 260 destinations worldwide. Schiphol is Europe’s fifth largest passenger airport.

One-stop shopping Schiphol is also a well-organised airport. The arrival and departure halls are located under the same roof as the shopping centre, Schiphol Plaza. Clear signage guides you easily to your destination. After passing customs, you will reach the shops and bars of Schiphol Plaza. From here you are offered a selection of transportation methods into Amsterdam.

From Schiphol into Amsterdam

By bus

Connexxion Amsterdam Round Trip Ticket The Connexxion Amsterdam Airport Express costs €10 for a return journey. Departing from bus stop B9 every 15 minutes, the Amsterdam Airport Express (bus number 397) will take you directly to the city centre in about 30 minutes. The Amsterdam Round Trip Ticket allows two trips on the Amsterdam Airport Express (the trips don’t have to be on the same day). One-way tickets are also available for €5. E-tickets can be purchased in advance for this service. Visit the Connexxion website for more information and the bus schedule.

Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Shuttle A hotel shuttle service enables you to travel to a number of large hotels that are situated in the airport area. The Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Shuttle connects Schiphol to over 170 hotels in Amsterdam.

By taxi

The taxi rank is located at the airport’s exit. Depending on traffic, a taxi can take you to the city centre in about half an hour. One ride will cost you approximately €40 – €60, depending on the destination. It is strongly advised not to take rides from drivers soliciting within the airport. These are not officially approved taxi drivers. Find information on authorized taxis or compare transport options on Airport Transfer Amsterdam.

By rail

Schiphol train station is located directly underneath the airport. From here, intercities and slower trains from the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways – NS) can take you to Amsterdam Central Station (city centre), Amsterdam Zuid (World Trade Center) and Amsterdam RAI (conference centre). Learn more about travelling by train in and around Amsterdam.

Train ticket sales Train tickets are available at the ticket office in the airport’s main hall and from the yellow ticket machines. The latter are located near the baggage claims, shopping centre Schiphol Plaza and near the platforms. These machines accept international credit cards (€0.50 surcharge); Dutch cash cards and some also accept coins. At the ticket office, you can also purchase the Amsterdam Travel Ticket, which includes return train travel between Schiphol and Amsterdam, plus free public public transport in the city itself.

Disabled travellers There is an elevator at Schiphol train station which can take you from the platform to the airport and vice versa. Call the Nederlandse Spoorwegen for help at the train station of your departure and arrival, telephone number +31 (0)30 230 5566. By doing so, it is possible to gain wheelchair access to trains.

The train timetable is detailed on the NS website or see the Schiphol website for information on the airport.

Cruise Ship Terminal

The Dave Koz and Friends Cruise on the RCCL Brilliance of the Seas departing from the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

It is easy to travel from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA). PTA is where most seafaring cruise ships dock.

The terminal is located at Piet Heinkade 27, Amsterdam, just east of Central Station.

From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

By Train to Central Station
Simple, fast, and inexpensive.

By Taxi, Uber, or Private Transfer directly to the PTA

From Amsterdam Central Station

Your options to reach the cruise terminal:

Walk
Walk to the cruise pier (about 10 minutes, one-third of the way at a gentle incline)

Tram 26
The tram stop is at the city side of the train station, at the far-eastern end. A tram arrives every 4-6 minutes. You need to obtain tickets from the driver (no cash!), or purchase day tickets ahead of time. That is a good idea especially if you plan to venture into the city after dropping off your luggage.

You travel just one stop (The stop is called ‘Muziekgebouw Bimhuis’)

Taxi
If a 10-minute walk with luggage is not your thing (or you just don’t want to do it during a rain shower), take a taxi. The taxi rank is located at the IJ-side — the station entrance across from the River IJ — at the far-west exit.

This short, 5 minute ride, can cost between €7,50 and €12,50.

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