Dining & Nightlife
The Damrak, a street lined with shops, cafés and restaurants, leads to Dam Square, the historic centre of town. Dam Square is constantly packed with people and is a very lively place on beautiful summer days. The district that artists, students and bohemians call home, Jordaan, is a fantastic spot for people who love to drink, dance and have a good time. In the relaxed atmosphere of its narrow streets are some of the friendliest cafés, pubs and secondhand shops in the city.
Amsterdam offers everything from multistorey department stores and exclusive boutiques to antiques and contemporary Dutch design. Dating from the 17th century, the Nine Streets district is filled with great restaurants, cafés, art galleries, jewellers, boutiques and vintage stores. With an array of styles, trends and prices, this area is truly a shopper's paradise.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 7.5 hrs.
Montreal: Approximately 7 hrs.
Calgary: Approximately 9 hrs.
Vancouver: Approximately 10.5 hrs.
Languages: Dutch but English is widely spoken.
Climate: The Netherlands has a mild North Sea climate, with moderate temperatures. In the winter, it rarely drops below -5° C, and in summer it seldom gets warmer than 28° C.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two-pin plugs are standard.
Documents: A passport is mandatory for Canadian Citizens which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of their expected departure. No visa is required for stays up to 90 days. For other countries, please check the Dutch Tourist Office to get a complete list and other details.