SkyTeam_Travel_Guide_Amsterdam by wanghonghx

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									Overview                                                                                      Overview
                                                                                              Leisure
Amsterdam's labyrinth of canals, tulip-scented streets, vibrant art scene and laid-back       Local Knowledge
attitude have charmed visitors for centuries. The city works as hard as it plays. Since its   Doing Business
golden age in the 17th century, Amsterdam has occupied a prominent position in world          Planning
trade. Its central location and its seaport complex (the fifth largest in northwestern        Events & Entertainment
Europe) have certainly helped. The city is renowned for its new media and biotechnology       Currency Converter
industries. The numerous Netherlands-based ventures that have made Amsterdam their
headquarters include KLM, Heineken, Philips, ABN Amro and ING Group.

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Leisure                                                                                          Overview
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Dining                                                                                           Local Knowledge
While a hearty meal of liverwurst (traditional sausage made with liver) washed down with         Doing Business
local Heineken beer is considered typical, dining out in Amsterdam tends to be an                Planning
international experience. From Turkish rolled pizza to spicy Surinamese broodjes                 Events & Entertainment
(sandwiches), menus reflect the immigrants who call the city home as well as centuries of        Currency Converter
Dutch colonial rule.

Indonesian food is particularly popular. Try rijsttafel (an elaborate meal of Indonesian
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dishes with rice) on and around Utrechtsestraat. For different Asian cuisine, head to                   Mostly sunny and
Chinatown, in the Nieuwmarkt area.                                                                         pleasant

Try the Negen Straatjes and Jordaan areas for small, good-quality restaurants. Head to
Toscanini for authentic Italian. Just west of Jordaan is the atmospheric Amsterdam
restaurant, a former water-pumping factory that now serves high-quality Dutch fare.

Shopping                                                                                               High: 71° F 22° C
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Leidsestraat, Kalverstraat and Nieuwendjik make up the city's main shopping districts.                    Full forecast
Also soak up the atmosphere of Amsterdam's markets. Among the best is Singel's famous
floating Bloemenmarkt (flower market), founded in 1862, where you can pick out a
bunch of Dutch tulips from a sea of color.

For traditional handmade and painted Delft pottery, head to Jorrit Heinen. If the Dutch          Your local time:
amber nectar appeals to you, the beer shop De Bierkoning is well worth a visit. You'll           17 Jun 2010 22:59
find original gifts – from bicycle-tire bags to soft clog slippers – at Saskya & Co., near the
central station.                                                                                 Time in Amsterdam:
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Things to do
Walk or cycle along Amsterdam's labyrinth of canals to reach the city's highlights. At
Anne Frank's House on Prinsengracht, you can see the original diary and learn more
about the family's experiences. Next door stands the Dutch Renaissance-style
Westerkerk church, where Rembrandt is buried.

An absolute must-see, the Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of the
Dutch master's work. Nearby is the imposing Rijksmuseum, home to many Rembrandts
and Vermeers. Finish your tour by strolling through leafy Vondelpark.
Local Knowledge                                                                                    Overview
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Telephone                                                                                          Local Knowledge
Dialing Codes                                                                                      Doing Business
Country code for the Netherlands: +31                                                              Planning
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Area code for Amsterdam: 020 (drop the first zero when calling from abroad)                        Currency Converter

Emergency Numbers
Police: 112
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Ambulance: 112                                                                                            Mostly sunny and
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Fire: 112

Tipping
Bills rarely include a gratuity, so leave a tip. Around 10% is acceptable.
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Value-added tax (VAT) is 19% on apparel and luxury goods, and 6% on basic goods.
Hotels charge 6% VAT and 5% tourist tax. The tourist tax in the area of Schiphol is 6%.

Getting Around
Taxis                                                                                              Your local time:
Taxis in Amsterdam have blue license plates. The driver must display a price list inside as        17 Jun 2010 22:59
well as outside the vehicle, and a driver pass on the dashboard. Official taxi stands
around the city include those at Schiphol Airport, Central Station and the Dam. You can            Time in Amsterdam:
hail cabs as well. Note that cabs are not allowed to stop in many places, especially tram          17 Jun 2010 23:59
and bus lanes.

Buses & trams
National strippenkaarten (bus and tram cards) are available on every bus and tram in the
city. To save money, buy your strippenkaart in advance at the Amsterdam Tourism and
Convention Board, newsstands, some GVB (public transport company) offices and train
stations.

Bicycles
      City Guide: Amsterdam (skyteam.com)
Cycling is Amsterdam's favorite mode of transportation. Everyone cycles, including
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businesspeople. Bicycle rentals are available across the city, including Central Station,
Leidseplein and Dam Square. The rental price includes a lock.

Public Holidays
New Years Day                                                Whit Monday
January 1                                                    May-June (Monday after Whit Sunday)

Good Friday                                                  Christmas Day
March-April                                                  December 25

Easter Monday                                                Boxing Day
March-April                                                  December 26

Queen's Day
April 30

National Liberation Day
May 5

Ascension Day
April-May (40 days after Easter)

Whit Sunday
May-June (seventh Sunday after Easter)
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Business Etiquette                                                                         Local Knowledge
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       It is important to make appointments and to arrive punctually
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       Offer business cards at the start of a meeting
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       The Dutch do not like to engage in small talk before a meeting, preferring to get
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       directly to the matter at hand
       Third-party introductions are used
       Avoid flaunting wealth in appearance, behavior or conversation
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Chambers of Commerce                                                                                 pleasant

Dutch French Chamber of Commerce
Address: Wibautstraat 129; 1091 GL Amsterdam

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 562 8200
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Website: www.cfci.nl Chamber of Commerce
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Italian Chamber of Commerce
Address:De Ruyterkade 5; 1013 AA Amsterdam

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 751 3363
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Website: www.italianchamber.nl
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Embassies & Consulates                                                                     Time in Amsterdam:
American Consulate General                                                                 17 Jun 2010 23:59
Address: Museumplein 19; 1071 DJ Amsterdam

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 575 5309

Website: amsterdam.usconsulate.gov
         American Consulate General

French Consulate General
Address: Vijzelgracht 2; 1017 HR Amsterdam

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 530 6969

Website: www.ambafrance-nl.org/france_paysbas/
         French Consulate General

Italian Consulate General
Address: Vijzelstraat 79, 3rd floor; 1017 HG Amsterdam

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 550 2050

Website: www.consamsterdam.esteri.it/Consolato_Amsterdam
         Italian Consulate General

Spanish Consulate
Address: Frederiksplein 34; 1017 XN Amsterdam

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 620 3811

Business Centers
Most large hotels have business facilities. There are also a few independent executive
centers, including the following:

Amsterdam Herengracht
Address: Herengracht 574; 1017 CJ Amsterdam

Telephone:+31 (0) 20 521 93 00

Website: www.regus.com
         Amsterdam Herengracht
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                         Euro Business Center
                         Address: Keizersgracht 62/64; 1015 CS Amsterdam

                         Telephone: +31 (0) 20 520 7500
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                         Website: www.eurobc.nl Center
                                     Euro Business                                                                          Leisure
                         Amsterdam's labyrinth of canals, tulip-scented streets, vibrant art scene and laid-back            Local Knowledge
                         attitude have Center visitors for centuries. The city works as hard as it plays. Since its
                         World Trade charmedAmsterdam
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                         Address: Strawinskylaan 1; 1077 XW Amsterdam
                         golden age in the 17th century, Amsterdam has occupied a prominent position in world               Planning
                         trade. Its central location and its seaport complex (the fifth largest in northwestern             Events & Entertainment
                         Europe) have certainly 575 9111
                         Telephone: +31 (0) 20helped. The city is renowned for its new media and biotechnology
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                         industries. The numerous Netherlands-based ventures that have made Amsterdam their
                         Website: www.wtcamsterdam.com/index.htm
                                     World Trade Center Amsterdam
                         headquarters include KLM, Heineken, Philips, ABN Amro and ING Group.
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                         Amsterdam RAI International Exhibition and Congress Center                                                Mostly sunny and
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                         Address: Europaplein 22; 1078 GZ Netherlands

                         Telephone: +31 (0) 20 549 12 12

                         Website: www.rai.nl RAI International Exhibition and Congress Center
                                  Amsterdam

                         Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel & Conference Center                                                     High: 71° F 22° C
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                         Address: Schiphol Boulevard 101; 1118 BG Amsterdam                                                          Full forecast

                         Telephone: +31 (0) 20 316 4300

                         Website: www.sheraton.nl
                                  Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel & Conference Center
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                         Berlitz
                         Address:Rokin 87; 1012 KL Amsterdam                                                                Time in Amsterdam:
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                         Telephone: +31 (0) 20 622 13 75

                         Website: www.berlitz.nl/
                                  Berlitz

                         Courier/Messenger Services
                         UPS
                         Address: Deccaweg 8; 1042 AD Amsterdam

                         Telephone: 0800 099 1300 (within the Netherlands)

                         Website: www.ups.com
                                  UPS

                         FedEx (Kinko's)
                         Address: Overtoom 62; 1054 HL Amsterdam

                         Telephone: +31 (0) 20 5890910

                         Website: www.fedex.com
                                  FedEx
Planning                                                                                       Overview
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Climate                                                                                        Local Knowledge
Amsterdam enjoys cool winters (average temperature 46°F/8°C) and mild summers                  Doing Business
(64°F/18°C). Winter is a good time to visit, as it's less crowded than summer, and the         Planning
city's cozy cafes come into their own in snowy weather.                                        Events & Entertainment
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Voltage
220V AC, 50Hz two-pin plugs are standard.
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GMT +1 hour in winter (GMT +2 hours in summer)

Money
The official currency is the euro (€), which consists of 100 cents. Banks, airports, hotels,
and authorized dealers exchange foreign currency. ATMs are available throughout the
city. Most businesses accept traveler's checks as well as major credit cards, including              High: 71° F 22° C
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club.                                                 Low: 53° F 12° C
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                                                                                               Time in Amsterdam:
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