Climate & weather in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has what we would call an oceanic climate with generally warm weather. Summers are nice with occasional outbursts over 30”, while the winters are mild with some possibility of snow and much like London, you can expect rain throughout the year.
Crime in Amsterdam
Amsterdam does have an issue with petty crime and pickpockets are always on the lookout for easy prey. Be mindful at all times and exercise street smarts. Walking down a dimly lit alleys at 2 in the morning drunk is the kind of thing we’re talking about. In general you should keep your belongs close and if possible leave some cards at the hotel so you don’t have everything in the same place.
Currency & prices in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of the 28 European countries that use the Euro currency. We believe that even with bank charges the ATM is the best way to get your money when visiting.
In terms of prices, Amsterdam has average prices, a beer will cost you 3 EUR and you may spend 20 EUR on a 3 course meal in an inexpensive restaurant.
Languages & foreign languages in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has quite a mix of nationalities and indeed languages, but the official native language is Dutch. There are many people that do also speak English
Smoking in Holland
As of 2004 the Netherlands introduced laws against smoking tobacco in public places. In 2008 this rule was upgraded to include hotels, bars and restaurants. Some places do have separate smoking rooms which are allowed as long as no food or beverages are served there. The Smoking of cannabis (including hashish) is permitted in coffee-shops as long it is not mixed with tobacco.
There were many protests, changes and appeals to the rules, but in 2013 a new judgement was agreed and a total ban in all places of hospitality was introduced.
Tipping Etiquette in Amsterdam
Tipping in Amsterdam naturally comes down to service. For bars and restaurants a 5 – 10% tip is fine of good service. Makre sure you don’t leave the tip on the table but give it directly to the staff member.
Be careful with hotels as often a 15% charge is already added to the bill. A taxi drivers can be rounded up to the nearest Euro and for a tour guides you can tip a Euro per person.
WI-FI internet connections in Amsterdam
Amsterdam seems to be a leading city in terms of wireless free internet with the service wifi-amsterdam.nl offering free internet throughout the city. And if don’t want to search for a network there is the mobile application Instabridge, this offers a free mobile app that connects automatically to available free networks.