Two comfortable canal apartments in the heart of the historic city centre of Amsterdam
You can walk from your apartment to all mayor museums and art institutes. However you could consider renting a bike to do as the Dutch do: Bike! There is a rental place just around the corner of your apartment. Getting around in greater Amsterdam is easy, there are plenty of busses, trams and subways to take you around town.
Rent a Bike
Mac Bike City Hall at Waterlooplein 199. Enjoy Amsterdam as the Dutch do and bike along the canals or through the Vondelpark. You may also cross the IJ by ferry and find yourself in a completely different world, just 10 minutes out of the city centre. Ask for a map and ride along the Nieuwendammerdijk towards the village of Durgerdam, or maybe even to Marken.
City Bike Tours
Nieuwezijds Kolk 29. Guided tour to offer you a fascinating picture of this city’s rich history. During this tour you will pass interesting spots like the harbour, the Jordaan quarter, the Anne Frank house, the Vondel Park, the Rijksmuseum, the ‘Skinny Bridge’, the Rembrandt House and the infamous Red Light District
Plan your own walking or biking tour
The Jordaanweb offers a lot of information about interesting tours of the Amsterdam Jordaan. You can do the tour virtually on the website, or use the information to stroll around in the Jordaan or bike along the IJ riversbanks and the quays of the former harbour.
Rent a canal bike, you can do this at several locations (Keizersgracht corner Leidsestraat is one). A tourist favorite and a lot of fun, some even have small roofs to protect you from the sun or the rain.
A 1,5 hour hop-on hop-off canal cruise along Amsterdam’s most renowned museums and impressive attractions.
Canal Cruises - Dinner Cruises
Boathouse, at the corner of Prinsengracht and Leliegracht – tel. 0203379733. The canal tour is a must-do. It literally gives you a different perspective of the city. Boathouse is located a few houses down from the Anne Frank House. They do tours with a classic canal boat with live commentary. You can book it in combination with an interesting Jordaan walking tour: see the narrow streets, hidden courtyards, hear the interesting stories and enjoy the exciting views. Boathouse offers dinner cruises on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night or private ones any time you like.
There are several tours on foot or by tram or boat as advised by the Arcam , the Centre for Architecture of Amsterdam
Trams and Buses
The whole public transportation system in Holland works with the OV chip card. Buy a non-personalized card with enough credits from the vending machine at the entrance of the subway or other places. They are also available at Kiosk 43, Nieuwe Hoogstraat 43. Just opposite the metro entrance. When traveling on metro or tram hold it to the entrance sensor on entry at the beginning of your trip and to the exit sensor at the exit at the end or your trip. It deducts your fare automatically from your card
Holland has a pretty good transportation system, which makes it easy for you to get around and visit other places in Holland or even Belgium.
Cars - Parking at the Transferium
Cars are not a way to get around in the city, and parking is no fun either: it will cost you up to 5 Euros-something per hour to park your car. Parking in the street is very impractical as you will have to fill the meter daily. Parking garages like the Waterlooplein Parking are usually a fraction cheaper.
We advice you to bring your car out of city center as soon as possible after unloaded your luggage. We suggest the P + R parking in the Transferium Arena. It costs 5, 50 euros for 24 hours, including free metro tickets. Save your stamped tickets to qualify for the special fare and be sure you mention you want P+R as they tend to charge you the full non-discounted amount if you don’t specifically ask for it. From Arena it is very easy and fast to reach your apartment by the subway.
Airport Taxi Service De Meerlanden
If you would like a pre-arranged taxi for an airport transfer, then contact "Taxi Service De Meerlanden ":http://www.demeerlanden.nl/Klanten/Default.aspx + 31 20 6475994. The rate for up to three guests is € 37, saving you around € 10.
Taxis within the city
Taxis in Amsterdam have a bad reputation. Some taxi drivers refuse to do short rides, e.g. from Central Station to the apartments. That ride should not cost more than ? 8-10. Some drivers will take you, however, they will do a little city tour rather than taking you straight to the apartment. From central station it better is to take the metro to Nieuwmarkt station (a 30 second ride exactly). If you need an airport transfer by taxi, then order a pre-arranged taxi (check elsewhere in this section). If you need a taxi within Amsterdam call 0207777777, the Taxi Centrale Amsterdam.
In Amsterdam you find taxis of another kind: the ones on water! Not to save money, but to have a lot of fun. Phone 5356363 for reservations.
Yes, bike taxis! You can’t miss them: they are all around in the city centre. A very relaxed way to tour. (for you, not for the driver hauling you up and down bridges and fighting the other traffic). Stop them in the street, or make an advance booking by tel. 0611529967.