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    A compact city located on the river Amstel, Amsterdam is a crisscross of classical canals and 17th century charm. A vibrant city, perfect for art enthusiasts, romantics and coffee lovers, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most appealing cities. Downtown Amsterdam is particularly pleasant with its shops, restaurants, coffee houses and lively bars. Likewise, the numerous museums and galleries on offer will entice you every step of the way. If you are planning to visit this wonderful city, then a car rental in Amsterdam is the perfect option for getting around.

    With a large selection of vehicles to choose from, and with pick-up locations at main transport hubs and within the city centre, Auto Europe is well positioned to provide you with an exceptional car hire quotation. Having partnered with multiple local, national and international car rental suppliers, allows us to make each booking perfectly catered to your needs. Contact one of our car rental reservations via email or by phone, and together we can find the perfect car hire deal. A vehicle is ideal for not only exploring Amsterdam, but also driving further out to explore The Hague, Rotterdam or even nearby Belgium and Germany.

    How is the traffic in Amsterdam?

    It is recommended when possible to avoid taking your car into the city centre, especially during rush hour and public holidays. Amsterdam has a modern and efficient transport system so getting around the city is often easier and more affordable by public transport. Congestion is common in the city and towards the northern beaches during the summer months.

    Motorways can also see traffic at major intersections; however, the lack of tolls does help traffic to flow better. Amsterdam has a few main entry points into the city. The E19 & E25 head towards Belgium, whilst the E22, E30 and E35 will take you to Germany. To help drivers avoid traffic congestion, numerous message boards exist along motorways to inform drivers of possible congestion and issues.

    Where can I park my car rental in Amsterdam?

    With around a million yearly visitors, Amsterdam is an extremely popular destination and a wonderful holiday for the whole family. Like any other major city, finding parking can often be challenging but not impossible. Luckily, Amsterdam has numerous parking options available. On-street parking, although expensive is a good option. Simply find a parking bay and then enter your number plate into the parking meter, along with your payment. Machines only accept bank cards as form of payment.

    An alternative option is to park and ride. Basically leave your vehicle in one of the numerous car parks that are available around the city boundaries, and catch the city’s efficient public transport network. From trams to the metro, or a water taxi to a ferry – Amsterdam has it all.

    If you do decide to drive to one of the city’s tourist attractions, then often there is parking facilities close by, albeit, you will have to arrive early to find a space. Parking options can be found near the Anne Frank house, NEMO Science Museum and Rijksmuseum.

    Amsterdam Airport

    Officially known as Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam Airport is located 17 km southeast of the city of Amsterdam. The airport is the largest in Holland and the third busiest in Europe handling an estimated 70 million passengers per year. With one terminal, the airport is the main hub for the national carrier KLM, with other airlines such as TUI Fly Netherlands, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Vueling, British Airways and China Airways, amongst others.

    Amsterdam Airport (AMS)
    Address: Schipholgebouw, Evert van de Beekstraat 202, 1118 CP Schiphol, Netherlands
    Website: Amsterdam Airport
    Telephone: +31 20 794 0800

    What to do in Amsterdam

    You’ll easily lose yourself exploring Amsterdam and everything that it has to offer. This low lying city is awash with interesting tourist attractions, culture and history. Wander through its extensive canal network and admire how the old Dutch architecture seamlessly interweaves itself with modern designs. Here are our recommendations for when visiting this wonderful city:

    • NEMO Science Museum: Located in a building designed by Renzo Piano, the science museum NEMO is housed within a ship-shaped structure. As one of Europe’s largest family tourist attractions, this museum focuses on exploring shapes, energy, life in the universe, machines and the history of science.

    • Dam Square: A beautiful square that is home to numerous city attractions such as the Madam Tussauds Wax Museum, the Royal Palace and a monument dedicated to World War II. The square is within Amsterdam’s historical centre and has played a role in many of Holland’s main historical events – for example, the Coronation riots of 1980 and the 1945 shootings.

    • House of Anne Frank: Visit the home of the world famous Anne Frank and immerse yourself in the surroundings of her life during the Nazi occupation of Holland. It was here that she, along with her family, hid for two years behind a bookcase in the attic during World War II. She was eventually captured and taken to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. After her death, her diary was found and eventually published in over 55 languages.

    • Vincent Van Gogh Museum: A 19th century painter, Vincent van Gogh created over 200 paintings, including 100 additional drawings and watercolours. If you’re into contrasting colours and in particular Vincent van Gogh, then a visit to a museum solely dedicated to his life’s work is a must. A modern museum, much of his work is housed within its walls.

    • Rijksmuseum: This museum has a treasure trove of wealth within its walls. From silverware to rare furniture and model ships, you’re more than likely find something to hold your interest. Housing some of the world’s most extensive collections, the Rijksmuseum is a must visit for the whole family. The museum also has Asian art and exotic costumes on display.

    Best day trips with my car hire in Amsterdam

    As one of Europe’s smallest countries, the Netherlands is perfect for those that wish to explore the country as a whole. With your car rental from Amsterdam, consider one of the following suggestions for a great day trip:

    Maastricht: Nicely nestled between Germany and Belgium lies the oldest city in Holland –Maastricht is a medieval city around 320 km from the city of Amsterdam. Hills and lush green forests surround a quaint cobbled stoned city – the old town is particularly beautiful, including Vrijthof Square and the 10th century St. Servaas Church.

    Keukenhof Gardens: Around 20 miles from Amsterdam - Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, makes for the perfect day trip especially during spring time. This wonderful tulip trail, with history dating back to the 15th century, bursts into colour each year with over 7 million tulips of some 800 different varieties. From March until May you’ll also be entertained with numerous exhibitions, animal farms, playgrounds, mazes and a children’s treasure hunt.

    Delft: Only 40 miles south-west of Amsterdam and near the Hague, the quaint and charming town of Delft, with its striking canals, museums and churches, is another great day trip for the whole family. The town is renowned for its stylish pottery and was once home to the Dutch 17th century painter Master Johannes Vermeer.

    Hoge Veluwe National Park: Only 50 miles from Amsterdam lies an oasis of marshes, lakes and lush forests. The Hoge Veluwe National Park was originally used as a private hunting ground, and is an astounding place to visit and get away from city life. Kröller-Müller Museum is set within this national park’s grounds. On display is arguably one of Holland’s best Van Gogh collections.

    Geographic Information & History

    Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands and is located in the western part of the country. The city was constructed on flat land, with a forest nearby. With an impressive 96 km of canals, the city has access to the North Sea via its large seaport. Winters and summers can be mild, with rainfall being frequent, albeit, downpours seldom happen but temporary drizzles are common. The city rarely falls below 0ºC due to its proximity to the ocean.

    The first known settlement was by the Batavians in 50 BC. This Germanic tribe came along the Rhine and established themselves on a marshy patch of the Amstel estuary. The settlement focused its initial trade on fishing, gaining a monopoly on river trading in 1275. The city also thrived by trading in bacon, salt, herring, beer and wine. In the 1700s the Dutch golden age of discovery catapulted Amsterdam’s importance on a global scale, becoming a major global trading hub. Presently, it is one of Europe’s notable financial centres.

    How to get around Amsterdam

    There exists a plethora of ways to get around and explore the city of Amsterdam. Its flat landscape makes for an excellent city to explore by foot, or by bicycle like numerous locals do. The public transport system is well maintained and easy to transgress – often getting you to where you want to go quickly and cheaply.

    Bus

    City buses are relatively cheap, modern and will in most parts take you all over the city and into its surrounding suburbs. The Centraal Station in the heart of the city is where most bus routes commence. Intercity and international coach routes are also available taking you for example to Rotterdam, Zandvoort, Bloemendaal and throughout the rest of Europe.

    Train

    Ten stations exist in Amsterdam and are operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen. Local stations connect to RAI, Muiderpoort, Science Park, Lelylaan and Holendrecht. The remaining five rail stations, in addition to local stops, also have intercity links to Zuid, Bijlmer, Arena, Sloterdijk and Amsterdam Centraal. For international rail links, Amsterdam Centraal provides routes throughout Europe to Denmark, Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Switzerland and even the United Kingdom, amongst others.

    Taxis

    Taxis in Amsterdam are cream in colour with a taxi sign on its roof. Fares are calculated using a meter; however, it is always good practice to discuss your journey costs beforehand with the driver. Taxis can be pre-booked or picked up at a taxi rank. Many of Amsterdam’s residents do not own cars, which makes taxis very popular option.

    Metro

    The Amsterdam metro system comprises of four lines, all of which converge at the Central Station. The metro lines cover much of the city and into its suburbs, Amstelveen, Diemen and Bijlmer. It is also one of the fastest modes of transport to get you around the city and to reach the main tourist attractions.

    Tram

    Trams in Amsterdam are also a popular and efficient way in and out of the city. With routes linking to numerous tourist attractions and points of interest, and spreading out towards the surrounding suburbs, trams are easily distinguished through their blue and white colouring, and noisy bell.

    Water transport

    Famous for its extensive canal network, Amsterdam is ideal for getting around by water taxi, water bus or ferry. A pleasant and relaxing way to view the city, ferries can be either public or privately rented. Private ferries are normally used for tourist river tours, whilst public ferries can either be free or will charge. Four free ferries operate across Lake IJ to Amsterdam-Noord, whilst two charging ferries exist along the harbour.

    Bicycle

    World renowned as a cycling city, Amsterdam is any cyclists dream. Hire a bicycle and head all over the city. Guided bicycle tours also exist that will introduce you to what Amsterdam has to offer. Located on flat land, means that your bicycle ride won’t be too challenging and may even be relaxing, even for those who haven’t ridden in a while.

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