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Business Class to Amsterdam
Cheap Business Class Flights to Amsterdam
Read on before you book your cheap business class flights to Amsterdam. We have compiled some helpful information to prepare you for a visit to this little gem of a city.
An introduction to Amsterdam
Amsterdam is far more than the illicit playground it is often made out to be. It truly has a unique atmosphere, full of canals, vintage bicycles, idyllic parks and impressive galleries. Its compact size and cosmopolitan attitude make it appealing for visitors from around the globe.
While in Amsterdam
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights this charming city has to offer.
What to see and do in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has a population comprised of 175 nationalities, making the city a global crossroad and a center of art, music and culture. Most visitors limit their explorations to the historic core and adjacent museum district, but there is much more to see if you desire to venture out. Some of the top visitor attractions are as follows:
- Amsterdam Museum
- Anne Frank Huis (Anne Frank House)
- Eye Film Institute Netherlands
- Hermitage Amsterdam
- Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace)
- Museum Het Rembrandthuis
- Van Gogh Museum
- Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)
- Red-light district
If you plan on visiting the most popular tourist spots, it may be a wise investment to purchase a pass. The ‘I amsterdam City Card’ offers use of public transport, free or reduced admission to many of the city’s museums, discounts on several attractions and restaurants, a City Card map and a free canal boat trip. It is valid for one, two or three days, and is available for from VVV Amsterdam tourist offices and GVB ticket offices, as well as several hotels.
Food and Drink in Amsterdam
If you are seeking a dining-out adventure while in Amsterdam, you will find it pretty exciting terrain for exploration. The variety of restaurants is impressive, with almost every international cuisine available. In particular, restaurants serving Indonesian, Thai, and Chinese menus are easily found. Typical Dutch food tends to be hearty, rather than elegant. Specialities include Vlaamse frites (French fries), Erwtensoep, (thick pea soup flavored with sausage), Poffertjes (tiny pancakes), herring filets, and Stamppot (hearty stew).
For drinks, coffee, tea, chocolate and fruit juice are consumed at breakfast. The local spirit is jenever (Dutch gin), normally taken straight and chilled as a chaser with a glass of beer. The most popular beer brands are Amstel and Heineken, which is produced in the city. There are also a number of smaller breweries producing specialty beers and ales for the connoisseur.
Most restaurants in Amsterdam include the BTW sales tax and a service charge in their prices. Locals usually round up small bills to the nearest euro and leave tips as change rather than include them on credit card payments.
Shopping in Amsterdam
Items of note to purchase in Amsterdam include souvenirs stamped with the XXX symbol of the city, bicycle accessories, tulip bulbs, cheese, gin, and candy. Shops are open Monday 1300-1800, Tuesday to Saturday 0900-1800 (Thursday until 2100) and Sunday 1200-1700 in the main shopping areas.
Culture and Nightlife in Amsterdam
For culture and nightlife, Amsterdam does not disappoint. It is one of Europe’s top party cities. As a result, there is a wide variety of entertainment to be found. Bars and clubs are plentiful as well as live music, dance, and theater productions. To find out what’s happening check the What’s On page of the Amsterdam portal www.iamsterdam.com or the English litings in A-mag.
When to book your cheap business class flight to Amsterdam
Amsterdam is busiest in the summer when the weather is warm and the festivals are non-stop. However, the influx of tourists during this time means stiff competition for accommodation, museum entry and canal cruises. It’s decidedly less hectic in spring and autumn. Be warned that rain is always a possibility. Although temperatures rarely drop below freezing, winters can be chilly with plenty of rain and wind. Flight time from New York is 7.5 hours, from Los Angeles is 10.5 hours, from Toronto is 7.5 hours, and from Sydney is 24 hours.