The Dutch capital has been - through the centuries - a renowned cultural, scientific and commercial centre and has always been characterised by its open mind and flexibility. It cherishes a long tradition of unrestricted exchange of ideas.
Although Amsterdam is one of Europe's leading capitals, it still has the charm of a village. Amsterdam has a dazzling array of cultural attractions with something for everyone. Virtually all points of interest are well within walking distance. Moreover, the Dutch are multilingual which makes getting around so much easier. Amsterdam will welcome you warmly and you will feel at home in one of the most interesting cities of Europe. www.iamsterdam.com
The city is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dutch National Ballet and the Dutch Opera.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is acknowledged as one of the world´s best airports. With 490,000 flights and 45 million passengers a year, Schiphol has the highest standards of service and is constantly improving the benefits for the traveler. From all over the world direct scheduled services fly non-stop to Schiphol. These scheduled services fly from 129 destinations within Europe and from 108 non-European destinations. In addition there are charter flights to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. As many as 80 airlines fly to Schiphol, conveniently located in the heart of Western Europe. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol enjoys a very special status among its users, ranking first among the world's airports in virtually every poll of frequent international travellers.
On arrival at the airport, you can board a train carrying you to Station Amsterdam Zuid / WTC within 8 minutes. From there it is only a 2 minute tram ride or a 10 minute walk to the VU university (‘Vrije Universiteit’), the proposed conference venue. A taxi takes only 15 minutes to reach the VU from Schiphol Airport.
Furthermore, super-fast trains and well-made motorways whisk you to Amsterdam from all major European destinations. The Thalys high-speed train and other international express trains arrive at frequent intervals every day from destinations all over Europe.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Netherlands Railways (NS)
The compactness of the city minimizes the need for taxis and public transport as almost everything is within walking distance. Nevertheless public transport in Amsterdam - buses, tram and metro - is most efficient, modern, reliable.
Taxi ranks are located outside hotels, business and shopping areas. Trams, buses and taxis move rapidly, even during rush hours, thanks to separate traffic lanes.
Crime levels are low in Amsterdam, and it is one of the few cities where women will happily cycle home alone. However, watch out for cunning pickpockets, especially when on the train from and to Schiphol Airport, on crowded trams, or when watching street performers, etcetera.
Visitors who have medical insurance through a health plan in their home country are entitled to medical care in the Netherlands in accordance with the stipulations of the Dutch Health Insurance Act, providing that:
Visitors from countries with whom the Netherlands has no international agreements are advised to purchase travel insurance in their home countries. For more information, contact your Health Service.
The Netherlands and Amsterdam are in the Central European Time Zone, one hour ahead of GMT.
Service is always included. However, it is customary to tip in restaurants, bars and when paying for taxi’s. As a general rule tipping between 5-10% should be adequate.
Electricity in the Netherlands is 220-240 volts. USA, English and some other foreign appliances require an adapter for the voltage as well as an adapter for the plug. There are no adapters available at the Conference venue. Speakers who wish to use their laptop computer must bring their own power converter and an adapter for two-prong and round-prong plugs.