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Visiting Amsterdam

5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE

If you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam,  be sure to check our following guide of things you should know before your trip.

Be Mindful Of Bike Lanes & Cyclists

In Amsterdam, the major roads are divided into two parts that are separated by a white line. The inner sections of the areas are usually designated for cyclists.

With that being said, cycling is one of the most popular means of transportation in the city and locals get annoyed when visitors are not paying attention and walk in the cycling lanes.

Be Respectful & Don’t Take Pictures In The Red Light District

The RLD is a popular area for tourists but keep in mind that sex workers in the windows are vulnerable & do not like to be photographed.

Coffeeshops And Cafes Are Two Different Things

A coffee shop in Amsterdam is a place where people enjoy coffee and tea.  Locals often refer to them as cafes.

Coffeeshops, however, is a shop that sells marijuana.  They are often identifiable in Amsterdam by the green and white signs. 

Get an OV-chip card

Getting around on public transport in the Netherlands is easiest by the OV-Chipkaart, which can be purchased at most train stations throughout the city.

Have Your Identification Card On You

The law in Amsterdam, even for non-residents, is to carry some form of identification. You risk paying a fine if you fail to have identification.

If you feel weary about carrying your passport, then take your state identification card and leave your passport locked up in your accommodations.