Amsterdam is a very compact city where your destination will usually not be at a great distance. The city is therefore ideal for getting around by foot, bicycle or public transport. Amsterdam has a very dense public transport system and tram, metro or bus stops are usually around the corner.
Cars are less suited for getting around in Amsterdam because the city can be considered rather car-unfriendly. Parking has to be paid for in almost the entire city and the rates can be substantial.
Opening hours shops
In the city centre most shops are open 7 days a week.
Opening hours: 09.30 until 18.00 hrs (Monday to Saturday); 12.00-17.00 hrs. (Sunday in the city center only). On Thursday evening shops are open until 21.00 hrs.
The Netherlands share the temperate maritime climate common to much of Northern and Western Europe. The average day temperature in May is around 15° Celsius.
An umbrella or rain coat for occasional showers may be useful.
Currency and banking
The currency in the Netherlands is the Euro. In general, all major credit cards are accepted for payment in hotels, restaurants and shops. Most banks in Amsterdam are open from 9.00 to 17.00 hours (Monday to Friday).
Passports and visa
All visitors travelling to the Netherlands must be in possession of a valid passport. Participants should check with their local travel agents whether they require an entry visa for the Netherlands.
The voltage in the Netherlands is 220-240V. USA, English and some other foreign appliances require an adapter for the voltage as well as an adapter for the plug. Please bring your own adapter as there are no adapters available at the congress venue.
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.
Delegates are advised to arrange adequate travel, health and other insurance before they leave their home country.
Crime levels are low in Amsterdam. However, we strongly advise you to watch out for cunning pickpockets, especially when on the train from and to Schiphol Airport, on crowded trams, buses or metros and while watching street performers.
Public transport: http://9292.nl/en
Route planner by car: http://www.routenet.nl/?UICulture=en
Amsterdam Tourist Board: http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting
Schiphol Airport: http://www.schiphol.nl/Homepage1.htm
The Local Organizing Committee and VUmc Academy accept no liability for personal injuries or loss, of any nature whatsoever, or loss or damage to property either during or as a result of the meeting.
Patricia van Meekeren, Romke Langezaal and Patricia de Waal
OZW / 7A-01
P.O. Box 7057
1007 MB Amsterdam
Phone +31(0)20 4448444