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Amsterdam is the capital and the largest city of The Netherlands. It’s also called “the little Venice of the North”, Amsterdam is a very unique place with cycling tours through the city and canals, to its ancient historic city centre and its innumerable world-famous splendid museums such as Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, The Royal Palace and The Rembrandt House Museum.

More information about Amsterdam.

The city


Amsterdam has a mild, maritime climate, similar to England. Average spring temperatures range from 6°C to 14°C.


In a city as diverse as Amsterdam, you will find a multi-cultural and adventurous cuisine.

There are a lot of restaurants serving food from across the globe, with everything from Eastern recipes to French Michelin-starred establishments. You may even find, amongst all these international places, a little of the country’s typical food, Dutch cuisine has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years. Typical Dutch food includes Bitterballen, Stroopwafel, Raw herring, Kibbeling, Gouda, Oliebollen, Stamppot and Poffertjes.


The only service providers that should receive tips are restaurant or bar staff. When leaving a tip, it is polite to add 5-15% to the bill so it is rounded up to a convenient number.

Currency & Bank/ATM

The currency used in The Netherlands is the Euro. Banks and currency exchange offices are located around the city, and geldautomaat (ATMs) are found in various places throughout Amsterdam, including train stations and the airport.

An ATM machine is available at the congress venue (RAI Amsterdam, Entrance K).


The language spoken in Amsterdam is Dutch. The official language of the congress is English. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.