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WHY WE HEART AMSTERDAM

People come from far and wide to experience the Amsterdam buzz. In fact the city’s magical energy keeps backpackers returning again and again. The Dutch capital will reward you with unforgettable memories, from exploring the notorious Red Light District, discovering some of the world’s finest art, checking out the city’s coffee shops; not to mention the killer nightlife scene. There’s truly something for everyone.

St Christopher's at the Winston is an award-winning hostel offering modern dorms in the heart of the Amsterdam with one hell of a party atmosphere (and its very own nightclub). So have an awesome time, use our helpful guides and make memories you’ll never forget in Europe’s city of sin...

THE ULTIMATE AMSTERDAM TRAVEL HUB

If you’re planning a trip to the seductive city, you’ll want to have a rough idea of what to do while you’re there. To help you out, we’ve crafted travel guides, currency tips and an interactive map so that you can make the most of your trip. From the coolest coffee shops, to free things to do, use this resource as your guide to Amsterdam…

Everything Amsterdam has to offer

Amsterdam is split into several neighbourhoods, each one unique with something different to offer. Find all the useful information you need right here…

Arty Jordaan is one area to definitely explore in Amsterdam famed for its narrow canals, beautiful houses and cosy pubs -  and then of course there’s the the Nine Streets, the place to head for great shopping.

Amsterdam’s two bustling squares Dam Square (housing the Royal Palace) and Leidseplein (the place to head on a night out) are prime areas to check out.

Boasting some of the world’s best cultural experiences such as the Anne Frank House, boozy fun at the Heineken Experience, as well as its world-famous party atmosphere, you’re guaranteed the time of your life.

Everything you need to know about Amsterdam’s climate

Amsterdam’s climate is influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, which basically means the city benefits from cool spring/summers and moderate winters. Summer (June-August) can be lovely and warm with highs of 23 degrees.

November is the wettest month so make sure you pack an umbrella and a raincoat. January is the city’s coldest month so if you’re planning to spend New Year’s Eve in the electric city, pack your warm jumpers.

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  • Street food Raw herring is a Dutch speciality. It may sounds a little daunting, but there’s a reason the locals love it. You’ll find herring stalls dotted all over Amsterdam. Served with onions and pickles or in a small sandwich, this delightful snack is a must if you want to get an authentic taste of Dutch street food. The herring is sweetest between May and July!
  • Get an iAmsterdam card If you’re a museum lover, then we recommend purchasing an iAmsterdam card for free entry or discounts to top museums and attractions, including The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and more. This citypass also allows unlimited free public transport throughout the city and a free canal cruise.
  • Red Light District Pickpockets are common in the area so keep your wits about you. Out of respect do not photograph or video prostitutes. Check out the museums (Sex Museum, Red Light Secrets and Hash Museum) There are plenty of coffee shops: it is illegal to drink alcohol and smoke tobacco in them. The busiest and most interesting time to explore the area is from 10pm/11pm
  • Smoking Amsterdam is one of the only cities in the world where you can smoke and purchase marijuana in coffee shops. In order to enter a coffee shop you must be 18 years old or over and carry ID. You can also make use of the indoor smoking room in the hostel.
  • Trams To get from A-B trams are the most popular and frequent service in the city (other than walking and cycling). You can buy a GVB day pass with prices starting from €7.50, valid on the trams, buses and metro.
  • Drinking age The drinking age in Amsterdam is 18 years old. We strongly advise to carry your ID at all times as nightclubs have a minimum age of 18. To buy alcohol in shops you also have to be 18. However, at 16, you’re able to purchase spirits and wines that have less than 15% alcohol.

WHAT CAN YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY IN AMSTERDAM?

  • A Pint of Beer
    €6,00
  • A Bottle of Water
    €1,10 for 2L (from supermarket)
  • Bus Tickets
    €3,00 for an hour ticket or €7,50 for a day ticket
  • A Glass of Wine
    €4,50
  • Tram Ticket
    €3,00 for an hour ticket or €7,50 for a day ticket
  • A Cup of Coffee
    €3,50
  • Dutch Pancakes
    €11,00
  • Metro Ticket
    €3,00 for an hour ticket or €7,50 for a day ticket
  • Bike Hire
    From €6,00
  • Taxi
    €2,00 per km and €0,32 per minute

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In a city that has more bikes than cars, it’s no surprise that cycling is the favoured way of getting around Amsterdam. Before you hop on two wheels, there are some things to know first…

  • Did you know biking is the best way to explore the city like a local?
  • We recommend Black Bikes for the best and cheapest bikes, and it’s just around the corner from the hostel
  • Hop on/Drop-off system
  • There are Black Bikes bike points all over the city: 13 locations to be precise
  • Parks are a great place to cycle. Vondelpark and Oosterpark are the places to go

Speak like a local

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    Ja / Nee
    Yes / No
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    Bedankt
    Thanks
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    Hoi
    Hello
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    Doei
    Bye
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    Ziekenhuis
    Hospital
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    Doe maar een biertje
    I want a beer
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    Hoe veel kost dat?
    How much is it?
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    Hoe heet je?
    What’s your name?
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    Heb je een vuurtje?
    Do you have a lighter?
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    Trekje?
    Want to smoke some?
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    Rot op!
    Please piss off!
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    Ik heb een kapotje nodig
    I need condoms
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    Ik heb richtingen nodig
    I need directions