Amsterdam peaks with people around Easter and July-August but both of these times have their pros. April to May sees daffodils and tulips come to life through the cracks in the crowds. The beautiful summers are a great time to grab a bite and a drink alongside a canal. While winter can be a bit bleak it's rarely extremely cold, and sheltering in the cosy-hearthed pubs will give you a chance to meet 'real' Dutch. Also around this time accommodation is cheaper (except around New Year) and the best sights are all but deserted.
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Ideally located right next to Centraal Train Station, this hotel offers easy access to many shopping and cultural heritage sites in this historic city.
Tourists from nearly 60 countries - including Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the USA and most of Europe - need only a valid passport to visit the Netherlands for up to three months. EU nationals can enter for three months with just their national identity card or a passport that expired less than five years ago.
Nationals of most other countries need a so-called Schengen visa, valid within the EU member states (except the UK and Ireland), plus Norway and Iceland, for 90 days within a six-month period.
Schengen visas are issued by Dutch embassies or consulates overseas and can take a while to process (like two months). You'll need a passport valid until at least three months after your visit, and proof that you have sufficient funds for your stay and return journey.
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