Don’t leave for Amsterdam without your I amsterdam card!

Posted by Ash K on Friday, December 10, 2010 0

According to the website, the I amsterdam card is a combination “smartcard, public transport ticket, pocket guide and provides over 40 free and 50 discounted offers on major tourist attractions and restaurants.”

For your convenience, the card can be purchased online or at several Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board (ATCB) office locations. Cards can be purchased for a 24, 48 or 72 hour period costing anywhere from €38 to €58. Not bad for a card that offers free entry into 31 museums; a free canal cruise; discounts on parking, attractions, and restaurants; free use of trams, buses, and metros; and countless other free benefits.

The card is recommended for anyone over 12 years of age. As with all things, there are certain terms and conditions that apply. You can read them here.

As a tourist visiting Amsterdam, it is likely that this will be your only visit. Or at least one of few. You want to see as much as possible and not have to declare bankruptcy upon your return home. The I amsterdam card makes it all possible and is perfect for everyone in your travel party.

Want to wine and dine? I amsterdam can treat you to some of the best. Interested in checking out the night life? I amsterdam will take you where the action is. More of a museum and gallery type of tourist? No problem – I amsterdam will get you in. Romantic evenings? Check! Art and culture? Check! Souvenirs and memorable experiences? Check!

For an affordable experience in one of the most exciting European cities, I amsterdam is the way to go. Even locals and those in the expat and international communities take advantage of this and other opportunities.

Be sure to add the following sites included with the card on your to-do list the next time you’re in Amsterdam:

Amsterdam Historisch Museum – Located in the heart of the city, this museum is astounding in size and devoted entirely to the history of the city of Amsterdam. Paintings, videos, artefacts, and more tell the story of Amsterdam as it was and how it became the city we know it as today.

Rembrandt House Museum – Rembrandt van Rijn is undoubtedly one of the most famous artists from the Golden Age. The former home of this Dutch master is now open to the public as the Rembrandt House Museum. Rooms have been restored to their original state based on notes and drawings from the artist himself.

FOAM Fotography Museum – Don’t let the size of this museum fool you. Inside this tiny row house is a plethora of photography work from the latest and greatest in the industry. Hosting several exhibitions at a time, FOAM has been decorated with the works of artists such as Richard Avedon, Otto Frank, and Anne de Vries.

Van Gogh Museum – Probably the most famous museum in the Netherlands, the Van Gogh Museum houses all the great works of this enigmatic painter. The museum also houses exhibitions from other artists.

Rijksmuseum – Up there with the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands. Famous Dutch painters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer are housed there, and early Dutch history is brought to life via paintings and photographs, sculptures and artefacts, and clothing and weaponry.

Museum of Bags and Purses – If you are of the female persuasion, this is one stop in Amsterdam you cannot miss. More than 4,000 bags, pouches and purses are on display as old as the middle ages to as new as the brand name bags worn by all the hottest celebrities and everything in between.

Despite its size, the Netherlands has a plethora of places to go, things to see, and activities to do. In addition to the I amsterdam card there’s the CJP Youth Card, the Haguest Card, the Holland Pass, the Rotterdam Welcome Card, and the Museumkaart. Pick and choose the ones that suit you or collect them all. As the saying goes, they’re worth their weight in gold.

Tiffany is an American who moved to the Netherlands for love in December 2008. She lives in Utrecht with her husband and their dog. In addition to chronicling her adventures on her blog Clogs and Tulips: An American in Holland, she also works as a freelance writer and runs her own company, Little Broadway.

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