30 March 2016 to 1 April 2016
Europe/Zurich timezone

Practical Info A-Z


Airport Transfer

Emergency Services

Public Transport


Venue & Directions

Conference Dinner

Recommended Restaurants

Airport Transfer

The recommended mode of transport from Schipol Airport to the city centre is by train.  The airport has it's own train station and trains to Amsterdam Central Station are very frequent.  Tickets can be bought from the ticket office or from one of the  automatic vending machines.  Machines accept a variety of credit cards, but not many accept cash, in particular not paper money.

Buses to the city centre are also available and there is a taxi rank outside the airport, however, if you are planning on taking a taxi, it is recommended you book in advance to avoid high fares.  See recommended taxi companies below.

Emergency Services

Ambulance/ Fire Brigade/ Police Tel: 112

Public Transport

Amsterdam is serviced by an excellent public transport network comprising trams, buses and metro.  Tram and bus tickets can be bought on board, whilst metro tickets should be purchased from a machine before travelling.

Guests planning on making extensive use of trams, buses and metro can also purchase an OV-Chipkaart.  This is an universal travel card that can be charged with credit and used on all public transport services in Amsterdam.  It can also be used on the trains, but only when credited with €20 or more.  OV-Chipkaarts can be purchased from ticket offices at all stations, as well as automatic vending machines.  They cost €7,50 and can be charged with credit at all stations and at some retail outlets (Albert Heijn).

Taxi Companies

Taxi Electric

This green taxi company offers a good airport transfer service for a fixed price and customers can benefit from a discount if they book in advance.  They can also be ordered like a regular taxi for shorter journeys in and around Amsterdam.

TCA Taxis

This company also offers and airport transfer and operates in and around the city.

Recommended Restaurants - Amsterdam


The following is a list of restaurants and eetcafés (cafés that also serve food) located in Amsterdam city centre. 

The ones with two stars next to the name have been tried and tested by the ‘foodies’ who helped make this list!

Restaurant Bord’Eau**

Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2 – 8

A French restaurant which is linked to the Hotel de L’Europe, which is located just opposite Hotel Résidence Le Coin, for those guests staying there.  It offers a fine dining menu and has lovely views over the Amstel.Booking in advance is recommended.

Café de Jaren **

Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20/22

Café de Jaren is the perfect setting for lunch, dinner or just drinks and snacks.  It has a lovely terrace overlooking the Amstel.

Café Restaurant Loetje**

Stationsplein 10

Café Restaurant Loetje serves the best steak you will ever eat - ever.  The other dishes on the menu are also nice, but few people ever bother with those as the steak is renowned!  The atmosphere is warm and cosy, but you may have to wait a while for a table as it is always packed!  It's worth it though...

Brouwerij de Prael**

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 30

A great pub in the heart of Amsterdam, which brews it's own (delicious) beer.  They serve typical pub/ bar food, which is also supposed to be very good. 


Bakkerstraat 12

Szmulewicz is located just off Rembrandtplein and serves a good quality, international menu.  Despite being located in a tourist hotspot, it has a very non-touristy feel.

Restaurant La Rive

Professor Tulpplein 1

A fine dining restaurant which is linked to the Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam Hotel.

The Pasta Factory**

Muntplein 7

This restaurant is perfect for people on a smaller budget.  The homemade pasta is delicious and you get a huge portion for €6/€7.  It may not look like much from the outside, but the inside is nicely decorated and welcoming and the prices are excellent for central Amsterdam.It is located close to The Bridge Hotel.

Restaurant Proeverij 274 **

Prinsengracht 274

This is a French restaurant that serves seasonal, organic and locally sourced food of a high quality.  Located on one of Amsterdam’s main canals, the Prinsengracht, it is well worth a visit.

Restaurant de Struisvogel **

Keizersgracht 312

This is a great little restaurant located in a cosy basement on the Keizersgracht.  It serves great, wholesome food and offers a three-course menu for €25, which has been tried and tested and is great value for money.

Café de Reiger**

Nieuwe Leliestraat 34a

Café de Reiger is located in The Jordaan, one of the most upmarket areas of Amsterdam.  It has a small but high quality menu and the restaurant is well known for its spare ribs.

Café Duende**

Lindengracht 62

Duende is a very authentic Spanish tapas bar located in the beautiful Jordaan district.  The food is excellent and the atmosphere is always very relaxed and inviting.  Perfect for a drink and nibbles or an evening meal.

Villa Zeezicht**

Torensteeg 7

This eetcafé is located on Singel, very close to Dam Square and is renowned for its excellent apple pie.  However, it also has a very nice French-inspired evening menu and the prices are affordable despite it’s very central location.

Oriental City**

Oudezijds Voorburgwal

This is a Chinese restaurant that does excellent Dimsum between 12:00 – 16:30.  It is very centrally located.

Sama Sebo**

P.C. Hooftstraat 27

This is a typical Indonesian restaurant located right in the heart of Amsterdam.  An excellent place to try the traditional Indonesian ‘rijstafel’ (rice table), it is worth booking beforehand to avoid disappointment.