No other European city can rival Amsterdam’s 7,000 historic buildings, some of which date back to the 14thcentury. The well-known symmetrical rings of canals with over 1,000 bridges summon up visions of Holland’s Golden Age. Amsterdam has a dazzling array of cultural attractions with something for everyone. Virtually all points of interest are well within walking distance. The city is compact and your destination will usually be at a short distance. Therefore Amsterdam is ideal for getting around by foot, bicycle or public transport. Moreover, the Dutch are multilingual, which makes getting around so much easier.
The compactness of the city minimizes the need for taxis and public transport as almost everything is within walking distance. Nevertheless public transport in Amsterdam - buses, tram and metro - is most efficient, modern, reliable and inexpensive. Public transport tickets can be included in the congress budget, enabling delegates to travel freely on the Amsterdam's municipal transport system during the congress. Taxi ranks are located outside hotels, business and shopping areas. Trams, buses and taxis move rapidly, even during rush hours, thanks to separate traffic lanes.
Amsterdam has numerous theatres, cinemas, cozy bars and inviting pubs, more than 800 outdoor terraces and a wide variety of superb restaurants, where one "can eat in every language" at prices and levels of comfort to suit everyone. Furthermore it is a versatile city for shopping. From the high-street fashions of the P.C. Hooftstraat to the quaint boutiques of the Jordaan to the 100-year-old Albert Cuyp Market, shoppers of all tastes will find what they're looking for.
Amsterdam is an international city of culture, with a highly diverse population from various backgrounds enjoying a broad range of arts & culture There are 42 museums, including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum) and the Anne Frank House. The city is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dutch National Ballet and the Dutch Opera.