Amsterdam increases tourist tax: highest in Europe


If you are Planning a trip to Amsterdam in 2020, You’ll need to budget a little hire as additional Tourist Tax. Amsterdam, the Dutch capital and one of the most visited cities in Europe, will be levying an additional tax of €3 per tourist (about INR 232). This tax will be applicable on travellers on per night basis in hotels; this is on top of 7 per cent tax on room rates that the city already charges. Well, with this move, Amsterdam is likely to become the city charging the highest overnight tax in Europe, on an average!

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital city, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacy of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by “Rembrandt” and “Vermeer” at the Rijks museum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and numerous dedicated cycling paths are available for city ride.

Places to see in Amsterdam:

  1. Van Gogh Museum
  2. Anne Frank House
  3. Rijiks Museum
  4. Dam Square
  5. Vondel Park Area
  6. Waterlooplein Area

When to Travel
Most popular times to visit Amsterdam are during tulip season (mid March to early May), summer (Jun to August) when the weather is mild and warm, and September to October. Local events including King’s Day (Apr), celebrated with flea markets, outdoor concerts and an abundance of oranges, which is a local produce.

Orange trees grow profusely in holland but as a matter of fact, the color orange is the official color of holland. The royal family is the house of orange ( oranje ), orange just permeates dutch culture.

Gay Pride (Aug) is a citywide street party with a parade of boats down Amsterdam’s canals. Winters are cold and damp due to Watery terrain.

Amsterdam-flagFlag of Amsterdam:

Government Type: Since 1815 The Netherlands has been a constitutional monarchy. Historically for centuries before, it had been the proud republic, a union of provinces. Since 1848, the Netherlands is also a parliamentary democracy. The current Dutch Prime Minister is Mark Rutte, in office since 2010.

Currency of Amsterdam: Euro

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Indian Embassy: Buitenrustweg 2, 2517 KD, The Hague
Telephone Numbers : 070-3469771 (General), 070-3469771, Extn : 208/211/213 (Consular Section)
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Bilateral Cultural Relation between India and Netherlands
In May 1985, a Cultural Agreement was signed between the two countries, which provides for cooperation and exchanges in education and science, art and culture. An MoU on Cultural Cooperation was signed in June 2017.

Indian Cultural Centre named “The Gandhi Centre” in The Hague was inaugurated on 2 October 2011. The Centre promotes Indian culture through its active calendar of programmes including regular Yoga, Table and for the first time, Hindi classes. In addition to this, the Centre organizes a wide range of diverse cultural activities and programmes, such as music, dance, workshops, movies, documentaries, lectures, celebrations of Indian festivals. It also partners with other local Dutch cultural organizations to promote Indian culture.

The Third International Day of Yoga was celebrated on 18 June 2017 at the Atrium City Hall of the Hague. The event saw the enthusiastic participation of nearly 1000 people including members of the diplomatic corps, Dutch, Surinami-Hindustani and Indian communities.

The bilateral relations in the cultural field received a major impetus through the highly successful Festival of India, commemorating 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and the Netherlands organized in the Netherlands during first quarter of 2017, in collaboration with diaspora organizations. The Festival, which showcased India dance, music and art through performances by half a dozen troupes from India has been received well by both the local Dutch and the diaspora community.

An MoU was signed between ICCR and Leiden University in December 2010 leading to the establishment of an ICCR Chair of Contemporary India Studies at Leiden University since September 2011. Besides Leiden Institute of Area Studies (LIAS), International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) also promotes research on India. An MoU for the extension of the Chair of Contemporary India Studies at Leiden University was signed between ICCR and Leiden University in November 2017.

What does the 3 X’s mean in Amsterdam?
At its core is the ‘XXX’ symbol, which is actually three vertical St. Andrew’s Crosses, not (as some people assume) shorthand for the Red Light District. For the Amsterdam coat of arms, the three crosses are in white, atop a red shield with a black pale.

Top Hotels in Amsterdam:

Hotel in Zeeburg, Amsterdam: 4 star Hotel: Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam is a unique sustainable hotel in Amsterdam at the IJ river, at the former location where ships left for Jakarta. Everything is perfect. The staff is kind and helpful, the facilities are beautiful and so unique, the food is great, location is great.
Avg. price/night: ₹ 12,802

Please Check the Price at the Hotel Web site before your Travel.


Amsterdam-WaterloopleinHotelMotel One Amsterdam-Waterlooplein: Motel One Amsterdam-Waterlooplein features air-conditioned rooms with satellite flat-screen TV in the Amsterdam City Centre district of Amsterdam. city packed and a bed in a hostel dorm costs around 50 euros. Book at least two months in advance. Budget Hotel, some rooms are small.
Avg. price/night: ₹ 7,349

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Amsterdam-Hendrick's-HotelThe Hendrick’s Hotel, Amsterdam: Located in Amsterdam, 500 metres from Basilica of St. Nicholas, The Hendrick’s Hotel has a number of amenities including a bar and fireplace in the shared lounge and free WiFi. Fantastic decor and courteous staff members.
Avg. price/night: ₹ 15,258

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Hotel TWENTY EIGHT 4 stars: Hotel in Oud Zuid, Amsterdam: The unique Hotel TWENTY EIGHT offers a newAmsterdam-Hotel-28 hotel/apartment concept with spacious, comfortable design apartments combined with the service and facilities of a luxury hotel. Great hotel that exceeded our expectations. Stuff was kind and did everything they could to make our stay pleasant.Apartment was large and equipped with all the things we needed for our stay.Kitchen was fantastic. Supermarket is only 2 minutes walk from the property, so is a bakery.Public transport is close , 15 min ride to the city center.
Avg. price/night: ₹ 11,350

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Amsterdam-AdamHotelSir Adam Hotel 4 stars: Hotel in Amsterdam Noord, Amsterdam: Overlooking the IJ-river and the historic city centre, Sir Adam Hotel is set in the brand new A’DAM tower in Amsterdam. Guests can enjoy a burger at The Butcher Social Club. Excellent location, newly refurbished and clean facilities, friendly staff, fancy and chic room design, though I was not lucky to get the best view room, but if you are it should be fantastic. The social club on the first floor with access to the riverside makes the place unforgettable.
Avg. price/night: ₹ 11,146


Amsterdam-QOQO Amsterdam 4 stars: Hotel in Oost, Amsterdam: The QO Amsterdam is located alongside the Amstel river in Amsterdam. This hotel combines luxury, technology and sustainability in a living building shaped by nature. Everything. The rooms were super modern- everything could be controlled by iPad and I could also connect my phone to the tv. The beds are comfortable and the hotel itself is neat and clean.
Avg. price/night: ₹ 11,871

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Amsterdam-Hotel-V-FizeaustraatHotel V Fizeaustraat 4 stars: Hotel in Oost, Amsterdam: Located in the Oost district in Amsterdam, 2.4 km from Carre Theatre, Hotel V Fizeaustraat features a sun terrace and views of the city. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. The room, bathroom, bed, restaurant ,the breakfast are well arranged and the staff are courteous Free wifi, the shower, the laundry, location, everything perfect!
Avg. price/night: ₹ 8,069

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Amsterdam-Hotel-Mr-JordaanMr. Jordaan: Hotel in Amsterdam City Centre, Amsterdam: Attractively set in the Amsterdam City Centre district of Amsterdam, Mr. Jordaan is situated 600 metres from Anne Frank House, 1.1 km from Royal Palace Amsterdam and 1.9 km from Flower Market. Really nice place to stay and discover Amsterdam.
Avg. price/night:₹ 6,913

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Amsterdam-CityHubCityHub Amsterdam: Hotel in Oud-West, Amsterdam: CityHub Amsterdam offers social accommodation in Amsterdam. Guests can make their own drinks in the on-site self-service bar. Self serve bar and helpful tips from staff in lobby or even via their app.
Avg. price/night: ₹ 4,818

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Amsterdam-MotelOneMotel One Amsterdam 3 stars: Hotel in Zuideramstel, Amsterdam: Motel One Amsterdam is located in Amsterdam, 400 metres from the RAI Convention Centre. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Calm, harmonic, public transportation in touch as well airport is not far away.
Avg. price/night: ₹ 6,523

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