Amsterdam

Amsterdam is colloquially known as Venice of the North because of its lovely canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. It is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, attracting over 7 million international travellers annually.  

SAFETY INDEX

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Is Amsterdam a Safe or Dangerous city?

Amsterdam is a safe city; the most dangerous thing as a tourist is to get struck by a cyclist while crossing the street. Still, some areas like Kolenkitbuurt, Overtoomse Veld, Amsterdam-Zuidoost and Osdorp are best avoided (see the map) particularly at night. Pickpockets may sometimes be an issue in the central streets of Amsterdam and around the train station where luggage theft happens often. Protect your personal belongings at all times, especially your ID and passport. Watch out for bikes, trams and occasionally cars crossing the street. Do not take pictures of prostitutes, especially around the Old Church area.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Amsterdam is a very safe city. The only concerns newcomers should worry about are pickpockets and intoxicated crowds during the dusk.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket-related risk in the Netherlands. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

The Netherlands is an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Amsterdam. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transports and taxis are generally very safe in the Amsterdam.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There are no natural hazards in the Netherlands.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

The Netherlands have not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert since other countries in Europe have been targeted.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

The Netherlands are generally very safe for women travelers.

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Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in the the Netherlands is the Euro. Amsterdam and other cities are quite expensive. Allow a budget of between 100€ and 150€ per day.
The weather in the Netherland is mild, with winters milder than in continental Europe but cooler summers. The best time to visit is around summer (June-August) although major cities can be visited year-long.
The main international airports are the ones in Amsterdam and Rotterdam – the Hague If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.