Amsterdam and Surroundings
Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals to its renowned museums and historical buildings, it is truly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Found within the province of North-Holland, Amsterdam is colloquially referred to as the “Venice of the North”, attributed by the large number of canals that make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th Century. A few of Amsterdam’s notable residents throughout history include painters Rembrandt and Van Gogh, the diarist Anne Frank and philosopher Baruch Spinoza. It is a city of tolerance and diversity, with all the advantages of a big city: rich culture, great nightlife, international cuisine, etc. with little road traffic thanks to its extensive canals. Your next destination is never far away, but you can always rent a bike to get the authentic local experience.
10 Best Things to Do in Amsterdam
1) The Rijksmuseum
The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to Amsterdam’s art and history. It has 8,000 objects on display, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.
2) Johan Cruijff Arena (AJAX Stadium)
Step into the world of Champion AFC Ajax by visiting the Amsterdam Arena! During a 1-hour guided tour, our enthusiastic guide will tell you all ins & outs of the stadium and football legend Ajax.
3) The Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is a Dutch art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent Van Gogh and his contemporaries in the Museum Square. It opened on June the 2nd, 1973. It contains the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world.
4) Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans is a neighborhood in Zaandam. It is best known for its collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses. From 1961 to 1974 old buildings from all over the Zaanstreek were relocated. It is around a 30-minute train ride from Amsterdam Central Train station.
5) Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is a biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. During World War II, Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution with her family in hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th-century canal house. She did not survive the war, but her wartime diary was published in 1947.
6) The Jewish Historical Museum
The Joods Historisch Museum (Jewish Historical Museum), part of the Jewish Cultural Quarter, is a museum in Amsterdam, dedicated to Jewish history, culture, and religion, both in the Netherlands and worldwide. It is the only museum in the Netherlands dedicated to Jewish history.
7) Zaandvort aan Zee
Together with the sea and the dunes, Zaandvort is an area full of beautiful nature where you can do water sports or just relax and unwind. You can get there in 30 minutes, taking a direct rail link from Amsterdam Central Station.
8) The National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum is a maritime museum in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It has been ranked as the 11th most visited museum in the Netherlands.
9) The Amsterdam Museum
The Amsterdam Museum is a museum about the history of Amsterdam, located in the old city orphanage between Kalverstraat and Nieuewzijds Voorburgwal. It exhibits items related to the history of Amsterdam, from the Middle Ages to the present time.
10) Heineken Experience
The Heineken Experience is a historic brewery and corporate visitor center for the internationally distributed Dutch pilsner, Heineken beer.
Our Cultural Activities
Our guided walking tour of Amsterdam City Centre
Get to know the highlights of Amsterdam’s city center with this tour that will help you locate yourself better through town during the week. The tour begins at the Training Centre.
Our full-day excursion
After five days of lessons, it is time to relax! Do not miss the opportunity to participate in one of these visits!
Participants can choose between the following options, usually held on the Saturday at the end of the 1-week course and on the first Saturday for 2-week courses:
The Van Gogh Museum
A Dutch art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in the Museum Square, close to the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Concertgebouw. The museum contains the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world and its buildings were designed by Gerrit Rietveld and Kisho Kurokawa. In 2017, the museum had 2.3 million visitors and was the most-visited museum in the Netherlands, and the 23rd-most-visited art museum in the world.
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. It is located at the Museum Square in Amsterdam, close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw. The current main building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and first opened in 1885. In 2013 and 2014, it was the most visited museum in the Netherlands with record numbers of 2.2 million and 2.47 million visitors. It is also the largest art museum in the country, with 8,000 objects of art and history on display, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.
About the Training Centre in Amsterdam
At our Europass Teacher Academy training center in Amsterdam, we collaborate with Molinos de Viento, a language learning center. This allows us access to well-equipped training rooms, office support, and resources, and a wealth of local knowledge.
The Training Centre is located right in the heart of a vibrant group of streets, full of hotels, restaurants, cafes, and parks. From here, there is easy access to tram stops and the central train station of Amsterdam.
How to reach us
The address of our training center in Amsterdam is: Utrechtsedwarsstraat 13-I 1017 WB, Amsterdam
To arrive by metro from Amsterdam’s Central Station:
- Take the Metro 52 towards Station Zuid.
- Ride two stops and get down on the Vijzelgracht stop.
- Head east down Weteringschans street.
- Turn let in Reguliersgracht.
- Turn right in Utrechtsedwarsstraat.
- You will find the venue on the first floor of number 13-I.
If you are coming from a different location, there is a variety of buses, trams, and metros that can drop you nearby.
The area is easily accessible by road and the region benefits from an excellent public transport system. A network of trains, buses, and tramways make it simple and affordable to get to school every day and discover Amsterdam and the surrounding area.
Tickets for buses and trams:
GVB 1-hour ticket – €3.20, valid only on GVB trams/metro/buses, NOT on trains. A Bus Tram Metro (BTM) ticket is €6.50 and is valid for 90 minutes on GVB plus Connexxion/EBS buses.
Unlimited GVB Day/Multi-Day tickets – 1 to a 7-day ticket (€8.50 to €37). Valid on all GVB transport in Amsterdam on a 24-hour basis. Not valid on airport train or 397 airport bus.
Amsterdam Travel Ticket – 1/2/3 day card (€17/€22.50/€28) combines airport train/bus journey with unlimited use of GVB transport in Amsterdam. Valid on a day (not 24 hours) basis.
Getting to Amsterdam
Amsterdam Schiphol airport is located 14 km away from the city center and it is served by many international and national flights, including low-cost airlines.
There is a regular bus and tram service direct to the city center and it is also possible to take a taxi, an Uber, or use our transfer service.
Trains arrive at Amsterdam Centraal Station, located in the city center and 2 km away from our training center.