When to go:
Dutch, but English is widely spoken
The entrepôt of Europe for most of the Renaissance, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam has retained much of the architecture and ambience of its infamous "Golden Age" of the 17th century. However, for those in search of modernity, parts of the city have adopted a more progressive and innovative style.
The Netherlands is a member of the Eurozone, the group of countries that uses the Euro currency (€). Dutch is the native tongue of most citizens, though English is a widely-spoken second language.
Amsterdam isn't a massive city, however we recommend staying near the train station because this area offers easy access to public transportation, tourist offices, ATMs, and many restaurants. If you'll be traveling by rail to cities outside of Amsterdam, then staying near the train station is even more convenient. The most popular areas are near Dam Square and the Damrak. Further from the station are the lively Leidseplein or Rembrandtplein areas.