Combine your congress with a summer trip.
It may rain or it may shine, that is Amsterdam in summertime.
And the city is designed for both, don’t you worry.
Beyond the obviously world famous historical and cultural sights like the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh & Rijksmuseum, Dam Square and Palace on the Dam, there is a whole world to discover. But first find a place to sleep. On several sites like booking.com and TripAdvisor you will see that a place to sleep costs at least 60 euros a night. You may consider the Couch-surfing Travel App, Airbnb or a relatively new platform like guesttoguest.com where you exchange houses or rooms if available.
The public traffic network contains busses, metro and trams, and is easy accessible. People from abroad can buy a 24 or 48 hour card. That one costs 7,50 euro a day and you can hop-on and hop-off every bus, tram or metro 24 hours a day. ov-chipkaart-kopen.nl (also in english)
After a long day at the congress, take Tram 4 (in front of the Rai Station) to Central Station and walk to Het Pontje (the Ferry) behind the station. This boat brings you to the northern part of Amsterdam, the former Maritime Industrial Site NDSM, an old shipyard turned into a creative haven. Young people gather, amongst others, at Cafe Noorderlicht, build from re-used materials, making it a stunning place. Ofcourse they run a biological kitchen. Cafe De Ceuvel, nearby, offers also food and drinks, all fair-trade and biological plus they host all kinds of art and music and theater. There is also restaurant Stork (chic and design), Landmarkt (eat and shop in one) cafe-restaurant Pllek, Loetje aan ’t IJ, Kebec. The northern part of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Noord) is hip and trendy! And all this along the banks of the famous Het IJ. See www.iamsterdam.com/neighborhoods (Noordelijke IJ-oever en NDSM Wharf)
Closer to the Rai Venue is De Pijp. Mainstreet is the Albert Cuyp Market and this world famous market is surrounded with a lot of beautiful narrow streets filled with coffeeshops, boutiques and bookshops. You will find Dutch treats such as bakery specialties, chocolate and sweets. Spend the long evening outside in cafe’s and sidewalk restaurants. iamsterdam.com (transferrable to your own language) slash Amsterdam neighborhoods fills you in on the specs of the different areas of the city. Another nice site to learn about the city is www.holland.com (destination: Amsterdam) you learn about secret hotspots and all kinds of activities.