Guidebook Updates for the Netherlands

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on the Netherlands, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Amsterdam

  • The I Amsterdam City Card now covers the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum, as well as public transport and a canal cruise. With this card, travelers who've booked a (required) time slot at the Van Gogh Museum won't need to stand in line, but will still have to queue at the Rijksmuseum.
  • Through July 1, 2018, while the building is under renovation, entry to the Anne Frank House is by reservation only. Tickets go on sale two months in advance, and are released gradually over the two-month period between the on-sale date and visit date. If no tickets for your preferred date are available initially, keep checking back. The entrance to the museum has moved. Facing the museum, the entrance is now around the right side, in the new modern annex. Hours are April–Oct daily 9:00–22:00; Nov–March Mon–Fri 9:00–20:00, Sat until 22:00, Sun until 19:00.
  • The Van Gogh Museum is only admitting visitors who've booked a timed-entry slot online before arriving, even those using a Museumkaart or I Amsterdam CIty Card in lieu of a ticket (and the museum isn't selling any in-person tickets); it's unclear whether this new rule is temporary or not, so check the museum's website for updates well before your visit. The museum also has new (permanent) hours: daily April–Aug 9:00–19:00, Fri until 21:00, and Sat until 18:00 (April–June) and 21:00 (July–Aug); Sept–Oct 9:00–18:00, Fri until 21:00; Nov–March 9:00–17:00, Fri until 21:00.
  • Registration for the TripKey transit pass is temporarily closed while its new system is under construction, but should be available again soon — check its site for updates.
  • All Amsterdam trams are now "cashless." To buy a ticket or pass onboard, you'll have to use a credit card and PIN. Ticket machines at stops accept both coins and credit cards. You can purchase tickets with cash from many points of sale within the city; see the public transport website for details.
  •  As of July 22, 2018, many of the city's tram lines are scheduled to be renumbered and/or rerouted — check the new route map, and double-check local signage in person.
  • Also as of July 22, 2018, a new Amsterdam Metro line (#52) will start operation from Noord (across the IJ River) to Centraal Station, then through Rokin to the Zuid train station in the south. We recommend getting around by tram instead of underground metro, but this line could get readers close to sights in Rokin and fairly close to sights in the Museumplein area.
  • Two key bus routes have been renumbered already. From Schiphol Airport, bus route #197 into town is now bus #397 (it still departs from platform B9 in front of the airport). The bus route to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction from Amsterdam's Centraal Station has been renumbered to #357.
  • Eurostar now offers direct train service from London to Amsterdam (and Rotterdam). Trains run twice daily, taking 3 hours 41 minutes. Direct service from Amsterdam to London should be running by late 2019; until then passengers will need to change trains in Brussels and go through passport control.
  • The Civic Guards Gallery at the Amsterdam Museum is now called the Amsterdam Gallery.
  • The Rijksmuseum at Schiphol Airport has reopened.
  • Maes B&B has closed.
  • Hotel Brouwer is closing for renovation for several months, beginning in May 2018.
  • Hotel van Onna is no longer a standalone hotel, but is now an annex of Mr. Jordaan Hotel.

For books printed before February 2018, the following may also apply:

  • TripKey transit cards can no longer be picked up at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at Centraal station, but can now be picked up at Amsterdam Ticket Shop at Kerkstraat 155a.

For books printed before May 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Stedelijk Museum now closes at 18:00 on Thursdays, and is open until 22:00 on Fridays.
  • Starbikes Rental has moved down the way to De Ruijterkade 143.
  • Hotel Filosoof has been thoroughly renovated and reopened as the Pillows Anna van den Vondel.
  • Sunhead of 1617 Canal House Inn has closed.
  • Frederic Rent-a-Bike no longer rents guestrooms. Frederic will still honor the printed Rick Steves reader discount on bike rentals (50 percent discount on 24-hour rentals).

Arnhem

  • The Kröller-Müller Museum no longer has computers set up to help visitors design self-guided tours, but does now offer audioguides (€2.50).

For books printed before May 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The weekend Syntus bus #400 between the Arnhem bus station and the Kröller-Müller Museum has been discontinued.
  • Arnhem's tourist information office has moved to a spot inside the train station.

Haarlem

  • The Frans Hals Museum has opened a second location at Grote Markt, offering contemporary art inspired by (and sometimes presented alongside) Frans Hals’ work. The second location ("Hal") is covered by your Frans Hals ticket.
  • Stempels Hotel is now called ML Hotel.
  • Gastrobar Grijs has closed.

For books printed before May 2017, the following may apply:

  • Three recommended restaurants have closed: De Ark, Visrestaurant Barend, and La Place.
  • The Join Us coffeeshop has moved to a spot far enough outside Haarlem's old town that it's no longer a convenient stop for most visitors.

The Hague

For books printed before May 2017, the following may apply:

Historic Triangle

For books printed before May 2017, the following may apply:

  • In Hoorn, the tourist information office on Veemarkt near the train station has closed; the tourist information office on the main square in the Westfries Museum on Roode Steen is open Mon–Fri 11:00–17:00, Sat–Sun 13:00–17:00, closed Nov–March.
  • The Zuiderzee Museum no longer has a public parking lot. Visitors can park for free at the train station instead; from the station it's a 15-minute walk to the museum, or you can take the museum shuttle boat (free with museum ticket, 12-minute circuit, 2/hour).

Keukenhof & Aalsmeer

  • The bus route to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction from Amsterdam's Centraal Station has been renumbered to 357.

Leiden

  • The Lakenhal Museum is still being renovated but may open in spring 2019.

For books printed before May 2017, the following may apply:

  • The American Pilgrim Museum is now closed Sun–Wed.
  • Leiden's tourist information office has moved; it's now one block beyond the station at Stationsweg 26.