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!

Across the Netherlands

For books printed before March 2015, the following may apply:

  • The Dutch rail system no longer issues paper tickets for domestic trains; even single tickets are now issued on a smartcard. If the train station has electronic gates, passengers who printed tickets online or who have rail passes should look for a gate with an attendant.

Aalsmeer

For books printed before June 2013, the following may apply:

Amsterdam

  • Starting May 1, the Anne Frank House requires advance reservations for any visits before 15:30 — reserve online for a particular timeslot. From 15:30 until closing, you can still visit without a reservation (but expect long lines to buy a ticket at the museum entrance).
  • Starbikes Rental has moved down the way to De Ruijterkade 143.
  • The Rijksmuseum at Schiphol Airport, currently closed during airport renovation, is now expected to reopen in the fall of 2016.
  • Hotel Filosoof is closed for a full-scale renovation; reopening is set for mid-June 2016.
  • Sunhead of 1617 Canal House Inn has closed.

For books printed before March 2015, the following may also apply:

  • Absolute Danny Shop has closed.
  • Hotel Aspen, a budget hotel on Raadhuisstraat, has closed.
  • Hotel Hestia has closed.
  • Direct night trains no longer run between Amsterdam and Warsaw or Prague.
  • Vondeltuin Rental, which had rented inline skates in Vondelpark, has closed.

For books printed before August 2014, the following may also apply:

  • Joy Ride Bike Tours' popular "city by bike" tour is now offered only as a private tour (not a group tour). Call +31 (0)6-4361-1798 or check their site for information.
  • The Hermitage Amsterdam is no longer open late on Wednesdays, and can no longer be easily reached with tram #14 (tram #9 from the station still works, though).
  • Boogaards B&B has moved to a new location at Pieter Jacobszstraat 21, close to Dam Square (Db-€145, 2-night minimum, same owners, same contact info plus new mobile number: +31 (0)6-3499-1941).
  • Café Vertigo (in Vondelpark) has closed.
  • Boom Chicago has moved from its longtime home on Leidseplein to Rozengracht 117.
  • Most train-ticket machines in the Netherlands do not accept American-style magnetic stripe credit or debit cards; without a chip-and-PIN card the only option is to pay cash at a ticket window.

Haarlem

For books printed before March 2015, the following may apply:

For books printed before August 2014, the following may also apply:

The Hague

For books printed before March 2015, the following may apply: