Amsterdam - The Canal Ring

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. With over 700,000 inhabitants, it is also the country’s most populated city. What started out as a small fishing village in the 12th century, later developed to become one of the world’s key trading ports, specializing in finance and diamonds. Today, Amsterdam is still recognized as one of the top financial centers in Europe. This commercial capital is home to the headquarters of seven of the world’s 500 largest companies, as well as numerous large Dutch institutions.

Amsterdam is also the cultural capital of the Netherlands. The city has plenty of rich architectural history to offer. It also boasts an extensive network of 17th century canals, which provide a scenic backdrop for visitors to explore. Additionally, the 19th century Defense Line of Amsterdam has a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Consecrated in 1306, the Oude Kerk (Old Church) is the oldest building in Amsterdam. Visitors to the city can view many examples of gothic, renaissance and baroque-style structures.

The Museum Square is home to the city’s most important galleries. The largest collection of classical Dutch art can be found at the RijksmuseumStedelijk Museum includes an important modern art collection, whilst the Van Gogh Museum holds some of the most famous paintings created by the Dutch master.

The oceanic climate of Amsterdam predominantly offers mild temperatures throughout the year. The city of diamonds and tulips is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, receiving more than 5 million international visitors, and 16 million day-trippers annually. If you happen to be in Amsterdam in the spring, make sure check out the world’s only floating flower market at the Bloemenmarkt. The world famous tulip field is also a sight not to miss, located between Haarlem and Leiden, just a 20-minute drive away. These are just a few examples of the sights one can enjoy in this stunning, vibrant city.

Flying to Amsterdam

Landing permits are not required for any operations into the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (also known as IATA: AMS and ICAO: EHAM), is the primary (and only) international airport for GA operators visiting Amsterdam. Schiphol is located approximately 9km southwest of Amsterdam, in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer.

EHAM is the home base and European hub for multiple regional and international airlines. The airport has a single main terminal, which is split into three departure halls. This is used mainly for commercial passengers. A dedicated General Aviation (GA) terminal, known as the KLM Jet Center was also opened on the east side in 2011. Schiphol is the fifth busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers served.

It is mandatory for all aircraft operating to EHAM to be PRNAV approved. The airport is not open 24-hours for GA. Daily arrivals are allowed only between 06:20 and 21:50 UTC, while daily departures are permitted only from 06:00 to 21:35 UTC. Extensions to these restrictions are not possible.

Since GA operating timings are limited, airport slot booking will be necessary. Handling is compulsory, and EHAM is fully equipped with all ground handling services. Prior booking for aircraft parking is not required, and long-term parking is available. The GA terminal offers VIP lounges for both pax and crew, as well as helicopter transfers. Crew visas are not required in order to enter Amsterdam, if valid crew ID and general declaration is provided.

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