A Closer Look
Welcome to Amsterdam, a place of many inspiring and surprising faces. No other city mixes cosmopolitan style and relaxed atmosphere quite like Amsterdam, where our hospitable nature attracts an excitingly diverse population.
We invite you to join us and make our metropolis your own during your stay.
Whether admiring the Golden Age gabled merchants' houses of the old city centre or marvelling at the sleek skylines of the new Zuidas and harbour areas, you will see that the people of Amsterdam pride themselves on the city's rich history while keeping focused on the future.
Creative energy and innovation abound, strengthening and inspiring the established international business community.
Home to some of the world's most acclaimed works of art, with more canals than Venice, more bridges than Paris and nearly 7,000 monumental buildings, Amsterdam's compact floating city offers a variety of historical and cultural treasures. It's no wonder Amsterdam's historic canal ring has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Maybe you will visit our world-famous diamond factories, discover the city's tradition as a jazz hub or simply soak up the local nightlife in a casual café - whatever you choose, we hope you enjoy our vibrant and open spirit.
Amsterdam has a long and impressive sporting tradition. In 1928 the city hosted the Olympic Games. The newly renovated Olympic stadium is a lasting legacy of this event.
More recently the city has hosted numerous major sporting events. In 2010 Amsterdam hosted the start of the Giro d'Italia.
With 35,000 participants, the annual Amsterdam marathon is one of the biggest in Europe.
In 2016 Amsterdam will be organising the European Athletics Championships.
In addition, the city has witnessed the many successes of Amsterdam-based football club Ajax, both nationally and internationally.
Facts & figures of Amsterdam
Population of Greater Amsterdam: 2.158,592 million
How to get to Amsterdam
Schiphol, Amsterdam's airport, is located 18 kilometres (11 miles) southwest of the city. The airport includes a train station - right under the main hall. Trains to and from station Amsterdam Zuid run every 8-10 minutes and usually leave from tracks 1 or 2. At Amsterdam Zuid you can change to the subway. Sporthallen Zuid is only one stop away.
The train ride itself takes seven minutes. Tickets for the train can be obtained from machines (or at the service counter) at Amsterdam Zuid as well as in Schiphol's main arrival hall.
Sporthallen Zuid can best be reached via the A10 motorway.
- Take exit s108 (Olympic Stadium)
- Turn right at the traffic light in the direction of the centre
- Turn left at the second traffic light, direction of IJsbaanpad
- Turn left at the roundabout, direction of Burgerweeshuispad
Sporthallen Zuid is located further down the road, on your right.
By public transport
Tram: lines 16 and 24 (to station IJsbaanpad)
Subway: line 50 (to station Amstelveenseweg)
Bus: lines 62, 142, 170, 172, 174, 179 and 197 (stations Amstelveenseweg or IJsbaanpad)
Sporthallen Zuid is a five-minute walk from stations Amstelveenseweg or IJsbaanpad.
Name: Sporthallen Zuid
Capacity: 2,500 spectators
Distance to airport: 13 kilometres
Address: Burgerweeshuispad 54, 1076 EP, Amsterdam
Phone: (0031) (0) 20-251 7700