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ATMs -- The easiest and cheapest way to get cash overseas is through an ATM—the Cirrus and Plus networks span the globe. Although some debit and credit cards can be used overseas without incurring charges, most banks charge a fee for international withdrawals—check with your bank before you leave home, and find out your daily limit. There are ATMs all over Amsterdam, and many are open 24/7, although you’ll want to be a bit cautious about withdrawing cash in quiet areas after dark.

Business Hours -- Stores usually open from 9:30am to 6pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Many are closed on Monday morning, opening at 1pm, and most shops outside the center close all day Sunday. Some stay open until 8 or 9pm on Thursday. Most museums close 1 day a week (often Mon), but open some holidays, except for Koningsdag (King’s Day on Apr 27), Christmas, and New Year’s Day. (Even then, the Rijksmuseum is open every day of the year, regardless of public holidays.)

Consulates -- The U.S. Consulate: Museumplein 19 (tel 020/575-5330; http://amsterdam.usconsulate.gov; tram 3, 5, 12, 16, or 24). The U.K. Consulate: Koningslaan 44 (tel 020/676-4343; www.britain.nl; tram 2). The Australian, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand, UK, and U.S. embassies are all in The Hague .

Emergencies -- For any emergency (fire, police, ambulance), the number is tel 112 from any land line or cellphone. For 24-hour urgent but nonemergency medical or dental services, call tel 088/0030-600; the operator will connect you to an appropriate doctor or dentist. To report a theft, call tel 0900/8844. Residents of E.U. countries must have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to receive full health-care benefits in The Netherlands.

Internet Access -- Most hotels in Amsterdam offer Wi-Fi access as a matter of course, although some of the more expensive ones charge a daily (rip off) fee. KPN hotspots are scattered throughout the city; cost starts at 1.50€ for 15 minutes (http://portal.hotspotsvankpn.com).

Pharmacies -- In The Netherlands, a pharmacy is called an apotheek and sells both prescription and nonprescription medicines. Regular open hours are Monday to Saturday from around 9am to 6pm. A centrally located pharmacy is Dam Apotheek, Damstraat 2 (tel 020/624-4331; www.dam-apotheek.nl; tram 4, 9, 14, 16, or 24), close to the National Monument on the Dam. Pharmacies post details of nearby all-night and Sunday pharmacies on their doors.

Post Office -- The city of Amsterdam doesn’t have post offices as such anymore; instead various branches of newsagents, supermarkets, and grocery stores have postal points run by PostNL (www.post.nl). The stationers Gebroeders Winter (Rozengracht 62), the branch of Albert Heijn supermarket at Jodenbreestraat 21, and Ako newsstand (Reguliersbreestraat 19) all have postal points where you can mail a parcel or postcard home. Stamps can also be purchased from your hotel reception and any newsstands that sell postcards.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.