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Tourist Offices -- Amsterdam’s main Visitor Information Center is run by Iamsterdam and is located at Stationsplein 10, right outside Centraal Station (tel 020/702-6000; www.iamsterdam.com); in our 24-hour world it has annoyingly short opening times, being Monday through Saturday 9am until 5pm, Sunday from 9am until 4pm; as a result is always crammed with hordes of backpackers. In spite of this, the hard-pressed staff could not be more charming and helpful. There’s also a branch in Schiphol Plaza at the airport, with the same phone number but sensible opening times: daily from 7am until 10pm.

For last-minute admission to shows and events in the city, head for Iamsterdam’s Last Minute Ticketshop in the Stadsschouwburg at Leidseplein 26 (www.lastminuteticketshop.nl; Mon–Sat 10am–6pm; tram: 1, 2, 5, 7, or 10), which sells half-price tickets for same-day performances after 10am every morning. You can buy tickets for any venue in town and pick up schedules for all Amsterdam’s cultural events. There’s a nominal booking charge of between 2€ and 5€ for all tickets. The Visitor Information Center Stationsplein 10 also has a branch of the Last Minute Ticketshop, and there’s a third in the Amsterdam Public Library on Oosterdokskade 143 (Mon–Fri 10am–7:30pm, Sat–Sun 10am–6pm).

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