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 a wide variety of theater and dance performances as well as concerts, visit the website for Last Minute Ticketshop (www.lastminuteticketshop.nl), which sells half-price tickets for same-day performances after 10am every morning. There’s a nominal booking charge of 2.50€ for each ticket. Although the website is only in Dutch, the Visitor Information Center at Stationsplein 10 can assist with translation. However, you will have to purchase tickets directly through the site.

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