The land of all things liberal, but don’t be fooled, Amsterdam has an abundance of culture and diversity, offering an exciting art, theatre and music scene. Whatever you are looking for, this thriving European City has it.
Thanks to an outstanding digital infrastructure and continuous pool of international talent, Amsterdam has earnt its spot on the gaming hotspot map. Home to the likes of Guerrilla Games, Force Field Entertainment and Azerion who make the most of Amsterdam’s digital accessibility and buzzing location. It is an exciting place to be, especially if you have a passion for VR. This is thanks to the collaboration between VRBase (a scheme that has been set up to encourage VR start-ups) and Force Field VR School, who have teamed up with Hogeschool van Amsterdam and aim to train 20 VR whizz kids every year!
Away from the vibrant city centre Amsterdam has an array of green open spaces, lakes and woodland. Amsterdam is best seen on the most used form of transport in Netherlands – the bicycle! The Dutch own a staggering 22.5 million bicycles, which is more than their 17.5 million population!
You could even take a train to the neighbouring town of Rotterdam or Utrecht, Uchtrect is a city of canals, sidewalk cafes and fairy tale-like architecture – minus the hordes of tourists! Hollands best kept secret and only 30 minutes from Amsterdam by train.
Amsterdam is a great place for work life and family balance, and it is common for those with a family to work only four-day weeks. The areas of Old South, Old West and the Rivierenbuurt have a family community feel and are in close proximity to the city's international schools.
There are international schools throughout the Netherlands, however there is now an increasing number of booster classes to help international arrivals learn Dutch and so they can settle into the local education system.
If you want to take the “eat sleep game repeat” mantra quite literally then you can check yourself into, Arcade Hotel. The world’s first game centric hotel. Each room is fitted with a console and an array of games to suit all tastes!