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Schipol Amsterdam Airport has flights across Europe and around the world. Flights to London and Paris are both around an hour, while the train to Paris takes less than four hours on the high-speed Thalys train, which also reaches Brussels in under two hours.

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Recent mortgage rule changes had the knock-on effect of reducing house sale prices and strengthening the rental rates around Amsterdam. “Prices weakened over the last quarter of 2012 due to the number of properties arriving on the market at the same time,” Koch de Gooreynd said.

Buying a large two-bedroom apartment in the Grachtengordel costs around 750,000 euros, and an equivalent flat rents for 3,500 euros a month or more. A house starts at around 1.5 million euros. Properties in south Amsterdam are less expensive. “Zuidas has lower prices than the more established areas and good rental returns“, said Koch de Gooreynd. Here, apartments start at around 500,000 euros to buy and luxury flats rent for upwards of 2,000 euros a month. In areas like Bos en Lommer and Indische Buurt, two-bed flats of around 80 to 100sqm rent for around 1,000 euros a month.

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Amsterdam Foodie: comprehensive food blog with reviews and listings

Amsterdo: community newspaper covering city life, culture, features and more

Free Amsterdam: city guide to arts, events, festivals and gigs

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