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The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top International Schools And Private Schools in Amsterdam

For anyone planning a move to or within Amsterdam on the western coast of The Netherlands, we have collated information below about different places to live, International schools and private schools (including High schools), property and relocation agents and other information we think useful for relocating to Amsterdam and the surround area.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in The Netherlands, Amsterdam’s famous suburbs include Oud-West, Zuid and Watergraafsmeer.

Amsterdam has a great choice of high quality private international schools and high schools, beautiful nearby countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from The Netherlands mansions and estates, villas and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Golden Age canals lined by tilting gabled buildings are the backdrop for Amsterdam's treasure-packed museums, vintage-filled shops and hyper-creative drinking, dining and design scenes." Lonely Planet

Amsterdam sits in the middle of The Netherland’s stretch of coastline, as the capital city, it has all the amenities you need to enjoy city living. However the major cities of Rotterdam and The Hague are both just under a 1.5 hour car journey away if you did fancy a change of scenery.

Amsterdam has more than 160 canals flowing throughout the city adding to its unique charm. However this also creates problems for the architecture, meaning that the city actually stands on over 11 million poles!

For more fun facts about Amsterdam, scroll down to our Amsterdam feature page!




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Looking for a prestigious International (private) school in Amsterdam, The Netherlands?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Amsterdam (or you already live in Amsterdam but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best International schools and private schools in Amsterdam there is a big choice of high quality Amsterdam schools, with a number of the cities highest ranking International schools considered to be some of the best in The Netherlands.

The private education sector in and around Amsterdam features day and residential boarding schools, single sex and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and high schools.

Find Private International Schools In Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Or "International Schools And Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for International schools and private schools with a reputation for excellence in Amsterdam and in the suburbs of Amsterdam by using our International Schools Directory and International Schools Finder (powered by School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the International schools, private schools and colleges and High schools listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

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Top International Schools And Private Schools & Colleges In Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Some of the best International schools and private schools and colleges in Amsterdam, The Netherlands providing a top-tier, world-class day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:




Where To Live In Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The most popular suburbs in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the surrounding area include, with approximate population numbers:

>  Amsterdam (821,800)

Centrum West (86,800)

Nieuw-West (157,900)

Noord (91,300)

Oost (125,000)

Zuidoost (84,600)

Zuid (138,000)

De Pijp (22,100)




Amsterdam is a very popular place to live and many people move to Amsterdam each year, or to near Amsterdam and the surrounding area, from around Europe and the rest of the world.

Many of those moving to Amsterdam are seeking a more urban lifestyle, deciding to relocate to the Amsterdam for work and to enjoy the great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic bars, restaurants, sports and popular cultural events involving art and music available to families living in Amsterdam and the surrounding area.

Ten Things To Know About Amsterdam, The Netherlands

> FACT 1: Amsterdam has the world’s only floating flower market! The Bloemenmarkt dates back to when traders used to sell flowers off their barges whilst they travelled down the canal. Nowadays however, the market is safely moored on the banks of Muntplein and Koningsplein in the south of the city.

> FACT 2: For a fairly small capital city, Amsterdam features the most museums per capita in the world! The most famous one is of course the Van Gogh museum but make sure to pay a visit to The Stedelijk and Rijks museums too!

> FACT 3: The famous Dutch painter Rembrandt spent the majority of his life in Amsterdam and produced some of his most famous works there. Head to the Städel Museum if you’re keen to take a look at a Rembrandt up close.

> FACT 4: One of the best ways to get to know Amsterdam is through the canal network, you can be sure to see everything too as the canals can take you through 100km of the city!

> FACT 5: Heineken was born in Amsterdam! The famous beer company was founded in the city in 1864 and now produces over 200 million hectolitres per year.

> FACT 6: The Amsterdamse Bos, or Amsterdam Forest, is three times the size of New York's Central Park and is home to over 150 species of birds.

> FACT 7: Need a caffeine hit? Easily fixed in Amsterdam, as the city has over 160 coffee shops!

> FACT 8: The narrowness of the houses in Amsterdam is one of the most famous aspects of the city. However these designs were not originally for aesthetic purposes - in the 17th century locals were actually heavily taxed on the width of their property.

> FACT 9: Maybe this one isn't that surprising, but Amsterdam has over 2,500 houseboats! There is also a Houseboat Museum that makes for a lovely afternoon activity. .

> FACT 10: The smallest house in Europe is found in Amsterdam! Measuring only 2.02 metres, it’s perhaps not the best for large dinner parties…

Where To Live In Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, mansion or country estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central Amsterdam living to rural, The Netherlands or coast lifestyles, Amsterdam and the surrounding area is full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming estates, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods, friendly residential communities and countryside.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Jordaan Amsterdam, De Pijp Amsterdam, Oud-Zuid Amsterdam, Oud-West Amsterdam, Westerpark Amsterdam, Negen Straatjes Amsterdam, Indische Buurt Amsterdam, Watergraafsmeer Amsterdam, Spiegelkwartier Amsterdam, Spaarndammerbuurt Rivierenbuurt Amsterdam, Jodenbuurt Amsterdam, De Baarsjes Amsterdam, Binnenstad Amsterdam, Binnenstad Amsterdam, Grachtengordel Amsterdam, Buitenveldert Amsterdam, Zuidas Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Bos en Lommer Amsterdam, Amstelkwartier Amsterdam, Oud-Oost

Commuting To And From Amsterdam By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Amsterdam is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to Rotterdam and The Hague and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

>  Amsterdam To The Hague: Amsterdam is about 64 km by road from The Hague via the A4 and driving to the centre of The Hague from Amsterdam normally takes under 1 hour 15 minutes. There is a very regular train service to The Hague from Amsterdam, with trains taking from 50 minutes.

>  Amsterdam To Rotterdam: Amsterdam is about 78 km by road from Rotterdam via the A4 and driving to the centre of Rotterdam from Amsterdam normally takes under 1 hour 20 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Rotterdam from Amsterdam, with trains taking around 40 minutes.



Nearest Airports To Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The nearest airport to Amsterdam is Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) which is 11 km from Amsterdam. Other nearby airports include Rotterdam (RTM) (under 56 km), Eindhoven (EIN) (107 km), Brussels (BRU) (166 km) and Dusseldorf (DUS) (177 km)




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