MMSys will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. There are lots of things to do and see in Amsterdam. One of the nicest things to do in town is to simply walk around and spend some money in various cafes and pastry shops.
All of this beauty does not come cheap: Amsterdam, like most other European capitals, has become a pretty expensive place to visit. If it is any consolation, it is an even more expensive place to actually live in!
There are many guide books to Amsterdam, but one of the best sources of information on the city can be found in Steven Pemberton’s excellent guide of the city.
In general, Amsterdam is a safe place with only selective violent crime. There are many pickpockets, however, and there seems to be a trend towards stealing laptops on the train from the airport (instead of car radios along the canals). Take normal precautions, and you’ll be fine.
Nearly everyone in the city thinks they speak English, and most think that they speak better English than you do — especially if you are from North America. If you simply let them believe that they are right (oops, correct), then you’ll enjoy your stay here.
For an updated list of events while you are in town, see the site of the local Amsterdam events office.