I normally just get between €300 to €500 at my bank before I go over to Europe because I find that its a better excange rate ( In my personal opinion ) While I'm over there however I just use my credit card or bank card so I don't have to worry about loose money.
also make sure your pin number is 4 digits (numbers) not letters
I usually take some Euros with me then just hit the ATM if I need more
as others mentioned be sure to notify your bank & CC company before you go
Ask your local bank or if you have a currency exchange place compare the rates before you buy
Just dont buy them at airports, notoriously bad rates.
If getting them in amsterdam Potts on Damrak usually offers best rates, but atm's are a good option - when using them, they may post a service charge so getting small amounts often costs much more than less frequent higher amounts.
ATM's. Look for signs for "Geldautomat".
Is Potts a bank or exchange bureau?
exchange bureau...but they have great rates compared to others.
I usually use a small Exhange business at entrance to the Dam Hotel at 32 Damrak between Marco Polo Pizza and the Blokker Store. They always seemed to have about the same rate(or lower) as Potts, and they don't charge a commission for cash. I purchased my Euros here in the States last year asking for mixed denominations, and wound up with a "wad" of twenties. That's ok for always having needed smaller bills, except I was paying in cash for a week at an apartment that I usually stay at. My pockets were bulging, and the savings did not seem worth it. This year I may bring $100 US bills and exchange them there.