In 2013 Amsterdam celebrates the 400 year anniversary of the Amsterdam canal rings.
Many canal house museums show the beautifully original and restored 17th, 18th and 19th century interiors of the mansions along the Amsterdam canals.
In 2013 there are special exhibitions dedicated to the beautiful interiors of these mansions along the water, giving an deeper insight in the life of an Amsterdam merchant family. [...]
From September 15 2012 until May 13, 2013, the Amsterdam Beurs van Berlage shows (almost) all Vincent van Gogh’s work in one exhibition, in chronological order. [...]
Since 1989, mysterious statues have appeared in Amsterdam. No one knows the maker, no one knows when they were placed there, they just seem to appear out of nowhere. Who can be its maker? Running man with violin case The statue of a running man holding a violin case was the first statue by [...]
Amsterdam is the city of canals (gracht in Dutch) and the city of bridges (brug in Dutch). From old bridges to modern bridges in Amsterdam, here are 10 facts about Amsterdam bridges 1. Venice is the Amsterdam of the South Amsterdam has the largest number of bridges in the world! Amsterdam counts some [...]
The area of Westergasfabriek, a complex of 19th century buildings was a once gas plant, then a venue for house raves in the 90′s and now it’s one of the biggest cultural venues of Amsterdam. At Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek Amsterdam you’ll find an artist workshops, theatres, music festivals, house parties, many outside terraces, a coffee bar, [...]
Club Roest (‘rust’ in Dutch) Amsterdam is a new bar and city beach on Oostenburg, one of three so called Eastern Islands that held industrial shipyards, steamboat harbours and steam engine factories more than a century ago. Roest captures the industrial feel of the former function. Its large outside terrace with laid back atmosphere, the [...]
The neighbourhood just east of the centre, near Waterlooplein is called Plantage or the Amsterdam Jewish Quarter (Jodenbuurt). Jewish immigrants lived here from the 16th century onwards. Only 28.000 Amsterdam Jews out of 120.000 survived the Second World War. The few buildings they left behind: the Portuguese Synagogue, the Holland Theatre and the Jewish Museum, [...]
Just West of Central Station Amsterdam lay three peaceful islands. These ‘Western Islands’ are wonderful for a beautiful 1,5-hour walk. Starting at the Westerdok, a completely reconstructed docklands area where you find the latest in architectural fashion we walk west via the remarkable ‘Silodam’, an old industrial complex, transformed into apartment buildings, to the islands [...]
The national Maritime Museum, or in Dutch Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam has been reopened in 2011 after a closure of 4 years to renovate the building and the exhibition. The maritime museum has been best known for its big old paintings: pictures of cracking wooden ships, rolling on endless waves, while dark, stormy clouds hang above, [...]
The NDSM wharf in Amsterdam North is a stunning hangout. Just 10 minutes by free ferry and a large area is there to explore. Restaurants, bars, terraces, skatepark, new and old architecture, all with the amazing view on the IJ-waters. Many of the old buildings that were in use for the making of large ships [...]
Charming as it may be to live on or rent a houseboat in the Amsterdam canal, it is certainly not cheap. In the old days living on a houseboat meant you were poor. Nowadays Amsterdam houseboats are extremely popular and only for the happy few with money. Two kinds of Amsterdam houseboats Houseboats in Amsterdam [...]
Just East of Amsterdam Central Station, following the Oosterdokskade, there has been a lot of development. Interesting architecture include the Amsterdam Doubletree hotel, the new public library and the Amsterdam music conservatory and Science Museum Nemo. The walk takes only 45 minutes. Amsterdam Central Station Standing with your back toward Central Station, go left, towards [...]