On 4 and 5 May, the Netherlands commemorates the end of the Second World War. In May 1945 Canadian forces ended a 5 year occupation of the Netherlands by Hitler Germany. The liberation of Holland is celebrated on two occasions. May 4 May 4 is Dutch National Remembrance Day (Nationale Dodenherdenking). On this day, the […]
Is Amsterdam safe to travel? Yes, Amsterdam is a safe city to visit. In the Safe City Index 2015 Amsterdam takes the 5th position in the list of safest cities in the world (2015). Though you can buy marihuana freely in coffee shops, smart drugs in smart shops and prostitution is legal, Amsterdam is not a dangerous […]
There are more bikes than people in Amsterdam, about 880.00. In Holland, traditionally, the bicycle is used as a means of transportation. It’s an easy way to get around as there are no hills or mountains in The Netherlands and the climate is mild, so biking in Amsterdamcan be done in summer and winter. Many people […]
Zaanse Schans consists of a row of old but still functioning windmills and green painted houses and barns along a river in the Dutch countryside. The historic village is free to visit and easy to reach. A day trip to Zaanse schans from Amsterdam is only about 40 minutes away by train or bus. A day trip […]
A good way to prepare yourself for a holiday to Amsterdam, is to see a film. Thanks to internet, you have the chance to watch some Dutch films, films about Amsterdam or movies set in Amsterdam.
Dutch films are famous for exposing a lot of nude. A minimum of explicit sex scenes are a must. […]
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 […]
The Netherlands is a very small country and so there are not many famous Dutch people whose fame has made it across the borders of the little frog country. […]
Finding a flat in Amsterdam is not the easiest thing. Most houses in Amsterdam (some 50%, 200.000 Amsterdam apartments) are social rentals. As a newly arrived foreigner it’s difficult, if not impossible to make your way into this social system. Here is a list of 6 different ways to finding a flat in Amsterdam. We […]
Many people visiting Amsterdam are surprised to see there are not many homeless people in the streets.
Here are 10 most asked question about homeless people in Amsterdam. […]
This week a friend from India asked me about the history of African slaves in Amsterdam. His question took me by surprise. Apart from the monument against slavery at Oosterpark, there are almost no specific places in Amsterdam that remind us of the mass amount of African slaves taken to the Americas to work on […]
Beer from Amsterdam has a long history. Here are 10 facts about Dutch beer from Amsterdam. […]
Expressions in Dutch reflect the Dutch ‘qualities’ of sobriety. The best way to understand Dutch culture is by learning some of its favourite proverbs.
Here are 10 well known Dutch expressions.
Bezoek en vis blijven 3 dagen fris – Visitors and fish stay fresh for 3 days. Hospitality is not really a famous Dutch trait. […]
Eikel, lul, klootzak, muts, doos, kuttekop, kutwijf […]
Dutch fast food chain Febo sells fast food in a unique way: it keeps its products warm in small compartments of a vending machine.[…]
There is a lot of things to do in Amsterdam for Christmas. There are Christmas markets with locally produced food and non-food products, you can go ice skating and try some of the seasonal Dutch treats. Just walk around and be amazed by the spectacular artworks in the Amsterdam streets and canals of Amsterdam Light Festival […]
The brightness of summer makes way for the warm and cosy reds and browns. What to do in Amsterdam during an autumn holiday to Amsterdam?