Liberation Festival

Dutch Memorial Day

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 […]

Vondelpark Festival

Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival

The Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival takes places from June 5 to September 11 in 2016. Every weekend Dutch established and upcoming artists perform on the stage.


Greenhouse cafe Noorderlicht

The former NDSM Amsterdam ship wharf is a stunning hangout. Just 10 minutes by free ferry and a large area is there to explore.



A lush and secluded garden just across the IJ water, a 3-minute ferry ride hosts a series of intimate ambiance mini-festivals during summer. The garden of Tolhuistuin is an easy to reach spot for a laid back crowd to hang out, chill, drink, eat and try out some dancing moves. Tolhuistuin consists of five buildings […]

10 things to do in Summer

Amsterdam Festival De Parade

Travelling to Amsterdam in summer 2015? The days and nights are filled with festivals for food, music, art, dance, theater and films. Here’s a list of 10 things to do in summer in Amsterdam […]

SAIL 2015

Sail amsterdam Java Island

From 19 to 23 August, SAIL Amsterdam 2015 takes place. Tall ships, historic Dutch vessels and replicas, naval and modern ships for all over the world sail into the city of Amsterdam and moor for 5 days for the event SAIL Amsterdam. […]

Amsterdam folk festival

Traditional Dutch music

Always wondered what traditional Dutch music sounds like? Many of the traditional music from Holland comes from the Amsterdam Jordaan quarter. In the 20th century the Jordaan was an impoverished neighbourhood. Here, the working class lived with large families in small houses, while unemployment and social unrest soared. At night, in the local cafés, the […]

Gay parade

Amsterdam Canal Pride

The Amsterdam Gay Pride bursts out in August in Amsterdam every year and lasts for 9 days of gay partying. Culmination is of course the typical Amsterdam version of the famous gay parade. Instead of wagons, the extrovert gay community will put itself on display on boats that sail through the Amsterdam canals, while the […]



When temperatures rise in Amsterdam, the Vondelpark is the place to be. Located in the centre of the city, the entrance directly behind Leidseplein, the greens of the Vondelpark have turned into an paradise for travellers and local students. Dragging along fridges loaded with alcoholic beverages, stereo speakers and barbecues, the crowd have a genuine […]

Open garden days

Garden in Amsterdam

Hidden behind typical Amsterdam canals and façades exist the most beautiful inner court yards and gardens. Only once a year, these gardens open their doors for visitors. In 2013 the Amsterdam Open Garden Days are on 14, 15, 16 of June 2013. During this weekend, 30 canal houses are open and their gardens can be […]

Queen’s Day in Amsterdam

Queens Day in Amsterdam

When is Queens Day? Queen’s Day is celebrated every year on 30 April. It’s a national holiday, celebrating the birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands. The night before 30 april, is a night of celebration as well, with many stages and people on the streets. This so called Queens Night is most famous in […]

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