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10 tips for travellers to Amsterdam

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On short city trip to Amsterdam, you don’t want to waste you precious time. You don’t want to stand in line for 3 hours to visit the Van Gogh Museum. You want to see your favoriet artist is playing in Paradiso, even when the tickets were sold out months ago. You need a quick way to […]


East architecture walk

Oosterdok

See interesting new and old architecture on this short 45-minute architecture Amsterdam tour from Central Station Amsterdam to Nieuwmarkt.


Dutch ice cream

Dutc ice cream

Yes. Dutch ice cream exists. Actually, Holland, as a big time producer of dairy products has a long history as an ice cream making country. […]


Flevopark

Nieuwe Diep Distillery

Enjoy a walk around Flevopark, located on the eastern boundaries of Amsterdam, a green area along a large lake, connected to the IJ. Sit down and relax at the quiet terrace of distillery ‘t Nieuwe Diep, a former pumping station and try one of their self brewed gin (Jenever), liquor or vodka. Construction of Flevopark […]


Side trip The Hague

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The Dutch city of The Hague lies about an hour from Amsterdam and is a great city for an Amsterdam side trip. From Amsterdam Central Station to The Hague it takes takes 50 minutes by train. While Amsterdam is the city of republicans and commerce, The Hague is the city of royalty and aristocracy.


Hortus Botanicus

Amsterdam botanical garden

The Amsterdam botanical garden, Hortus Botanicus, is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Enjoy live jazz music on their lovely outdoor terrace, go see the giant water lily and step in the tropical green house […]


Outdoor swimming

Swimming in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city of water and there are many spots to go outdoor swimming in Amsterdam. In the North, the IJ-water behind Central Station is clean enough for a refreshing dive. […]


Roest club and beach

Amsterdam bar and beach Roest

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 […]


Westergasfabriek

Amsterdam Westergasfabriek

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, […]


Tropical museum

Tropenmuseum Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Tropical Museum is one of the largest museums of The Netherlands, dedicated to tropical cultures around the world. The museum was built in 1926, starting with a collection of photographs and objects from the (now former) Dutch colonies, mostly Indonesia. Innovative activities Permanent exhibitions at the Amsterdam Tropenmuseum include traditions from Africa, Latin […]


Flea market

The 'IJveer', the ferry that takes you across the IJ-water from behind Central Station.

If you like cheap second hand clothes and vintage, pay a visit to the largest flea market of Amsterdam. The flea market is held at the IJ-hallen, a part of the former shipwharf NDSM across the IJ-water in the North of Amsterdam. A ferry will take you there in a 15-minute fun ride. Vintage shoes […]


City beaches

Amsterdam city beach

If the beaches at the North Sea are too far for you, check out these city beaches in Amsterdam. Urban beaches are perfect for a quick get away from the crowded city life to enjoy the Amsterdam sun at its best: in your bikini (or even topless!). Dip your feet in cool waters while sipping […]


Artis Zoo

Elephant

A small babyboom has been taking place at Artis, the Amsterdam Zoo. This spring the old zoo has seen the birth of Mumba, a baby elephant, two Californian sealions, Bembosi the gorilla, a giraffe and gazelle and even a cute little lion. All baby animals are doing well. You can look at videos of all […]


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On 4 and 5 May The Netherlands remembers WWII and celebrates freedom buff.ly/1r0ZJ1g pic.twitter.com/f5iS…

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