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 […]


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. 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 […]

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 […]

Amsterdam music festivals

Amsterdam music festivals 2013

Planning your holidays for this summer? Take this list of out door music festivals in and around Amsterdam for the summer of 2011 into account. Don’t forget to buy those tickets in advance as some festivals sell out fast. This page is regularly updated. Check out the Amsterdam music Festivals 2012 May 2011 May 8 […]

Liberation Festival

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 […]

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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