A review of the theatre play ‘Anne’ about Anne Frank: ‘We find out Anne now has her period, that she finds out what it feels like to be kissed and that she hears that her girlfriends are murdered by the nazis, but there is no sign of the emotional transformation we would expect as a consequence.
The neighbourhood De Pijp Amsterdam, centered around the Albert Cuyp daily market, is bustling with people, bikes, terraces, restaurants and bars and has some stunning architecture from The Amsterdam School.
Beer from Amsterdam has a long history. Here are 10 facts about Dutch beer from Amsterdam.
1. In Amsterdam people drank beer like water […]
Just West of Central Station Amsterdam lay three peaceful islands. These ‘Western Islands’ are wonderful for a beautiful 1,5-hour walk.
Follow these directions to walk around in this beautful area. […]
Amsterdam and prostitution have been together since the 15th century. In the famous red light district in the old centre, women from all over the world sit behind windows, lit by red lights. The Amsterdam council wants to crack down on illegal prostitution and human trafficking for women working in the red light district and […]
Jenever is Holland’s national spirit since the 17th century. It is said Dutch people have the same amount of words for jenever, as the Eskimos have for snow. English speakers however will know the lovely spirit by the name of Dutch gin.
Want to know more? Here are 10 facts about Dutch jenever […]
Holland is famous all over the world for some of the weirdest facts. Not all of the crazy facts are true however.
Here are some of the myths about Amsterdam that are popular.
Find out if they are true or not in this list of Myths about Holland.
1. Prostitution is legal in Holland
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. […]
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.
Right behind busy Amsterdam shopping street of Kalverstraat lies an tranquil courtyard and the museum that tells the history of Amsterdam. From Amsterdam’s birth as a farmers and fishermen’s settlement along the banks of the river Amstel and the inner sea, to a fast growing European port, trading goods for Europe, to the rise of […]
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, […]
The origins of Chinatown go back to the year 1910, which makes the Amsterdam Chinatown the oldest Chinatown in Europe. The first Chinese arrived in The Netherlands around 1900. They worked as sailors, stokers in particular, on large Dutch steamships. Most of them came from poor areas, such as the South Chinese province of Quangdong, […]
Santa has arrived in Holland with his helpers the Black Petes and a boat full of presents to give to children. Santa in Holland is celebrated not for Christmas, but on December 5th. Bishop Saint Nicolas Nobody knows if Santa ever really existed. Fact is in the 8th century, people came up with the […]
Before heading off to the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum, here are 10 facts about the painter artist Vincent van Gogh. 1. Not from Amsterdam Van Gogh was born in the South of The Netherlands, near the Belgian border. 2. Not famous during his life Though Van Gogh is now considered on of the most […]
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 […]
Kings and Queens love Amsterdam but this is an unrequited love: Amsterdam is not so fond of its Royal family. A monarchy is undemocratic, expensive and useless and Amsterdam would be better of being a separate republic, so it is said. The first King of Holland (1806 – 1810) was Louis, Napoleon’s brother. He loved […]