Amsterdam is a city of water and there are many spots you can take a swim in natural water. In the North, the IJ-water behind Central Station is clean enough for a refreshing dive. Take a ferry to the North first and dive in.
The Amstel river is also good for a swim and around the artificial island or IJburg, a large suburb east of the city, there are several artificial beaches where you can swim. Otherwise, head to the recreational lakes of Sloterplas in the West or Gaasperplas in South-East. […]
On hot days it’s best to cool off with a real Dutch ice cream. Several Amsterdam ice cream shops have started making delicious ice creams. As a big producer of dairy products, it’s not strange that the Dutch make interesting ice creams. Most Amsterdam ice cream shops are only open during the summer months. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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. Death in One minute videos Opening on November 3, 2011 is the temporary […]
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 […]
Just East of Amsterdam Central Station, following the Oosterdokskade, there has been a lot of development. Interesting architecture include the Amsterdam Doubletree hotel, the new public library and the Amsterdam music conservatory and Science Museum Nemo. The walk takes only 45 minutes. Amsterdam Central Station Standing with your back toward Central Station, go left, towards […]
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 […]
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 […]