History Museum

Courtyard of Amsterdam Museum

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 […]


10 Things to do in Autumn

Dutch oliebol street stand

In October and November, the leaves fall and Amsterdam changes colours. The brightness of summer makes way for the warm and cosy reds and browns. What to do in Amsterdam for your autumn holiday to Amsterdam? Here are 10 things to do in Amsterdam in autumn.   1. Drink Herfstbok Bokbier, Bock or Bock Beer […]


Dutch elections 2012

verkiezingen 2012

Dutch elections 2012 are on September 12, 2012. Here are 10 things you need to know about Dutch elections.   1. Dutch elections concern the seats in the House of Representative National elections in The Netherlands means Dutch people will choose a candidate to sit in the House of Representatives of the States-General (in Dutch […]


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Daytrip Kröller-Müller

Kröller-Müller Museum Netherlands

The Kröller-Müller Museum holds the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world. The museum is located in the midst of the quiet woodland forest of Dutch national Park Hoge Veluwe. The museum makes for a great day trip visit from Amsterdam. From Amsterdam it takes 2 hours by train and bus to get […]


Tolhuistuin

Tolhuistuin

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 […]


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, […]


Salsa dance parties

Summer Breeze salsa party

Salsa is very popular in Amsterdam. Not only is there a large Latin-American community in Amsterdam, but the Dutch also love taking their salsa classes (there are many salsa dance schools) and for the people from old Dutch colony of Surinam, the moves just seem to come naturally. Salsa parties in Amsterdam are always attended […]


Cocktail bars

Cocktail bar Lime

Cocktail bars in Amsterdam have gotten better these last few years. Still, cocktail making does not come naturally to the Dutch. Old style Dutch bars can make you a rum and coke, but that’s where it usually ends. So where to for good cocktail bar in Amsterdam?   Here are 10 decent cocktail bars in […]


Open air cinema

Pluk de nacht, open air cinema in Amsterdam

The 2014 Amsterdam outdoor cinema season has started.

Open air film screens are ever more popular in Amsterdam, more and more cafés and organisation offer wide screen films in the streets, squares, parks and city beaches of Amsterdam […]


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Amsterdam Jewish Quarter

Amsterdam Synagoge

In 1700 there were 10.000 Jews living in Amsterdam, the biggest Jewish community of Western-Europe. Many arrived from wealthy Spain and Portugal in Amsterdam and brought important trade contracts, thereby boosting the Amsterdam economy of the Golden Age.


Orange football craze

Orange craze Euro 2012

It’s that time again: crazy hats, funny accessories and orange t-shirts appear in the street of Amsterdam. Holland is getting ready for the orange football craze that accompanies the European Football Championship 2012. 10 facts you need to know when you are visiting Amsterdam during these crazy times.   1. Orange fever In Holland we […]


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 […]


Excursions in Nature

summer in amsterdam 2013

Amsterdam in summer can be very busy.

Here are 5 ideas for an Amsterdam excursion in nature:

1. Boat excursion in Amsterdam Forest
The Amsterdam Forest (Amsterdamse Bos) lies just south of the city, only a short bike ride or tram ride away. During an Amsterdam summer, the forest is a wonderful area to bike or hike through. The forest has many recreational lakes to swim, canoe, fish and row. […]


Amsterdam Chinatown

Amsterdam Chinatown streetsign

The origins of Amsterdam Chinatown go back to the year 1910, which makes the Amsterdam Chinatown the oldest Chinatown of 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 […]


Fast Food Febo

FEBO Amsterdam

Dutch fast food chain Febo sells fast food in a unique way: it keeps its products warm in small compartments of a vending machine. All you do is put coins into the automat and open the door to your tasty snack. No waiting in line, no waiting until your order is ready, Febo is the […]


Finding a flat in Amsterdam

Finding a flat in Amsterdam is not the easiest thing. Most houses in Amsterdam (some 50%, 200.000 Amsterdam apartments) are social rentals. As a newly arrived foreigner it’s difficult, if not impossible to make your way into this social system. Here is a list of 6 different ways to finding a flat in Amsterdam. We […]


Amsterdam in winter

Prinsengracht Amsterdam

On a holiday to Amsterdam in winter, it’s important to find activities in Amsterdam that can warm you.

Here are some ideas what to do in Amsterdam in winter: [..]


Dutch women

Arie Boomsma is the favourite of Dutch women

Dutch women find Dutch guys dull, so as a foreigner you might stand a good chance to start dating one of these tall, independent women. Though you have to careful, because like their male counterparts, Dutch women just as easily bond with a man without ever becoming his lover. Relations between men and women in […]


Tattoo Museum

tattoo museum amsterdam

Hanky Panky, the King of Amsterdam Tattoos has made his dream come true. He has opened his very own Tattoo Museum in Amsterdam. Tattoo-king Henk Schiffmacher (59), a well known tattoo artist (‘Hanky Panky’) and Dutch celebrity collected all things related to tattoos over a period over 40 years. Many photographs are on display of […]


How to do Amsterdam cheap

Chicken Sateh

Amsterdam on a budget? Is it possible? In summer, it is easy. You stay at a cheap camping where you can take the ingredients that you bought in the supermarket and get a pick-nick or even barbecue started in Vondelpark. Print out the list of free things to do in Amsterdam, that you so easily […]


Taxis in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Taxi

Taking a taxi in Amsterdam is expensive and it’s polluting. Take the tram, get on the bike, walk. In Amsterdam, everything is near, so taking a taxi is really not a good idea. Here’s why.   1. Amsterdam taxis are the worst of Europe In a German research comparing the quality of taxi service in […]


Maritime Museum

maritime musem in amsterdam

The national Maritime Museum, or in Dutch Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam has been reopened in 2011 after a closure of 4 years to renovate the building and the exhibition. The maritime museum has been best known for its big old paintings: pictures of cracking wooden ships, rolling on endless waves, while dark, stormy clouds hang above, […]


Santa in Holland

Sinterklaas

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 […]


Bikes in Amsterdam

The so called 'bike flat' at Central Station

After the shortage of parking spaces for cars, there now seems to be a problem with finding a place to park your bike. Part of the problem are what are called orphan bikes: bikes left to waste, abandoned by their owners. To tackle this problem, unused bikes are regularly taken off the streets (after a […]


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