Since 1989, mysterious statues have appeared in Amsterdam. No one knows the maker, no one knows when they were placed there, they just seem to appear out of nowhere. Who can be its maker? Running man with violin case The statue of a running man holding a violin case was the first statue by […]
Christmas in Amsterdam in 2012 will be very special. This year, the Amsterdam Light Festival takes place for the first time. The historical centre along the river Amstel as well as the IJ-water behind Central Station will be illuminated by art installations and hundreds of Christmas lights. You don’t want to miss the Christmas Canal […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
Cocktails is not a Dutch Thing. You can get a good cocktail in Amsterdam, but you have to know where to go. Here are 10 decent cocktail bars in Amsterdam (in random order) from cheap to very expensive. 1. Café Vesper Café Vesper, located at Haarlemmerstraat, within 20 minutes walk from Central Station is […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
Amsterdam is preparing its stages for this summer’s outdoor festivals 2012. Check out this list of all the summer music festivals around Amsterdam in 2012: house, techno, electro, reggae, dub step, minimal, tech house, trance, roots, soul, hip hop, rap, world, theatre, dance performances and delicious food festivals. More information about indoor music festivals, check […]
Amsterdam Queen’s day in 2013 will be a special Queen’s Day. On 30 April 2013, Queen Beatrix steps down as Queen of The Netherlands. The Amsterdam Queen’s Day parties are set to go as usual in 2013. […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
hroughout 2014 Amsterdam celebrates the bond between Amsterdam and jazz music.
Named Amsterdam World Jazz City , the Amsterdam canals, theatres, streets stores and churches will be stages of an extensive programme of live jazz as well as workshops and masterclasses.
Ever since the 1930s Amsterdam has welcomed jazz. The music was introduced by jazz musicians […]
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 […]