Wifi access

Want to find free WiFi in a strange country but you are afraid of excessive roaming costs? Amsterdam has warm-heartedly welcomed Fon into its wireless community. In the last month the density of Fon internet hotspots in Amsterdam has doubled. Ever had a iphone, blackberry of laptop that you wanted to use abroad to find […]

City beaches

Rustique beach pavillion Blijburg at IJburg, Amsterdam city

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 […]

Amsterdam Royal Palace


After a short break in May and June 2011, the Royal Palace on Dam square ‘Paleis op de Dam’ in Amsterdam is now open again for visitors. The palace had been hidden behind scaffolding for quite some time while the façade was given a good cleaning and restoration.From July till September 18, 2011 the Amsterdam […]

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Amsterdam squats

Squat Vrankrijk in Spuistraat

Riots in Amsterdam this week, as the police evicted several squatted buildings in the centre of the city. Squatting in Holland used to be legal for years until 2011, when a new law banned the Amsterdam squats.   History of squatting in Amsterdam Squatting in the Netherlands became big in the 80s, when a serious […]

Beaches near Amsterdam

Amsterdam beach

Going to a beach when you are visiting Amsterdam, makes for a great day out. Zandvoort beach is a beach resort near Amsterdam that can easily reached by train. One of the best beaches near Amsterdam is Wijk aan Zee, a paradise for surfers and kitesurfers. If you are looking for the best beach party […]



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 […]

Artis Zoo


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 […]

Raw herring

How to eat raw herring

In Amsterdam, fish stands sell raw herring (‘haring’), a soused raw fish with a strong taste. Dutch raw herring is hugely popular in Amsterdam. In Holland, people have been eating raw herring for over 600 years. For foreigners it might be a bit strange to eat a raw fish that has nothing to do with […]

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 […]

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New Amsterdam metro

Construction site Central Station

Tourists may find the inner city of Amsterdam in a state of total chaos, due to the massive public works that have been taking place there for some years. All the work is necessary however to complete one huge project: the construction of a new metro line (underground, subway): the Noord Zuid Lijn. Tunnelling underneath […]

Apps for Amsterdam

Apps for Amsterdam, a competition for apps about the city of Amsterdam, resulted in no more than 48 new applications for smart phones, web and facebook. The so called ‘open data’ these apps use, come from the Amsterdam city council, who started the initiative. Many of these apps are especially useful for visitors. Here’s a […]

Amsterdam smart shops

Smart shop Amsterdam

The booming days of smart shops in Amsterdam have long gone. Ever since the Dutch government banned the selling of dried magic mushrooms (in 2008) and fresh magic mushrooms (in 2009) by law, many Amsterdam smart shops had to close and focus on online sales. This means magic mushrooms are not for sale any longer, […]

Songs about Amsterdam

John & Yoko at the Amsterdam Hilton

10 Songs about Amsterdam Amsterdam has inspired some of the greatest musicians, writers and artists, so good songs are plentiful about this charming town of canals and coffee shops.     Here are 10 songs about the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam.   1. Amsterdam by Peter Bjorn and John Swedish indie band Peter Bjorn […]

Dutch ice cream

Ice cream in Amsterdam

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.    […]


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