10 Things you didn’t know about Anne Frank

Anne Frank on You Tube

Most people who visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam know the basic info of Anne Frank: Anne Frank was a Jewish girl, born in Germany, who ran from Nazi-Germany in the 1930s with her family. She came to Amsterdam. When the Second World War began and the Nazis occupied the Netherlands she and her […]

Dutch men

Chantal Janzen

Everybody who has ever lived in the Netherlands or has dated Dutch men, seems to have an opinion about Dutch men. On websites, forum and blogs, complaints about the boys from Holland are running wild: They lack necessary skills in flirting, let their agendas rule their (love)lives and are so enthusiastic about feminism, a girl […]

Car parking in Amsterdam

Parkingsign in Amsterdam

The safest way to park your car on a visit to Amsterdam, is to park at an Amsterdam Park and Ride. There are 7 P&R Amsterdam. The P&R are all located on the outskirts of the city. Amsterdam park and ride costs €8 per 24 hours. You park there for a maximum of 96 hours. […]

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Prices in Amsterdam

Lunchmenu 2013

What’s up with the prices in Amsterdam? A beer on a nice terrace will cost no more than €3, but the price of a glass of wine is at least €5. And having dinner with a bottle of wine in that same place will set you back some €40 per person. Here’s a list of […]

Amsterdam Gay Capital

Banner on gay festival Amsterdam

Amsterdam desires to become Gay Capital of the World again. Celebrating its 10th anniversary of same-sex marriage in Holland in April 2011, Amsterdam takes the opportunity to promote Gay Life in the city. Amsterdam invests €1,2 million to promote Amsterdam as Gay Capital. Same-sex marriage Famous for its liberal and tolerant views on different religions […]

Gouda cheese

Gouda cheese

Gouda cheese from Holland is probably the most famous Dutch cheese. The name refers to a round (wheel like) orange/yellowish cheese. However, gouda cheese doesn’t  necessarily have to be a Dutch cheese, made of milk from Dutch cows. In fact, most Gouda cheese in your local supermarket was not made in Holland. Anyone can make […]

Stedelijk Museum closed for renovation

Construction of Stedelijk Museum

What’s up with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam? Wondering what to see in Amsterdam? Well, don’t go to the Stedelijk museum. There is only a small section open to see. For 7 years, the Stedelijk Museum, the museum of modern art in Amsterdam, has been closed for renovation. This was supposed to be 3 years. I […]

Extravagant movie theatre

Rainy day? Go see a movie in the most extravagant Amsterdam movie theatre of Tuschinski, located near Rembrandtplein. The theatre was built by Jewish-polish businessman Abraham Tuschinski in 1921. The design is a mix of three styles: Amsterdamse School, Art Deco and Jugendstil. Mainly the lobby and Hall 1 are spectacular.   Ambitions of jewish-polish […]

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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Red light district

Prostitution in Amsterdam

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 […]


Coffee shop Amsterdam

In 2011, the Dutch government has been talking about installing a weed pass system in Amsterdam coffee shops. Only residents can obtain this special pass, so only residents have access to a coffee shop in Amsterdam.  The new rule would ban foreigners from entering a coffee shop to buy hashish or cannabis in coffee shops […]


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