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Top 10 Tourist Traps


Amsterdam is a lovely city to visit. But just like any other famous city, you gotta be wary of those tourist traps: streets you should avoid, museums you shouldn’t visit, places you shouldn’t go.

Here is a Top 10 list of Amsterdam Tourist Traps:

Bridges in Amsterdam

Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) on the Amsterl river, one of Amsterdam's bridges. The Skinny Bridge is a tradtional Dutch double draw bridge, opening on both sides.

Amsterdam is the city of canals and the city of bridges. From old bridges to modern bridges in Amsterdam, here are 10 facts about Amsterdam bridges. [..]

Street photographer Ed van der Elsken

Ed van der Elsken photography

Until 16 September 2014 the Amsterdam City Archives put on display the work of famous Amsterdam street photographer Ed van der Elsken. His photos of Amsterdam in the fifties and sixties capture a moment in a very special time… […]

Amsterdam Canal Houses

Canal house amsterdam

In 2013 Amsterdam celebrates the 400 year anniversary of the Amsterdam canal rings.

Many canal house museums show the beautifully original and restored 17th, 18th and 19th century interiors of the mansions along the Amsterdam canals.

In 2013 there are special exhibitions dedicated to the beautiful interiors of these mansions along the water, giving an deeper insight in the life of an Amsterdam merchant family. […]

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festiva

Since 2012, the city of Amsterdam organises the Amsterdam Light Festival. For 40 days, when daylight has gone, beautiful sculptures, projections and installation illuminate the city. […]

The mystery of the sculptures


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 […]

Jewish Quarter

Amsterdam Synagoge

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

Side trip to Marken

Side trip to Marken

A wonderful idea for a side trip outside Amsterdam is to visit some quiet fishermen’s villages, like the former islands of Marken, Volendam and windmill village Zaanse Schans. Tours and excursions leave from Amsterdam every day. Get out of the city and enjoy the famous Dutch ‘polder’ landscape just north of Amsterdam, famously known for […]


Greenhouse cafe Noorderlicht

The former NDSM Amsterdam ship wharf is a stunning hangout. Just 10 minutes by free ferry and a large area is there to explore. Restaurants, bars, terraces, skatepark, new and old architecture, all with the amazing view on the IJ-waters.  Many of the old buildings that were in use for the making of large ships […]

East architecture walk


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 […]

Amsterdamse Beurs

Beurs van Berlage

One of the most remarkable buildings between Central Station and Dam square is the Beurs van Berlage, the old stock market of Amsterdam. The Amsterdam traders house was designed in 1903 by Berlage, one of Holland’s first and most important modern architects. The Amsterdamse Beurs is definitely a nice place to visit in Amsterdam. Amsterdam […]


Public toilet 'Krul' on Brouwersgracht Amsterdam

Finding a public toilet in Amsterdam is not an easy task. If you think popping into a bar or restaurant to ask polity if you may use the restroom is the answer, think again. Many bars just say no or charge you up to €1 to take a simple piss. Pee in the wild Many […]

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 […]

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 […]

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