It’s the end of May, but we’re already having a stretch of summer-like weather. Fortunately there are plenty of places to swim in Amsterdam — from official swimming pools and nature areas to wild swimming holes.
Plus: a look at the legality (and dangers) of swimming in the canals, rivers and channels. Updated!
Public transport in Amsterdam requires the use of an OV-Chipcard — a paper or plastic credit card-size ticket with en embedded memory chip designed to be read by ticket readers on board public transport vehicles.
For most tourists, day- or multiple day tickets are the best deal. They entitle you to unlimited travel through Amsterdam – day and night – by tram, bus and metro. Ferries across the river IJ are always free.
Update: prices + information about cashless buses. Also: Buy your Public Transport Day- or Multiple Day Passes online right here.
Amsterdam Central Station is the hub of city. It faces the center of town, and all the top attractions are within easy reach by public transport — bus, tram, and metro. Some sights are actually within walking distance
The taxi rank is at the back of the station. Upstairs — on the same level as the train tracks — is a bus terminal that provides fantastic panoramic views of the river IJ. The blue and white ferries you see there will ferry you across the river for free.
Housing in Amsterdam is at a premium, so students and interns tend to have a hard time finding a room. We list several services and advertisers that list rooms for rent.
We also give tips on how to avoid scams.
Also: is your room legal or illegal? Are you allowed to register?
Plus: What to do if you are being charged too much rent. Updated!
Amsterdam is a walkable city. It’s small enough to easily walk to many of its tourist sights and attractions. While most visitors explore the city on their own, many book a Free Amsterdam Walking Tour.
But are those tours really free? If so, what’s the catch?
In the U.S., FOX News is considered by many to be a prime distributor of fertilizer. Thus when a couple of talking heads on one of its shows referred to Amsterdam as a ‘cesspool,’ a graduate of Amsterdam’s Film Academy posted a video reply to YouTube.
Now that Bill O’Reilly has finally been forced out, here’s a look back at some of his countless lies.
It’s never too early to start planning for King’s Day in Amsterdam: it’s the world’s largest street party.
Previously known as Queen’s Day, 2018 will mark the fifth King’s Day, in honor of King Willem-Alexander.
It’s actually a nationwide party, but Amsterdam definitely is the place to be.
The date: Friday, April 27, 2018.
If you have ever watched the Dutch national soccer team play football anywhere in the world — or if you’ve been in Amsterdam during Holland’s annual King’s Day celebration (formerly Queen’s Day) — you may wonder why nearly all Dutch people dress in orange during such occasions.
After all, the colors of the official Dutch flag are red, white, and blue.
Updated ever so slightly to note why some Turks have taken to attacking oranges. Yes, oranges.
Pint-sized pickpockets, bold muggers, and even bolder fake policemen. When in Amsterdam, as anywhere, beware of thieves.
Eack year thousands of tourists and locals fall victim to pickpockets and other thieves.
We show you how not to lose your money to thieves.
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive at DutchAmsterdam is this one: Where is Amsterdam?
We’re glad you asked.