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The City of Amsterdam has approved a new law that allows residents to rent out their privately-owned homes for limited periods of time.

The law, which creates a ‘private rental’ category, was written with Airbnb and similar services in mind. »

Amsterdam cannabis cafe The Grasshopper
Famous cannabis café The Grasshopper, which often was the first stop for Amsterdam tourists in search of marijuana, has lost its license to operate.

The coffeeshop is one of the first victims of Project 1012, designed to spruce up downtown Amsterdam. »

Amsterdam coffee shops (cannabis cafes)
As part of nationwide policy of discouraging drug use among underage youth, Amsterdam is closing 31 cannabis cafes (known as ‘coffeeshops’) that are located too close to high schools.

But Amsterdam remains the Coffeeshop Capital of the World.

Update, December 18, 2013:: 3 coffeeshops on the list will not have to close after all »

Houseboat, Prinsengracht, Amsterdam
A boat tour of Amsterdam’s canals is a sightseeing must — one that frequently tops the list of Holland’s most popular tourist attractions.

Picturesque? Sure. But there’s something in the water the tourist office doesn’t tell you about. »

Prinsengrachtconcert 2013 Amsterdam
Last Saturday saw the finale of the Prinsengrachtconcert (Concert at the Prinsengracht) — part of an annual series of concerts on and around Amsterdam’s canals.

The concert traditionally finishes with an ode to Amsterdam, a Dutch song called “Aan de Amsterdamse Grachten.” »

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Rent room Amsterdam
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. »

Amsterdam is the most livable city in the Netherlands — despite its high crime rate. (And tourists are partly to blame for the latter…) »

EventsGay and Lesbian:
Gay Pride Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s annual Gay Pride Canal Parade is the second most popular event in town, with 80 floats and over half a million spectators.

The popular parade is the highlight of a week-long of gay pride events. »

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 The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace at Amsterdam's Dam Square was once referred to by some as 'the world's eighth wonder.'

But as anyone who has seen the building knows, you'll have to go inside to understand why that was so.

 Visit an Amsterdam Cafe

The Dutch use cafés and their outdoor terraces like an extension of their living room. They’re comfortable places where you can relax, shoot the breeze, read, write, or do nothing at all.

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 Amsterdam Tourist Information

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A handy guide to basic information about Amsterdam, including:


Amsterdam, Oude Kerk
April weather in Amsterdam is a study in contrasts. Sunny and warm one day; rainy and stormy the next.

There will be days with summer-like temperatures and days that remind you of fall. »
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 Dam Square

Palace on Dam Square
Dam Square (or, as locals say, 'De Dam') is the Amsterdam's best-known square. It is a handy central location from which to explore the medieval city centre.
Dam Square, Amsterdam

Here's what to see, what to avoid, and where to get something to eat and drink.

Plus: Was this the spot where Amsterdam got its name?

 10 Top Museums

Amsterdam Museums
If you only have time to visit a few of Amsterdam's 40+ museums, here are ten top suggestions:

 Public Transport

Amsterdam public transport
Amsterdam has an extensive, reliable public transport system that includes buses, trams (trolleys), metro (underground), and ferries.

 Cafés and Pubs

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April 5, 2014
Ordering a beer is simple enough, of course, but knowing the Dutch lingo for doing so can certainly help foreigners get exactly what they want. »