Van Gogh Museum – One of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world.

It is one of Amsterdam’s most popular museums, attracting 2.1 million visitors in 2016 — a historical record. Note: that’s just 100.000 fewer guests than the nearby Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ most popular museum.

Learn how to avoid the busiests days and times, where to buy Skip-the-line tickets, and how to get there.

Also: details about the collection, along with information about the current temporary exhibition: Prints in Paris 1900: From Elite to the Street.

Update in the Van Gogh news section: Stolen 14 years ago, the paintings Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen and View of the Sea at Scheveningen are once again on display at the Van Gogh Museum.

Amsterdam Public Transport Tickets

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.

How many people drown in Amsterdam’s canals?

One quarter of Amsterdam — ‘the Venice of the North — consists of water, including 100 kilometers (60 miles) of canals.

So it is not surprising that the city sees a number of drowning incidents each year.

What may come as a surprise, though, is the reason many of these victims end up in the water.

Updated to include the latest statistics.

Why the Dutch wear orange

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.

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