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 1.9 million visitors in 2015.
Over the past three years 51 people have drowned in the canals of Amsterdam. Only one of those casualties occurred as the result of a crime.
But what about the rumor that most drowning victims were drunks who were trying to pee into a canal?
Amsterdam is Europe’s eight most popular city destination for international tourists.
It also ranks in 27th place on a listing of the world’s leading cities in terms of international tourist arrivals.
The organization behind the index does not that places such as Venice, Barcelona, Berlin, and Amsterdam, are suffering from excessive tourism.
The I amsterdam City Card provides lots of free and discounted goodies.
See Amsterdam museums for free, use public transport for free, get a free canal cruise…
Here’s what you should know to evaluate whether or not the card is for you.
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.
Updated with more information. For instance, is your room legal or illegal? Are you allowed to register?
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the Netherland’s premier art museum. It is devoted to several national collections — and consists of Dutch art from the earliest moments to the 19th century.
Bicycle theft is a fact of life in Amsterdam. Here’s what Amsterdammers do to try and prevent their bikes from getting stolen.
Plus: what to do when your bicycle does go missing. Hint: It may have been removed by City enforcers.
Updated: Fees raised.
The Westerkerk is Amsterdam’s — and indeed Holland’s — most famous church. At its completion, in 1631, it was the largest Protestant church in the world.
Crooners have written countless songs about the Westerkerk and its tower. Anne Frank and her family described hearing its bells from their hiding place. The painter Rembrandt van Rijn is buried in the church.
One of the city’s most photographed monuments.
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
The Coat of Arms of the city of Amsterdam is somewhat of an enigma: not much is known about its origins or its precise meaning.
However, we do know that the three X’s don’t stand for anything untoward.
Held every five years, SAIL Amsterdam is the largest free public event in the world.
Come and see dozens of tall ships, marine ships, and a flotilla of hundreds of other maritime history vessels.
A temporary art installation in the form of a panorama deck atop the Old Church, in the center of Amsterdam’s Red Light District, provide fantastic views across the entire city.
Tickets are €10 per person, and you’ll have quite a climb ahead of you, but you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views and unique photos.
The river IJ is the lifeblood of Amsterdam. It allowed traders to grow a small settlement in the delta of the river Amstel into a world-renowned trading city that brought about Holland’s Golden Age.
Today the river connects the Port of Amsterdam — and the North Sea beyond — with the rest of the continent.
Over the past few decades shipyards and other industrial business have closed or moved further west, giving way to a countless exciting developments and projects along the banks of the river.
Free ferries, parks, cultural hot spots, harbor cruises, and a constant parade of ships — from dinghies and sail yachts to cargo vessels and cruise ships — make the IJ a must-see attraction in Amsterdam.
Hidden behind a rather boring 19th century façade, Amsterdam’s oldest house dates back to 1485.
Until 2012, when the house was dated, another structure was believed to be the city’s oldest.
Here’s the story behind Warmoesstraat 90.