Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam’s most popular museum

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

With 2.26 million visitors in 2017, it is not only Amsterdam’s most popular museum — but also the most visited museum in the Netherlands.

We’ll show you how to avoid the busiest 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: Zeng Fanzhi | Van Gogh

By the way, do you know how the Dutch pronounce ‘Vincent van Gogh’?

How to find and rent a room in 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 details on how to avoid room rental scams. And did you know that certain types of properties come without renters’ protections (e.g. cancellation terms)?

Also: is your room legal or illegal? Are you allowed to register?

Plus: What to do if you are being charged too much rent.

The I amsterdam City Card – worth it!

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…

Customers overwhelmingly agree that the pass provides good value for the money.

New for 2018: the Rijksmuseum is included in the list of ‘Free Entrance’ museums.

Amsterdam Public Transport Tickets

Public transport in Amsterdam requires the use of an OV-Chipkaart (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: 2018 prices + information about cash-free buses and trams. Also: Buy your Public Transport Day- or Multiple Day Passes online right here.

Amsterdam Light Festival 2017-2018

Amsterdam doesn’t do Christmas well. But it does have the annual Amsterdam Light Festival — a fantastic winter event that combines light, art and — of course — water.

Now in its sixth year, the Amsterdam Light Festival has become a very popular attraction. Last winter it drew 900.000 visitors — 50.000 more than in the year before.

Advance ticket sales promise another record for the 2017-2018 edition.

Amsterdam: City of Bikes

Amsterdam is the City of Bikes — the Bicycle Capital of the World. Tourists marvel at the number of bikes they see, and the way people use them.

Bicycles have in fact become one of Amsterdam’s tourist attractions. There is at least one bike for every one of the 837,000 Amsterdammers.

Currently, 68% of traffic to and from work or school is by bike, and bikes account for 36 percent of all traffic movements in Amsterdam.

Begijnhof – Amsterdam Beguinage

Founded sometime in the 14th century for the Beguines, members of a lay Catholic sisterhood, the Begijnhof is one of Amsterdam’s oldest inner courtyards — and one of the city’s best known landmarks.

Even taking into account the effects of mass tourism, the Begijnhof remains for the most part a haven of peace and tranquility in the busy center of medieval Amsterdam.

Amsterdam court bans beer-bikes

Effective immediately, beer bikes — Moron Movers, as many locals refer to them — have been banned from the center of Amsterdam.

After years of legal wrangling, a court has issued a verdict acknowledging that the City’s restrictions are legal.