Despite having the highest crime rate in the Netherlands, the Safe Cities Index ranks Amsterdam 6th worldwide and in first place in Europe.
Last year Amsterdam saw a reduction in most types of common crimes. Even pick pocketing is down.
Without a doubt, the Dutch street food most frowned upon by tourists, expats, and immigrants, is herring. Squeamish tourists often assume the fish is eating raw, but that is not the case.
Herring is the Netherland’s national snack: If you’ve never tasted fresh herring you don’t know what you’re missing.
You’ll have plenty of opportunity to eat this Amsterdam street food delicacy. Hollandse Nieuwe — ‘New Herring’ — season starte on June 13. They are especially tasty this year!
This travel and visitors guide to Amsterdam, Holland, (“Dutch Amsterdam”) is prepared by a couple of Amsterdam locals – not by paid professionals, tourist office officials, or any other agency.
We love Amsterdam — a world-class city in pocket format — and truly enjoy sharing our knowledge about it with others.
Inside you’ll find facts, vibe, and serendipity.
Comprehensive, up-to-date information about public transport to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. You can travel by train, bus, taxi, Uber, hotel-shuttle, private transfer, and more.
Includes cruise ship terminal transfer information.
Note: It remains necessary to alert travelers regarding rogue taxi services. Don’t fall for their tricks.
The Anne Frank House is the third most popular museum in Amsterdam — after the van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
The popularity of the small museum has made it necessary to introduce a new , online tickets only system, complete with timed entry slots.
While it can be quite a challenge to secure tickets online, there are benefits as well. Earlier, waiting times in the line to the box office could easily top 2 hours.
We’ve got a Google map of Amsterdam with links to various tourist sights, museums, and other attractions.
You can also download an Amsterdam map — either to print, to share, or to use as a PDF.
Also handy: book your hotel by location.
Plus: find out what Amsterdam’s street names mean.
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.
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: Van Gogh & Japan
By the way, do you know how the Dutch pronounce ‘Vincent van Gogh’?
Spring 2018: No ticket sales at the door. Entry with pre-booked tickets only!
Built on 13,659 wooden piles, Amsterdam’s Royal Palace on Dam Square — which started life as the city’s Town Hall — was once described as the world’s Eight Wonder.
Though the palace is at the disposal of the Royal House, most of days of the year it is open to visitors.
King’s Day in Amsterdam is the world’s largest street party.
Previously known as Queen’s Day, 2019 will mark the sixth 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: Saturday, April 27, 2019.