Swimming in Amsterdam

It’s the end of May, but we’re already having a stretch of summer-like weather. Fortunately there are plenty of places to swim in Amsterdam — from official swimming pools and nature areas to wild swimming holes.

Plus: a look at the legality (and dangers) of swimming in the canals, rivers and channels. Updated!

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. Also: Buy your Public Transport Day- or Multiple Day Passes online right here.

Amsterdam Central Station

Amsterdam Central Station is the hub of city. It faces the center of town, and all the top attractions are within easy reach by public transport — bus, tram, and metro. Some sights are actually within walking distance

The taxi rank is at the back of the station. Upstairs — on the same level as the train tracks — is a bus terminal that provides fantastic panoramic views of the river IJ. The blue and white ferries you see there will ferry you across the river for free.

Free Amsterdam Walking Tour

Amsterdam is a walkable city. It’s small enough to easily walk to many of its tourist sights and attractions. While most visitors explore the city on their own, many book a Free Amsterdam Walking Tour.

But are those tours really free? If so, what’s the catch?

Amsterdam a ‘cesspool’? Bill O’Reilly exposed as a liar

In the U.S., FOX News is considered by many to be a prime distributor of fertilizer. Thus when a couple of talking heads on one of its shows referred to Amsterdam as a ‘cesspool,’ a graduate of Amsterdam’s Film Academy posted a video reply to YouTube.

Now that Bill O’Reilly has finally been forced out, here’s a look back at some of his countless lies.

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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