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 fifth year, the Amsterdam Light Festival has quickly become a very popular attraction. Last winter it drew 850.000 visitors — 100.000 more than in the year before.
Advance ticket sales promise another record for the 2016-2017 version.
The Night Watch is Rembrandt’s most popular painting. But its real name is different, and the scene painted actually took place during the day.
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.
Updated information: Buy ‘Skip the line’ tickets online; how to get to the museum; busiest days and times and more. Plus information about the collection and the current temporary exhibition.
Oh, and why did he actually cut off his ear? Or did he?
Public Transport to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. You can travel by train, bus, taxi, hotel-shuttle, and more.
Updated with information about Abel taxis.
Opening May 14, 2016, A’DAM Lookout is Amsterdam’s only publicly accessible observation deck.
You’ll have fantastic, 360° panoramic views of Amsterdam and surroundings.
Plug: are you brave enough to take a ride in Europe highest swingset?
Updated! Europe’s highest set of swings — right atop the A’DAM Lookout’s skydeck — will open on August 26.
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.
With over 1.2 million visitors, the Anne Frank House museum is one of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions.
A new ticket & entry system has now significantly reduced the legendary ‘eternal’ queues
Updated with information about the new ticket/entry system, busiest times, and where (not) to get tickets.
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.
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!
Whether you are here on a layover, a few days in between other places, or for an extended vacation, no visit to Amsterdam is complete without a canal tour.
Some say it is the best way to see the city. Others says it’s the best way to get from point A to point B.
Specialty tours are popular as well: dinner cruises, or tours with pizza, cheese and wine… whatever floats your boat.