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.

Van Gogh Museum – One of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions

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 2.1 million visitors in 2016 — a historical record. Note: that’s just 100.000 fewer guests than the nearby Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ most popular museum.

Learn how to avoid the busiests 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: ‘The Dutch in Paris — 1789-1914.’

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

Anne Frank House – one of Amsterdam’s top 3 museums

The Anne Frank House museum is one of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions.

A new ticket & entry system has significantly reduced the legendary ‘eternal’ queues . However, visiting the museum takes some planning.

We explain the ticket & entry system, alert you to the busiest times, and have a serious warning about where not to get tickets. Important: Due to renewal work, from Monday, October 16, 2017 through mid-January 2018, all visitors must purchase an online ticket (with a time slot) in advance.

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?

More importantly: which free tours company may you want to avoid?