It’s never too early to start planning for King’s Day in Amsterdam: it’s the world’s largest street party.
Previously known as Queen’s Day, 2018 will mark the fifth 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: Friday, April 27, 2018.
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’?
Traveling from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol — or from Central Station — to the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) is easy.
Seafaring cruise ships arrive on the banks of the river IJ, just a 10-minute walk from the train station.
Public Transport to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. You can travel by train, bus, taxi, Uber, hotel-shuttle, 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.
If the freezing temperatures predicted for this coming week persist, with any luck we’ll be able to ice skate on the canals of Amsterdam. The last time that happened was in February 2012.
The City of Amsterdam maintains an Ice Protocol that details the various steps the Water Authority should take in order to make ice skating possible.
Updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2018: The Ice Protocol has gone into effect!
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 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.
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 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 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.