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BlogEastern Islands:
Kattenburg, Amsterdam
A row of ’17th century,’ gabled buildings along a square in the center of Amsterdam is not what it seems.

Here’s the story behind the façade — and why what happened here is important for the rest of Amsterdam. »

MuseumsWestern Canal BeltWhat to See:
Anne Frank
With over 1.2 million visitors, the Anne Frank House museum is one of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions.

This updated entry details how you can skip the legendary ‘eternal’ queues so that you do not have to spend your precious vacation time waiting in a l-o-n-g line. »

Under certain conditions it is legal for citizens of Amsterdam to rent out their privately-owned homes via Airbnb and similiar services.

Starting February 2015, Airbnb will start collecting tourist tax on behalf of the city. »

Bicycle theft is a fact of life in Amsterdam. Here’s what Amsterdammers do to try and prevent their bikes from getting stolen.

Plus: what to do when your bicycle does go missing. (It may have been removed by the police…) »

Prinsengrachtconcert 2013 Amsterdam
The yearly Prinsengracht concert traditionally finishes with an ode to Amsterdam, a Dutch song called “Aan de Amsterdamse Grachten.” »

BlogCoffee Houses:
Al Ponte coffee, Amsterdam
Amsterdam is blessed with many great specialty coffee houses, but few garner such consistent praise as Al Ponte.

This real Italian coffee kiosk (owned and staffed by Italians) also serves fantastic, freshly made sandwiches.

Bonus: gorgeous, panoramic views of the river IJ. »

Scam City presented Conor Woodman scammed Amsterdam
The National Geographic Channel admits that its Scam City TV series uses actors paid to stage crimes.

Presenter Conor Woodman is in on the act, but he remains belligerent about it. The City of Amsterdam did not take the broadcast lying down. »

Banking / Currency ExchangeVisitors Guide:
Money Change Amsterdam
We’ll show you the best places in Amsterdam to exchange your pounds, dollars, and other foreign money into euros.

Also: currency changing pitfalls to avoid. »

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 The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace at Amsterdam's Dam Square was once referred to by some as 'the world's eighth wonder.'

But as anyone who has seen the building knows, you'll have to go inside to understand why that was so.

 Visit an Amsterdam Cafe

The Dutch use cafés and their outdoor terraces like an extension of their living room. They’re comfortable places where you can relax, shoot the breeze, read, write, or do nothing at all.

bullet how to visit an Amsterdam café

 Dam Square

Palace on Dam Square
Dam Square (or, as locals say, 'De Dam') is the Amsterdam's best-known square. It is a handy central location from which to explore the medieval city centre.
Dam Square, Amsterdam

Here's what to see, what to avoid, and where to get something to eat and drink.

Plus: Was this the spot where Amsterdam got its name?

 10 Top Museums

Amsterdam Museums
If you only have time to visit a few of Amsterdam's 40+ museums, here are ten top suggestions:

 Public Transport

Amsterdam public transport
Amsterdam has an extensive, reliable public transport system that includes buses, trams (trolleys), metro (underground), and ferries.

 Cafés and Pubs

Amsterdam restaurant
April 5, 2014
Ordering a beer is simple enough, of course, but knowing the Dutch lingo for doing so can certainly help foreigners get exactly what they want. »

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