A’DAM Lookout — Amsterdam Observation Deck

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.

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.

Anne Frank House

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.

Amsterdam’s oldest house

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.

Tour the Canals of Amsterdam

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.

Coffeeshops and Coffeehouses

Upon their return home from Amsterdam many tourists recount colorful stories of how they ‘accidentally’ visited a coffeeshop (just like they ‘innocently stumbled into’ the infamous Red Light District).

If you don’t want to make the same mistake – or conversely, if you do – pay attention.

Westertoren

The Westerkerk is Amsterdam’s — and indeed Holland’s — most famous church. At its completion, in 1631, it was the largest Protestant church in the world.

Crooners have written countless songs about the Westerkerk and its tower. Anne Frank and her family described hearing its bells from their hiding place. The painter Rembrandt van Rijn is buried in the church.

One of the city’s most photographed monuments.

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.

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