There is no age limit to visit Amsterdam’s Red Light District, which after all is a residential neighborhood. However, there are legal minimum age limits for prostitutes and their clients
Plus: while prostitution is a legal profession in the Netherlands, human trafficking also takes place. There is a hotline where you can report crime anonymously.
Amsterdam again ranks fourth place on the index of the most dynamic cities in Europe as reported by Savills IM.
Amsterdam is ranked as the 50th most expensive city in the world for expats according to Mercer’s 2018 Cost of Living Survey. The significant jump over last year’s position is due to the high cost of rental properties, as well as the strong position of the euro against the dollar.
We’re enjoying excellent, sunny end-of-June weather right now, and it looks like the warm weather will continue at least through the first few days of July. Want to cool off in the water?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.
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 provide details about the collection, along with information about the current temporary exhibition: Van Gogh Dreams
And you’ll find our how the Dutch pronounce ‘Vincent van Gogh’.
2018: No ticket sales at the door. You can only visit the museum after buying timed-entry tickets online. We show you how and where.
The Floating Dutchman was billed as the ‘most splashing way to see Amsterdam.’ But the concept, launched in 2011, fizzled.
Now the company, which operates in Rotterdam under the name Splashtours, is ready to try again. Starting next year, its amphibious bus — bright yellow this time — will sail the waters of the River IJ.
Without a doubt, the Dutch street food most frowned upon by tourists, expats, and immigrants, is herring. Squeamish tourists often assume the fish is eating raw, but that is not the case.
Herring is the Netherland’s national snack: If you’ve never tasted fresh herring you don’t know what you’re missing.
You’ll have plenty of opportunity to eat this Amsterdam street food delicacy. Hollandse Nieuwe — ‘New Herring’ — season starte on June 13. They are especially tasty this year!
This travel and visitors guide to Amsterdam, Holland, (“Dutch Amsterdam”) is prepared by a couple of Amsterdam locals – not by paid professionals, tourist office officials, or any other agency.
We love Amsterdam — a world-class city in pocket format — and truly enjoy sharing our knowledge about it with others.
Inside you’ll find facts, vibe, and serendipity.
Comprehensive, up-to-date information about public transport to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. You can travel by train, bus, taxi, Uber, hotel-shuttle, private transfer, 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.
The Anne Frank House is the third most popular museum in Amsterdam — after the van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
The popularity of the small museum has made it necessary to introduce a new , online tickets only system, complete with timed entry slots.
While it can be quite a challenge to secure tickets online, there are benefits as well. Earlier, waiting times in the line to the box office could easily top 2 hours.
We’ve got a Google map of Amsterdam with links to various tourist sights, museums, and other attractions.
You can also download an Amsterdam map — either to print, to share, or to use as a PDF.
Also handy: book your hotel by location.
Plus: find out what Amsterdam’s street names mean.