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Prinsengrachtconcert 2013 Amsterdam
Last Saturday saw the finale of the Prinsengrachtconcert (Concert at the Prinsengracht) — part of an annual series of concerts on and around Amsterdam’s canals.

The 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. »

A court has ruled that the city of Amsterdam is within its right in closing a number of cannabis cafes in the center of town.

The closures are part of a project to upgrade Amsterdam’s medieval center. »

Crime and Safety:
Pint-sized pickpockets, bold muggers, and even bolder fake policemen. When in Amsterdam, as anywhere, beware of thieves.

And we’ll show you why you should also beware of the Scam City television show. »

EventsThings To Do:
King's Day
King’s Day in Amsterdam: it’s the world’s largest street party.

Until Queen Beatrix abdicated in favor or her son this birthday party, celebrated throughout the Netherlands, was known as Queen’s Day. 2015 will mark the second King’s Day, in honor of King Willem-Alexander. »

Hotel sign
The City of Amsterdam has approved a new law that allows residents to rent out their privately-owned homes for limited periods of time.

The law, which creates a ‘private rental’ category, was written with Airbnb and similar services in mind. »

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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.

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 Amsterdam Tourist Information

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A handy guide to basic information about Amsterdam, including:


Amsterdam Oude Schans in November
The weather in Amsterdam during the month of November is best characterized by word ‘turbulent.’

The Dutch often refer to November as wind- or dolmaand — windy or crazy month. »
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 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. »