Iconic ‘I amsterdam’ letters removed

‘I amsterdam’ long was Amsterdam’s hugely popular marketing slogan. The set of giant letters — located at the back of the Rijksmuseum, and a stone’s throw from the Van Gogh museum — is among the most photographed of Amsterdam’s icons.

But now both the letters and the marketing campaign are history. Victims of their own success, as Amsterdam suffers under an onslaught of over-tourism.

The sign will be removed at the beginning of December.

Anne Frank House – one of Amsterdam’s top 3 museums

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 easily topped 2+ hours.

Also: after two years of remodeling work the Anne Frank House has been renewed. See what’s new, and why you may want to re-visit.

Amsterdam Light Festival 2018-2019

The annual Amsterdam Light Festival is a winter event that combines light, art and — of course — water.

The organization promotes boat-, walking-, and bicycle tours along the 30 art installations.

Now in its seventh year, the previous two editions drew 900.000 visitors each.

However, the festival leaves us (among others) underwhelmed.

We suggest an excellent alternative.

The Night Watch by Rembrandt is not actually called The Night Watch

Quick: What is the official name of Rembrandt’s most famous painting, The Night Watch? And what does the painting depict?

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam sees 2.2 million visitors a day — and most of them want to see The Night Watch.

Now that is has been determined that the enormous canvas has to be restored, what’s the museum to do? Well, do the restoration work in full view of the public, of course. Details inside…

Westertoren

On August 10, 1943, Anne Frank — hiding in the Achterhuis — wrote, “We’ve all been a little confused this past week, because our dearly beloved Westertoren bells have been carted off to be melted down for the war, so we have no idea of the exact time, either night or day…” So, whatever happened to the bells of the Westertoren?

How to find and rent a room in Amsterdam

Housing in Amsterdam is at a premium, so students and interns (as well as locals) 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.