Celebrating King’s Day? Amsterdam puts on the world’s largest street party.
Previously known as Queen’s Day, 2020 will mark the seventh King’s Day, in honor of King Willem-Alexander.
It’s actually a nationwide party, but Amsterdam definitely is the place to be.
The date: Monday, April 27, 2020.
Public transport in Amsterdam requires the use of an OV-Chipkaart (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.
Update: 2019 prices. And note: all buses, trams and metros are cash-free. Buy your Public Transport Day- or Multiple Day Passes online right here.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the premier art museum in the Netherlands. In 2018 it was the most visited museum in the country.
The Rijksmuseum is devoted to several national collections — and consists of Dutch art from the earliest moments to the 19th century. One of its most popular paintings is The Night Watch, by Rembrandt.
You may need a travel converter and an international plug adapter kit to make use of your electronic equipment while traveling in Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands.
Here’s what the bring.
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 Coat of Arms of the city of Amsterdam is somewhat of an enigma: not much is known about its origins or its precise meaning.
However, we do know that the three X’s don’t stand for anything untoward.
Also: we’ll tell you why a vexillologist really likes the Amsterdam City Flag
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…
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive at DutchAmsterdam is this one: Where is Amsterdam?
We’re glad you asked.
The saying goes that you can ‘eat in any language’ in Amsterdam. There are restaurants with food from all over the world. Small wonder. Amsterdam is home to people from more than 170 different people groups, and it looks like they each brought their own cuisine.
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?