Amsterdam Public Transport Tickets

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.

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?