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Why the Dutch wear orange

If you have ever watched the Dutch national soccer team play football anywhere in the world — or if you’ve been in Amsterdam during Holland’s annual King’s Day celebration (formerly Queen’s Day) — you may wonder why nearly all Dutch people dress in orange during such occasions.

After all, the colors of the official Dutch flag are red, white, and blue.

Updated ever so slightly to note why some Turks have taken to attacking oranges. Yes, oranges.

Amsterdam Light Festival 2016-2017

Amsterdam doesn’t do Christmas well. But it does have the annual Amsterdam Light Festival — a fantastic winter event that combines light, art and — of course — water.

Now in its fifth year, the Amsterdam Light Festival has quickly become a very popular attraction. Last winter it drew 850.000 visitors — 100.000 more than in the year before.

Advance ticket sales promise another record for the 2016-2017 version.

Amsterdam’s oldest house

Hidden behind a rather boring 19th century façade, Amsterdam’s oldest house dates back to 1485.

Until 2012, when the house was dated, another structure was believed to be the city’s oldest.

Here’s the story behind Warmoesstraat 90.

SAIL 2020

Held every five years, SAIL Amsterdam is the largest free public event in the world.

Come and see dozens of tall ships, marine ships, and a flotilla of hundreds of other maritime history vessels.

Spectacular panoramic views of Amsterdam

A temporary art installation in the form of a panorama deck atop the Old Church, in the center of Amsterdam’s Red Light District, provide fantastic views across the entire city.

Tickets are €10 per person, and you’ll have quite a climb ahead of you, but you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views and unique photos.

Fake Amsterdam

A row of ’17th century,’ gabled buildings along a square in the center of Amsterdam is not what it seems.

Here’s the story behind the façade — and why what happened here is important for the rest of Amsterdam.

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