News from Amsterdam, of interest to tourists, business travelers and expats.
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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.
Famous cannabis café The Grasshopper, which often was the first stop for Amsterdam tourists in search of marijuana, has lost its license to operate.
The coffeeshop is one of the first victims of Project 1012, designed to spruce up downtown Amsterdam.
On again, off again. Hi and Bye. That’s it! Done and dusted. In other words, the Marks & Spencer store in Kalverstraat was closed down as of October 15, 2017.
There are no other M&S stores in Amsterdam, or anywhere else in the Netherlands.
Queen Beatrix is abdicating in favor of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. That means this April will be the last Queen’s Day for a while. Starting next year we’ll be celebrating King’s Day instead.
What else will change? And with the inauguration taking place in Amsterdam, what will this year’s celebration look like?
Amsterdam News Briefs: Canal tour boats caught speeding. Also: the large-scale conversion of empty office building into hotels results in a surplus of hotel rooms.
Owners of pleasure craft will have to pay more inland harbor fees next year. And mobile surveillance cameras will be used to combat urban decay.
A possible solution for the tsunami of bicycles flooding Leidseplein, the center of Amsterdam’s entertainment district: above-canal parking structures.
It wouldn’t be the first such structure. The one at Central Station has become quite a tourist attraction.
The incoming Dutch government has ditched plans for a national “weed pass” that would have banned tourists from visiting coffeeshops.
Some regulations of the proposed pass will still be enforced, though.
Update: Yes, after January 1st tourists will still be able to visit coffeeshops in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam News Briefs: Lonely Planet recommends travelers to visit Amsterdam in 2013. Also: Survey shows expats loves Amsterdam.
And Damrak, the main street between Central Station and Dam Square, will be spruced up when the C&A building is transformed into a shopping center.
Tourists beware: Amsterdam is flooded with virtually worthless Thai coins that are passed off as 2 euro coins.
Here’s how to tell the two apart.
An explosion of a houseboat in the center of Amsterdam on Thursday severely injured a passer-by and caused windows of cars and houses up to 100 meters away to break.
The cause of the blast is not yet known.