Category: Things To Do
Celebrating King’s Day? Amsterdam puts on the world’s largest street party.
Previously known as Queen’s Day, 2019 will mark the sixth 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: Saturday, April 27, 2019.
Each year 5.5 million Amsterdam visitors take a canal cruise, making a boat tour of the canals the city’s most popular tourist attraction.
No visit to Amsterdam — also known as ‘Venice of the North’ — is complete without taking to the water, hands down the best way to see the city.
In fact, many people take more than one cruise: a daytime tour is a good introduction. A romantic candlelight cruise at night creates another lasting impression.
And then there are the many specialty tours: dinner cruises, cheese and wine tastings, combination boat tour and museum entrance… whatever floats your boat.
The Netherlands has been enjoying excellent summer weather — albeit with an ongoing drought as well. It looks like we’re in for a heatwave this week — and the warm weather is expected to continue for several weeks.
Want to cool off in the water?There are plenty of places to swim in Amsterdam — from official swimming pools and nature areas to wild swimming holes.
Plus: a look at the legality (and dangers) of swimming in the canals, rivers and channels.
Caution: blue-green algae has been found in some open water swimming spots. Check the Amsterdam Swimming Water Quality Map.
The Floating Dutchman was billed as the ‘most splashing way to see Amsterdam.’ But the concept, launched in 2011, fizzled.
Now the company, which operates in Rotterdam under the name Splashtours, is ready to try again. Starting next year, its amphibious bus — bright yellow this time — will sail the waters of the River IJ.
Amsterdam is a walkable city. It’s small enough to easily walk to many of its tourist sights and attractions. While most visitors explore the city on their own, many book a Free Amsterdam Walking Tour.
But are those tours really free? If so, what’s the catch?
More importantly: which free tours company may you want to avoid?
Amsterdam is a freewheeling city, but — contrary to popular opinion — not everything goes. And even some things that are perfectly legal are best avoided. Here is our list of tips.
A’DAM Lookout is Amsterdam’s only publicly accessible observation deck.
It provides spectacular, 360° panoramic views of Amsterdam and surroundings.
Plus: are you brave enough to take a ride in Europe highest swingset? You’ll swing right over the edge, 20 stories above the ground!
Amsterdam is the most bicycle-friendly city in the world, says American travel agency Virgin Vacations. In its listing of “11 Most Bicycle Friendly Cities in the World,” Amsterdam ranks number one.
Small wonder. Amsterdam truly is bike heaven.
Founded in 1838, Artis is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands.
Guidebooks rightly refer to it one of the most pleasant city zoos around, as the whole place breathes a 19th-century garden atmosphere with winding paths, majestic trees, fascinating sculptures and monumental historical buildings.
The Vondelpark in Amsterdam is Holland’s most famous and most popular park. Among the rules for this busy park: no nude sunbathing. But you won’t believe what is allowed….