Visiting Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum this summer? You're in luck. The museum has an extra, temporary exhibition that takes an in-depth look at Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers.'

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26 coffeeshops in downtown Amsterdam must close their doors

Coffeeshops Amsterdam According to the Municipality of Amsterdam the large number of coffeeshops in the center of town create an infrastructure that encourages criminality. The City refers to such establishments as ‘crimogene‘ — a term used to describe functions that encourage ‘promotion or advancement of — or susceptibility to — criminality.’

The closures are part of the Coalition Project 1012, designed to spruce up downtown Amsterdam by — among other things — breaking the influence of organized crime.

Cafe ‘t Gasthuys

Cafe Gasthuys in Amsterdam ‘t Gasthuys — one of Amsterdam’s typical ‘brown cafés’ — has a reputation for serving good food at decent prices. This is certainly one of our favorite hangouts, especially during the summer when its canal-side terrace is open for business.

We’ll place the café in its historical context, so you’ll know why, for instance, the alley next to it is called ‘prayer without end.’

In 2010, will there be no more coffeeshops in the Netherlands?

coffeeshops amsterdam A Dutch criminologist predicts that two years from now, all coffeeshops in the Netherlands will have closed.

The coffeeshops — establishments where cannabis and other soft drugs can be legally bought and used — are under fire for various reasons, ranging from the nuisance created by tens of thousands of drug tourists, to ties to criminal organizations.

The mayors of some municipalities are closing the coffeeshops, while those of others towns — Amsterdam included — speak out in support of the current approach.

Marijuana Is In, Tobacco Is Out Under Netherlands’ Smoking Ban

Local pot smokers, who usually cut joints with tobacco, and owners of the “coffee shops” where they are allowed to light up will have to change their habits when the nation implements the indoor tobacco ban. Puffing a pure marijuana cigarette in public will still be permitted; smoking one with tobacco will merit coffee shop owners a 300-euro ($466) fine for the first offense and 2,400 euros for a fourth.