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Amsterdam Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partial Lockdown Rules

The Netherlands entered into a four-week partial lockdown starting at 10 pm on October 14. 2020.

Too many people were no longer observing the basic anti-corona rules. As a result, the number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands has been steadily on the rise.

The partial lockdown is ‘a hammer blow’ meant to flatten the curve.

Amsterdam street food delicacy: Herring

Without a doubt, the Dutch street food most frowned upon by tourists, expats, and immigrants, is herring. Squeamish tourists often assume the fish is eaten raw, but that is not the case.

Herring is the Netherland’s national snack: If you’ve never tasted fresh herring you don’t know what you’re missing.

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to eat this Amsterdam street food delicacy. The 2020 Hollandse Nieuwe — ‘New Herring’ — season started in June. Hollandse Nieuwe is sold until September 30. But herring is enjoyed all year long.

Van Gogh Museum — Plan Your Visit

The Van Gogh Museum reopened on June 1, 2020. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the museum’s official website.

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world.

It is second most-visited museum not just in Amsterdam — but in the entire country of the Netherlands.

Our extensive Van Gogh Museum guide includes details about the collection, along with information about the current temporary exhibition: In The Picture.

NOTE: No ticket sales at the door. You can only visit the museum after buying timed-entry tickets online. We show you how and where.

Swimming in Amsterdam

Hot weather this week (and the next)

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.

Amsterdam Public Transport Guide and Tickets

Coronavirus protocol: Starting June 1, 2020, all passengers aged 13 and over must wear a mask while boarding, during the trip, and while deboarding.

Guide to public transport in Amsterdam.

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.

Note: all buses, trams and metros are cash-free. Buy your Public Transport Day- or Multiple Day Passes online right here.