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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 2021 Hollandse Nieuwe — ‘New Herring’ — season starts on June 16. Hollandse Nieuwe is sold until September 30. But herring is enjoyed all year long.
For the second year in a row Keukenhof remains closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
However, you can visit the park online…
On King’s Day Amsterdam puts on the world’s largest street party. But in 2020 the party moved indoors: the King’s Day Coronavirus Lockdown Edition.
King’s Day 2021 also fell victim to the coronavirus measures. As the Netherlands is battling a third wave, all large scale public events were cancelled until at least May 5.
Previously known as Queen’s Day, 2022 will mark the ninth edition of King’s Day in honor of King Willem-Alexander.
It’s actually a nationwide party, but Amsterdam definitely is the place to be — but just not this year.
Amsterdam is a coronavirus hotspot. So is the rest of the Netherlands.
In addition to the basic coronavirus measures, a nationwide lockdown is in effect.
The thaw has set in, and whatever ice remains on the canals of Amsterdam is now unsafe.
Most likely the ice skates won’t come out of storage again this year.
Amsterdam has surprisingly few live webcam streams.
We show you the most popular ones.
For your viewing pleasure we also included a webcam showing windmills at the nearby Zaanse Schans.
The Van Gogh Museum is open. It adheres to current COVID-19 guidelines, and can safely be visited. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Current special exhibition: Van Gogh’s greatest letters. Rarely displayed due to their fragility.
Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world.
It is the 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
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.
Once a year, on the third Saturday in January, Amsterdam’s cobblestoned Dam Square transforms into a giant field of tulips.
National Tulip Day 2021 — the 10th anniversary edition — was planned to take place on Saturday, January 16.
However, due to COVID-19, the event has been cancelled.
The Anne Frank House is the third most popular museum in Amsterdam — after the van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
Tickets are sold online only, for a specific date and time slot.
This is a must-see museum for anyone visiting Amsterdam. We provide you with practical information to help you plan your visit.
Ordering a beer is simple enough, of course, but knowing the Amsterdam lingo for doing so can ensures you get exactly what you want.
What will it be: Pilsje? Vaasje? Biertje?