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DutchAmsterdam — We’re the Locals, Amsterdam Experts

This travel and visitors guide to Amsterdam, Netherlands (Holland, if you insist), is a website hand-written and operated by a handful of Amsterdam locals – not by paid professionals, tourist office officials, or any other agency. 1

We do not accept grants or sponsorships. We also do not publish sponsored guest articles. We’re independent — just like Amsterdam itself.

People who have used this website in planning their visit, or whom we have met and guided around in person, do refer to us as “The Amsterdam Experts”.

Fact is, we love this city and enjoy sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm with others.

Amsterdam is truly the world’s most unique city — a thriving, world-class metropolis in pocket format.

Amsterdam’s iconic ‘belt of canals‘ as seen from the air.

DutchAmsterdam’s Publishers

Anton and Janet Hein, the DutchAmsterdam publishers, live and work in Amsterdam.

Anton was born on a houseboat in the center of Amsterdam, right across from the iconic Westertoren, and what later became the Anne Frank House museum.

Having lived in nearly every district since then, he knows the city like his own back pocket.

Janet was born in England and raised in Ireland before moving to Amsterdam 41 years ago. Even to date she brings an expat’s perspective to the DutchAmsterdam website.

A handful of friends help us with fact checking and updates to various articles, as well as with social media goodness. They’re Amsterdam locals as well, including expats from the USA, Iran, Turkey, Spain, England, and Ireland.

Amsterdam Is Joined at the Hip With Serendipity

We could easily fill this page with tourist-brochure prose describing what Amsterdam is all about. But Amsterdam is best experienced in person, and experience shows that the best way to enjoy this city is to simply wander around, browsing and sampling all that it has to offer.

There is so much to see, do, taste and otherwise enjoy around every corner that you’ll soon find yourself adopting Amsterdam’s laid-back attitude.

Here’s what travel expert Rick Steves has to say about Amsterdam. Check out his guide to Amsterdam and The Netherlands

Most first-time tourists try and plan their trip to the minute — only to find out once they are here that Amsterdam is joined at the hip with serendipity. This is a city where you discover and enjoy things by happy chance.

That’s what we do as well: while we’ve got our favorite spots and hangouts, we often get off the proverbial ‘beaten track’ to find new surprises all the time.

That’s the same way we approach this web site. You’ll find that using DutchAmsterdam is much like wandering through Amsterdam itself: you’ll enjoy the sights, discover unique shops, decide to sample the food and drink at a local cafe or two, and happen upon lots of other things to see and do.

Awesome Amsterdam Timelapse by Albert Dros, who makes Amsterdam his home. Here’s lots of background information about the making of this video.

Basic, No-Nonsense Information About Amsterdam

At the same time, our aim is to provide basic, no-nonsense information about Amsterdam. Quick facts you can use in planning your visit. Like so:

In writing and publishing this web site we rely on our own experience as well as the input of friends, family members and acquaintances. We also love to hear from you.

Amsterdam Is People

Oh, here’s something else we’d like you to know: Amsterdam is all about people. All kinds of people, from all manner of backgrounds — with a wide variety of skin colors, beliefs, hopes and dreams. Rich, poor, and everything in-between.

Did you know that Amsterdam is home to people of 180 nationalities?

Regardless of what you normally pack when traveling, when you visit Amsterdam the one thing you cannot do without is an open mind.

As locals, we’re proud of our city. And we’re proud of all the people who make it Amsterdam ‘Amsterdam’:

Amsterdam was built on stilts, but it leans on people. Part of an employee recruitment campaign for the Municipality of Amsterdam

Why ‘Dutch Amsterdam’?

No big story, really. When we started to look for a suitable domain name the plain ‘Amsterdam-dot-something’ sites were already taken — some of them by people who wanted to sell them for more money than we’ve ever even seen.

So we looked for alternatives, and since a number of cities are called ‘Amsterdam’ (mostly in the U.S.), we thought it would be a good idea to show that this site is about the only original Amsterdam — the Dutch one: Dutch Amsterdam — or DutchAmsterdam, if you will.

The DutchAmsterdam Team — The Amsterdam Experts

And yes, you can contact us.

DutchAmsterdam Company Information

DutchAmsterdam is located in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
We do not have a visiting address, since our offices are located in a private residence.

However, you can contact us by email via a Google Form, or by mail.

We are registered with the Kamer van Koophandel (Chamber of Commerce): 62798995.

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  1. We do, of course, get paid for our work. DutchAmsterdam is registered as a business with the Kamer van Koophandel (Chamber of Commerce). But nobody tells and/or pays us to write what we write. Opinions expressed, and facts shared, are not influenced by advertisers, affiliate programs, or any other person or entity.
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