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If you have ever watched the Dutch national soccer team play football anywhere in the world — or if you’ve been in Amsterdam during Holland’s annual King’s Day celebration (formerly Queen’s Day) — you may wonder why nearly all Dutch people dress in orange during such occasions.
After all, the colors of the official Dutch flag are red, white, and blue.
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.
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.
Note that while swimming pools are open again, some COVID-19 restrictions are still in force.
Amsterdam is a coronavirus hotspot. So is the rest of the Netherlands.
But there is hope. The situation is such that the government is reopening society step by step.
These are the current COVID-19 coronavirus measures in Amsterdam.
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.
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.