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Where is Amsterdam?

Everyone has heard of it, but where is Amsterdam?

And is Amsterdam in Holland or in the Netherlands? Yes.

Plus: we’ll tell you why the Dutch government has ditched the ‘Holland’ moniker and rebranded the country as ‘Netherlands.’

Amsterdam Light Festival: Is it worth it?

The annual Amsterdam Light Festival is a winter event that combines light, art and — of course — water.

The organization promotes boat-, walking-, and bicycle tours along the 24 light art installations.

2023 marks the festival’s 12th edition.

But is it worth it? We show you visitor reviews, share our own opinion, and suggest some excellent alternatives that show the real lights of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Public Transport Guide and Tickets

Guide to public transport in Amsterdam.

There are many ticket options. Some include transfer between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the city.

For most tourists, 1-7 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.

Swimming in Amsterdam

Almost a quart of Amsterdam consists of water: rivers, lakes, canals, and so on. Small wonder that swimmers are well catered for.

Aside from indoor- and outdoor swimming pools, the city has many wild swimming spots. There are even some “urban beaches.”

Also: we’ll tell you whether and where you can swim in the canals of Amsterdam.