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 20 light art installations.
The 2020-2021 edition will mark the festival’s 9th year.
However, the festival leaves us (among others) underwhelmed.
We suggest an excellent alternative.
Amsterdam’s annual Gay Pride Canal Parade is the second most popular event in town, with 80 floats and over half a million spectators. The popular parade is the highlight of a week-long of gay pride events.
2019 marks the 24th edition.
Amsterdam is a safe city for women of all ages traveling alone or together, but normal safety precautions do apply.
Each year 5.5 million Amsterdam visitors take a canal cruise, making a boat tour of the canals the city’s most popular tourist attraction.
No visit to Amsterdam — also known as ‘Venice of the North’ — is complete without taking to the water, hands down the best way to see the city.
In fact, many people take more than one cruise: a daytime tour is a good introduction. A romantic candlelight cruise at night creates another lasting impression.
And then there are the many specialty tours: dinner cruises, cheese and wine tastings, combination boat tour and museum entrance… whatever floats your boat.
Update: The brief return that didn’t happen
‘I amsterdam’ long was Amsterdam’s hugely popular marketing slogan. The set of giant letters — located at the back of the Rijksmuseum, and a stone’s throw from the Van Gogh museum — is among the most photographed of Amsterdam’s icons.
But now both the letters and the marketing campaign are history. Victims of their own success, as Amsterdam suffers under an onslaught of over-tourism.
The sign will be removed at the beginning of December.
The Rijksmuseum currently presents — for the first and only time — a unique, temporary exhibition of all 22 paintings, 60 drawings and more than 300 best examples of Rembrandt’s prints in its collection.
This special event is part of a year-long commemoration of the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death.
Amsterdam remains the least safe city in the Netherlands, according to the 2019 edition of the Crime Index (Misdaadmeter) published annually by Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
The city held on to its position in the index even though there was a reduction in the number of the most common type of crimes.
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You may need a travel converter and an international plug adapter kit to make use of your electronic equipment while traveling in Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands.
Here’s what the bring.
The Coat of Arms of the city of Amsterdam is somewhat of an enigma: not much is known about its origins or its precise meaning.
However, we do know that the three X’s don’t stand for anything untoward.
Also: we’ll tell you why a vexillologist really likes the Amsterdam City Flag