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Updated May 29, 2020: Throughout the Netherlands coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown rules are being eased. But where international tourism is concerned, Amsterdam may well do so at a slower pace.
Cultural institutions and venues such as museums, theaters, cinemas, and concert halls will reopen at noon on June 1, 2020. So will cafés and pubs, restaurants, and hotels.
However, the EU-wide entry ban for non-essential travel remains in place until at least June 15, 2020.
What a difference a virus makes. Just like other popular cities around the world, Amsterdam went from struggling with overtourism to deserted canals, streets, and squares virtually overnight. Inside: Amsterdam Coronavirus facts
Thirty years after it started to actively promote itself abroad as travel destination Holland, the Netherlands government has now rebranded itself as… Netherlands.
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.
The Noord/Zuidlijn is a fact. After countless delays and huge cost overruns, the controversial metro line is finally in service.
However, it remains controversial. To ‘encourage’ use of the new line the city’s public transport network has been drastically overhauled. Many Amsterdammers will have to transfer more often, but — says the transportation company — will save time in the process.
One quarter of Amsterdam — ‘the Venice of the North — consists of water, including 100 kilometers (60 miles) of canals.
So it is not surprising that the city sees a number of drowning incidents each year.
What may come as a surprise, though, is the reason many victims end up in the water.
Updated to include the latest statistics.
If the freezing temperatures predicted for this coming week persist, with any luck we’ll be able to ice skate on the canals of Amsterdam. The last time that happened was in February 2012.
The City of Amsterdam maintains an Ice Protocol that details the various steps the Water Authority should take in order to make ice skating possible.
Updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2018: The Ice Protocol has gone into effect!