Category: Things To Do

Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo

Founded in 1838, ARTIS is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, and one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe.

Guidebooks rightly refer to it one of the most pleasant city zoos around. The whole place breathes a 19th-century garden atmosphere with winding paths, majestic trees, fascinating sculptures and monumental historical buildings.

As much as possible the over 500 species of animals live in landscaping that resembles their natural habitat.

Swimming in Amsterdam

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 King’s Day 2022: All-Day Citywide Street Party?

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.

Free Amsterdam Walking Tour

Amsterdam is a walkable city. It’s small enough to easily walk to many of its tourist sights and attractions. While most visitors explore the city on their own, many book a Free Amsterdam Walking Tour.

But are those tours really free? If so, what’s the catch?

More importantly: which free tours company may you want to avoid?