Bikes!

Bikes Amsterdam

There are more bikes in Amsterdam than people. No joke. We have no idea what all those extra bikes are for. Are people riding them two at a time? Is it the Dutch version of the mid-life crisis sports car in the garage? Or are those extra bikes mainly for tourists to risk their lives […]

What to do in wintery Amsterdam

What to do in wintery amsterdam

There is a good reason people say you shouldn’t visit Amsterdam in winter. That’s because, though people might imagine it’s a wintery wonderland, it’s nothing of the kind. Instead, for most of the time, the temperature stubbornly hovers just above zero while wind, rain and sleet make life miserable. (And no, we very rarely get […]

7+ Fantastic places to swim in natural water in Amsterdam

7 fantastic places to swim in Amsterdam

Wow, is the weather nice! And like always, the Dutch are just soaking it up. Sick days have soared, businesses are closed and terraces are so packed it took us 40 minutes just to find a table yesterday. Even better, as it has been hot for a while now, the water temperature is getting to […]

5 alternative attractions in Amsterdam where you’ll avoid the tourists

Hortus Amsterdam

Share on facebook Facebook Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on pinterest Pinterest Have you noticed how few Amsterdammers you find sitting in the cafes and bars on Dam square? There aren’t many of us in the Red Light District either. The reason? There are so many other places for us to […]

What animals live in the Dutch canals?

Ducks Amsterdam

Sure, the Dutch waterways are artificial and look as appetising as the trash can at a diaper-changing station, but a surprisingly large range of animals live there. That’s for two reasons: One, though they are entirely manmade (person made?) they’ve been around long enough that many animals have adapted to living there. It’s comparable to […]

What Would You Do If You Dropped Your Keys In The Canal?

Keys in the canal

The canals are a great addition to our city. They’re beautiful, serve as a free skating rink (about once every ten years) and give the city real character. At the same time, there are a few downsides. The bridges turn from picturesque photo opportunities into death traps when it snows. (Though admittedly, that also creates […]

6 Unusual Canal Tours for When Normal Doesn’t Cut It

6 unusual canal tours

Share on facebook Facebook Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on pinterest Pinterest Amsterdam’s waterways are pretty extraordinary. At the same time, sometimes extraordinary isn’t enough. Once in a while, you don’t only want chocolate sprinkles and whipped cream on your 12 scoops of tropical flavored ice cream. You also need a […]

5 Awesome Secrets About Amsterdam’s bridges

Skinny Bridge

Share on facebook Facebook Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on pinterest Pinterest Take the reason for the three crosses on Amsterdam’s flag. We’ve got plenty of theories about why they’re there. The drunk at the end of the bar will tell you it’s because of the red-light district (it’s not). Tour […]

10 Water-based Festivals in Amsterdam

Waterbased Festival

Sure, we’re a bit biased. But for us it’s obvious that Amsterdam’s water festivals are some of the coolest things since bell bottoms. They combine two of our favorite ingredients – water and fun. That’s a powerful combination. And Amsterdam has some of the best such festivals around. In our minds, the only one that […]

Kingsday in Amsterdam

King's day food and drinks

Don’t like parties, hordes of people or the color orange? Then whatever you do, don’t come to Amsterdam on the 27th of April, when we celebrate the king’s birthday. For on that day all three descend on the city in staggering numbers. And that’s not just exaggeration. On the good years, when the weather is […]