Amsterdam may not have the panache of a Paris or a Milan in the shopping stakes but it does have some cool enclaves of design, funky markets, and famous department stores. Here’s a guide to Amsterdam’s best shopping spots.
Since around 1890, Queen’s Day has routinely been the biggest, brashest, maddest street party in Amsterdam, celebrated in a sea of orange on April 30 in honor of the Dutch monarch, Queen Beatrix. The year 2014 is set to be different, however, as preparations are made for the first Koningsdag (King’s Day) in Amsterdam.
There are many ways to admire the swathes of brilliant blooms as the bulb fields of northern Holland burst into flower, but an exciting new excursion allows horticultural fanatics to see Keukenhof from above on an exclusive sightseeing flight.
Frank, an Amsterdam local and Viator private tour guide, loves to show off his beautiful home country to travelers. He provides a variety of tours around Amsterdam, Delft, and Rotterdam to every kind of traveler with every kind of itinerary. Frank also offers tours to Keukenhof to see the famous tulips.
Spring is upon us and Amsterdam is due to burst into bud any minute; the parks will explode into bloom and trees blossom along the canals. Tulipmania is almost upon the city once more as the flower tourists arrive from across the world in their thousands to see spring flowers near Amsterdam. For the back story on the tulip madness that almost scuppered the country in 1637, visit the Amsterdam Tulip Museum; read on for where to see spring flowers near Amsterdam.
De Wallen or De Walletjes, that notorious warren of streets that forms Amsterdam’s world-known Red Light District, is currently undergoing something of a gentrification. That’s not to say that all the ladies of the night are set to disappear of that dope smoking is going to be completely outlawed, but slowly family-friendly aspects of Amsterdam’s Red Light District are beginning to appear.
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Catch the highlights of Amsterdam on a hop-on hop-off tour and canal cruise that includes stops at the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum and Heineken Experience. There’s also a visit to the Gassan Diamonds factory, which allows spectators to watch the talented workers turn rough diamonds into exquisitely polished stones! This month, one lucky winner will be awarded two tickets for this hop-on hop-off tour and canal cruise PLUS a Gassan diamond worth €500!
Stuck for something special to do on Valentine’s Day? Although Paris is always tagged as the city of lovers in Europe, you’ll still hit the jackpot by booking surprise tickets to romantic Amsterdam to treat your loved one to a weekend of pampering – it’s no longer the city of drunken stag parties and sshhh! It’s far better value than Paris!
The year 2013 sees the second celebration of the Amsterdam Light Festival following its hugely successful inaugural year and this year it’s set to be massive. The city will come alive once more with magical laser shows piercing the night sky and startling illuminations glinting off the canals, adding even more festive gaiety to streets already enjoying the run up to Christmas in splendid style.