Category: Things To Do

Family-friendly Aspects of Amsterdam’s Red Light District

February 13, 2014

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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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Win 2 Tickets for an Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Canal Cruise PLUS a Diamond from Gassan Diamonds!

February 3, 2014

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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!

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Romantic Amsterdam

January 20, 2014

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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!

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Save 50% in Amsterdam

January 17, 2014

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Amsterdam deals

HURRY! Book by January 23rd, 2014 to save 50% on select tours in Amsterdam. This exclusive offer applies to select departure times and dates from March 20th, 2014 through October 26th, 2014.

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Visiting Amsterdam Light Festival

December 19, 2013

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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.

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Christmas at De Bijenkorf, Amsterdam

December 5, 2013

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Occupying a prime site at the corner of Dam Square and dating from 1870, De Bijenkorf is Amsterdam’s leading department store and plays a leading role in the run up to Christmas. On Thursday 21 November the upmarket shop was the central star in the official Turn on the Lights ceremony at 7pm.

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Celebrating Christmas in Amsterdam

November 21, 2013

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Christmas in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of Rex Roof via Flickr.

Christmas preparations kick off in mid-November in Amsterdam, when the streets are adorned with Christmas lights and store windows decorated with festive scenes. Celebrating Christmas in Amsterdam starts in the third weekend of November, when Sinterklaas and his helpers arrive in the city and sail down the Amstel River before parading through Amsterdam’s streets, which are lined with cheering youngsters.

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Ten Cool Places to Drink in Amsterdam

November 7, 2013

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Now Amsterdam is no slouch in the partying stakes, so the biggest problem here is deciding what to leave out. The choice of bars and pubs is so huge and much depends on your drinking style – rowdy, outside, inside, posh or dive. These 10 cool places to drink in Amsterdam certainly hit the spot with me.


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National Parks Around Amsterdam

October 24, 2013

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Fall is the perfect time of year to get out of the city and into the countryside as trees begin to change color but days are still clear and sunny. The flat countryside of northern Holland means that the national parks around Amsterdam are ideal for walking and cycling – De Hoge Veluwe even offers complimentary white bikes to visitors.

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Halloween in Amsterdam

October 18, 2013

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Until recently Halloween was not commonly celebrated in Amsterdam; the Dutch equivalent is St Martin’s Day on November 11, when kids sing in the streets for rewards of sweets, but this is a celebration of random acts of kindness rather than the dark underbelly of black magic and horror. However, in the last few years, Halloween in Amsterdam has become big business.

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