Category: Things To Do

Museums for Children in Amsterdam

October 15, 2014

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Despite its reputation as a tolerant, open-minded city where dope smoking is tolerated and prostitution is legal, Amsterdam is in fact a very child-friendly city. Here are just a few of the museums for children in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam’s Best Canal House Museums

October 9, 2014

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Amsterdam’s concentric ring of canals marks the city’s hey day in the 17th century, when overcrowded conditions and an influx of people into the city meant that expansion became imperative. Several of these majestic canal-side mansions have been converted into museums. Here are my choices of Amsterdam’s best five canal house museums.

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Amsterdam Museum Night

October 7, 2014

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The annual night-time opening of around 50 of Amsterdam’s museums has become one of the city’s best-loved late-night festivals – and one that has been copied in several European cities including Brussels. The date for the 15th Amsterdam Museum Night – Museumnacht in Dutch – in 2014 is Saturday, November 1, when museums great and small open their doors from 7pm-2am, putting on around 200 special events, from workshops to exhibitions, poetry readings, bands and DJs as well as offering food and wine to all comers.

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What to See on a Walking Tour of Haarlem

October 2, 2014

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So close to Amsterdam that today it is virtually a suburb, a visit to its little sister Haarlem is nevertheless like stepping into another, gentler world. This tranquil, genteel town is perfectly sized for exploring on foot. Here’s what to see on a walking tour of Haarlem.

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Museums in the Red Light District, Amsterdam

September 25, 2014

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The seedy reputation of Amsterdam’s Red Light District – also called De Wallen – is upheld in some of its museums. Although most of the museums in the Red Light District have sex as their focus, there are several others with different themes. There are even a couple you could take your grandmother to.

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Seeing the Sights on a Private Amsterdam Canal Cruise

September 11, 2014

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Most people hit Amsterdam and immediately jump aboard a cruiser to journey around the canals and see the city from the water. Now there’s a chance to take a private Amsterdam canal cruise to explore the major canals and the IJ waterway, spotting iconic sights along the way.

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Pop Up Week Amsterdam

September 4, 2014

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Amsterdam is a city renowned for its party-loving nature, with a cluster of music, art, drama and music festivals throughout the year. And September 2014 sees a new kid on the festival block, with the advent of Pop Up Week Amsterdam.

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Visiting Delft from Amsterdam

August 21, 2014

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Arguably the prettiest town in Holland, with its tranquil canals lined with linden trees and backed by gabled cottages, Delft make the ideal day trip from Amsterdam. Visiting Delft from Amsterdam takes around an hour by train.

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Ten Ways to Make the Most of Your Time in Amsterdam

August 14, 2014

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Amsterdam may be a compact city but it certainly packs a punch with sightseers. Here are my suggestions for ten ways to make the most of your time in Amsterdam.

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Tulip Island in the Vondelpark, Amsterdam

August 8, 2014

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Amsterdam’s favorite city park stretches over 47 hectares and is the site of several restaurants and cafés as well as an open-air theater and plenty of manicured green space, pathways that are largely the preserve of cyclists and inline-skaters, and nature reserves where birds breed safely away from the public eye. And now Amsterdam is celebrating the 150-year anniversary of the founding of the park with the opening of Tulip Island in the Vondelpark.

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