Category: Free Things To Do

Amsterdam’s Best Shopping Spots

April 10, 2014

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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.

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10 Places to See Spring Flowers Near Amsterdam

March 13, 2014

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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.

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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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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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Visiting the Stelling van Amsterdam

September 12, 2013

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Amsterdam and the surrounding towns of Zaandam, Purmerend, Zuidost and Wormeveer were once guarded by a defensive ring of fortifications 84 miles (135 km) long, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The Stelling van Amsterdam (Amsterdam Defence Line in English) is backed by a series of 46 squat concrete forts and a complicated system of dykes, polders and locks on numerous canals.

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Secret Amsterdam – Ten Little-known Things to See in the City

August 29, 2013

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Amsterdam is full of world-beating museums, renowned concert halls, royal palaces, tree-lined canals and an international gastronomic restaurant scene. But peek behind the mainstream façade and you’ll find a world of alternative ideas and entertainment in secret Amsterdam – here are ten little-known things to see in the city.

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Shopping on the Nine Streets in Amsterdam

August 15, 2013

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The Nine Streets in Amsterdam (De Negen Straatjes) are tucked away between the historic city center and bohemian Jordaan, criss-crossing the 17th-century Canal Ring between Reestraat and Runstraat. These cosy little side streets are lined with independent boutiques providing some of the best shopping in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam Uitmarkt Festival

July 18, 2013

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Attracting half a million visitors annually into Amsterdam, Uitmarkt is the biggest cultural festival in The Netherlands and celebrates all genres of music from hip-hop to classical, theater, books, dance and film – 2013 dates are August 29 through September 1.

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