Category: Free Things To Do

How to Spend One Day in Amsterdam

June 3, 2016

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Deciding what to do with just one day in Amsterdam is a tall order — what are your interests? Are you traveling with kids? Is this a first visit to the city? So this is how to spend one day in Amsterdam for anyone who wants a snapshot of the city on a very tight schedule.

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Exploring De Pijp in Amsterdam

May 27, 2016

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Amsterdam is not a huge city, but it is diverse in mood, with very distinct village-like areas. One such district that’s definitely on the up is south of the center: Explore De Pijp, and uncover an ethnic melting pot with a buzzing after-dark scene.

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Amsterdam Street Art

October 22, 2015

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STREET ART AMSTERDAM SPUISTRAAT CENTRUM by Dominque Darcy (CC BY-SA 2.0)

In addition to the legendary artistic treasures to be found in Amsterdam’s great art museums, the city is also garnering a reputation for alternative art and graffiti. The best way to see Amsterdam street art is to get out and about in some of the city’s up-and-coming districts across the IJ in the north of the city.

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Summer Festivals in Amsterdam

July 16, 2015

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SAIL Amsterdam 2010 - 6 by Eric Imthorn (CC BY 2.0)

As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Amsterdam honors this legacy with more than 300 festivals and public events each year. Every summer turns into one long street party, with a potent mix of dance, film, concerts and sport hitting the streets. Here are some of the best summer festivals in Amsterdam.

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Visiting Maastricht on a Day Trip from Amsterdam

June 4, 2015

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Walls around Maastricht

There’s never enough time when visiting Amsterdam. With so many choices to fill a busy itinerary, it can be hard to justify leaving city limits. But all it takes is a quick walk through its cobblestone streets and you’ll be glad you made time for a daytrip to Maastricht.

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Exhibitions to Brighten January in Amsterdam

January 29, 2015

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With new arts centers springing up on the north side of the IJ waterway and temporary displays in the great art museums of Musemplein, 2015 brings plenty of exhibitions to brighten January in Amsterdam.

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The Best Amsterdam Markets

January 15, 2015

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Amsterdam may not be on a par with Paris or Milan when it comes to shopping, but dig deep and you will find around 30 flower, food and flea markets to trawl through each week. Here are some of the best Amsterdam markets.

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The Sights of Jewish Amsterdam

November 6, 2014

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Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter is east of the old city in the Plantage. Before WWII, this was a bustling area crammed with businesses and shops with Waterlooplein market at its heart. World War II saw Amsterdam’s Jewish community decimated but today the sights of Jewish Amsterdam can be seen in the Jewish Cultural Quarter as well as in the world-renowned Anne Frank Huis on Prinsengracht.

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Amsterdam Christmas Markets

October 20, 2014

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Somewhat slow to catch on to the vogue for Christmas markets across Europe, Amsterdam is now making amends for its tardiness. Amsterdam Christmas markets now pop up all over the city during the festive season.

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Cycling Routes in Amsterdam

August 7, 2014

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With Amsterdam being one of the flattest capital cities in Europe, it is small wonder that its residents have taken to cycling with such a vengeance. Indeed there are supposedly 600,000 cycles in the city of 780,000 people, with an estimated 100,000 being stolen and 25,000 ending up in the canals each year. There are more than 180 cycling routes in Amsterdam that allow sightseers to see the attractions of the city.

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