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.
March 16, 2014
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.
March 13, 2014
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.
February 13, 2014
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.
January 20, 2014
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!
October 24, 2013
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.
September 26, 2013
Located in Museumplein alongside the its heavyweight compatriots the Stedelijk and Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum re-opened its doors in May after a period of renovation. Houses in a building designed by Dutch De Stijl architect Gerrit Rietveld, the museum is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013 with an exhibition entitled ‘Van Gogh at Work’.
September 19, 2013
Amsterdam is a city blessed with some of the best museums in the world, including the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh, but here are some suggestions of off-beat museums in Amsterdam that will reward a visit.
August 29, 2013
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.
June 30, 2013
The lavishly redesigned Rijksmuseum reopened in Amsterdam in April 2013 to international acclaim. Now a new exhibition has opened to coincide with the official opening of the museum’s new outdoor gallery. It was unveiled on the first-ever Museumplein Weekend, which was celebrated June 21 through 23. Henry Moore has come to Amsterdam.