Amsterdam has long been nicknamed the Venice of the north for its myriad canals, but it has a little-known rival in Giethoorn, a peaceful village in the backwater province of Overijssel. Visiting Giethoom from Amsterdam can be combined with an afternoon’s bargain hunting at Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet, which has more than 100 discounted designer stores.
Category: Tours & Activities
May 6, 2016
With the opening of the Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age at the Hermitage Amsterdam, the city has gained another artistic showstopper to add to its already bountiful arts scene.
December 18, 2015
The biggest amusement park in the Netherlands is located at Kaatsheuvel, 90 minutes south of Amsterdam, and is much loved by local folks and overseas visitors alike for its fantasy-themed rides and attractions. It’s easy to organize family visits to Efteling theme park from Amsterdam.
November 13, 2015
Although not yet up there with Paris and Milan in the gastronomic league table, Amsterdam nevertheless holds its own in the restaurant stakes. Eating out in Amsterdam can both a pleasure and a surprise.
August 20, 2015
Exploring Waterland from Amsterdam takes visitors out of the city center into the rural backwaters of the flat, Ijsselmeer fen country. It is a microcosm of all things Dutch; it has polders, canals, historic fishing villages, windmills, cows, cheese farms and even artisan clog makers.
August 13, 2015
The biggest public event in The Netherlands, SAIL Amsterdam is set to attract more than 1.5 millions people to celebrate the Dutch maritime tradition. The 2015 festival takes place between Wednesday August 19 and Sunday 23, and graceful tall ships will sail into the IJ amid thousands of other heritage craft for a long weekend of sporting fun and partying.
August 1, 2015
While Amsterdam is a year-around destination, the city undoubtedly comes into its own in the summer, when most days are sunny and warm; this is the best time to laze in cafés along the tree-lined canals or enjoy strolling along the IJ waterfront. Here are some more suggestions of the top things to do in Amsterdam this summer.
July 29, 2015
The sun is shining brightly as I make my way to the rendezvous point in central Amsterdam. And it’s just as well — I’m about to embark on an exciting cycling journey in the Amsterdam countryside, and the inexperienced cyclist that I am is hoping to have all odds in her favor.
July 22, 2015
Taking a canal bike down the waterways of the city is a pastime peculiar to Amsterdam, allowing passengers to get up close with houseboats, peer under bridges and admire the fine 17th-century mansions of the Canal Ring as they create their own sightseeing itinerary. Exploring Amsterdam’s canals by paddleboat is also physical fun for all the family.