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Countryside

Even though you can spend endless hours in the city of Amsterdam.  There also so much to see and experience in the countryside of the Netherlands. I would advice to try to spend a day in the countryside if you can. Countless windmills, historic churches and fisherman’s cottages. The good ol’ fashioned Dutch villages near…

Jordaan area and Anne Frank House

Stroll at leisure through the Jordaan neighbourhood in Amsterdam. Visit Anne Frank’s tiny bedroom in the Anne Frank Museum, discover charming ‘hofjes’ often hidden from sight, go shopping in the 9-Streets, mix with the locals over a beer, throw in a Houseboat Museum and an open air market and you will understand why the Jordaan…

Nemo Science Museum

On the banks of the IJ lies the futuristic NEMO: the mecca for every curious soul who likes to experiment. You cannot miss the building; it has the shape of a gigantic green ship and is clearly recognizable from afar. The museum calls itself a science center, but that does not mean that it is…

Brouwerij de Prael

The brewery was established in 2002 by Arno Kooy and Fer Kok on the Schinkel business park outside the city center. Initially, the brewery was called De Parel, but this name had to be changed to the last of the Budel brewery, because it already made a beer with the name “Parel”. That is why…

Brouwerij ‘t IJ

Brouwerij ‘t IJ has been brewing quality beers since 1985. It all started when musician Kasper Peterson looked for an official outlet for his experimental home brewing. As a member and composer of the band Door Mekaar, he fell in love with the Belgian style beers while touring south of the Dutch border. Since similar…

A’dam Tower

On the other side of the IJ river behind central station there is a prominent high tall building located. This is the former head office of the oil company called Shell. Shell is a Dutch-American oil company. But in 2009 they moved out and the building was used for a few years as an office…

NDSM Werf (Wharf)

For a long time the north side of Amsterdam located on the other side of the IJ river, behind Central Station was an area where you just lived of passed through but didn’t go to if you did not need to be there. It has been for a long time the heart of the industrial…

Dam Square

At Dam Square you are literally standing on Amsterdam’s foundations. It is where a dam was placed in the river Amstel to connect settlements on the Warmoesstraat and the Nieuwendijk, nowadays two Amsterdam streets. Throughout the years the contraction of the words Amstel and Dam formed Amsterdam. National Monument Dam Square is not really a…

Gay Monument (Homomonument)

Located on the Keizersgracht (behind the Anne Frank House museum) in the center of Amsterdam, the Homomonument uses the symbol worn to identify gay men in Nazi concentration camps to form the basis of its design. Only this time, the pink triangle serves as a memorial to the homosexuals that have been persecuted through the…

Pancakes & Poffertjes

A lot of times I get the question what typical Dutch cuisine is. Well the Answer to that is actually really simple. We don’t have that! At least not one that is good enough to put on a menu. There are a few restaurants that do serve typical Dutch food. But to call it cuisine…….

The Vondelpark

If you fly over New York one of the most eye-catching things what you’ll see is the huge park on Manhattan Island. Central Park has been the setting for many famous movies throughout the years. And played a prominent role in my favorite sitcom Friends. But did you know that Amsterdam has it own Central…

House Six / Collection Six

On the Amstel river right across the Hermitage Amsterdam there is a very special house located. It is the house of the family Six. Since 1586 the French Flemish family Six settled in Amsterdam. And they became a successful family and in 1815 they were taken in into the nobilities of Amsterdam. From their early…