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Hop-on Hop-off Bus Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour

Hop-on Hop-off bus tour and enjoy the sights of Amsterdam hassle-free! Discover the city at your own pace and hop off wherever you like and wherever you like. Visit a museum or amble along the canals, then hop on again to the next point of interest. Sit back and enjoy...

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I Amsterdam City Card

I Amsterdam City Card

I Amsterdam City Card is your ticket to experience Amsterdam in an affordable and relaxed way. You’ll see more and save money at the same time! No need to buy separate tickets for attractions and public transport. The I Amsterdam Card not only affords you free...

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Amsterdam Museum

Amsterdam Museum

Housed in a former orphanage, the Amsterdam Museum tells the story of Amsterdam. The permanent exhibition: Amsterdam DNA, free thinking, entrepreneurship, citizenship and creativity. Apart from the core collection, the Amsterdam Museum hosts temporary exhibitions in...

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Amsterdam City Pass

Amsterdam City Pass

Purchase the Amsterdam City Pass and discover Amsterdam hassle-free. This City Pass affords free entry and fast track entrance to the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. Also included are a free canal cruise and a free train ticket from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Add...

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Days and Months in Dutch

Days and Months in Dutch

Everywhere in Amsterdam you will see posters for exhibitions and concerts. When you see someone playing the violin you need no further explanation. Popconcerts are also also easy to recognise. The only problem may be the names of the days and the months. The names of...

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Dutch Bicycle Rules

Dutch Bicycle Rules

Experience Amsterdam and rent a bike! Pedal around town for a few hours and feel like a local. Biking in Amsterdam is safe and easy because Amsterdam is as flat as a pancake, no elevations apart from picturesque humpback bridges. Observe the bicycle rules and do not...

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From Schiphol to Amsterdam City Centre

From Schiphol to Amsterdam City Centre

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is located 17 kilometers southwest of Amsterdam centre. Schiphol Station is right at the terminal at a lower level. Getting to Amsterdam Central Station takes 15 to 20 minutes. The train is by far the most convenient way of getting from...

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Public Transport Pass

Public Transport Pass

A Public Transport Day Pass is handy for tourists who like to ride the trams in Amsterdam. True to say, Amsterdam is a compact city and many sights are within walking distance of each other, yet a tram ride is fun and if you want to visit the Amsterdam suburbs a Day...

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Amsterdam Metro

Amsterdam Metro

Like many other metropolises Amsterdam, too, has a metro, but with a difference. The Amsterdam metro was built only in 1977 and has just two underground stations and four lines. The metro fans out from Centraal station to the suburbs, Bijlmer, Amstelveen and Diemen....

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Low-cost Airlines to Amsterdam

Low-cost Airlines to Amsterdam

Schiphol Amsterdam Airport is the largest airport in the Netherlands and the fourth biggest in Europe. Other airports in the Netherlands are Eindhoven Airport, Maastricht Aachen Airport and Rotterdam The Hague Airport. All Dutch airports have good train connections to...

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History of Delftware

History of Delftware

Delftware is synonymous with Holland and ubiquitous in souvenir shops – windmills, clogs, kissing farmer boy and girl, vases, mugs, wall plates – they all sell like hotcakes. All souvenir shops in Amsterdam sell this blue-and-white pottery but did you know that this...

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Amsterdam Holland Pass

Amsterdam Holland Pass

The Amsterdam Holland Pass is your ticket to hassle-free Amsterdam, a must-have for visitors who like to enjoy Amsterdam to the full: a guide book, a free ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus is included and queueing for the popular museums is history. Take your pick...

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The Golden Bend where Wealthy Merchants Lived

The Golden Bend where Wealthy Merchants Lived

Golden bend - Gouden Bocht - that is where the most coveted canal houses in Amsterdam. All these mansions clustered around the curve of Herengracht between Spiegelstraat and Vijzelstraat. This is the stretch of the canal where, in the 17th century, wealthy merchants...

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Food translator

Food translator

Eating out in Amsterdam is no problem as there are hundreds of restaurants. Most menu cards are both in Dutch and English. Still, in some smaller restaurants or snackbars the menu may be in Dutch only. Here are some key words to help you along. And, remember, most...

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Jewish Amsterdam

Jewish Amsterdam

Many people refer to Amsterdam as the Venice of the North, a pertinent name for a city with two hundred canals. Few people know Amsterdam’s second name, Mokum, Yiddish for place or town. Mokum is an appropriate name, because the city has welcomed Jews ever since the...

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Hop-on Hop-off Bus Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour

Hop-on Hop-off bus tour and enjoy the sights of Amsterdam hassle-free! Discover the city at your own pace and hop off wherever you like and wherever you like. Visit a museum or amble along the canals, then hop on again to the next point of interest. Sit back and enjoy...

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Vincent van Gogh and the Potato Eaters

Vincent van Gogh and the Potato Eaters

Vincent van Gogh is not only the artist who painted the Potato Eaters, he is also known as the man who cut off his ear, the man who drank turpentine, the man who sold only one painting during his lifetime but became famous posthumously. In 1885, Van Gogh painted...

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Best Van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings and Letters

Best Van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings and Letters

Vincent van Gogh. What does this name mean to you - sunflowers, Starry Night, the painter who cut off his ear or the man who committed suicide? The Van Gogh Museum is one of the most popular museums in Amsterdam. It is home to the art collection of Theo van Gogh,...

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Amsterdam Canal House for a Wealthy Merchant: Trippenhuis

Amsterdam Canal House for a Wealthy Merchant: Trippenhuis

Amsterdam canal houses are characterized by narrow fronts. Trippenhuis is an exception to this rule. This seventeenth-century canal house is a typical example of a mansion where a rich merchant lived and the wider the front the wealthier its owner. Trippenhuis was the...

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I Amsterdam City Card

I Amsterdam City Card

I Amsterdam City Card is your ticket to experience Amsterdam in an affordable and relaxed way. You’ll see more and save money at the same time! No need to buy separate tickets for attractions and public transport. The I Amsterdam Card not only affords you free...

read more
Amsterdam Museum

Amsterdam Museum

Housed in a former orphanage, the Amsterdam Museum tells the story of Amsterdam. The permanent exhibition: Amsterdam DNA, free thinking, entrepreneurship, citizenship and creativity. Apart from the core collection, the Amsterdam Museum hosts temporary exhibitions in...

read more
Amsterdam City Pass

Amsterdam City Pass

Purchase the Amsterdam City Pass and discover Amsterdam hassle-free. This City Pass affords free entry and fast track entrance to the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. Also included are a free canal cruise and a free train ticket from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Add...

read more
Dutch in the snackbar

Dutch in the snackbar

'Is Dutch a difficult language to learn?' That is a key question and the answer depends on many factors. If you speak German, Dutch is not very difficult because the two languages are very similar. Young people learn foreign languages more easily than older people....

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Days and Months in Dutch

Days and Months in Dutch

Everywhere in Amsterdam you will see posters for exhibitions and concerts. When you see someone playing the violin you need no further explanation. Popconcerts are also also easy to recognise. The only problem may be the names of the days and the months. The names of...

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How to Count in Dutch

How to Count in Dutch

Mini Lesson Counting 1-1000 Even though most Dutch people speak English, it is very useful to know the numbers. You may have to give your telephone number to someone and would not it be fun if you can say this in Dutch? Knowing your numbers also comes in handy when...

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