Tips from Amsterdam Locals

No matter how many guide books you read or how many websites you visit, it is impossible to be informed about all the highlights and secret spots in Amsterdam. In the tips section of Amsterdam-Now you will find suggestions and recommendations from locals for tourists.

Amsterdam means so much more than the Canal Belt, Red Light District and Van Gogh Museum. Did you know that in winter you can ice-skate at Museumplein or sunbathe at the terrace or NEMO museum in summer? In this section you will find insiders’ tips from locals. Amsterdam is a very budget-friendly city: lunch concerts, a tiny portrait gallery and ferries to Amsterdam-Noord are all free of charge. Be aware that coffeeshops are not the same as coffeebars, let a local explain to you the difference and read below ‘Amsterdam and Coffeeshops’.

Red Light District for Tourists

The Historic Centre of Amsterdam spills over with museums, cafes, coffeeshops, stylish gables and facades. Humpback bridges span the leafy canals lined with a hotchpotch of buildings. Sex shops and porn theatres rub shoulder with museums and fashion boutiques. Be sure...

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Free Things to Do in Amsterdam

The Dutch are renowned for their 'commercial mind' and for most Amsterdam attraction you will have to spend a few euros. Free things to do in Amsterdam include strolling along canals, free concerts, a free museum and many more freebies. Below you will find...

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Rent a Bike and Go Dutch

Bikes festoon bridges, bikes safely locked to lamppost. Kids, fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers young professionals, old professionals, in fact everyone in Amsterdam seems to have a bike and use it as to get from A to B. Why not join them for the unique...

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Heineken Experience

Want to taste Heineken and learn all about brewing and marketing of the most famous beer of the world? Then the Heineken Experience in Amsterdasm is exactly where you need to go. The Heineken Experience tour starts with a short history of the Heineken family and the...

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Summer Tips

When summer arrives, Amsterdammers move outdoors. They populate outdoor cafés, lounge in the parks or bask in the sun before their own front doors. Summer is the perfect season to visit Amsterdam. Summer is also the time of the best festivals – the Canal Festival,...

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Red Light District for Tourists

The Historic Centre of Amsterdam spills over with museums, cafes, coffeeshops, stylish gables and facades. Humpback bridges span the leafy canals lined with a hotchpotch of buildings. Sex shops and porn theatres rub shoulder with museums and fashion boutiques. Be sure...

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Amsterdam on a Tight Budget

Free lunchtime concerts, the ideal place to eat your lunch. But when you buy your packed lunch from Albert Heijn Supermarket, be sure to get a 'silent' bag to take with you to one of the free lunchtime concert in Amsterdam. Any plastic bag will do, as long as it...

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Free Things to Do in Amsterdam

The Dutch are renowned for their 'commercial mind' and for most Amsterdam attraction you will have to spend a few euros. Free things to do in Amsterdam include strolling along canals, free concerts, a free museum and many more freebies. Below you will find...

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Tips for Potheads in Amsterdam

A coffeeshop is not a coffeebar Going to Amsterdam and not visiting a coffeeshop is like going to India and not seeing Taj Mahal. Coffeeshops set Amsterdam apart and they are one of the reasons why the city is fun to visit. But be aware: the fragrant fumes drifting...

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New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam

Oud en Nieuw (Old and New) is the Dutch equivalent for New Year's Eve. Many Dutch people celebrate at home together with friends and family. There are street parties all over Amsterdam and the national countdown is at Oosterdok followed by a spectacular firework show....

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Rent a Bike and Go Dutch

Bikes festoon bridges, bikes safely locked to lamppost. Kids, fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers young professionals, old professionals, in fact everyone in Amsterdam seems to have a bike and use it as to get from A to B. Why not join them for the unique...

read more

Heineken Experience

Want to taste Heineken and learn all about brewing and marketing of the most famous beer of the world? Then the Heineken Experience in Amsterdasm is exactly where you need to go. The Heineken Experience tour starts with a short history of the Heineken family and the...

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How Not to Get Lost in Amsterdam

Amsterdam's canals are like a large spider's web. You get easily caught. Arm yourself with a map or GPS and remember that three canal rings fan out from Centraal Station in alphabetical order: Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. Once you remember this,...

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King’s Day: Only Orange Counts

Make sure your Amsterdam spring holiday coincides with 27th April, King Willem Alexander's birthday and a national holiday in the Netherlands. Celebrations take place throughout the country, but festivities in Amsterdam are more flamboyant and on a larger scale. On...

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