tailor made guide through Amsterdam

Image: Deli Amsterdam

Image: Deli Amsterdam


Deli Amsterdam is a new website that produces a tailor made guide trough Amsterdam, based on personal preferences. Just answer a few simple questions and your guide pops up.
I tried it a few times; the guide may not be as tailored as you expected, but it surely comes up with some great places to visit, including brand new hot spots.
Try it!

back to the sixties in Amsterdam – photo’s by Ed van der Elsken

zie Wolfsburg-catalogus pag. 106

Photo: Ed van der Elsken – Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam 1961

Ed van der Elsken is famous for his photo’s of people in the streets of Amsterdam in the 50’s and 60’s. He used to wander the streets all day long and photograph the daily life of the ‘ordinary’ people in Amsterdam. Nowadays his pictures give a lively and detailed impression of what life was like in those days.
Vintage prints and new material that has never been published before will be exhibited this summer in the Stadsarchief Amsterdam.
Dont miss it! This exhibition is a must do, even when you’re not a fan of photography.

Amsterdam! Ed van der Elsken, vintage photo’s 1947-1970
June 6 – September 14, 2014
Stadsarchief Amsterdam
Vijzelstraat 32
1017 HL Amsterdam
Tickets: € 6,-

have a comedian as your guide through the Rijksmuseum

FancyJust one chance: Sunday May 4th at 14.00 hours. Fancy Meeting You Here organizes a tour through the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The comedians have previously led audiences on unique comedic tours through the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the British Museum and the National Gallery in London. It’s been said to be one of the “must see” shows at the recent San Francisco Sketchfest comedy festival.
Sounds like fun!
The tour takes about 70 to 80 minutes.
It will be sold out soon I guess, so make reservations here.

the Guardian: Amsterdam City Archives in top-10 of best free museums in the world

StadsarchiefThe Guardian has named The Amsterdam City Archives as one of the 10 best museums in the world that are free of admission.

This is what the Guardian writes about the City Archives:
Amsterdam’s Stadsarchief (city archive), is housed in an imposing, though gritty-looking building, originally the headquarters of an investment bank. Inside, its tiled rooms are decorated with bold, jagged, graphics and patterns. The Treasures of Amsterdam exhibition is a collection of artefacts in the underground Treasury that help tell the story of the city – worth a good nose around while anxiously hoping the heavy vault doors stay open until you’re done.
stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl, Tues-Fri- 10am–5pm, Sat-Sun noon–5pm

Amsterdam Art Weekend 2013

If you really love to walk the city and jump from one gallery to the next: this is your weekend. Amsterdam’s contemporary art scene is trying to get international traction by organising this fair. For art lovers it’s a must visit. There will be a ‘breakfast route’, for early risers, while others will love the ‘drinks and bites route’, walking from one of the 30 venues to the next. Amsterdam Art Weekend will be held from friday november 29 up to sunday december 1. There is also a special app.

Rijksmuseum is Best European Tourism Project

Rijksmuseum AmsterdamThe British Guild of Travel Writers granded the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum the European Tourism Project Award. The Rijksmuseum received the award at a Gala dinner held at The Savoy Hotel, London on Sunday 3 November 2013

Susie Boulton, a famous writer of travel books nominated the Rijksmuseum because: “In all the 30 years I have been writing guidebooks on European cities I have never seen such a remarkable transformation of a national museum. Nor have I ever seen such enthusiasm and excitement of a nation as it waited for the opening day. The soaring new atrium, the revamped galleries, Cuypers’ Renaissance-revival building restored to its former glory – it’s all a far cry from the dark museum I remember from my student days.”

Just another reason to visit the Rijksmuseum, if you needed any.

extraordinary exhibition in canal houses Amsterdam

Chambres des canaux, Amsterdam

Chambres des canaux, Amsterdam

‘Chambres des canaux: The tolerant home’ is the name of a new exhibition shown in 20 classic canal houses, and many of them are normally not open to the public. The theme of the exhibition is tolerance, a concept Amsterdam is famous for. For ages people from all corners of the world have been coming/fleeing to Amsterdam because of the freedom of speech, religion and choice that is so normal in our city.
The art works are all from world famous artists that have a strong connection with Amsterdam, a.o.:  Marlene Dumas, Joep van Lieshout, Germaine Kruip, David Claerbout, Ina van Zyl and Fiona Tan.

The exhibition will be only two weeks on show:  November 1 – 17, 2013
Tickets: at the Central Station or Leidseplein and online.