Amsterdam canals were build in less than 100 years

This beautiful animation from Stadsarchief Amsterdam shows how the canals of Amsterdam were build in just about 90 years.
They were not just some random 90 years though, it was the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. During the Dutch Golden Age the Netherlands were world leaders in trade, art, military and science. With Amsterdam being one of the main cities in the Netherlands , the city was rich and powerfull enough to acomplish a project like the canals in such a short time.

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., Tues-Fri- 10am–5pm, Sat-Sun noon–5pm

on a sidewalk in Amsterdam’s red light district…















This piece of art is called ‘The Breastplate’. It’s located at the Oudekerksplein, near the famous Oude Kerk (the old church), in the centre of Amsterdam’s red light district.

After doing some research I learned that The Breastplate was placed one night, without permission, by the ‘Unknown Sculptor’. Since 1982 the Unknown Sculptor seems to have placed several sculptures in Amsterdam. The City of Amsterdam has become their official owner, provided that the identity of the Unknown Sculptor will be kept a secret.

Amsterdam’s oldest church restoration finished

DSCF3696oude_kerk_amsterdamDe Oude Kerk restoration has finally finished. It is Amsterdam oldest building, dating from the 13th century and certainly worth a visit. The church has a beautiful wooden roof and the floor is actually made of old tombstones (see here for a map). Rembrandt was married here and famous old Dutch admirals are buried here. The location is peculiar because the church is situated right in the middle of the Red Light district, not a typical area to worship. Opening hours are daily from 11 to 17, sunday 13 to 17. Check on the agenda because the church hosts ocassionally big events like World Press Photo.

exclusive hotel in a former shipyard crane

Crane 13 is the last crane that’s left on the former NDSM shipyard in Amsterdam. It’s not in use anymore, but soon it will be though in a very different way. It will be an exclusive hotel, with 3 suites at 50 meters height and a jacuzzi on top. The suites will be constructed with mostly glass walls, which guarantees a great view. Because the crane will slowly turn in the wind, like it always did when not in use, the effect will be extra special.

At this moment the monumental crane has been deconstructed and taken away to be renovated and getting the suites build in. About November 2013 the crane will be replaced at the NDSM area and the hotel will open it’s doors and you will be able to stay (awake) in the shipyard crane. The first weeks are already fully booked.


Amsterdam’s newest camping – great for camping haters as well


One of the mobile art objects that you can sleep in at the Urban Campsite Amsterdam

Not a tent in sight at the Urban Campsite Amsterdam. What you see is a collection of mobile art objects that in no way reminds of the traditional camping gear. You’ll find floating homes, tree houses, beds in a closet, a caravan that brings its own garden and much more; all of them designed to actually sleep in. The campsite will be completed with a foldable sauna, a story telling caravan and regular camp fires. Encounters with the designers of the homes and other artist are part of the plan as well.
The Urban Campsite is a unique camping and exhibition in one; it’s meant for people to sleep, but also for people to get in touch with art, with neighbours, visiting tourists, designers, etc.

From August 11 to September 30, 2013
The Urban Campsite is in the northern part of Amsterdam and is easy to get to
Entrance: free
To sleep book at the website