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.

Amsterdam’s secret canal house gardens

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Amsterdam canal house gardens

Only 3 days a year you can visit some of the beautiful canal house gardens in Amsterdam, during the Open Garden Days.  About 30 gardens, that are normally not accessible, will be open for public.
It’s a different world, behind the old canal houses. It doesn’t feel at all like you are in the crowded centre of a big city. The gardens are much larger, greener and especially quieter than one would expect. It feels like time has been standing still; you can easily imagine life in these gardens, in the past 400 years.

Check it out for yourself. It’s a nice way to experience the canals. While walking from garden to garden you will see almost all of the Amsterdam canals.

Practical information:
On June 14, 15 and 16, 2013 (Every year in the third weekend of June)
The gardens will be open all three days from 10 am to 5 pm.
A passe partout costs €15 and is valid for 3 days.

Amsterdam’s most beautiful street is ready for shopping again

It took a couple of years, but finally it’s open again. The Utrechtsestraat is one of Amsterdam’s best shopping streets. Mostly because there are no big chains: you’ll only encounter unique specialist stores. The street was closed for all traffic during more than two years, even for important Tram Line 4. But now with new rails, new sewage in the street, new bridges over the canals, you can stroll again over this wonderful street.

just outside the city center of Amsterdam

photo by Gerda Jansen Hendriks

Six brand new guide books help you to find your way out of the famous Amsterdam city  center to lesser known, but very beautiful and interesting parts of Amsterdam. There is a walking and a cycling version of the tours.
Take a look at this interactive map for a preview, just click on the different colored neighborhoods to see an outline of the tours.
The guide books can be purchased at the vvv tourist offices and an additional audio tour for MP3, iPod or iPhone can be downloaded here.

Plantage district


Close to the cannel district, but much less known is the Amsterdam Plantage district. It’s really worthwhile paying a visit, with it’s many museums and cultural institutions; all withing walking distance, spread around the beautifull, friendly neigbourhood. The district is very interesting because of it’s architecture too.

On Sunday January 22nd the attractions in the district organise ‘Winter Plantage”. With lots of extra activities (mostly in Dutch) and extra ‘Dutch winter atmosphere’.

Tip: an I amsterdam City Card could safe a lot of money, when you visit many attractions in one day.

beware: canals could prove dangerous

Photo by Snowflaky

Our city is not more dangerous than any other, but there is one difference: each year appr. 15 people drown in a Amsterdam canal. Cause no.1 is alcohol, but sometimes people just fall in and drown because of the low temperature of the water. Most victims are tourists and younger men doing a pee at night. So if you would stroll alongside the beautiful canals…. not too close. Or sober.

bargain shopping at Dappermarkt, a great daily market

cheese stall at Dappermarkt

Amsterdam South has its famous Albert Cuyp markt, West has its ten Kate markt, and East has its Dappermarkt. These markets are open 6 days per week (closed sunday) from 0900-1800. On Dappermarkt you will find over 200 stalls, but behind these stalls the small specialists shops are no less interesting. Diehards could also walk into the ethnic retail of van Swindensstraat and next into the Javastraat. The latter being a great street for small Arabic shops. You will like this.


visit farmer’s market in Watergraafsmeer

"pure markt" on sunny sunday late September

Not only in Camden and Portobello but also in cosy Watergraafsmeer you will be thrilled to see “pure markt“: a sunday market. Essentially it is a farmer’s market, but along with it you will encounter some nice non food stalls as well. Market days are each last sunday of the month, from March till October, in beautiful park “Frankendael”, (11.00 am – 18.00 pm). It tours also to Amstelpark and George Gershwinplein in Amsterdam South on different weeks of the month. There is another sunday market (in Dutch) at Westergasfabriek: each first sunday of the month.