best outdoor places to watch the World Cup in Amsterdam

1352_fullimage_locaties terras_560x350It’s great to see the orange decorated houses, café’s, shops and complete streets. Amsterdam is fully prepared for the World Cup tournament. Tonight is the first match for the Dutch team and we will watch it together with friends, family and complete strangers, preferably outdoors.
If you are in Amsterdam the coming month and interested in football I would advise you to experience the World Cup Feeling the Dutch way.
These are the best places to do so:

Museumplein
If you like crowds, go there. Expect about 100.000 people. Expect gigantic screens. Expect music and party and no other colour than orange. The Dutch matches will be shown here, at least the first 2. After that, check beforehand, the location may have changed.
Entrance: free

Marie Heineken Plein
The international experience you’ll find over here. There’s Barça the place to be for the Spanish supporters, O’Donnell’s the Irish Pub is inviting the Britisch supporters, Café Marie says it’s offering refuge for German fans and Caffe Parma welcomes Italians. Of course all other nationalities are welcome too. These bars and most of the other bars will have several TV screens and centrally on the square there will be big screens.

North Sea Jazz Club
Pazzanistraat 1
Inside the no-nonsense approach: great quality and sound, no fuzz.
Outside it’s the opposite: they had tribunes build, for the real stadium feeling.
After party with DJ’s – even when loosing the game.

Westergasterras
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A screen of 7 x 7 meters! Thousands of football fans will join to watch the match here. Waiters bring trays and pitchers of beer to the public, so you don’t have to miss a second of the match.

Oranjehaven
Watch the match from your own boat or from one of the large Orange boats that you can get on for free. A fleet of boats will leave for the Oranjehaven at 18.00 from the Europarking in the Marnixstraat. If you don’t own a boat you can take the large Orange boat, it’s free. Food and drinks are for sale of course. And don’t think of leaving early: after the match the party just begins.
Admission: € 5,-

Vondeltuin
Beautiful location: terrace in the famous Vondelpark. Good equipment: 2 large and 4 smaller screens, extra beer taps and a BBQ.  All ingredients for a great experience.
Vondelpark 7

Hannekes Boom
Large screen, terrace at the waterside, waiters serving pitchers all the time.
Only the Dutch matches!
Dijksgracht 4

Roest
One large screen and 68 (!!) small TV’s to watch the matches. Extra advantage: Roest has a small city beach.
Bad weather scenario: Roest is next to a beautiful old factory hall, where the match can be watched on the large screen with hundreds of people. Czaar Peterstraat.

Pllek
Pllek is the city’s most beautiful city beach, at the IJ river. They show the Dutch matches on big screens.
TT Neveritaweg 59

Brandstof
2 large screens and a caipirihabar!
Korte Marnixstraat

Remember: wherever you go – wear orange!

Ice skating at the monumental Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam

Coolste-baan-van-Nederland

Just for one month, February 2014, and for the first time ever, it will be possible to go ice skating at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. There will be a 400 meter track and several smaller tracks. A unique opportunity for professionals and starters to hit the ice at this historic location. The monumental stadium was originally build for the Olympics in 1928.

There will be several events, from DJ’s to Family hours, and time slots dedicated to professional scaters, so get informed before you select a time slot.
You can check the Web Cam to get the feeling of the Stadium.

From 28 February to 2 March, the Dutch All Round and Sprint Championships will be held at the stadium.

Tickets can be  bought online. (Several days and time slots are already sold out.)

4 time slots per day:
09.00 – 11.30
12.30 – 15.00
16.00 – 18.30
19.30 – 22.00

Entrance: Kids € 7,60  Adults € 10,-
Skate rental: € 6,-

light my ride – tonight in Amsterdam

Light my ride

Tonight at 19:30 the Light my ride tour will take place, as part of the Amsterdam Light Festival, starting at the Nieuwmarkt.
It’s a 10 km tour for skaters, bikers and skateboarders that have in some way used lights to illuminate themselves and their meaning of transport. The tour will follow the Amsterdam Light Festival route. This video shows all you want to know. You can still sign up here!

Start: 19:30h – 9th of January 2014
Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam, 19:30h
Admission: Free (if you don’t have skates, a skateboard or a bike, you can rent a Yellow Bike on the spot)

sup your way through Amsterdam

sup

For sportive tourists there’s a new way to wander about the city: sup.
Sup = stand up paddling. Sup is trendy, good for your body and it let’s you get a great view on Amsterdam from the water. And that’s how Amsterdam looks best, from the water!

Sup tours through the city centre are for skilled sup-ers only. If you’re not, you can’t make a canal-tour, but taking a lesson at one of the sup centres can be fun too.

Sup is a great addition to the list of sportive sightseeing tours in Amsterdam:
the running tours and the skating tours.

Sup-info:
Rates are about € 20,- per hour.
Check the website for details on tours and classes.

running and sightseeing combined in Amsterdam tour

Photo by Peter de Jong

Most city trips aren’t that sportive and sometimes you’d wish they were. Just to burn those calories and feel better. On top of that, it’s a complete different way to experience the city. The founders of Tourist Run Amsterdam felt privileged to be able to combine their love for sports with their passion for Amsterdam. They wanted to share this and started organising tours for tourists that combine running and sight seeing. A great idea, let’s run!

Standard guided tours on Saturday and Sunday morning
Customised tours
+31(0)653907567

open air skating: Jaap Eden rink is open for the winter season

speed skaters and less faster ones on Jaap Eden speed rink

Amsterdam’s skating rink is called The Jaap Eden Baan. It is a 400 meter rink which is quite often leased to speed skating clubs. But evenings are usually open for the general public (check the schedule, to be sure) and very cosy. For tourists a great plus: you can hire skates in the adjoining Waterman store. Do visit the Skeeve Skaes, the local pub. It’s even worth a visit on its own. Jaap Eden skating rink is located in Watergraafsmeer area, easy accessible by streetcar no 9. Call for info: +31 (0)900-7242287