Amsterdam Culture

Dutch Tulip Fields in Hillegom South Holland

A Great Free Alternative to Keukenhof Gardens

In the months of April and May, many tourists will flock to Keukenhof for the spectacular flower arrangements. But there is an equally impressive alternative. It’s totally free, not crowded with tourists and is really picturesque. The Dutch tulip fields. When do the tulips bloom in Holland? The Dutch Tulip fields come alive with colour […]

Portuguese Synagogue Amsterdam

Portuguese Synagogue Amsterdam

The Portuguese Israeli Synagogue, also known as the Esnoga (Ladino: אסנוגה), or Snoge, is a late 17th-century Sephardic synagogue in Amsterdam, completed in 1675. Esnoga is the Ladino word for synagogue.  In January 2012 Israeli Prime-Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described this as “one of the most beautiful synagogues I have ever seen.” The synagogue is a […]

Amsterdam Cultural Attractions

CanalsSingel The Singel canal served as a moat around the city between 1480 and 1585. It is the inner most of four canals which make up the Grachtengordel, which is recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO.   Herengracht Dating back to 1613, Herengracht was created along with Keizersgracht & Prinsengracht as part of the city’s expansion. Later, The […]

Christmas in the Netherlands

Christmas in The Netherlands (referred to as Kerst or Kerstmis in Dutch) formally begins when the Sinterklaas celebrations finish on December 6th. Traditionalists like to keep these two events separate and there’s a guideline- first Sinterklaas then Christmas. In practice, the lines are a little blurred and Christmas decorations can be seen in some shops […]

Amsterdam Light Festival 2014 - Lightbridge Tjep Amstel – Herengracht

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam shines bright once again this winter! The third edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival which runs until 18 January 2015 is a great spectacle for young and old. This international festival set in the historical centre of Amsterdam features light sculptures, projections and installations by contemporary international artists. Light festivals are increasing in popularity […]

Colourful Canal boat on Reguliersgracht

Canals of Amsterdam

The canals of Amsterdam are a defining feature of the city and the Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) is a UNESCO as a world-acclaimed monument.


Sinterklaas Arrival Amsterdam 2014

On Sunday, November 16th Sinterklaas along his faithful horse and helpers arrive in Amsterdam. The boat sails along the Amstel river and moors at the Maritime Museum. After a short break Sinterklaas saddles up and rides his horse Amerigo through the city streets. Boat Route 10:00 Sinterklaas arrives in Amsterdam and can be seen first […]

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