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 […]
The Portuguese-Israeli Synagogue is a late 17th-century Sephardic synagogue in Amsterdam. It is also known as the Esnoga which is the Ladino word for synagogue. The construction of the synagogue was completed in 1675. In January 2012 Israeli Prime-Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described this as “one of the most beautiful synagogues I have ever seen.”
Canals Singel 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 (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 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 […]
The canals of Amsterdam are a defining feature of the city and the Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) is a UNESCO as a world-acclaimed monument.
In mid-November, 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 at Omval […]