Top 10 Free Attractions in Amsterdam

Top 10 Free Attractions in Amsterdam - Amsterdam Tourist Guide

It’s that time of year again, yep, you guessed, another Top 10 list of things that are recommended to do while you visit Amsterdam. Tourists flock to the city as soon as the weather resembles anything like Spring. With the influx of people, you will need to plan ahead to ensure you check off everything on your wish list. Without any further adieu, here is my list that I have enjoyed while living here and recommend to everyone that has stayed with us: Free Ferry Ride: Though not as long as a boat tour, this still gives you a great view of Central Station and a chance to take photos…

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Remember The Spanish Brabander ?

Bredero - The Spanish Brabander - Amsterdam Tourist Guide

Have you ever asked what this lovely couple embracing represents? This statue is a tribute to Bredero’s work, exactly a scene from “the Spanish Brabander”, a tragicomedy based on Spanish romances,  written by Bredero a superb poet and playwright from the Dutch Golden Age. He was born in Amsterdam, 1585, and he spent all his life in and around the streets in the red light district. He was also a painter but he reached success writing  “De Spaanschen Brabander Ierolimo” in 1611, a play known world-wide for its humanity and wit. The story is a sort of satire and tells about the vicissitudes of a refugee reduced to misery which,…

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The 10 Most Expensive Hotels in Amsterdam

10 Expensive Hotels in Amsterdam

Who didn’t want to become Kevin McCallister in Home Alone 2 and end up like a king or queen in the Plaza Hotel in New York, well I sure did 🙂 Don’t worry, Amsterdam has the same kind of luxury (read: Expensive) hotels als in New York where you can feel yourself on top of the world and king of the hill. 10. Hotel Okura Amsterdam The most complete and luxurious five star hotel in Amsterdam and member of the prestigious The Leading Hotels of the World. All of Hotel Okura Amsterdam’s 300 tastefully decorated, spacious rooms and suites are designed to ensure the highest standards of luxury. Every room…

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The Secret Annex

Anne Frank House - Amsterdam Tourist Guide

An experience without limits is that one where reality surpasses fiction. I am standing in front of a house that I once read about in a book, reliving the chilling words written by a girl called Anne in a diary that could well be about stories of love, joy, friends, and the adventures of adolescence. Instead, her book becomes a journey of reflection about war, about the decisions taken by others and that involve us all, at any point in life. Her book is there to remind us of what humanity itself means in a world of made up of difference. Anne Frank’s Diary is one of the most profound…

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Making Things Happen: Young Artists in Dialogue III

Boris Chouvellon and Mengzhi Zheng Making Things Happen: Young Artists in Dialogue III - Amsterdam Tourist Guide

In this third dialogue of the cycle of Making Things Happen, the artworks surprise as they stand forth in their literalness and as they deftly disrupt our sense of the privileged historical backdrop at TMH. In attesting to sculpture’s generative vocabulary, Chouvellon and Zheng flesh out the theme of the TMH program: how do young artists inscribe themselves in the history of an art medium? The work of both artists is unquestionably sculptural yet blurs the distinction between image and construct. They draw attention to a play on objectivity, to the cognitive tension between a sculptor’s art and the socially engaged image making that we attribute to photography. Their individual sense of…

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Amsterdam’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Top 10 Free Attractions in Amsterdam - Amsterdam Tourist Guide

It’s that exciting time of year when the sun finally reveals itself from behind the thick blanket of clouds, allowing us all to be warmed and energized by its rays. As typical with any sunny Dutch weekend, the standard is to bathe in the sun alongside the canals to boat watch while popping back beers, or for myself, flutes of Champagne (of course). So why not do something unique and visit the beautiful cherry blossoms in Kersenbloesempark (south portion of Amsterdam Bos in Amstelveen, latitude: 52.303965, longitude: 4.83546 – oddly enough a lot of other reviews only state Amsterdam Bos park, which is huge!).  I suggest grabbing a large towel or blanket (some even brought their own tables and chairs, that…

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