Amsterdam Coronavirus Measures Relaxing

Here’s What is Open in Amsterdam Throughout the Netherlands COVID-19 lockdown rules are being eased. But where international tourism is concerned, Amsterdam may well do so at a slower pace. Cultural institutions and venues such as museums, theaters, cinemas, and concert halls will reopen at noon on June 1, 2020. So will cafés and pubs, … Read more

Een park voor iedereen

Particulier bezit De gemeente had aanvankelijk niets te maken met het toegangsbeleid. Tot 1953 was het Vondelpark particulier bezit. Het park was in 1864 bedacht door een groep rijke Amsterdammers onder leiding van Piet van Eeghen. Zij zorgden zelf voor de aanleg en voor de gehele financiering – door middel van crowdfunding. Daar kwam geen … Read more

The Best Weekend Trips to Flanders – Belgium

After living in Haarlem and Amsterdam during the last six years, my favourite weekend trips from the Netherlands are still to Flanders. That charming region of Belgium has it all: cute historic towns, wonderful artists, a fantastic chocolate production, delicious food and some amazing beers. After exploring it extensively during the last few years, here … Read more

De Thuisborrel Club – Shake it up at home!

As we all know, times are hard right now. Almost all hospitality establishments in The Netherlands are closed and don’t know when they’ll be able to reopen again.  Meanwhile, we’re stuck at home, trying to stay sane and have some (COVID-19 proof) fun. So, what if I told you you could support your locals by … Read more

Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo – Dierentuin Artis

Artis is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, one of the oldest zoos in Europe, and one of the oldest zoos in the world. It also is one of our favorite places to visit in Amsterdam. In that we’re certainly not alone. In 2019 ARTIS received 1.4 million visitors. The zoo gets great reviews at … Read more

Virtual Museum Visit: Still Lifes at the Rijksmuseum

In this virtual museum visit, I’m going to show you some of the still lifes at the Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is one of the best museums in Europe. And I could always find something interesting in it. However, some of my favourite paintings there are the 17th century still lifes. Filled with unusual objects, … Read more

Amsterdam King’s Day 2021: All-Day Citywide Street Party

Next King’s Day: April 27, 2021 The coronavirus played havoc with King’s Day 2020 (see below). Sure, there were some online events and family balcony- or backyard parties. But those are poor alternatives for the overwhelming party atmosphere of a full-blown normal ‘Koningsdag.’ So, let’s look forward to next year’s event. It is far too … Read more