Author: Marianne

Ryanair to Amsterdam

Ryanair to Amsterdam
Ryanair to Amsterdam is not the whole truth. Ryanair does not fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, the company avoids Europe’s main airports. This is quite understandable because Ryanair is a budget airline and wants to save money wherever it can. That is good for them and good for you. Ryanair flies to Eindhoven,...
May 10th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Look Sky High When In Amsterdam

Look Sky High When In Amsterdam
When in Amsterdam, look sky high. Marvel at architectural glories and ornamented gables. Amsterdam is like an open-air museum. Just a word of warning: Trying to see all gables, may lead to a stiff neck. TILTING FACADES Have you noticed the leaning façades of the canal houses? Don’t worry. The houses...
May 8th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Amsterdam Photo: Tram

Amsterdam Photo: Tram
Swift and almost silent, Amsterdam trams have right of way over all traffic. The city’s fifteen or so tram routes are the quickest way to get around town. Amsterdam is a compact city and even though all sights can be seen on foot, I would recommend you to take at least one tram ride. Trams crisscross...
May 6th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Anne Frank House – 50th Anniversary

Anne Frank House – 50th Anniversary
Prinsengracht 263, the house where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis, is a modest building, by Amsterdam canal house standards. But, with more than one million visitors a year, it is Amsterdam’s most popular sight. This is the place where Anne Frank wrote: “Not being able to go outside upsets me more...
May 4th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Amsterdam: May Events

Amsterdam: May Events
May is the perfect month for you trip to Amsterdam; lots of events during this month. May is your last chance to visit Keukenhof Flower Garden in Lisse, the world’s most spectacular flower show. Hemeltje Lief Festival is the place to be with the kids. Book lovers can browse at Dam Square, books in...
May 2nd, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

May Weather in Amsterdam

May Weather in Amsterdam
May is a good time to plan a trip to Amsterdam. The tourist crowd has not arrived yet. It is your last chance to visit Keukenhof Flower Garden. It is the first month to so some serious people-watching because most cafes have started setting up outdoor terraces. Amsterdammers populate outdoor cafes, lounge...
May 1st, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

All My Bikes

All My Bikes
Key in hand, wanting to unlock my bike, I stopped short. An empty place stared at me. Who borrowed (read: nicked) my bike? Mine was one of the three thousand bikes that are stolen in the Netherlands every day. If all sixteen and a half million Dutch people had bikes, it would mean that each of us has...
April 30th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Amsterdam: The Chimes of Westerkerk

Amsterdam: The Chimes of Westerkerk
The chimes of Westerkerk reverberate across Prinsengracht canal, then the sound ebbs away. This musical intermezzo makes me think of what Anne Frank wrote in her diary on 11th June 1942, when she and her family had been in hiding for only three days. Het Achterhuis or the Annex where the family spent...
April 28th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day
Jonas Daniel Meijerplein (map) is a small gravelled triangle. Next to the Portuguese Synagogue on the square stands a bronze statue representing a docker. Jonas Daniel Meijerplein is the square where in 1941 in reprisal for killing a Dutch collaborator, 400 Jewish men were rounded up and put on transport...
April 26th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Cheap Sleep at Schiphol Airport

Cheap Sleep at Schiphol Airport
Etap Hotel, part of the Accor Hotel Group comes into the budget bracket and is the cheapest option of a hotel close to Schiphol Airport. A courtesy shuttle bus whisks travellers to and from the airport between 4.30 am and 1.30 am. The airport – hotel stretch takes 10 minutes, the hotel – airport...
April 24th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Amsterdam’s Floating Flower Market

Amsterdam’s Floating Flower Market
Buckets of fiery red tulips, mauve hyacinths and golden daffodils cluster the stalls. Sweet scents mingle and fill the passage. You will see tourists clutching maps and asking each other “is this it?” The answer is yes. They have found the floating flower market but were expecting something larger...
April 22nd, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Plan Your Keukenhof Visit Now

Plan Your Keukenhof Visit Now
Keukenhof Flower Garden greets you with football fields of flower extravaganza. Drifts of mauve, ivory, pink, amber, and orange flowers dance in the wind. Sweet aromatic scents caress your nose. Glorious daffodils, hyacinths and tulips dazzle your eyes in all their Technicolour. A new round of blooming...
April 20th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Only Orange Counts on Queen’s Day

Only Orange Counts on Queen’s Day
Make sure your Amsterdam spring holiday coincides with 30th April, Queen Beatrix’s official birthday. Celebrations take place throughout the country, but festivities in Amsterdam are more flamboyant and on a larger scale. On Koninginnedag, Queen’s Day, the city transforms itself into one vast orange...
April 18th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Amsterdam: What’s On This Week

Amsterdam: What’s On This Week
  The tourist season starts in April. This month can bring any kind of weather. If it’s rainy visit one of the many exhibitions in the museums. If the weather is glorious go to Keukenhof Flower Garden. The cultural season is still in full swing. Book your opera, concerts and ballet tickets direct...
April 16th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Friday Night – Skating Night

Friday Night – Skating Night
Grab your skates, don flowery clothes, bring a smile and join Friday Night Springtime Skate. Anyone can join as long as they are experienced skaters who can brake in expected and unexpected circumstances. Besides, they will have to keep up with the group’s speed. If not, the advice is practise...
April 14th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

XXX from Amsterdam with Love

XXX from Amsterdam with Love
Ubiquitous triple X is not a reference to Amsterdam’s Red Light District or the porn industry, but an emblem granted to the city by Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian. He borrowed large amounts of money from Amsterdam to finance military campaigns. In return, the Emperor granted Amsterdam the right to...
April 12th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Science Centre NEMO: More Than a Museum

Science Centre NEMO: More Than a Museum
The interactive science museum, NEMO is only a fifteen-minute walk from Centraal Station. The building is an eye catcher and resembles a huge ship’s deck This surreal green object seemingly emerging from the IJ River forms part of the entrance to the IJ tunnel. It is in stark contrast to Amsterdam’s...
April 10th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

My Top 3 Amsterdam Museums

My Top 3 Amsterdam Museums
With more than fifty museums, Amsterdam claims to be Europe’s cultural capital. Most famous are Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseums and Anne Frankhuis. All three welcome more than a million visitors each year. Why don’t you visit one of Amsterdam’s museums during National Museum weekend on 10 and 11...
April 8th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Amsterdam: Toy Beast Collectors’ Shop

Amsterdam: Toy Beast Collectors’ Shop
The bulbous-eyed frog wanted to leap up, but couldn’ t. It was attached to a grass-green rubber boot. A plastic sheep pushed a dinosaur aside and a spotted cow tumbled to the floor. Finger puppets looked longingly at customers’ hands. The Beestenwinkel, Toy Beast Collectors’ Shop, is a store turned...
April 6th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More

Buy a Museum Pass and Pay No Admission Fees

Buy a Museum Pass and Pay No Admission Fees
If you intend spending lots of time inside museums, the museumkaart – Museum Pass is what you need. Pay €39.95 and visit 400 Dutch museums for free. The pass is valid for one year. Buy your museumkaart in one of the participating museums or from Uitburo, Leidseplein 26. Opening hours: Monday –...
April 4th, 2010 | Amsterdam | Read More