Now is the time to visit the fields full of flowers here in Holland. These are the last weeks that you can find them in a great variety along the coastline of Holland. So if you are in Amsterdam rent a bike and get out in those fields in the villages around Amsterdam. In the Hotel or Hostel where you are staying they can tell you where to go.
Have a great time outside. Its springtime
I will keep you posted
untill 25 April 2013
The Van Gogh Museum’s temporary stay at the Hermitage Amsterdam is an opportunity to discover the work of Vincent van Gogh in an entirely new way. Admire works by Vincent van Gogh from tour collection in a new context. This presentation of some 75 important paintings, combined with letters, drawings and objects, allows you to follow Vincent on his personal quest to the heart of his artistic being, while exploring the themes of his art.
Top pieces, such as Sunflowers, The bedroom, Almond blossom, The potato eaters and The yellow house, are displayed in surprising combinations of earlier and later works. The presentation will reveal what drove Van Gogh as an artist. Sometimes he was fascinated by the technical sides of his profession, such as the effect of colour and the creation of a personal style; other times he focused on specifi c subjects, such as peasant life, modern portraits and nature. These ideas guided him through his quest, and also structure the presentation.
read more on the van Goghmuseum
From 23 until 27 January 2013 the Amsterdam International Fashion Week will take place. Amsterdam Fashion Week Uptown is a combination of fashion shows of upcoming talents, designers and commercial labels and brands. Uptown offers a broad and diverse programme meant for the fashion professional and their relations. Every edition the Uptown-programme draws the attention of both national as well as international press and buyers. Uptown is organized twice a year, the Summer/Spring edition in July and the Fall/Winter edition in January at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.
Watch the full overview of the events of Fashion Weekend and Downtown below. Make sure to download the Amsterdam Fashion Week app for all information on the move! You can download the app for free in your app store for iPhone and Android!
Public can visit Fashion Week DOWNTOWN. This programme consists of numerous public catwalk shows, parties, shop launches, lectures and exhibitions, all organized in collaboration with local museums, galleries, clubs and shops. All information about Fashion Week DOWNTOWN can be found here.
picture: aurum, still from Fashion Film Aurum for Sepehr Maghsoud © Jim Roses
The Grachtenfestival 2012 takes place from 10 – 19 August
If you are into classical music than you must not miss this. The Canal Festival (Grachtenfestival) is a summer spectacle which will fill the Amsterdam summer evenings with classical music. The free concerts are held at special locations like houses and gardens of locals, concert halls, historic buildings, museums and the area around the Prinsengracht. Check here for more information:
Amsterdam got canals and Amsterdam got bikes. They form the perfect combination for a canal bike.
On a Canal Bike you can discover the city and the canals from the water at your own pace. The Canal Bike can be rented from one mooring and returned to another. There are more than 100 4-seater pedal boats and in case there is a spot of rain a free rainshield will be provided. On a Canal Bike you can forget the traffic and see some amazing little canals.
A brochure with a map and several route descriptions is available to make your tour in the canals even more fun and interesting.
Daily from 10h00 till 18h00.
In summertime till 22h00.
Rijksmuseum, Leidseplein, Anne Frank House/Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht/Leidsestraat.
Prices: from € 7pp and up
check out the website here
Het Scheepvaartmuseum, the National Maritime Museum, shows how the Dutch culture has been shaped by the sea. Stimulating, interactive exhibitions allow visitors to explore 500 years of maritime history. Attractive object exhibitions show the best of our world famous collection. We have special exhibitions for children, including See you in the Golden Age and The tale of the whale. We even have one for children under the age of 6: Sal & Lori and Circus at Sea. And last but not least: the exciting ride Voyage at Sea is suitable for all ages and the famous replica of the VOC ship Amsterdam is back at the quay. Het Scheepvaartmuseum has been completely renovated, but still exudes history and is a beautifully imposing and impressive building in the heart of Amsterdam.
Het Scheepvaartmuseum welcomes visitors from all over the world. A day ticket gives you access to our beautiful and inspiring exhibitions and the opportunity to learn about the fascinating maritime history. We also have various museum facilities that are open to the public free of charge, including the Central Square, the Open Courtyard, the museum shop Het Pakhuys, Restaurant Stalpaert, the library and the waterside patio. Perfect for a stroll, a delicious meal or a nice cup of coffee or tea while enjoying the museum’s ambiance.
- The museum and the museum shop are open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.
- The restaurant and patio are open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.
- The library is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 5 pm.
- Het Scheepvaartmuseum is closed on Queen’s Day (30 April), Christmas Day (25 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January). The library is also closed on 24, 26 and 31 December.
- 15.00 euros | adults (18 and up)
- 12.00 euros | groups: min. 15 p. (reservation required)
- 7.50 euros | children 5-17 years, seniors (65 and older), holders of Stadspas, CJP (Culture Youth Pass)
- free | children 0-4 years, Museumkaart (National Museum Pass), I amsterdam City Card, Rembrandt Society, ICOM
how to get there?
Het Scheepvaartmuseum is approximately a 15 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station. To reach the museum you can cross the Prins Hendrikkade or take the route passed the Amsterdam Public Library. The museum is also easy to reach by public transport. Bus 22 (Indische buurt) and bus 48 (Borneo Eiland) depart from the Nicolaaskerk, the church at your left when leaving the main hall/main exit of Amsterdam Central Station. Both buses stop close to the museum at Kadijksplein.
More information you will find on the website of the maritime museum
A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist’s developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection. The museum also holds an extensive offer of exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history.
Read more at the Van Gogh Museum
Autumn is a beautiful time to get on a bike and explore Amsterdam, the trees are colouring golden brown and the (coffee)shops are warm and cosy. Amsterdam is a small city, if you are not in a hurry you can walk through the city from one pace to the other. Walking from the Red Light District to the cultural center (near the Vondelpark) only takes about 20 minutes.
But if you want to see more of the city on a day you might want to rent a bike and drive freely around in the city.
There are a couple of places where you can rent a bike.
MacBikes has three outlets, if you are coming by train there is a Macbike on the left when you leave the Central station. check map
There is a MacBike at the leidse plein and a MacBike in the east center of Amsterdam. Prices from € 7
There is also a place called mike’s bikes Tours where you can get a biketour through the city or just rent a bike to do your own tour. Prices from €5
In this museum you will learn about the story of the world’s most dangerous flower, whose beauty drove Sultans, the wealthy and the common man alike to madness and bankruptcy.
Founded in 2004, the Amsterdam Tulip Museum seeks to fill a void in the history of the tulip. Amsterdam has no comparable institution dedicated to telling Holland’s fascinating horticultural story. Located in the Jordaan district, the museum offers a special reward for anyone interested in gardening, or simply sightseeing in Amsterdam. The exhibits include several interactive video displays that trace the tulip bulb from its ancient wild origins to modern 21st century cultivation.
Amsterdam Tulip Museum
1015 EA Amsterdam
Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM.
Telephone +31 (0)20 421 00 95
Fax +31 (0)20 421 34 04
Amsterdam wouldn’t be Amsterdam without all its characteristic little canals. Renting a canal bike and get lost is great fun, but for you lazy guys out there, there are also guided tours on canal boats, most of which leave near the central train station, but also from the backside of the Paradiso, at the Singelgracht. A day pass gives you unlimited use of the canal bus and includes discounts on some attractions. Or if you’re in the party mood, go for the pub or cocktail cruise. Check some of these websites for more information: