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Amsterdam on a bike

Friday, July 13th, 2012

bikerentAutumn 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

The nine streets

Friday, June 1st, 2012

9_streetsThe nine streets De Negen Straatjes is a collective name given to nine small, cosy streets between Raadhuisstraat and Leidsestraat. They house a great number of vintage stores, alternative fashion, and specialised theme stores. The streets are also an excellent location for a good cup of coffee and a short escape from the busier streets of Amsterdam.

For those of you who’ve been there / are from there: it’s comparable to the Prenzlauerberg in Berlin or the Village in New York.

Loads of locals strolling around – an Amsterdam vibe pur sang.

A day out in the Amsterdam Zoo

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Artis, the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, founded in 1838, shows its historical character even before you walk through the gates: two golden eagles are perched proudly atop the main entrance. People enjoy the 19th-century atmosphere of the gardens: the winding paths, majestic trees, the fascinating sculptures and the monumental historical buildings. Artis is a haven of peace and quiet right in the city centre of Amsterdam.
Artis is a fascinating zoo. In an area of 14 hectares around 700 species of animals provide a magnificent overview of the entire animal kingdom. Amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, mammals and insects… all are superbly represented. Artis’s renowned Aquarium brings you face to face with … the secret life of Amsterdam’s canals! Around the zoo you’ll find many more Dutch and European animal and plant species, as well as more exotic ones. You can also come to quench your thirst for knowledge at the Planetarium, the museums and all kinds of smaller exhibitions.

visit the Amsterdam Zoo website

The Heineken experience

Monday, May 7th, 2012

… is one of the most popular things to do in Amsterdam.

Four levels of interactive experiences in the former brewery will dip your chin deep into the fascinating world of Heineken!

The entrance fee is €15 and two beers are included.

If you want to go there, and don’t want to wait in line… Just order your tickets online in advance .

Fill out a form, pay, print your tickets and spend more time in the brewery and not waiting in line! You can pay by either using a credit card or Ideal (for Dutch visitors). After completion of your order, the tickets will be sent to you by email and you need to print them yourself.

You can order your tickets here.

Open: Mon-Sun 11-19 (ticket sales till 17:30)
You have to be 18 to go here without supervision.

Friday night skate

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Friday Night Skate is a skating event for all and takes place every Friday night. The route is about 15 to 25 kilometres long. Every Friday throughout the year (if the streets are dry) well make a skate tour in Amsterdam of about 20 Kilometres. Anyone can join in for free under the condition that you are skilled skater who is able brake well.If it turns out you cannot keep up or if you are not skilled enough, you will be asked to quit and practise more before you join again.

The volunteers try their best to make every skate tour through the city safe, still joining the Friday Night Skate is always at your own risk. The tourorganisors, Foundation Skate and/or other volunteer workers do not accept any responsibility for injuries or damages.The use of a helmet, wrist-, elbow- and knee protection is strongly recommended!

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Art and antiques fair

Thursday, November 18th, 2010


21-28 November

PAN Amsterdam is the most important national art and antiques fair and a must for every art lover. PAN Amsterdam has many faces: contemporary and modern art and design go hand in hand with objects that have a long history—a beach scene by Cézanne, a 16th-century Madonna, a spectacular glass chandelier.

Quality is all important. Every object is vetted for authenticity, artistic quality and condition before the fair opens. More than eighty experts are responsible for this. Any object that does not satisfy the strict criteria is immediately removed from the fair. This inspires confidence and assurance, whether you are buying a costly old master or a Roman glass for €800.
An art fair with many faces
PAN Amsterdam attracts more than 35,000 visitors every year—young and old, from museums to private art enthusiasts, art advisors and interior designers. PAN Amsterdam is an inspiring place for anyone who loves beauty; wants to give their home an individual identity, is looking for a gift with a history, or simply falls in love with that beautiful little cabinet or that painting which sends shivers down your spine.

Cannabis Cup

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

23RD HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup

NOVEMBER 21-25, 2010 – Amsterdam

cannabis cupFor all Cannabis lovers, the notorious Highlife Cannabis Cup will be held somewhere in November in Amsterdam! The wildly popular Cannabis Cup draws people from around the world to celebrate ‘the spiritual, medical, industrial and recreational uses of cannabis.’

What can you expect? Loads of people from all over the world visiting Amsterdam to sample the wonderful selection of Dutch marijuana and imported hashish! There will be an expo, seminars and parties nightly!

Locations: Melkweg and loads of participating coffeeshops all over Amsterdam
Entrance fee:

Judge’s passes cost $250.00 in advance.
Judge’s passes cost 250 euro at the door.
No passes are sold online after November 15th, 2010.

Website: (link  opens in new window)

I can’t afford the pass. Can I still attend the event?

Yes. You can buy single ticket admission to the expo at the PowerZone for 30 euros. These day passes are not available in advance. You can also purchase single admission tickets to concerts at the Melkweg (provided they have not sold out in advance). These tickets are available only through from the Melkweg box office. For concert dates check