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The Amsterdam Tulip Museum

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

tulipmuseum1.jpg 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
Prinsengracht 112
1015 EA Amsterdam
Netherlands
Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM.
Telephone +31 (0)20 421 00 95
Fax +31 (0)20 421 34 04

Canal cruise

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

boattrip

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:
http://www.canal.nl
http://www.lovers.nl
http://www.rederijkooij.nl

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Eastindiaman Amsterdam

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Eastindiaman Amsterdam

 

VOC ships like the Amsterdam sailed to the Far East. The outward journey took around eight months, the return voyage one month less. From 1602 to 1795, 1461 East Indiamen made 4800 voyages. Less than 4 per cent (192) were lost at sea.

The original Amsterdam sailed up the North Sea in 1749. In a raging storm the rudder snapped. The master decided to beach the brand-new ship on the south coast of England. Thus he hoped to save the people on board, the cargo and the vessel.

But the East Indiaman soon sank into the mud, never to be freed again. The wreck has provided archaeologists with valuable information about the construction of VOC ships, their cargoes and life on board.

The Amsterdam, a VOC ship from 1990

In 1985, almost 200 years after the demise of the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie, the keel was laid for a new East Indiaman. The original example was largely copied during construction. But modern standards also created differences: the hull and decks are made of tropical wood instead of oak, there is standing room between the decks, the spars are glued and stairs replace ladders. More than 400 volunteers worked on this new Amsterdam, which has been berthed at the Maritime Museum since 1991.

On the outward voyage, half the hold was filled with food and drink for around 240 men for eight months. On the return journey, the hold was filled with cargo and victuals for only around 70 men.

Cargo on the outward journey

On their way to Asia, the East Indiamen carried bricks and guns for the various VOC settlements and strongholds. And, of course, food, drink and clothes for the sailors and VOC soldiers on board. Plus pots and pans and tools. Silver and gold coins and bullion were brought along for the purchase of Asian goods.

Return cargo

Products from all over Asia filled the hold. Tin, pepper and other spices, fabrics, tea and china were stowed in such a way that they could withstand the voyage to the Netherlands without breakage or rot.

Bread room

The bread room was iron-plated to keep the supply of hardtack and cheese safe from vermin.

read more on the maritime musuem

Where to eat in Amsterdam, from ridiculously cheap to more luxurious

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

sports cafeBesides the restaurants , we’ve included some worthwhile cafés and bars for you to get your meals and drinks . A large number of more touristy bars can be found around the Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. There’s plenty of other areas in Amsterdam with great nightlife! Try for example the Nieuwmarkt near the Red Light District, or De Pijp and Jordaan areas for more of the local bars. Most cafés and bars are also great for hanging out in daytime.

If you want to eat a bit more in euhm … style, 😉 there are numerous international restaurants spread all over Amsterdam. The wide range of restaurants and eateries in Amsterdam represent a melting pot of cultures. We’ve selected the best ones for you, from ridiculously cheap to more luxurious, and from steaks and sushi to vegan and vegetarian! So pick your own favorites and remember cheap is not all bad.

Checkout our food and drink section for more information

Top 10 hostels in Amsterdam April 2010

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Top 10 hostels in Amsterdam …decided by the guests who have stayed there in March 2010.

We have a newcomer in the top 10. On 7 there is Chill-House Hostel who scores a 100% on location.

The total customer rating is build up from 6 factors. What is the character of the place, how was the security, was the location any good, how was the staff, was it a good place to have fun besides sleeping and how clean was the hostel.

You have to decide for yourselves which of the above features is the most important to you.

The first places in the top 10 are filled with apartments and houseboats. number 1, The Amsterdam Cribs / Red Light, which offers only private rooms and no dorms, is the most favourite place with the highest ratings of character, location, and the security.
So if you are with four people…
The Marie-Anns Houseboat/Deo Volente is the place to be for the most fun ( it is not big though, so if you want to meet people to have fun with you have to look to one of the hostels). Marie-Anns Houseboat/Deo Volente is also the cleanest of them all and has the friendliest staff together with the Lucky Lake Hostel (staff)

If you want to stay in a hostel (with a bar) and meet new people
the Flying Pig,
the Bulldog, or Durty Nellys Inn would be the first hostels in the top 10,

 

But as this is being the top 10 all of the places here are quite good ;-). Just look what you want to get out of the place you stay and what fits you the best. Ultimately the choice is yours 🙂

The Top 10 Hostels in Amsterdam for April 2010

95% Customer Rating
Character 95% | Security 96% | Location 100% | Staff 95%| Fun 89% | Cleanliness 91%

This hostel is aimed towards people looking to explore the city at a laid back pace. Located in the heart of the city, only five mins from the Dam Square, Royal Palace, and the Red Light District. …

more info »

Facilities
* Internet Access* Free of Charge * WiFi in Room * WiFi in Lobby * Guest Kitchen * Cable TV * DVD`s * Linen Included * TV * Refrigerator * Towels Hire * Hairdryer for Hire * Iron/Ironing Board * Luggage Storage



93% Customer Rating
Character 95% | Security 95% | Location 80% | Staff 97%| Fun 93% | Cleanliness 98%

Here you can relax quietly on the water after a busy day in our beautiful town. Sitting on the roof of the boat you have a beautiful view over the old city. 10 min walk from Central Station. …

more info »

Facilities
* Internet Access * Free of Charge * Web Access in Lobby * Guest Kitchen * Breakfast * Not Included * Cable TV * Common Room * Outdoor Terraced Area * Linen Included * Security Lockers * TV * Reading Light * BBQ Area * Hairdryer for Hire * Parking * Bicycle Parking * On Street Parking * Bar * Iron/Ironing Board * Tours Desk * Luggage Storage



90% Customer Rating
Character 89% | Security 88% | Location 99% | Staff 90%| Fun 90% | Cleanliness 85%

Located in the centre of the city, just five minutes walk from the Dam Square, Royal Palace, and the Red Light District. This is a smokers getaway in the centre of Amsterdam. … more info »

Facilities

* Internet Access * Free of Charge * WiFi in Room * Guest Kitchen * Cable TV * DVD`s * Common Room * Linen Included * TV * Refrigerator * Towels Hire * Hairdryer for Hire * Iron/Ironing Board * Luggage Storage


89% Customer Rating
Character 92% | Security 86% | Location 89% | Staff 96%| Fun 85% | Cleanliness 87%

Our hostelboat is located right in the heart of the city. Docked at the Oosterdok in the Nautical Quarter, and situated just a few minutes walk from the Central Station. … more info »

* Breakfast * Buffet * Included * Full * Guest Kitchen * Cable TV * DVD`s * Common Room * Outdoor Terraced Area * Games Room * Library * Linen Included * TV * Refrigerator * Washing Machine/Dryer * 24 Hour Security * Towels Hire * Bar * Tours Desk * Luggage Storage * 24 Hour Reception * Tax included


89% Customer Rating
Character 94% | Security 90% | Location 78% | Staff 93%| Fun 90% | Cleanliness 90%

Funky, alternative and as green as possible, is the adventurous, artistic and romantic that like to stay here. Surrounded by other boats and gardens you feel like you are in a small oasis in the city… more info »

Facilities
* Breakfast
* Buffet
* Included
* Internet Access
* Free of Charge
* Web Access in Room
* WiFi in Room
* WiFi in Lobby
* Guest Kitchen
* Cable TV
* Common Room
* Outdoor Terraced Area
* Linen Included
* Security Lockers
* TV
* Refrigerator
* BBQ Area
* Washing Machine/Dryer
* Hairdryer for Hire
* Parking
* On Street
* Bicycle Parking
* Luggage Storage



89% Customer Rating
Character 94% | Security 86% | Location 70% | Staff 97%| Fun 92% | Cleanliness 93%

This accommodation is made up of caravans and cabins forming a fantastic hostel.In a great location, next to the Vinkeveense Plassen, a manmade lake where you can swim, kayak, fish, sail & scuba dive… more info »

Facilities
* Internet Access * Free of Charge * Web Access in Lobby * WiFi in Lobby * Guest Kitchen * Postal Service * Card Phones * Bicycle Hire * DVD`s * Common Room * Outdoor Terraced Area * Games Room * Fussball * Linen Included * Reading Light * BBQ Area * Breakfast * Included * Washing Machine/Dryer * Towels Hire * Hairdryer for Hire * Parking * Free Parking * Bicycle Parking * Luggage Storage * Tax included



88% Customer Rating
Character 88% | Security 78% | Location 100% | Staff 90%| Fun 88% | Cleanliness 80%

Chill-House Hostel is located in the artistic Jordaan neighborhood, one of the trendiest and coziest areas of the city.
It is plenty of great bars, lounges and restaurants (e.g. on the Noordermarkt and Westerstraat). … more info »

Facilities
* Guest Kitchen * DVD`s * Games Room * Library * TV * Refrigerator * Reading Light * Parking * Bicycle Parking * Internet Access * WiFi in Lobby * Tours Desk * Luggage Storage * 24 Hour Reception * Currency Exchange


85% Customer Rating
Character 89% | Security 85% | Location 96% | Staff 89%| Fun 90% | Cleanliness 73%

The Flying Pig Downtown is THE place to enjoy that real Amsterdam vibe. Staff and guests together make the Pig world famous! more info »

Facilities
* Breakfast * Buffet * Included * Continental * Internet Access * Free of Charge * Web Access in Lobby * WiFi in Room * WiFi in Lobby * Guest Kitchen * Card Phones * Bicycle Hire * Cable TV * DVD`s * Common Room * Outdoor Terraced Area * Pool Table * Library * Linen Included * Security Lockers * Reading Light * Key Card Access * 24 Hour Security * Towels Hire * Bar * Café * Luggage Storage * Elevator * 24 Hour Reception


87% Customer Rating
Character 87% | Security 86% | Location 95% | Staff 84%| Fun 86% | Cleanliness 82%

Our excellently located hostel is in the centre of all the action. We are a newly renovated, self-styled, clean and cool hostel in the heart of the city just 8 minutes walk from Central Station. … more info »

Facilities
* Internet Access * WiFi in Room * WiFi in Lobby * Card Phones * Cable TV * DVD`s * Common Room * Outdoor Terraced Area * Games Room * Pool Table * Linen Included * Security Lockers * Breakfast * Included * Washing Machine/Dryer * 24 Hour Security * Hairdryer for Hire * Bar * Restaurant * Air Conditioning * Luggage Storage * Elevator * Wheelchair Accessible * 24 Hour Reception * Tax included


85% Customer Rating
Character 83% | Security 79% | Location 95% | Staff 88%| Fun 81% | Cleanliness 81%

Durty Nellys Irish Hostel and bar ,Amsterdam offers clean and comfortable accommodation right in the middle of the Coolest city on the Planet.We have a total of 60 beds catering for individuals through to small groups. All accommodations are non smoking! … … more info »

Facilities
* Breakfast * Buffet * Included * Continental * Internet Access * Web Access in Lobby * WiFi in Room * WiFi in Lobby * Pool Table * Linen Included * Security Lockers * Key Card Access * 24 Hour Security * Towels Hire * Hairdryer for Hire * Bar * Restaurant * Air Conditioning * Ceiling Fan * Tours Desk * Luggage Storage * 24 Hour Reception * Tax included



Top 10 hostels in Amsterdam – February 2010

Monday, February 1st, 2010

…decided by the choices of  guests who have stayed in Amsterdam in January.

Not much change from the previous month but we have a newcomer in the top 10. The Saint Christopher at the Winston.

The total customer rating is build up from 6 factors. What is the character of the place, how was the security, was the location any good, how was the staff, was it a good place to have fun besides sleeping and how clean was the hostel.

You have to decide for yourselves which of the above features is the most important to you.

The first places in the top 10 are filled with apartments and houseboats. number 1, The Amsterdam Cribs / Red Light, which only has private rooms and no dorms, is the most favorite place with the higest ratings of character, location and the security. So if you are with four people…The Jonas Houseboat is the place to be for the most fun ( it is not big though, so if you want to meet people to have fun with you have to look to one of the hostels). Marie-Anns Houseboat/Deo Volente is the cleanest of them all and has the friendliest staff.

If you want to stay in a hostel and meet new people, the Bulldog, the Flying Pig or The Winston would be the first hostels in the top 10

But as this is being the top 10 all of the places here are quite good ;-). Just look what you want to get out of the place you stay and what fits you the best. Ultimately the choice is yours 🙂

The Top 10 Hostels in Amsterdam for February 2010

93% Customer Rating
Character 94% | Security 95% | Location 100% | Staff 95%| Fun 90% | Cleanliness 90%

This hostel is aimed towards people looking to explore the city at a laid back pace. Located in the heart of the city, only five mins from the Dam Square, Royal Palace, and the Red Light District. …

more info »

Facilities
* Internet Access * Free of Charge * WiFi in Room * WiFi in Lobby * Guest Kitchen * Cable TV * DVD`s * Linen Included * TV * Refrigerator * Towels Hire * Hairdryer for Hire * Iron/Ironing Board * Luggage Storage



92% Customer Rating
Character 96% | Security 93% | Location 81% | Staff 96%| Fun 89% | Cleanliness 99%

Here you can relax quietly on the water after a busy day in our beautiful town. Sitting on the roof of the boat you have a beautiful view over the old city. 10 min walk from Central Station. …
more info »

Facilities
* Internet Access * Free of Charge * Web Access in Lobby * Guest Kitchen * Breakfast * Not Included * Cable TV * Common Room * Outdoor Terraced Area * Linen Included * Security Lockers * TV * Reading Light * BBQ Area * Hairdryer for Hire * Parking * Bicycle Parking * On Street Parking * Bar * Iron/Ironing Board * Tours Desk * Luggage Storage



91% Customer Rating
Character 97% | Security 89% | Location 82% | Staff 96%| Fun 94% | Cleanliness 85%

Funky, alternative and as green as possible, is the adventurous, artistic and romantic that like to stay here. Surrounded by other boats and gardens you feel like you are in a small oasis in the city… more info »

Facilities
* Breakfast * Buffet * Included * Internet Access * Free of Charge * Web Access in Room * WiFi in Room * WiFi in Lobby * Guest Kitchen * Cable TV * Common Room * Outdoor Terraced Area * Linen Included * Security Lockers * TV * Refrigerator * BBQ Area * Washing Machine/Dryer * Hairdryer for Hire * Parking * On Street * Bicycle Parking * Luggage Storage



88% Customer Rating
Character 95% | Security 82% | Location 94% | Staff 86%| Fun 92% | Cleanliness 82%

Old two storey houseboat located about 3 mins from Amsterdam Central Station. We have a lounge where large windows offer views over the dock, which is surrounded by a number of historical buildings … more info »

Facilities
* Internet Access * Free of Charge * WiFi in Room * WiFi in Lobby * Breakfast * Not Included * Swimming Pool * Outdoor * DVD`s * Common Room * Outdoor Terraced Area * Linen Included * Security Lockers * Refrigerator * Luggage Storage



88% Customer Rating
Character 90% | Security 86% | Location 90% | Staff 93%| Fun 84% | Cleanliness 87%

Our hostelboat is located right in the heart of the city. Docked at the Oosterdok in the Nautical Quarter, and situated just a few minutes walk from the Central Station. … more info »

* Breakfast * Buffet * Included * Full * Guest Kitchen * Cable TV * DVD`s * Common Room * Outdoor Terraced Area * Games Room * Library * Linen Included * TV * Refrigerator * Washing Machine/Dryer * 24 Hour Security * Towels Hire * Bar * Tours Desk * Luggage Storage * 24 Hour Reception * Tax included



88% Customer Rating
Character 86% | Security 86% | Location 98% | Staff 90%| Fun 83% | Cleanliness 83%

Located in the centre of the city, just five minutes walk from the Dam Square, Royal Palace, and the Red Light District. This is a smokers getaway in the centre of Amsterdam. … more info »

Facilities
* Internet Access * Free of Charge * WiFi in Room * Guest Kitchen * Cable TV * DVD`s * Common Room * Linen Included * TV * Refrigerator * Towels Hire * Hairdryer for Hire * Iron/Ironing Board * Luggage Storage


87% Customer Rating
Character 86% | Security 86% | Location 95% | Staff 84%| Fun 87% | Cleanliness 84%

Our excellently located hostel is in the centre of all the action. We are a newly renovated, self-styled, clean and cool hostel in the heart of the city just 8 minutes walk from Central Station. … more info »

Facilities
* Internet Access * WiFi in Room * WiFi in Lobby * Card Phones * Cable TV * DVD`s * Common Room * Outdoor Terraced Area * Games Room * Pool Table * Linen Included * Security Lockers * Breakfast * Included * Washing Machine/Dryer * 24 Hour Security * Hairdryer for Hire * Bar * Restaurant * Air Conditioning * Luggage Storage * Elevator * Wheelchair Accessible * 24 Hour Reception * Tax included


85% Customer Rating
Character 87% | Security 84% | Location 96% | Staff 87%| Fun 87% | Cleanliness 71%

The Flying Pig Downtown is THE place to enjoy that real Amsterdam vibe. Staff and guests together make the Pig world famous! more info »

Facilities
* Breakfast * Buffet * Included * Continental * Internet Access * Free of Charge * Web Access in Lobby * WiFi in Room * WiFi in Lobby * Guest Kitchen * Card Phones * Bicycle Hire * Cable TV * DVD`s * Common Room * Outdoor Terraced Area * Pool Table * Library * Linen Included * Security Lockers * Reading Light * Key Card Access * 24 Hour Security * Towels Hire * Bar * Café * Luggage Storage * Elevator * 24 Hour Reception


85% Customer Rating
Character 90% | Security 85% | Location 74% | Staff 90%| Fun 84% | Cleanliness 87%

This accommodation is made up of caravans and cabins forming a fantastic hostel.In a great location, next to the Vinkeveense Plassen, a manmade lake where you can swim, kayak, fish, sail & scuba dive… more info »

Facilities
* Internet Access * Free of Charge * Web Access in Lobby * WiFi in Lobby * Guest Kitchen * Postal Service * Card Phones * Bicycle Hire * DVD`s * Common Room * Outdoor Terraced Area * Games Room * Fussball * Linen Included * Reading Light * BBQ Area * Breakfast * Included * Washing Machine/Dryer * Towels Hire * Hairdryer for Hire * Parking * Free Parking * Bicycle Parking * Luggage Storage * Tax included



83% Customer Rating
Character 82% | Security 81% | Location 94% | Staff 81%| Fun 84% | Cleanliness 74%

St. Christopher’s at The Winston Most of our rooms and hallways were designed by local and international artists. Home to the city’s one and only Belushi’s Bar where you’ll find good music, great food and drink promotions. … … more info »

Facilities
* Breakfast * Buffet * Included * Continental * Internet Access * Free of Charge * Web Access in Lobby * WiFi in Lobby * Outdoor Terraced Area * Pool Table * Linen Included * 24 Hour Security * Hairdryer for Hire * Bar * Café * Restaurant * Air Conditioning * Tours Desk * Luggage Storage * Elevator * 24 Hour Reception



Amsterdam top 10 hostels January 2010

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

…decided by the guests who have stayed there.

The total customer rating is build up from 6 factors. What is the Character of the place, how was the security, was the location any good, how was the staff, was it a good place to have fun besides sleeping and how clean was the hostel.

You have to decide for yourselves which of the above features is the most important to you.

Amsterdam Cribs / Red Light, which only has private rooms and no dorms, is the most favorite place with the higest ratings of character, location and the security. So if you are with four people…The Jonas Houseboat is the place to be for the most fun ( it is not big though, so if you want to meet people to have fun with you have to look to one of the hostels). Marie-Anns Houseboat/Deo Volente is the cleanest of them all and has the friendliest staff. But as this is being the top 10 they are all quite good ;-). So ultimately the choice is yours 🙂

The Top 10 Hostels in Amsterdam of January 2010

93% Customer Rating
Character 94% | Security 96% | Location 100% | Staff 92%| Fun 86% | Cleanliness 88%

This hostel is aimed towards people looking to explore the city at a laid back pace. Located in the heart of the city, only five mins from the Dam Square, Royal Palace, and the Red Light District. … more info »



91% Customer Rating
Character 94% | Security 93% | Location 80% | Staff 95%| Fun 88% | Cleanliness 99%

Here you can relax quietly on the water after a busy day in our beautiful town. Sitting on the roof of the boat you have a beautiful view over the old city. 10 min walk from Central Station. … more info »



91% Customer Rating
Character 92% | Security 89% | Location 84% | Staff 96%| Fun 94% | Cleanliness 86%

Funky, alternative and as green as possible, is the adventurous, artistic and romantic that like to stay here. Surrounded by other boats and gardens you feel like you are in a small oasis in the city… more info »



88% Customer Rating
Character 96% | Security 80% | Location 93% | Staff 88%| Fun 91% | Cleanliness 81%

Old two storey houseboat located about 3 mins from Amsterdam Central Station. We have a lounge where large windows offer views over the dock, which is surrounded by a number of historical buildings … more info »



88% Customer Rating
Character 85% | Security 87% | Location 98% | Staff 90%| Fun 85% | Cleanliness 83%

Located in the centre of the city, just five minutes walk from the Dam Square, Royal Palace, and the Red Light District. This is a smokers getaway in the centre of Amsterdam. … more info »



87% Customer Rating
Character 86% | Security 86% | Location 95% | Staff 85%| Fun 87% | Cleanliness 84%

Our excellently located hostel is in the centre of all the action. We are a newly renovated, self-styled, clean and cool hostel in the heart of the city just 8 minutes walk from Central Station. … more info »



87% Customer Rating
Character 88% | Security 83% | Location 88% | Staff 92%| Fun 82% | Cleanliness 85%

Our hostelboat is located right in the heart of the city. Docked at the Oosterdok in the Nautical Quarter, and situated just a few minutes walk from the Central Station. … more info »



85% Customer Rating
Character 91% | Security 86% | Location 73% | Staff 90%| Fun 85% | Cleanliness 87%

This accommodation is made up of caravans and cabins forming a fantastic hostel.In a great location, next to the Vinkeveense Plassen, a manmade lake where you can swim, kayak, fish, sail & scuba dive… more info »



85% Customer Rating
Character 86% | Security 84% | Location 95% | Staff 88%| Fun 86% | Cleanliness 71%

The Flying Pig Downtown is THE place to enjoy that real Amsterdam vibe. Staff and guests together make the Pig world famous! more info »



83% Customer Rating
Character 80% | Security 85% | Location 85% | Staff 92%| Fun 80% | Cleanliness 77%

We are excellently located in city centre 3 mins walking distance from Central Station and minutes from Dam Square. You can’t miss what this city has to offer while staying at our great hostel … more info »




Top 10 hostels in Amsterdam …

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

…decided by the guests who have stayed there.

The total customer rating is build up from 6 factors. What is the Character of the place, how was the security, was the location any good, how was the staff, was it a good place to have fun besides sleeping and how clean was the hostel.

You have to decide for yourselves which of the above features is the most important to you.

The Amsterdam Cribs, which only has private rooms and no dorms, is the most favorite place. The Stargate Amsterdam is the place to be for the most fun. Passenger Ship Maria Alberta is the cleanest of them all. Jonas Houseboat hold the fort for security and the Flying Pig Downtown has a very good reputation for its character, security, location, staff and fun, but you should not be to picky on the cleanliness if you want to go there. So ultimately the choice is yours 😉

The Top 10 Hostels in Amsterdam of October 2008

90% Customer Rating
 
Character 91% | Security 88% | Location 96% | Staff 94%| Fun 89% | Cleanliness 84%

As avid backpackers, we wanted to create a fun place for tourists to stay that feels like a home away from home….more info..»


90% Customer Rating
 
Character 89% | Security 87% | Location 94% | Staff 88%| Fun 93% | Cleanliness 88%

Stargate Amsterdam is the place to be! Stargate Amsterdam is smoking friendly. The atmosphere here is to say at least laid back! …more info..»


87% Customer Rating
 
Character 92% | Security 89% | Location 86% | Staff 88%| Fun 86% | Cleanliness 83%

Couples love to stay on JONAS HOUSEBOAT. Jonas is a designer hosting guests on his Amsterdam houseboat….more info..»

87% Customer Rating
 
Character 90% | Security 85% | Location 95% | Staff 90%| Fun 89% | Cleanliness 74%

Cheap prices & a lot of free extra’s. In the middle of the city centre. Voted one of the top 10 hostels in the world. The cherry on top of your Amsterdam experience!……more info..»


86% Customer Rating
 
Character 92% | Security 84% | Location 86% | Staff 86%| Fun 76% | Cleanliness 89%

The Maria Alberta is a small passenger ship, that can accommodate up to ten guests. We provide Bed & Breakfast service, right in the centre of Amsterdam. ……more info..»


83% Customer Rating
 
Character 84% | Security 87% | Location 93% | Staff 74%| Fun 82% | Cleanliness 79%

A newly renovated, stylish, clean and cool hostel in the heart of downtown, close to Dam square……more info..»


82% Customer Rating
 
Character 87% | Security 80% | Location 81% | Staff 84%| Fun 87% | Cleanliness 75%

Formerly known as The Flying Pig Palace Hostel…. This Flying Pig is located in the centre of Amsterdam in the midst of the cities’ crazy & funky nightlife. …


81% Customer Rating
 
Character 83% | Security 80% | Location 93% | Staff 80%| Fun 84% | Cleanliness 69%

One of the most innovative St Christopher’s Inns where every room is a piece of art! This budget art hotel and hostel is THE place to be for Good Value and a Fun, Safe an……more info..»


81% Customer Rating
 
Character 85% | Security 80% | Location 86% | Staff 85%| Fun 72% | Cleanliness 77%

The Vita Nova is a cosy ship located in the centre of Amsterdam near to the central railway station….more info..»


80% Customer Rating
 
Character 77% | Security 88% | Location 83% | Staff 80%| Fun 72% | Cleanliness 80%

This Hostelling International hostel is situated right in the city centre, alongside the beautiful Vondelpark and within walking distance of all major attractions. ……more info..»



Amsterdam Vondelpark Skate event

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

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.


take a look at their website

Rembrandt Laughing still to be seen until 20 july

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

From 7 June – 29 June 20 july 2008 you will have the opportunity to see a recent discovered work of Rembrandt in the Rembandthouse in Amsterdam

In October 2007 a painting of a laughing man came to light, and there was speculation that it might be by Rembrandt.

It has now been established on a range of technical and stylistic grounds that this is an authentic early work by Rembrandt dating from around 1628.

This painting will be on show in the Rembrandt House from 7 June until 29 June. It is being presented to the public, together with a small number of related works and extensive documentation, in Rembrandt’s former studio.

Although this little painting was feted as a new discovery, its existence was already known of thanks to a reproductive print dating from around 1800. The printmaker believed that it was a painting by Frans Hals, but in the early twentieth century several art historians became convinced that the print was produced after a work by Rembrandt. This view, however, went virtually unnoticed by the art world.

When the painting surfaced at an English sale in 2007, some people recognized it as an authentic Rembrandt. In the ensuing months it was subjected to an exhaustive examination by the Rembrandt Research Project in association with a British laboratory. It has now been established on a range of technical and stylistic grounds that this is an authentic early work by Rembrandt dating from around 1628.

During the early part of his career Rembrandt studied the various emotions (‘affects’) of human beings as they were expressed in the face and in the posture. The painting is an exceptional expression of this interest. A number of striking similarities between this work and Rembrandt’s early self-portrait of around 1629 in Nuremberg leaves it in no doubt that this little picture must have been painted in front of a mirror. Hence the title that has been chosen: Rembrandt Laughing.

Read more on current exhibitions and events in Amsterdam on the Amsterdam Agenda