Culture

Do the Anne Frank virtual reality tour with a free app

The Anne Frank house is of course a must for every tourist visiting Amsterdam. Even people who have visited the museum before often find that going twice or three times is highly rewarding because the exhibitions tend to be particularly successful in relating to a modern day audience.   The organisation behind the museum also […]

Why Eurostar symbolises a hidden dimension of the Dutch appetite for English

So I was planning to tell you all about the new Eurostar service to Amsterdam. But since it’s not going underway until near enough 2017, let me couch the subject into a rant about the English language skills of the Dutch. When you visit Amsterdam as an English person, you will be astonished at the ease […]

Amsterdam through Donna Tartt’s eyes.

Donna Tartt is a bit of a sensation the world over, due to the two best-sellers she managed to pen during the last twenty or so years. Off late, the fortunes of this famous author have started to affect Amsterdam, because the city is where her third novel, The Goldfinch, is partly set.   Tartt, […]

Harry Mulisch Museum opens

Historically, the Netherlands is known more for its painters than for its literary talent. Most tourists come to see works of the likes of Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Vermeer, Jan Steen and Van Gogh rather than to soak up the exploits of the Dutch literary elite. That makes the writers that you can discover into real […]

Amsterdam’s latest pastime: Vondelsurfing

The Amsterdam Vondelpark is known for its attraction for performance artists of all kinds. In recent years, many people have also started using the park as their venue of choice for conducting tuition in every conceivable art or sport. You see inline skate instructors offering lessons in slalom, line dancers hoisting pupils on rope, there’s […]

Your best options for adventurous slow food in Amsterdam

Slow food in a fast city like Amsterdam sounds unnatural. But of course, nothing could be more natural than grub, grown and/or procured locally, eaten in most cases on the spot. Various slow food outlets are receiving rave reviews in the press and that’s not only because they happen to operate in a popular niche […]

Improv comedy in English

English language comedy in Amsterdam? It’s being done! A few theatre companies originating from the UK have set up shop in Amsterdam and with great success. One of them is easylaughs -, a comedy improvisation group which insists on spelling their own name without a capital letter – funny! They have been active for over […]

Draw inspiration from the ideas of professionals at Pecha Kucha

Amsterdam boasts a lively Pecha Kucha scene. During Pecha Kucha meetings, presentations are held in a particular style which seems to have caught on in cities everywhere around the world. Originating in Japan, Pecha Kucha means ‘chit chat’ but the presentations are all but to the point. During the meetings, between eight and 14 very short, very focused presentations about […]

The revival of 70s urban renewal at ARCAM

If you are like me and a bit of a Grand Designs fanatic, you must see the ARCAM museum when you’re in Amsterdam. This centrally located architectural museum currently hosts an exhibition entitled ‘Learning from the Seventies’. This subject is rather topical in the current Amsterdam architectural climate, where urban renewal dominates the agenda, not […]

Boom Chicago – Number 1 for comedy in Amsterdam
Amsterdam blog - Boom Chicago - Jessica Cole Fancy a laugh? Then make sure you see Boom Chicago while you're in Amsterdam, for an unforgettable evening of comedy, food and music. Anyone who is planning a short stay in Amsterdam must make some space for an evening with Boom Chicago in their itinerary. The American [...]