Culture

New herring – a thing to go for while in Amsterdam

For more than 600 years Holland has been a prominent consumer of herring – preferable and predominantly raw. If you are planning a short stay in Amsterdam, try to arrange it for the beginning of June to get the best of the best of ‘Hollandse Nieuwe’ – ‘new herring’.

Treat yourself with 5 Days Off this March – one of the biggest music events of the year

If you are on a short stay in Amsterdam between 5 -9 March 2014 and you have a soft spot for a good party then you will enjoy the 5 Days Off music festival which is a yearly event with performances, club nights, cultural arts events and workshops at Melkweg, Paradiso and De Balie.

HISWA – The successful annual water-themed exhibition taking place at Amsterdam RAI

Add the HISWA Boat Show to your short stay itinerary during the dates of 5 to 9 March, 2014 when it takes place at Amsterdam RAI and features eight different boat worlds that you can visit. We have many Amsterdam apartments in the area to make your commute quick and easy.

Museum Weekend: allowing you to see more for less

Museum Weekend 2014 will enable you to visit around twenty Amsterdam museums for free or at heavily discounted rates during April 5 and 6. With at least one special event at each museum this weekend makes for an interesting and fun addition to a short stay in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Day Trips: Delft – The Netherlands’ Ceramic City

Regarded as the home of Holland’s famous blue and white pottery, Delft is bursting with character and charm and offers activities and entertainment to everyone who visits. Situated in the south of the Netherlands and within easy reach, via public transport, from many of our Amsterdam holiday apartments, Delft is a traditional Dutch city which is definitely worthy of a visit.

Top 5 Weirdest Buildings in Amsterdam

If you’ve been to Amsterdam before, you already know that it’s got its fair share of weird buildings. Ranging from masterpieces of the avant-garde to houses whose very existence seem to contradict the laws of gravity, there’s no shortage of eye-catching architecture in the Dutch capital. When you’re in town, be sure to keep an eye out for these especially strange specimens.

Was Vincent Van Gogh Murdered?

A troubled genius, famed for his self deprecation and vibrant landscapes; Vincent Van Gogh is admired across the world. Though was his untimely end merely a simple tragedy?

The Waterlooplein Flea Market – A true Amsterdam goldmine

Although Amsterdam is most famous for its canals, numerous coffee shops, uncanny museums and the red light district, the city also hides many other gems waiting to be discovered by the more-adventurous visitors. So drop your classic tourist booklets and dare to go beyond the usual sights! First step – The Waterlooplein Flea Market!

Paul Verhoeven: The One-Man Dutch Film Industry

Book your stay in Amsterdam, and you’ll soon see why Paul Verhoeven became who he is today: an often misunderstood but vastly influential filmmaker who is in many ways, as dubbed offhand by a Seattle Times critic in 1985, a one-man Dutch film industry. If you happen to run into the auteur, be sure to ask him if, by any chance, he used to watch "Saved by the Bell."

Christmas in Amsterdam

If you’re looking for a fantastic place to spend the “most wonderful time of the year,” look no further: Amsterdam has all the charm and cheer you could ask for, as well as its own quirky Christmas traditions to keep you on your toes.