Culture

Tulip Festival Events

The Noordoostpolder, opposite the Markermeer bay from Amsterdam, contains more tulips than anywhere else in the Netherlands. From April 17 - May 5th, the annual Tulip Festival is a formal introduction to the super abundant tulip fields in the Noordoostpolder. Each spring a small migration of flower lovers saunters through a landscape of blooming bulbs, hand seeded a few months prior. Come admire the sheer outburst of organic colors arrayed forth in nectar scented petals.

Does Dutch cuisine exist?

Some food is famous worldwide, like pizza and pasta, and often we get the question: what is typical Dutch food? Traditionally, Dutch cuisine is simple with vegetables, potatoes and meat or fish. Nowadays, mostly thanks to all the different nationalities in the Netherlands, we eat more cosmopolitan and 'exotic'. Italian and Asian food is especially popular, but our cuisine has been also influenced by the former Dutch colony of Indonesia. The Dutch even eat their French fries with peanut sauce! Or with a combination of mayonnaise and peanut sauce, called ‘patatje oorlog’ (French fries war). Some Indonesian food is so integrated into the Netherlands that a lot of people see nasi, bami and peanut sauce/satay sauce as typical Dutch food.

Jewish monuments in Amsterdam

Since centuries most of the Dutch Jews have lived in Amsterdam. There are for example still a lot of ‘Jiddisj’ words in the Amsterdam dialect. The Jews contributed to the prosperity of Amsterdam, to the establishment of the Dutch West Indies Company, and to the Dutch Golden Age. Before World War II, 10% of the population in Amsterdam was Jewish, which meant about 80,000 people – but only 20% of them survived the Holocaust, though. The most well-known victim in Amsterdam is the Jewish girl named Anne Frank, who wrote her world-famous diary while in hiding. Her hiding place in the Secret Annex is a museum, called the Anne Frank House, situated in the centre of Amsterdam at Prinsengracht 263-267.

Amsterdam Roots Festival – meet the best of the non-West

Amsterdam Roots Festival has no doubt become a trademark on its own. Attracting over 50,000 enthusiasts of less-commercial acts from around the whole globe each year, it certainly is a nice event to attend if you’re about to enjoy a short stay Amsterdam in early summer.

Fifteen Amsterdam – eating with relish for the right cause

Inspired by the culinary mastermind Jamie Oliver’s successful concept of Fifteen in London, the Dutch Fifteen Amsterdam is an excellent eating establishment which offers delights able to please even the most sophisticated palate. Our rich offer of Amsterdam holiday apartments – many of which are located close to this fabulous restaurant – will make it easy for you to enjoy this memorable culinary experience to the max.

Jordaan Festival Amsterdam – The city’s famous street party

Taking place annually in September, the Jordaan Festival is an event certainly not to be missed whilst visiting the vibrant city of Amsterdam. Set within the fashionable Jordaan district and within easy reach of many of our Amsterdam holiday apartments, the festival is bursting with traditional Dutch music and emits a warm and welcoming atmosphere, full of character and charm.

National Restaurant Week in Amsterdam – eat more for less!

It’s not a secret that every special treat is available for a special price, and if you’re a foodie, you’re probably aware of that more than anyone else. However, DiningCity, a restaurant review website, came up with a fantastic initiative to make it much more wallet-friendly for you to make the most of your culinary experience of Amsterdam – prepare your palate for the National Restaurant Week!

Nuit Blanche in Amsterdam – a nocturnal tribute to art

Although there are at least two movies named Nuit Blanche, this special event has got nothing to do with any of them whatsoever. Translated as ‘White Night’, the Nuit Blanche of Amsterdam is an annual Paris-inspired night devoted to art in its most various forms, consisting of a 12-hour session with music, street art, photography, and video art, among others. Come to Amsterdam and use our holiday apartment offer to be where the after-dark magic happens.

Amsterdam Cinemas – 5 of the Best Venues for Movie Fans

From modern multiplexes showing all of the latest Hollywood blockbusters to traditional picture houses featuring authentic Dutch films, Amsterdam is bursting with a huge selection of cinemas, all of which are within easy reach of many of our Amsterdam holiday apartments. Several of the cinemas not only offer a memorable night at the movies but are also iconic landmarks within the city and are definitely worthy of a visit.

DGTL Festival: 2 days, 6 stages, 81 artists – Enhance your short stay with a weekend-long electronica party

DGTL Festival will be entertaining thousands of revellers on Easter weekend with an electric mix of electronica tunes at the NDSM Werf in Amsterdam Nord. So set the standard for your short stay in Amsterdam and join in with the party on April 19 and 20.