Category: Things To Do

Swimming in Amsterdam

Hot weather this week (and the next)

Want to cool off in the water? There are plenty of places to swim in Amsterdam — from official swimming pools and nature areas to wild swimming holes.

Plus: a look at the legality (and dangers) of swimming in the canals, rivers and channels.

Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo – Dierentuin Artis

Founded in 1838, ARTIS is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, and one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe.

Guidebooks rightly refer to it one of the most pleasant city zoos around. The whole place breathes a 19th-century garden atmosphere with winding paths, majestic trees, fascinating sculptures and monumental historical buildings.

As much as possible the over 900 species of animals live in landscaping that resembles their natural habitat.

Having been closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, ARTIS is reopening to the general public on May 23, 2020.

Amsterdam King’s Day 2021: All-Day Citywide Street Party

On King’s Day Amsterdam puts on the world’s largest street party. This year, however, the party moved indoors. King’s Day 2020, the Coronavirus Lockdown Edition, came and went. Here’s to hoping that everything will be back to normal in time for next year’s celebration.

Previously known as Queen’s Day, 2021 will mark the eight King’s Day in honor of King Willem-Alexander.

It’s actually a nationwide party, but Amsterdam definitely is the place to be.

Mark this date on your calendar: Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

Free Amsterdam Walking Tour

Amsterdam is a walkable city. It’s small enough to easily walk to many of its tourist sights and attractions. While most visitors explore the city on their own, many book a Free Amsterdam Walking Tour.

But are those tours really free? If so, what’s the catch?

More importantly: which free tours company may you want to avoid?