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Why not spend an enjoyable weekend in Amsterdam? Who wouldn't want to stroll along the canals or pause on one of the 1281 bridges? Amsterdam has lots of sights of interest, excellent shopping opportunities and many different exhibitions in over f...

History Amsterdam


Amsterdam was founded around eight hundred years ago as small settlement where the Amstel River meets the IJ. Amsterdam was given the rights of a city some time around 1300 and comprised approximately 1000 inhabitants. Over the coming centuries it wo...

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Jazz Cafe Alto

Jazz Cafe Alto is one of Amsterdam's oldest jazz cafes where the entrance is usually free of charge. They have live music that's suited to a broad public every night and set musicians who play on different days of the week. Latin and salsa set the t...


Among the long series of bars and restaurants, this industrial looking trattoria really stands out. The recently restyled restaurant Mazzo has been transformed into Jordaan's atmospheric meeting place. Mazzo serves not only as a restaurant, but also...

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Het Grachtenhuis

Since April 2011, the cultural treasury of Amsterdam is supplemented with an impressive building, het Grachtenhuis (the Canal House). This construction with a distinctive façade was built around the year 1600. Its atmospheric rooms were once places w...

Taxi or Tukki

There are taxi stands in the entire city. Especially in the centre, like at the Central Station and Leidseplein. You can also call a taxi company. The most famous taxi company in Amsterdam is the TCA telephone (+31 (0) 20 7777 777). Another, cheaper...


At the "Zeedijk", there are a lot of fun gay bars. Don't expect extravagant sceneries, just a very nice evening. Some Zeedijk highlights are: Café 't Madje; especially on Fridays and Saturdays there's a swinging crowd, De Barderij with its huge bar i...

Cinekid Festival

October heralds the annual Cinekid Film, Television and New Media Festival, which is designed for children from 4 to 14. Many international films are screened, including a premiere or two. The children also get to choose which film wins the best film...