Tuesday, December 28 2010, 2:34PM
Until the end of 2010 and January 1, it is not very likely that you get a ticket for false parking in Amsterdam.
The parking machines will be covered by protective covers, so that paying with cash or debit cards is practically impossible. The covers are placed to [....]
Wednesday, December 22 2010, 10:53PM
On Thursday December 23 the Christmas Canal Parade will be held.
The parade consists of 20 tour boats (ticket sale has already ended), that will be decorated and illuminated for the occasion, and sail through the Prinsengracht Canal.
This year’s theme for the Canal [....]
Monday, December 20 2010, 11:08AM
An exhibition of top pieces from the Khalili Collection has opened in the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Amsterdam.
The exhibition is called 'Passion for Perfection'.
Mr Nasser Khalili is a Jewish Iranian citizen, who made his fortune in London with art trade. He [....]
Sunday, December 19 2010, 10:53AM
The traffic problems in the Netherlands persist on Sunday.
New snow has fallen last night in parts of the country. As there is hardly any traffic, there are no real traffic jams.
Schiphol Airport is still dealing with cancellations and delays, also because of snow [....]
Saturday, December 18 2010, 10:28AM
Three thousand stranded travellers spent the night on Amsterdam's airport last night.
About 1,700 camp beds were placed, because about 1,000 to 1,500 people were expected to make us of it. The people who couldn't have a camp bed slept on chairs and couches on the [....]
Friday, December 17 2010, 12:59PM
Traffic is severely disrupted in the Netherlands, because of the heavy snowfall.
The train services are also experiencing severe problems. The NS railway website says that train services are disrupted throughout the country.
The situation on the roads in the west [....]
Thursday, December 16 2010, 12:09PM
The Delft blue miniature houses that the Dutch air line KLM gives to its business class travellers never existed for real.
That is, until now.
In the Oudezijds Armsteeg alley, in the middle of the Red Light District in Amsterdam, 6 new houses have been built - [....]
Thursday, December 16 2010, 10:20AM
Starting today, the Amsterdam Airport offers WiFi internet to all visitors.
Any WiFi enabled device (laptops, netbooks, iPhones, BlackBerries, iPads, etc.) can make use of the service. It works throughout the entire airport building.
To make use of the service, you [....]
Monday, December 13 2010, 5:26PM
A child care worker in Amsterdam has admitted to abusing 30 to 50 children who were in his care. He is also suspected of creating child pornography.
The abuse took place over a period of about 2 years, with very small children of 4 years old and younger. Dutch [....]
Thursday, December 09 2010, 6:18PM
Amsterdam has its own Winter Magic Festival. The festive start is tomorrow at the famous Magere Brug, the 'Skinny Bridge' over the river Amstel.
The Winter Magic Amsterdam festival features four spectacular events during the holiday season along with the possibilty to [....]
Thursday, December 02 2010, 10:39AM
The pink portrait of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, by the famous painter Andy Warhol will be on display in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
The Triton Foundation bought the painting for EUR 409,000 at an auction at Christies Amsterdam. The foundation will give the [....]
Wednesday, December 01 2010, 6:52PM
After a renovation of 4 years, the City cinema re-opened yesterday, near the Leidseplein square.
The City Theater dates from the 1930's, and the facade of the building has been restored in its original splendour. Inside it is completely new.
The cinema now has 7 [....]
Monday, November 29 2010, 6:35PM
Yesterday was the official opening of the DeLaMar Theater in Amsterdam, near Leidseplein square.
The opening was carried out by HRH Queen Beatrix.
The theater is a major addition to the theater landscape of Amsterdam, and has been set up by musical producer Joop van [....]
Tuesday, November 23 2010, 10:12AM
In the new Michelin Guide for 2011, Amsterdam has gone from 5 to 6 restaurants with one or more stars.
The new restaurant with a Michelin star is Restaurant Vermeer, opposite the Central Station of Amsterdam.
It is not the first time for Restaurant Vermeer to have [....]
Saturday, November 20 2010, 12:08PM
Amsterdam has protested against the introduction of the new 'Weed Pass', an idea of the recently elected new government.
The new government plans to introduce the Weed Pass for coffeeshops (where marihuana is sold). Coffeeshops are to become exclusive clubs, for which [....]
Thursday, November 11 2010, 2:01PM
Sinterklaas, the Dutch counterpart of Santa Claus, will arrive again this Sunday.
The yearly Sinterklaas parade in Amsterdam is the largest in the country.
Sinterklaas is an age-old Dutch tradition, at which children get presents. Sinterklaas is celebrated on [....]
Saturday, November 06 2010, 7:43PM
The Amsterdam Museum Night, which will be held this evening, is completely sold out.
All 26,000 tickets have been sold.
In the (yearly) museum night 45 museums in Amsterdam open their doors until 2pm. The purpose is to attract younger people with special events in [....]
Friday, November 05 2010, 3:51PM
The author Harry Mulisch, who died October 30, will get a special funeral boat tour over the river Amstel.
The funeral will be held tomorrow (November 6), on the cemetery Zorgvlied, which is located along the river Amstel.
Before the boat tour there will be a [....]
Thursday, November 04 2010, 11:45AM
The Dutch government has decided yesterday that the smoking ban will no longer apply in small pubs that have no staff.
The measure only applies to small bars, where small means less than 70 square meter (about 750 sq.ft).
The reason given for this is that small pubs [....]
Sunday, October 31 2010, 1:34PM
One of the most famous Dutch authors, Harry Mulisch, has died yesterday in Amsterdam, at the age of 83.
Harry Mulisch is said to be the last of the Great Three post-war Dutch authors (the other two being the late Gerard Reve and Willem Frederik Hermans).
Saturday, October 30 2010, 8:20PM
At 3 o'clock in the night, the clock will go back one hour.
This means the summertime (daylight saving time) has ended again.
The summertime always ends in the last weekend of October, in the night from Saturday to Sunday.
The summertime will start again in the [....]
Friday, October 29 2010, 10:48AM
Today, the 31st Amsterdam Antiquarian Book, Map & Print Fair will open in the Passengers Terminal Amsterdam.
This year's focus is on Charles Darwin.
One of the top pieces that will be for sale is a first edition of Darwin's famous book 'On the Origin of Species': [....]
Thursday, October 28 2010, 7:19PM
A pro-Wilders demonstration, to be held on Saturday October 30, has been moved by the mayor to the Western Harbour area in Amsterdam.
The demonstration is organized by the 'European Freedom Initiative', of which the English Defense League is a member. The English [....]
Saturday, October 23 2010, 2:14PM
A new movie will be brought on the Dutch market, that has led a number of parents to call for a boycott.
The movie, called 'Sint', is a comical horror movie about Sinterklaas.
Sinterklaas is a typically Dutch children's feast, held every year on December 5.
Wednesday, October 20 2010, 10:49AM
The 15th edition of Amsterdam Dance Event has started again, and will last until October 23.
More than 700 dj's will perform (amongst which the world-famous Dutch dj Armin van Buuren) on 44 different stages in Amsterdam, and about a 100,000 visitors are [....]
Saturday, October 16 2010, 11:51AM
Tomorrow is the 35th edition of the Amsterdam Marathon.
About 30,000 people will participate in the marathon that will be held tomorrow.
The start and finish will be in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam South.
The route, mainly in the South of Amsterdam but also [....]
Friday, October 08 2010, 10:01AM
Negotiations for a new government in the Netherlands have been rounded off. Holland will get a minority cabinet of Liberal Conservatives and Christian-Democrats, supported by Geert Wilders' anti-Islam party, the PVV.
After tedious and lengthy negotiations, the new [....]
Friday, September 10 2010, 9:58AM
The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam's modern art museum, will celebrate its 115th anniversary with free entrance and cake.
This will be on Tuesday September 14.
For the occasion, the museum will be open until 7.30pm.
At 6.30pm there is a performance by the British [....]
Wednesday, September 01 2010, 9:18PM
The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam's modern art museum, will temporarily open its doors to the public.
The museum has been closed for renovation and expansion for 7 years, and an official re-opening date has yet to be established.
This has raised many eye brows in [....]
Wednesday, September 01 2010, 8:47PM
Simply Amsterdam Apartments is an officially licensed apartment agency from August 24.
The city of Amsterdam requires that companies through which apartments can be rented, apply for a license.
Because of the internet, the number of such companies has exploded, as [....]
Friday, August 27 2010, 12:44AM
Tomorrow is the start of the traditional Uitmarkt, which marks the start of the theater season in Amsterdam. The Uitmarkt lasts 3 days.
The concept of the Uitmarkt is that the public gets to see small samples, usually 15 minutes, of the performances and shows of the [....]
Thursday, August 26 2010, 10:44AM
Schiphol Amsterdam Airport is the first airport in the world to have its own permanent library.
The library is intended for passengers who have to wait for a flight. The library can be found on the Holland Boulevard, on the airport.
Passengers can read books and [....]
Tuesday, August 24 2010, 10:16AM
Due to strong wind, the famous 'Anne Frank tree' has come down.
The Anne Frank tree is a chestnut tree, that stands in a private garden behind the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Anne Frank has described the tree several times in her diary, as she could see the tree [....]
Monday, August 23 2010, 7:39PM
SAIL Amsterdam 2010 has attracted 1.5 million visitors to Amsterdam.
Today was the closing day of the biggest nautical event in the Netherlands, SAIL Amsterdam.
The ships left Amsterdam this morning, to set sail for Bremerhaven, in Germany, where the German version [....]
Thursday, August 19 2010, 6:15PM
Today was the SAIL-IN Parade through the NorthSea Canal (from the coastal town IJmuiden) to the Amsterdam harbour.
SAIL is the nautical event that takes place in Amsterdam, every 5 years. Many tall ships are moored in the Amsterdam harbour, to be watched and [....]
Friday, August 13 2010, 8:07PM
Tomorrow is the start of the traditional Canal Festival in Amsterdam.
During 8 days, on 150 locations, visitors can enjoy classical concerts throughout the centre of Amsterdam.
The festival was almost cancelled due to lack of sponsors, but later several sponsors [....]
Friday, August 06 2010, 10:18AM
Tomorrow will be the traditional yearly Gay Pride Canal Parade, through the Prinsengracht canal.
The parade consists of 80 large, decorated boats, with several themes relating to gay culture and liberation.
The parade is one of the biggest events in Amsterdam, it [....]
Tuesday, August 03 2010, 9:15AM
From August 5 to 15, the yearly 'Pluk de Nacht' outdoor film festival will start again.
The movies will be shown outside, after sunset (around 9.30 pm).
The outdoor film festival is on a peninsula in the river IJ, behind the Amsterdam Central Station. A movie is [....]
Monday, July 26 2010, 6:05PM
The harbour of Amsterdam will have a floating swimmingpool during Sail 2010.
Sail 2010 is the big ships parade, that takes place in Amsterdam this year (it is held every 5 years).
It attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators.
During Sail, a floating swimminpool [....]
Sunday, July 25 2010, 9:39AM
The well-known gay club The Exit and bar the April will be open during gay pride.
Gay pride will be from August 1 to 8 (the famous Canal Pride parade is on Saturday August 7).
The club The Exit will be open from July 30 to August 8, and the April bar from August 5 [....]
Wednesday, July 14 2010, 10:23AM
Each year, at the occasion of Rembrandt's birthday on July 15, the Rijksmuseum hosts a free breakfast.
The breakfast will be served in the garden of the museum. There will also be herring and white bread, and a birthday cake.
The breakfast is quite early: from 7am [....]
Tuesday, July 13 2010, 6:56PM
Although many did not expect it, the home-coming celebration of the Dutch soccer team turned into a big orange party in Amsterdam.
The Dutch team was first greeted by the Prime Minister, then they had an audience with Queen Beatrix, both in Den Haag (The Hague).
Monday, July 12 2010, 11:44AM
The City of Amsterdam has just announced that the victory tour for the Dutch soccer team will take place after all.
In contradiction with previous announcements, the city wants to honour the Dutch team with reaching second place in the World Championship by giving [....]
Sunday, July 11 2010, 11:51PM
For the third time, Holland lost the World Cup final. Spain has become World Champion, for the first time.
After losing from Germany in 1974, from Argentina in 1978, Holland today lost from Spain, with 1-0.
The match had to be extended to lead to this result. It [....]
Sunday, July 11 2010, 5:51PM
The city of Amsterdam calls upon everyone not to come to Amsterdam any more this evening.
The city says the maximum capacity of Museumplein square is reached (about 100,000 to 125,000) people. If more people go to Museumplein, they will possibly not be able to see the [....]
Saturday, July 10 2010, 8:17AM
The Museumplein square will again be the central point of attention in the Netherlands, during and after the World Cup final match between the Netherlands and Spain.
It is expected that up to a 100,000 people will (try to) gather at Museumplein on Sunday. The match [....]
Thursday, July 08 2010, 7:02PM
Amsterdam is very busy preparing the Victory Parade of the Dutch soccer team in Amsterdam.
If the Dutch soccer team wins the World Soccer Cup on Sunday (from Spain), Amsterdam will host the Victory Parade of the Dutch soccer team, on Tuesday July 13.
This will [....]
Wednesday, July 07 2010, 6:57PM
Although almost everyone in the country is looking forward to the possible (first) world championship title of the Dutch soccer team on Sunday, most Amsterdam houseboat owners at least have mixed feelings.
If the Dutch soccer team wins on Sunday, it will get a victory [....]
Wednesday, July 07 2010, 6:41PM
One of the most famous Amsterdam gay night clubs, The Cockring, has been shut down by the police, due to drug trading.
In June, the police conducted a massive raid on the night club. All visitors were taken to the near-by police station and searched for drugs and [....]
Wednesday, July 07 2010, 10:53AM
Last night's victory over Uruguay means the Dutch soccer team has made it to the World Cup final - for the first time in 32 years.
More than 10 million Dutch people watched the match last night, either at home, or in a crowd on a town square with a large tv screen, or [....]
Monday, July 05 2010, 7:17PM
Museumplein square will again be the central location for soccer fans who want to watch the semi-finals match Holland-Uruguay.
The square (located behind the Rijksmuseum) drew some 40,000 spectators last Friday, when Holland won from Brazil. After the match, a large [....]
Friday, July 02 2010, 6:46PM
The Netherlands won a 2-1 victory against Brazil, in the world soccer championship.
Nobody really expected Holland to win from 5-fold world champion Brazil, so the entire country is in a party mood.
Despite the very hot weather, the beaches were quiet, and the [....]
Thursday, July 01 2010, 5:41PM
The city of Amsterdam has allowed the installation of large outdoor tv screens, now that Holland has reached the quarter finals of the World Championship.
There will be 2 mega screens: one on Museumplein, and one in the Westerpark.
Museumplein is the square between [....]
Wednesday, June 30 2010, 5:35PM
The first part of the new metro line in Amsterdam, the North/South line has been drilled.
The first part of the tunnel connects Central Station with the new metro station Rokin, near Dam Square.
And what many feared, has not happened: all the buildings along [....]
Tuesday, June 22 2010, 5:20PM
CNN reports that Adam Dunn, who set up three marihuana related companies in Amsterdam, is moving back to the US.
In the article it is described how growing marihuana is illegal in the Netherlands. While possession of small amounts of pot by marihuana users is [....]
Monday, June 21 2010, 7:04PM
The famous 17th century canal area in the centre of Amsterdam will be added to the Unesco World Heritage list in July.
It means that the World Heritage Committee considers the Amsterdam canal area as having 'outstanding universal value'. The city has one of the best [....]
Thursday, June 10 2010, 5:31PM
Yesterday's elections for a new parliament have led to a new political landscape in the Netherlands.
According to the almost final counts, the VVD (the Dutch Liberal/Conservative party) has become the largest party in parliament.
This is for the first time in [....]
Thursday, June 03 2010, 8:04AM
From today (June 3, 2010), the strippenkaart is no longer valid on public transport in Amsterdam.
The switch is part of a nation-wide project: on the longer run, all public transport in the Netherlands must be paid with the OV chipcard.
As the project is technically [....]
Tuesday, June 01 2010, 9:02PM
Today, the Blijburg city beach in Amsterdam East opened again.
Blijburg is a beach in IJburg, the set of new residential islands that is currently being constructed in the East of Amsterdam.
The white sand beach is a few hundred meters wide, and very popular on [....]
Saturday, May 29 2010, 11:26AM
Like last year, Amsterdam is number thirteen on the list of most livable cities in the world.
The top 10 of the list is dominated by European cities. Vienna (Austria) is 1, Zurich and Geneva (Switzerland) share place 2 and 3.
Traditionally, Baghdad (Iraq) is at the [....]
Wednesday, May 19 2010, 11:48AM
The New Church, on Dam Square, celebrates its 600th anniversary.
The New Church is called 'new', because there was already another church, which is now called the Old Church (in the Red Light District). The then parish was split in two, and a new church was [....]
Monday, May 17 2010, 12:07PM
After a temporary closure due to a new ash cloud from Iceland, Schiphol will start services again at 2pm today.
Between 6am and 2pm all flights were cancelled to and from the airport. From 2pm, flights will be resumed, passengers are already checking in.
Monday, May 17 2010, 8:49AM
Only the airports of Maastricht and Eindhoven, in the South of the country, are still open.
Schiphol Amsterdam Airport is closed until at least 2pm (it was closed from 6am). About 500 flights have been cancelled, affecting the travel plans of some 60,000 [....]
Saturday, May 15 2010, 12:00PM
The strike of the waste collectors in Amsterdam has ended.
Last night, a new collective labour agreement has been reached between the city cleaners and the municipal authorities.
Tomorrow (Sunday) the cleaners will start working again.
It may take some time [....]
Tuesday, May 11 2010, 10:46AM
The unions of the waste collectors have announced that the current strike in Amsterdam will last one more week.
Already, parts of Amsterdam have become very dirty, particularly in the centre of Amsterdam.
Originally, the strike was set to last until May 12, but the [....]
Sunday, May 09 2010, 11:15AM
About 150,000 people have watched the first of the Giro d'Italia in Amsterdam.
It was especially busy at the start of the route (at Museumplein), and at the end (at the Olympic Stadium).
The police reported no incidents.
Today is the second day of the Giro in [....]
Friday, May 07 2010, 12:14PM
The first 3 days of the Giro D'Italia (Tour of Italy) bicycle race will start in Amsterdam.
The first and second day the race will start at Museumplein, the square behind the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. On the third day the race will start in Amsterdam [....]
Thursday, May 06 2010, 8:13AM
Starting today, the waste collectors will be on strike for a week.
The collectors are on strike for better wages.
An exception will be made for the Giro d'Italia, or Tour of Italy. This is a long distance road bicycle racing stage race for professional cyclists [....]
Wednesday, May 05 2010, 10:45AM
Last night, during the yearly national commemoration of war victims on Dam Square, a panic broke out amongst the audience.
During the two minutes of silence at 8pm, a man started to yell. At first nothing happened, but when some people started to move, and a fence [....]
Monday, May 03 2010, 10:29PM
The mayor of Amsterdam has issued an emergency decree on May 4 and 5.
The decree was issued because of the national commemoration day on May 4 of the victims of World War II, and the floating concert, at the occasion of Liberation Day, on the river Amstel, on May [....]
Friday, April 30 2010, 7:36PM
The train services from and to Amsterdam Central Station were disrupted between 3pm and 7pm.
Someone had pulled the emergency brake, close to Amsterdam Central Station. When passengers started to walk on the rail tracks, all trains were stopped.
Train services to [....]
Wednesday, April 28 2010, 11:24AM
This afternoon, HRH Queen Beatrix will open a new exhibition hall in the Anne Frank House, the place where Anne Frank wrote her diary.
The hall will have the original diaries written by Anne Frank on display.
Until now, the original manuscripts were not kept at the [....]
Tuesday, April 27 2010, 5:21PM
The garbage collectors in Amsterdam have announced they will not clean the city for 24 hours, during Queens Day on April 30.
Queens Day is basically a big outdoor party, attracting about 500,000 people every year. After the day is over, the city is full of garbage: [....]
Thursday, April 22 2010, 2:23PM
The 17th century windmill 'De Otter' has to remain in Amsterdam. The owner will not get a permit to move it.
The story of 'De Otter' is a story of Foundation 'De Otter' (owner of the windmill) vs. the neighbourhood council Westerpark (the local city authorities), that [....]
Wednesday, April 21 2010, 9:12AM
Last night, flights have left Schiphol Airport in the dark, for the first time since the shutdown because of the ash cloud from Iceland.
The airspace of the UK was opened, yesterday, and today the airspace above Germany was released.
The number of arriving and [....]
Tuesday, April 20 2010, 4:57PM
Starting June 3 2010, all public transport in the Amsterdam region is only accessible with the OV-chipkaart, an electronic pass.
The old 'strippenkaart' will no longer be valid.
The switch is part of a nation-wide project: on the longer run, all public transport in [....]
Tuesday, April 20 2010, 8:36AM
The airspace above the Netherlands has been opened again.
It does not mean that all services are back to normal. A backlog of stranded passengers has to be worked away, and not all airplanes are currently on the right location.
Also, not all airports outside the [....]
Monday, April 19 2010, 9:09PM
This evening, the first three flights with passengers have left Schiphol Airport.
The flights are destined for New York, Shanghai and Dubai, the three destinations from where the most stranded passengers were still camping on the Amsterdam airport.
Extra measures [....]
Monday, April 19 2010, 2:20PM
Minister Eurlings (Transport) has said that he expects that flights can be resumed from tomorrow morning 8am.
However, this is not certain; the Minister of Transport is not the person to decide this. Later on the day there will be more clarity.
It is clear that [....]
Thursday, April 15 2010, 9:16PM
Due to the approaching ash cloud from Iceland, all air traffic to or from Dutch airports has been stopped, starting 7pm this evening.
All Dutch airports, including Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, will at least be closed until 6am on Friday morning. This may be extended [....]
Thursday, April 15 2010, 9:14AM
Many flights to and from Schiphol airport are delayed, because of a vulcano eruption in Iceland.
The eruption causes clouds of ash above northern Europe.
Flights to and from England, Scotland, Russia and Scandinavia can be delayed or cancelled. Flights from the US [....]
Wednesday, April 14 2010, 11:07AM
The well-known yearly Canal Festival will be organized after all, because it found a new sponsor.
The new sponsor is SNS Reaal Fonds, a financial institution.
The Canal Festival is one of the well-known festivals in Amsterdam.
This year it takes place from [....]
Thursday, April 08 2010, 3:57PM
This morning, a shoplifter has been shot in his leg, after threatening the police with a knife.
The man tried to steal a suitcase. The police tried to arrest him, but the shoplifter threatened them with a large knife.
As the situation was threatening, and it was [....]
Friday, April 02 2010, 2:40PM
Yesterday, the famous work 'The Dance' by Henri Matisse arrived in the Hermitage museum in Amsterdam.
From Thursday April1 the painting Dance by Henri Matisse will be included in the exhibition Matisse to Malevich, Pioneers of modern art from the Hermitage. [....]
Friday, April 02 2010, 9:30AM
Starting Friday, April 30, the garbage collectors in Amsterdam will go on strike for a week.
The work will be laid down for better wages.
The strike will cause major inconvenience, because it starts on Queen's Day. This is one of Amsterdam's biggest street parties. [....]
Saturday, March 27 2010, 8:36AM
Today, Daylight Saving Time ('Zomertijd') will start in the Netherlands, and throughout the rest of Europe.
At 2am in the night from Saturday to Sunday, the clocks are moved forward to 3am. This will happen in all member states of the European Union (except in [....]
Monday, March 15 2010, 2:50PM
On Wednesday March 16, the famous Keukenhof flower park opens its doors to the public again.
This year, the opening will be done by HRH Princess Máxima.
The park will open for the public on March 18, and it will close on May 16.
The Keukenhof park is one of the [....]
Friday, March 12 2010, 12:47PM
Yesterday was the official start of the drilling of the new metro tunnel through the centre of Amsterdam.
A priest of the Sint Nicolaas Church blessed the two huge drills that are going to work its way through the ground in Amsterdam.
The way the tunnels will be [....]
Tuesday, March 09 2010, 1:58PM
The world-famous Dutch DJ Tiësto will give a performance on Queens Day in Amsterdam.
There have been no official announcements about it yet, but the DJ himself told it yesterday evening in a Dutch tv news show.
Last year he was also scheduled to perform on the same [....]
Saturday, March 06 2010, 10:34AM
Because of a cleaners' strike, the garbage is piling up at the Central Station of Amsterdam.
The cleaners strike for better wages.
It is not an option for the Central Station management to hire another company to do the cleaning work, as this would be an illegal [....]
Thursday, March 04 2010, 11:17AM
The Social Democrats have lost strongly in yesterday's local elections that were held in the Netherlands.
In Amsterdam, the Social Democrats lose 5 of their 20 seats. They are still the largest party in Amsterdam, which they have been ever since the second World [....]
Wednesday, March 03 2010, 12:33PM
It will not surprise everyone: after the clamp-down of the number of brothels in the Red Light District, there has been a sudden increase of 'massage parlors'.
The neighbourhood council Amsterdam Centrum has announced it will no longer allow any new massage parlors in [....]
Monday, March 01 2010, 4:30PM
The Vondelpark, Amsterdams most famous park, has been officially re-opened after a renovation that took 10 years.
The most important problem to solve was the drainage problem. Trees fell down, grass fields turned into mud pools and pond sides came down as well.
Thursday, February 25 2010, 9:58AM
In Museum de Fundatie (in the town of Zwolle) a new painting by Van Gogh has been discovered.
The painting 'De molen ‘Le blute-fin’ (The ‘Le Blute-fin’ Mill) was purchased by the founder of the museum, Dirk Hannema, in the mid-seventies. Recent research by the Van [....]
Tuesday, February 23 2010, 3:28PM
In an unexpected judgement, the Hoge Raad (the Dutch Supreme Court) has rules that the smoking ban also applies to pubs that do not employ staff.
The smoking prohibition in bars, pubs and clubs in the Netherlands applies from July 1 2008, but has been under attack [....]
Monday, February 22 2010, 2:22PM
Train ticket vending machines on the Amsterdam airport are designed so, that most tourists buy first class train tickets, without realizing it.
The news was published in the newspaper 'Haarlems Dagblad'.
A second class ticket is E 3,80 and a first class E 6,50, a [....]
Sunday, February 21 2010, 11:42AM
Yesterday, two metro trains collided near the Wibautstraat station in Amsterdam East.
There were 31 people injured, 9 of them were brought to a hospital. There were no serious injuries.
Earlier on Saturday afternoon, there had been a fire alarm in a metro car near [....]
Saturday, February 20 2010, 9:49AM
The Dutch government has fallen. The reason was the coalition parties could no longer agree about the participation in the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
The Netherlands have a military presence in the province Uruzgan in Afghanistan. The Social Democrats, on of the [....]
Wednesday, February 17 2010, 6:20PM
The Amsterdam city council has decided that all shops in Amsterdam are allowed to open on Sundays.
By national law, the rule is that shops can open on Sundays if they are situated in a tourist area.
Shops in the centre of Amsterdam have consequently been open on [....]
Friday, February 12 2010, 8:01PM
Amsterdam's modern art museum, the Stedelijk Museum, will be (partiall) reopened on May 12.
The building has undergone substantial renovation, and has been expanded with a completely new addition.
This new addition will not be opened until somewhere in 2011. This [....]
Thursday, February 11 2010, 9:52AM
The Bijenkorf department store has demanded extra research into the risks of the North/South Line, before they start digging the tunnel near the store.
The Bijenkorf is located at Dam Square, where the new North/South metro line is being made.
The Bijenkorf building [....]
Sunday, January 31 2010, 10:57AM
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938) celebrates her 72nd birthday today.
The birthday is celebrated in private, at home with her family.
The public celebration is traditionally held on April 30 (Queen's Day), which is really the birthday of her mother, the late [....]
Wednesday, January 13 2010, 10:57AM
Miep Gies, the last living helper of Anne Frank died on Monday, at the age of 100 years.
Miep Gies worked as a secretary at Prinsengracht 263 (now the Anne Frank House), and brought food to Anne Frank and her family, who were hiding in the back of the house.
Sunday, January 10 2010, 9:48AM
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (January 11, 12 and 13) train passengers travel with extra discount.
The discount applies from 9am to 4pm, and after 7pm. The discount is 40% on all single and return tickets.
Normally, the discount only applies to NS discount card [....]
Thursday, January 07 2010, 6:01PM
If the cold weather persists, Amsterdam will not have enough road salt to grit the roads, in the next few days.
Until this weekend, there is enough road salt to grit the main roads, but the less important roads will have to wait until new shipments of salt [....]
Thursday, January 07 2010, 11:02AM
Yesterday's problems because of the snowfall in and around Amsterdam are almost over.
The traffic jams around Amsterdam, yesterday evening, lasted until well after midnight. Last night, traffic on the highways around Amsterdam was completely stuck.
This morning, [....]
Wednesday, January 06 2010, 10:34PM
Traffic around Amsterdam has been stuck for hours, after heavy snowfall this afternoon.
The snowfall started in the late afternoon, just before the evening rush. Traffic jams soon built, and after a while the entire ring round A10 around Amsterdam, plus several [....]
Monday, January 04 2010, 2:52PM
To allow the ice layer in the canals to grow, the city of Amsterdam has forbidden all boats in a number of canals.
It does not happen very often that ice skating is possible on the canals in the centre of Amsterdam.
The last time ice-skating was possible, on the [....]