Thursday, November 14 2019, 5:10PM
Sinterklaas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, will arrive in Amsterdam again on Sunday (November 17).
The yearly Sinterklaas parade in Amsterdam is the largest world-wide. The parade normally attracts thousands of (grand)parents and children along the route.
Saturday, October 26 2019, 10:32AM
At 3 o'clock in the night from Saturday to Sunday, the clock will go back one hour.
This means the 2019 summertime (daylight saving time) has come to an end. Because of the time change, this weekend we have an extra hour.
The summertime always ends in the last [....]
Wednesday, October 16 2019, 4:52PM
Research shows that only 1% of the tulip bulbs sold on the Amsterdam Flower Market grow into flowering tulips.
Also, all of the flowers that come out don't look like the flowers on the packaging.
This is shown by research carried out by the City of Amsterdam, in [....]
Monday, October 07 2019, 12:30PM
Today the action group 'Extinction Rebellion' has blocked the road Stadhouderskade, one of the main roads in Amsterdam. The road block is in front of the Rijksmuseum.
The group wants to draw attention to the climate crisis world wide. Similar road blocks have been set [....]
Thursday, October 03 2019, 11:10AM
The windmill 'De Otter', dating from 1631 has been restored completely and is running again. The sawing windmill has sawn through its first tree in years.
The windmill is special for Amsterdam, because it is the only wood sawing windmill left in Amsterdam. Also, it is [....]
Friday, September 27 2019, 10:45PM
The legal exception of special 'smoke rooms' in bars and restaurants, where customers may smoke, has today been nullified by the highest Dutch Court of Justice.
The smoking ban in the Netherlands took effect in 2008. At that time, an exception was made for special [....]
Friday, May 03 2019, 1:51PM
On May 4, the victims of the Second World War (and officially all later wars) are commemorated throughout the Netherlands.
May 5 is Liberation Day: on May 5 1945, the German Nazi regime capitulated, and Holland was officially liberated.
The main national ceremony for [....]
Monday, April 15 2019, 5:36PM
As of Sunday April 14, 2019, the Amsterdam on-street parking rates have gone up considerably.
The rate in the centre of Amsterdam went up from e 5.- per hour to e7.50 p/h. Just around the old centre the rates went up to e 6.- per hour.
All rates are available on a [....]
Saturday, March 30 2019, 10:16AM
Today, Daylight Saving Time ('Zomertijd') 2019 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 one hour, to 3am. This will happen in all member states of the European Union [....]
Tuesday, January 08 2019, 9:44PM
Again, the number of restaurants in Amsterdam with a Michelin star has grown. It went from 18 to 19.
The new restaurants are:
- Restaurant 212
Sazanko lost its star.
The number of Michelin stars restaurants in [....]