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Opening at cinemas across the world during the summer of 2014, the must see movie ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ was filmed at various locations throughout the vibrant city of Amsterdam, many of which are just minutes away from several of our Amsterdam holiday apartments. Whilst visiting the city, why not explore the wonderful sights and attractions that the main characters Hazel & Gus sampled during their trip.
Compared to other large cities, Amsterdam is a relatively safe place for both tourists and residents. Violent crimes do not occur here very often. But be aware of pickpockets and thieves, though. Pickpockets are active in crowded places and on trains travelling between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal Station, but you can also encounter them in trams or in places where people watch street artists. Take sensible precautions, mind your belongings carefully, and leave your valuable items at your apartment.
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.
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.
The spirit and style of Ibiza returns to Amsterdam for the third time with the popular Pacha Festival on 17 May, 2014. Get ready for music, entertainment and hippie market fun at Java Eiland from 12:00 to 23:00.
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.
During September 5th - 15th, Amsterdam hosts the Dutch thespian event of the year, the Netherlands Theater festival, resulting in a retrospective summary of Holland’s ten best stage productions of the season. The festival also includes presenting the very prestigious Theater Prize for best production along with the Golden Cricket award for the best children's play. Coinciding with the Netherlands Theater Festival, the Amsterdam Fringe Festival supports all types of theater appreciators. This span of early September is where theatrical focuses intermingle and refined amazements appear each day.
A travelling tent festival of theater and more, De Parade, happens among four major Dutch cities, transforming public spaces into lively summer, circus stages. These theater, dance, and music performances provide some rare artistic displays, such as antique whirligigs made of miniature wheels. Inventing light, exciting scenes for a charitable cause is the ultimate purpose of De Parade. There is even a day program given for kids. Lasting from August 9th - 25th in Amsterdam’s Martin Luther King Park, food stands line the park to offer culinary delights that complement the frolicking festivities. With 74 performances, 19 children shows and 35 bands, this event truly has something for all to value. So bring the kids along for a full family outing!
Start counting down to September 21st - 22nd and be one of over 55,000 participants testing themselves in one of the world's largest running events, the Dam tot Damloop - passing along the Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam’s center, through the IJ automobile tunnel, all the way onto the Zaandam. Each race in this series provides a strong connection with the city! Feel an extra surge in will pulsating outward from the 250,000 cheering spectators and the dozens of live music performances set up along the way. All are welcome to join; there is also a Mini Dam to Dam Run for the kids and more!
Sample fine cuisine, learn from the pros, and browse the food exhibition at Taste of Amsterdam. This tasty al fresco event is on for 2014 from 15 to 18 May at Amstelpark which is near many of our Amsterdam apartments.
Spring is in the air and you are invited to enjoy Amsterdam’s natural spring snow while on your leisure or business short stay. The annual Springsnow Festival runs from 21 April to 21 May, 2014 and lets you feel the Elm seeds as they fall from the trees.
Enjoy listening to the varied sounds of independent and underground music at the SOTU Festival which takes place on 16 - 20 April, 2014. Acts will be performing at six venues near our short stay Amsterdam apartments in the Vondel Park area.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Perfectly positioned at various locations across the city, many of which are just minutes away from several of our Amsterdam holiday apartments, Amsterdam’s superb collection of iconic squares are all definitely worthy of a visit. Ranging from famous landmarks to nightlife hotspots, each individual square offers something for everyone who visits this truly remarkable city.