We got the low down on our new city from Amsterdam City Guide on what to do and where to go in this fantastic city.
Amsterdam is the kind of city that buzzes every second of the day (and night) but still feels like a small town. The kind of place where neighbours become friends and the espresso bar down the street serves you your favourite coffee when you walk in even before you even get the chance to order. ‘Amsterdammers’ love to make small talk, complain about the weather (even in summer) and foremost: help each other out.
Amsterdam is becoming a melting pot more and more and students and expats from all over the world bring in their stories, ideas and positive energy. Like I said: Amsterdam buzzes…
There are a few places and events that never get bored, like the amazing canal houses and canals. Any time of day, passing any canal, you’ll feel the magic and history of the city.
Did you know that Amsterdam has more than one hundred kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and 1500 bridges? The three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht (where this photo was taken), and Keizersgracht, form concentric belts around the city, known as the ‘Grachtengordel’ (Canal District).
Another world-known spot in Amsterdam that makes every Amsterdammer proud to be one, is the Rijksmuseum. An Amsterdammer usually visits this place maybe once or twice a year (also during the supercool ‘Museumnacht’), but will cycle underneath the building as much as he or she can. Like we wrote before: ‘There’s a feeling about cycling through it’s tunnel that is undefinable. Something proud, something happy and almost something in love…’
Close to the Rijksmuseum you’ll find the also reknown Vondelpark, where this photo was taken during one of the music events that take place in the little open air theatre during summer. We might point out that Amsterdam has a few really pretty green areas and parks (for example Westerpark and Oosterpark) where picknicks, bbq’s and lovebirds can be found during summer and winter.
And although we fall in love with our historical city centre every day, we get
attracted by the new and modern architecture of Amsterdam North as well. For example, the EYE Museum is a totally different place, but also their neighbours ADAM Tower and the apartments around. A little trip with the ferryboat, crossing the IJ-river, brings a whole new perspective to ‘Amsterdam as we know it’.
And then of course there’s all of the beautiful events that take place yearly, monthly or weekly, which makes this city buzzing and buzzing.
The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), which takes place every October, is the leading electronic music platform and the biggest club festival in the world for the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres. ADE consists of a conference (day), festival (night) and playground (day & night) program, which basically means that the city is all about electronic music for five days and nights, with events in around 140 locations.
Although we didn’t want to forget to mention Koningsdag (the celebration of the King’s birthday), we definitely need to point out Pride Week in Amsterdam. On Koningsdag the city and canals turn orange (our national colour), but with the Canal Pride and Pride Week every colour is allowed (and pink will be mostly seen).
Two amazing events where Amsterdam should be very proud of for being able to celebrate in freedom. A proud and happy feeling that fits this city like a glove, like your favourite coffee from the espresso bar….
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