The World's largest City Archives are located in Amsterdam.The Stadsarchief is home to hundreds of thousands of books,drawings,prints,photographs,movies and audio recordings.
Besides the Municipal archives the building also manages many private archives.These include company archives as well as archives from institutions,families and individuals.The Stadsarchief also boasts an extensive audio/video collection,the information bank provides a varied image of Amsterdam and its people,both in an historical context and in modern day life.
Free admission for information center,treasury room,cinema.There is a fee for special exhibitions.Also there are guided tours of the building.
Opening hours:Tue till Sat-10.00-17.00,Sun-11.00-17.00,Closed mondays.
Located right next to the A10 motorway is the 'Opstandings Kerk' (Resurrection Church) which is also known as the 'Coal Scuttle' which is a bucket used especially for hauling coal from a shed to the heater.It fits the shape of the church perfectly.The building is made of red bricks with tall windows stretching all the way to the top.The peaceful atmosphere of the church is partly due to the austere furnishings,the white stucco and the light wood.It can seat up to 450 worshippers.
Wooden clogs are everywhere in Amsterdam. As part of our guided bike tour, we were taken to a wooden clog shop, where learnt about the clogs history and saw how the clogs are carved out of wood before our very eyes.
They are a great souvenir of your trip and come in all sizes. There was one outside the shop that was more like a canoe than a shoe.
There are numerous songs about the windmills of Amsterdam, my favourite being the one with the mouse with clogs on.
We rode our hire bikes to the outskirts of Amsterdam to see this particular windmill. No mice were seen in the vacinity. This one is no longer a working mill, but it's still lived in.
A Windmill In Old Amsterdam
A mouse lived in a windmill in old Amsterdam
A windmill with a mouse in and he wasn't grousin'
He sang every morning, "How lucky I am,
Living in a windmill in old Amsterdam!"
I saw a mouse!
There on the stair!
Where on the stair?
A little mouse with clogs on
Well I declare!
Going clip-clippety-clop on the stair
This mouse he got lonesome, he took him a wife
A windmill with mice in, it's hardly surprisin'
She sang every morning, "How lucky I am,
Living in a windmill in old Amsterdam!"
First they had triplets and then they had quins
A windmill with quins in, and triplets and twins in
They sang every morning, "How lucky we are
Living in a windmill in Amsterdam, ya!"
The daughters got married and so did the sons
The windmill had christ'nin's when no one was list'nin'
They all sang in chorus, "How lucky we am
Living in a windmill in old Amsterdam!"
A mouse lived in a windmill, so snug and so nice
There's nobody there now but a whole lot of mice.
(Dicks & Rudge)
Medemblik is a very nice and quiet town and well known for sailing events. Floris V built the Kasteel Radboud fortress in town and awarded Medemblik city rights in 1289. Most of the houses in town were built in the 17th and the 18th century. They are very well preserved.
We visited the town for 2 hours total and had lunch on the main street. Unfortunately both churches were closed when we were there, but this did not stop us from appreciating and enjoying the beauty of the city.
If you want to explore Amsterdam at your own pace, a great way to do it is the HOP ON - HOP OFF CITY SIGHTSEEING bus. The route takes you past the city's major tourist attractions and highlights.
1) Damtrak 34
2) Amrath Hotel
3) Gassan Diamonds
4) Jewish Museum
On the bus
ATCB Tourist Offices
At your Hotel (Look for 20% discount coupons at your hotel where all the brochures are.
Ticket is good for 24 hours and the cost is 18 Euros.
On a windy day, while walking the busy street of Amsterdam...eating fries would be nice to keep warm, ha3. Yep, it was quite busy during my trip there. While enjoying our walk, we helped ourselves with a delicious fries at the Manneken Pis. The shop is located somewhere in Damrak. I was walking from the Centraal Station...the shop was on my right. I think the shop it's not so easy to miss. You'll see many people queuing. The fries were cut into medium size (nothing like those slim instant french fries) cooked something like crunchy on the outside, but really soft inside. There's plenty of sauce to choose from. Can't remember mine, but it was definitely yummy. I can't remember the price too, but it was reasonable...not more than 4 euro...but I guess it'll depend on the size chose.
During medieval times, Amsterdam was surrounded by a wooden palisade that was later replaced with stone and further reinforced with gatehouses and watchtowers. The wall was torn down in the 1600's to allow the town to expand but some of the fortifications remain. They're easy to pick out as you explore the oldest parts of city, which include Oude and Nieuwe Zijdes, and I've included a couple of those here:
This imposing brick structure is de Waag: the weigh house. Built in 1488, it was originally the guardhouse for a gate called St. Anthoniespoort and a holding cell for prisoners prior to execution. When the wall was removed, the bottom floor became the place where people bringing their goods to market had them weighed for tax, and the upper floors housed four of the city's guilds: masons, artists, surgeons and blacksmiths. If you visit the Mauritshuis museum at The Hague, you can see a famous Rembrandt, "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp", that illustrates the public dissection of an executed criminal that was performed in the surgeon's theater within their guild quarters. Today, de Waag is a cafe where visitors go to HAVE lunch versus lose it over more gory sorts of entertainment. Find this at Nieuwmarkt 4 in the Nieumarket area.
The Schreierstoren is sometimes called the Weeper's Tower after local myth of women coming here to tearfully see sons, husbands and lovers off to sea. More accurately, the name is a derivative of screye - meaning a sharp corner of the city wall. It was built in 1480 and has an interesting tie to American history: English explorer Henry Hudson left from this spot in 1609 on a mission to discover a better trade route to Asia, ended up on river in what is now New York State, and laid claim to the valley for his Dutch employers. That region was christened New Netherland with a defensive settlement on an island near the river's mouth named for Mr. Hudson's port of departure: Nieuw Amsterdam. That little outpost grew to be the largest metropolitan area in the United States: New York City's borough of Manhattan. Like de Waag, this tower also houses a cafe. Find it at Prins Hendrikkade 94/95 near Centraal Station.
This tower - called de Montelbaanstoren - was built in 1512 as a watchtower outside of the city walls. It's been altered over time but the bottom section is original with the steeple-style top added in 1606. You can't visit the inside of this one but the exterior is a favorite with photographers and artists. And no, I hadn't had too many good Dutch brews - the thing has a gentle but noticeable list towards the Oudeschans canal. Oude Waal/Oudeschans 2
Small works of Art are on display at the Miniature Museum for Modern Art. The museum is recognized by the Guiness Book of Records as the smallest museum on Earth. The museum was an intiative of Ria and Lex Daniëls, set-up by the Reflex Art Galleries with the help of over 500 artists.
2011 Update: After being located at Amsterdam for more than a decade, the museum has moved to the Gemeentemuseum at The Hague (Stadhouderslaan 41 - 2517 HV Den Haag)
Tu - Su: 11:00AM - 5PM
Admission: € 12,50 (Adult)
The Kleine Komedie is the oldest live theater venue in Amsterdam. I treated my language teacher to a night of Dutch folk songs. It is a jewel of a space- very inimate. ****HOWEVER: make sure to know where you will be sitting: the upper balconies are terrifying for any one who has a fear of heights!! Stick to the Orchestra!! They can check your coat in the Lobby (if you do not wish to check it they will make a point to tell you to keep it on your lap as opposed to the floor- probably since one wrong slip and someone can go over the edge into the theater abyss). Of course, the programming features the Dutch language.
This is not in Amsterdam, but a few kms away (~25km). Not exactly a day trip, but a (early) morning trip.
The Flora Holland/Aalsmeer Flower Auction is the largest flower auction in the world, in the second largest building in the world. A place where flowers come (not only from Netherlands but also other countries) to be sold. It's a bit like a stock market, but instead of buying shares, there are people buying batches of flowers. 19 million flowers are sold every day.
Entry: 5€ (adult)
TIP: try to get there as early as possible. Visiting ends at 10am (actually the auction ends at 10am). I'd say 8.00-8.30 am would be the best time to visit the market.
HOW TO GET THERE: 172 Connexxion bus from Centraal Station, right in front of Victoria Hotel, or right outside Amstelveenseweg metro station (metro line 50). The ticket is around 4€ and it's sold on the bus (don't know if it can be bought somewhere else).
(data from August 2011)
Well the Title speaks for itself.
Like i said before the Amsterdammer know how to have a good time.
In the height of Summer - perhaps in different places in the City a Van pulls up with a load of Water Guns and encourages everybody to join in.
Fun Factor 10/10
Perhaps beats Sumo Wrestling at Noordwijk.
My Plan of wearing an Orange Shirt so i look more Dutch so i would not get attacked so much appeared not to work.
They had a great show during my stay this last week-----Mark Ryden and his children with big eyes show....Definitely a gallery I would recommend no matter what art they had at the time-------
open wed-sat 1-6 pm
The tourists should be careful of is choosing the tour operator. Just outside the station while walking towards the Dam square we passed through "Asian Compass tour operators" with "The Best Of Holland" advertised outside.
Me and my wife booked a full day tour that would take us to Zaanse Schans, Volendam, etc villages and, local City sightseeing trip.
The tour started at 12pm with city sightseeing through the bus, everything was done in a jiffy, from a distance we were shown areas for example told there is the red light district, when we could only notice a few buildings from far....
After the city trip we were asked to change the bus and board another one to continue for the villages tour, and ushered into another bus. As soon as we sat in the bus we realized that the city tour had started all over again!
At the very first stop, we asked the guide what was going on, and we were told that it was a mistake on their team's side that we were put on the wrong bus and told that we would have to walk back down to the office from the next stop!
We were new to the city, had already wasted more than 3 hours, with no lunch, and were left in the middle to head back. Once we reached office, it was 4pm, and demanded a refund as our day was ruined!
The owner of the comapny did not bother to spend any time with us or listen to us, and shouted orders at the staff to refund partial amount and get rid of us and no full refund was given!
We were shocked by his rudeness, wish we had seen this face before we took the trip, he had no realization of the trouble we had gone through!
As a result on the last day we went to the tourist info. center outside the central station and asked for other tour operators than this one. They suggested Key Tours. Keytours were Qualitatively Excellent!
I wish that no one loses out on quality and money in their trip and be aware that what comes first on their way may not be the best!
It is about 20 mins walk from the Cenraal Station but it's an impossible walk during the winter. I used to walk it twice a day once though, the beautiful streets and scenery of Amsterdam can leave u numb that u can forget about the cold.
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