Visit Amsterdam’s Zoo for Family-Friendly Fun

Tray Bike Eateries. Courtesy of Artis Zoo

Amsterdam is well known for its history, art, and adult entertainment, but when I found myself wandering the historic canals and streets with a 3-year-old niece on my shoulders, I had to find something a little more family friendly. Enter the Amsterdam Artis Royal Zoo (Natura Artis Magistra). With over 1.2 million visitors each year, the zoo is the second-most visited site in Amsterdam ... Read Full Article

10 Ways to Beat Jet Lag in Amsterdam

Red Light District by Rungbachduong

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is one of busiest airports in Europe, and I’ve often found myself fighting a case of jet lag when arriving in Amsterdam at the beginning my European travels. From experience, here is a list of tips for beating jet lag in Amsterdam that take into consideration the city’s unique style, sights, and activities. 1. Visit a Coffee Shop (No, not that kind) Marijuana ... Read Full Article

Enjoying a Tulip-Time Cruise in The Netherlands

Kukenhof Gardens

Last spring we treated ourselves to a Tulip-Time River Cruise with AMA Waterways in the Netherlands. While I had taken a Christmas Market river cruise a few years ago with a friend, this was my husband's first river cruise. It won't be his last; we both had a wonderful time. We chose a late spring cruise so that we would be sure to see a good selection of  blooms when we went to the ... Read Full Article

Touring the Keukenhof Garden in Holland

Parrot Tulips at the Willem Alexander Pavilion

  If you plan to travel anywhere in or near The Netherlands from March through late May, a day-trip to the Keukenhof Gardens is a must. The Keukenhof is the largest garden in the world and no matter if it is rainy or sunny, cold or warm, you will be rewarded by an opportunity to see a plethora of vivid, blooming plants. We traveled there as part of our AMA Waterways Tulip Cruise ... Read Full Article

Amsterdam’s Ever-Evolving Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Luckily, we had a free day in Amsterdam to visit the newly re-opened Rijksmuseum before our AMAWaterways Tulip Time Cruise. With complementary admission to the Rijksmuseum and a citi-card from the Amsterdam Tourist Office, we were on our way, taking the fabulous local bus system to the Museumplein and a short walk to the Museum. Founded in 1800, the Rijksmuseum is the premier history and ... Read Full Article

The Ravenous Traveler: A Fresher than Fresh Restaurant Recommendation in Amsterdam

Dining Room at De Kas

Before visiting The Netherlands, I wasn’t sure what type of food the Dutch eat. I had a vague idea or two, but both ideas were pickled. Could one subsist on pickled foods alone? I truly hoped not. For a fine-dining meal with some of the freshest ingredients available in all of Europe, check out Restaurant De Kas on your next trip to Amsterdam. Located inside of a beautiful greenhouse in Klein ... Read Full Article

Hiding Away in Amsterdam

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  It’s not so much bright lights, big city in Amsterdam – but, of course, red lights. Though many visitors are still intent on ticking the tourist track highlights and ubiquitous sex industry scenes, I’ve visited on several occasions and have to say that – for me – Amsterdam stands out as a city with a powerful and palpable history. The first time I visited I was lucky enough to ... Read Full Article

Amsterdam in Black and White

Amsterdam

  During a business trip in Almere, I had the chance to visit Amsterdam for the first time and enjoyed the amazing network of channels passing through the city. I want to share with you Amsterdam in a black and white mood. ************ ************ ************ ************ ************ About Guest Contributor, Andrea Albertino:  Born in 1982 ... Read Full Article

8 Surprising Facts About the Netherlands

Van Gogh Self Portrait

These surprising facts touch upon the most famous icons of the Netherlands—from tulips and Van Gogh to windmills, clogs, and liberal laws. Holland isn’t the Netherlands Though it’s become totally acceptable to call the Netherlands “Holland,” Holland originally referred to two regions within the Netherlands: North Holland and South Holland. Amsterdam is located in North Holland, prompting many ... Read Full Article

Kinderdijk, Holland’s Famous Windmills

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Visiting the famous windmills of the Kinderdijk is a truly moving experience. These windmills were originally built to pump water out of the country, which highlights the fact that the Netherlands has been sinking into the North Sea for centuries. Much of the Netherlands is comprised of peat bogs, and the Dutch used to harvest the peat for fuel. Then they discovered that the land beneath their ... Read Full Article