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Highlights

Money-Saving Tips

To go Dutch is a native practice indeed, but don't think your host country will be footing half your vacation bills. The Netherlands is an expensive...

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Customs of the Country

The Dutch are generally warm and welcoming. Most are multilingual and proud of it. They are also open and direct when it comes to speaking their...

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Amsterdam & the Netherlands Today

Welcome to Amsterdam! Built on a latticework of concentric canals like an aquatic rainbow, this remains the City of Canals—but Amsterdam is...

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Cheap Things to Do in Amsterdam

Regardless of the fluctuating dollar-to-euro exchange rate, the Netherlands is an expensive country to visit. Besides flowers, cheese, and wine...

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Join the "Rack Pack"

Stand at any intersection in any Dutch city and you're guaranteed to see bicycles. Getting around on two wheels has long made sense for Lowlanders...

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Quintessential Amsterdam

According to 19th-century French writer Joris-Karl Huysmans, Amsterdam is "a dream, an orgy of houses and water." More than 100 years later...

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Amsterdam with Kids

For each racy adult attraction Amsterdam offers, there's another dozen that deserve a PG (Pure Goodness) mark to entice the entire family. It...

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Amsterdam Museum

Though given relatively little marquee space, this is one of the best museums in which to invest your time and attention. Amsterdam's history...

Restaurants

Indonesian Rice Tables

Holland's famed rijsttafel, or rice table, was the ceremonial feast of the Dutch colonists in Indonesia centuries ago. The Dutch are famously...

Restaurants

What to Eat in Amsterdam

A typical Dutch meal is often derided for its boldly honest approach to the food groups: meat, vegetable, potato. But all you need is one restaurant...

Nightlife

Amsterdam's Infamous Weed Scene

Unless you're a regular user, checking out one of those euphemistically named venues where marijuana is sold is hard to justify from a "when...

Nightlife

Psilocybin

Only two decades after the Dutch government condoned the sale of marijuana and hash under the Opium Act of 1976, another "soft drug" came onto...

Nightlife

A Dutch Beers Primer

If you think Dutch beer begins and ends with Heineken, think again! The Netherlands has a thriving little industry of microbrews and produces...

Nightlife

Sampling the Local Jenever Liquor

The indigenous liquor of the Netherlands is jenever, a potent spirit that was invented in the mid-1600s, when an alchemist in Leiden discovered...

Shopping

Nine Streets Plus One

The Nine Streets has a distinctly old-world feel. This cluster of quaint canal crossings between the Rozengracht and the Leidsegracht dates...

Shopping

Antiquing on a Budget

For more gently priced collections, you might opt to tiptoe past the 18th-century tulipwood armoires and explore an increasingly popular neighborhood...

Shopping

The Globe-Hopping Bunny

Created by Utrecht native Dick Bruna in 1955, Nijntje is to the Netherlands what Mickey Mouse is to the United States. Rarely does a Dutch child...

Shopping

The Best Dutch Design

Ever since Gerrit Rietveld produced his "Red and Blue Chair," the Dutch have been in the international limelight, famous for graphic design...

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Multicultural Holland

The face of Holland has changed dramatically since World War II. New arrivals have created a melting-pot society, and today the Netherlands...

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Amsterdam's Historic Almshouses

Hidden behind innocent-looking gateways throughout the city center, most notably along the main ring of canals and in the Jordaan neighborhood...

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The Leaning Houses of Amsterdam

Ever wonder why all of Amsterdam's old houses lean like drunken sailors on a Saturday night? After the great fires of 1421 and 1452, which swept...

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The Life of Rembrandt

Dutch art speaks with many voices, but in the case of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–69)—the greatest painter of Holland's 17th-century Golden Age...

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Eco Architecture

Dutch architecture is known for its creative approach to practical problems, and right now eco-architecture (bringing environmental awareness...

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Gabled Houses on Amsterdam's Canal Ring

The gabled houses on the Canal Ring are Amsterdam's most picture-perfect historic feature. The infinite array of gables on the city houses dominates...

Performing Arts

Open-air Entertainment

Theatrical events in the Vondelpark have a long and glorious history. Nowadays, during the Openluchttheater season, there's a lunchtime concert...

Performing Arts

Dutch Art

Few other countries can boast of having fathered so many great artists, but then again, Holland seems almost expressly composed for the artist...

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