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De Haar Castle is the largest castle of Holland and is located just outside Utrecht and a half an hour drive from Amsterdam. De Haar has everything you expect from a castle; towers, turrets, moats, gates and suspension bridges. The castle is also home to many art objects. Next to the castle you can find a romantic chapel and beautiful parks and gardens. Without a doubt De Haar Castle is one of the most luxurious castles of Europe.
Enjoy countless festivals, urban beaches, picnics in the park, outdoor cinema & art, and cool drinks on sunny terraces – Amsterdam is teeming with things to do in the summer. And, on a bright sunny day, the best place to be is outside! Find out how to experience Amsterdam and go home with a healthy tan. Sunglasses on – let’s go!
We’re almost finished with a beautiful book: The title of La Rive’s new signature recipes, wine pairings and personalities book is ‘Perfect Harmony‘. Perfect Harmony combines Master Chef Rogér Rassin’s 26 signature signature recipes with step-by-step instructions and Maître Sommelier, Ronald Opten’s, matching wine pairings with alternatives depending on your mood and budget.
CENTRUM VOOR MEDIA, CULTUUR, MODE, HORECA EN AMBACHTEN.
De plek waar ooit de eerste elektrische trams in Amsterdam werden onderhouden heeft een nieuw leven gekregen. In de voormalige tramremise, een rijksmonument gebouwd tussen 1902-1928, is nu De Hallen Amsterdam gevestigd. Midden in de 19e eeuwse stadswijk Amsterdam West.
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam is the latest IHG hotel to receive certification for its sustainable operations and management. This 150-year-old heritage property located in the heart of Amsterdam is committed to fair and responsible ways of reducing impacts on the environment and creating awareness of its sustainability achievements amongst guests, employees, suppliers and the local community.
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, General Manager, Anita Bos said: “The future lies in our own hands. That’s why we shouldn’t condone waste, for example, and take steps ourselves for running our business responsibly. It’s not a case of only doing something substantial, many small changes are just as important. Together with the team I am very proud that we have achieved the Green Globe certificate.”
La Rive at the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam has the somewhat dubious privilege of being the restaurant most people will tell you is the best in the city. This not only means it has a lot to live up to, but that your fellow diners are likely to be members of tour groups, businessmen (yes, usually all men) and uneasy young couples out for that special occasion. Please read more…
“Lekker” (nice or tasty) and “gezellig” (cozy) are often used in the Dutch language! People often make an effort to make it “gezellig”and make sure that everything they make is “lekker”. !
“Drop” (liquorice) is probaly the most popular sweet! An average of 4 kilo per person per year is eaten.
“Haring” (herring) is a popular raw fish snack and is traditionally eaten hole hanging over the mouth holding it’s tail.
At home people have their dinner between 18-19 hours and in restaurants usually an hour later. As a result most restaurants kitchen will be closed after 22:30 hours.
Marihuana is classified as a soft drug and legal to buy in small quantities. “Coffeshops” are special cafés where one can buy cigarettes filled with tabac and marihuana.
When meeting friends and family of the opposite sex it is tradition to kiss 3 times on the cheek starting with the right cheek.
When a baby is born, visitors are treated with a “beschuit met muisjes“, (biscuits with fruit flavored sprinkles) blue for a boy and pink for a girl.
Prostitution is a legal profession and is allowed behind shop windows in designated areas in practically every town in the country.
Ice skating is one of most popular winter sport with the highlight (extreme weather conditions allowing), the “eleven town race”. In the Northern province of Friesland there are 11 towns wich are connected by canals and rivers. When these freeze over a race is held, the total number of kilometers is nearly 200 !
Cycling is the nation way of transport with many people owning more then one bike.
The Van Gogh Museum has discovered a new painting by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890): Sunset at Montmajour (1888). Director Axel Rüger: “A discovery of this magnitude has never before occurred in the history of the Van Gogh Museum. It is already a rarity that a new painting can be added to Van Gogh’s oeuvre.”
The ‘Jewish Amsterdam Tour’ is operated by Naomi Koopmans, a Dutch/Israeli Jewish woman who was born and bred in the Netherlands. Naomi obtained her B.A. degree in General History and her M.A. degree in Religious Sciences at Tel Aviv University and has been active as a licensed tour guide since 1998 in Israel, Italy (Rome) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam). Her drive to set up this tour is grounded both in her personal background as in her professional course. ‘’Revealing the history of the Amsterdam Jewry is more than a job to me. It is part of my identity,’’ says Naomi Koopmans. During the tour, Naomi brings the Jewish history and present of Amsterdam to life.
The imposing Muiderslot gives you a taste of real Dutch history. It is part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam and included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its location at the former Zuiderzee, in the water-rich environments of the river Vecht is breathtaking. The Muiderslot was built around 1285 by Count Floris V, an ally of the French Court and later of the British King Edward. While hunting with falcons one day in 1296, Floris was captured by his nobles and imprisoned in his own castle….
In the heart of the Amsterdam canal district lies Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672 by the architect Adriaen Dortsman. The first resident was painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. The interior of the house has remained largely intact during the last centuries and still evokes the splendor of the Golden Age. Open 11:00 – 17:00 – Closed on Tuesday – Keizersgracht 672.
De Rembrandt Art Market is de opvolger van de Modern Art Market van de Stichting Kunstkring Thorbecke, die 27 jaar op het Thorbeckeplein en later op het Rembrandtplein wekelijks op iedere zondag een kunstmarkt organiseerde. De gezamelijke kunstenaars zijn nu verenigd in een nieuwe Stichting de Rembrandt Art Market.Zondags 10:30 – 18:00 uur.
Palazzo biedt al jaren de ultieme combinatie van variététheater en sfeervol dineren in een prachtige, nostalgische spiegeltent. Komend seizoen legt 3-michelinsterren chef Cees Helder uw smaakpappillen in de watten terwijl een bont gezelschap aan internationale topartiesten voor spannende, hilarische en spectaculaire momenten zorgt tijdens de nieuwe drieëneenhalf uur durende show.
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Waar vroeger de cafe restaurant De 3 Sisters zat, is nu een grand cafe restaurant van internationale alure gekomen. De kaart is “continentalkeuken” met ook veel Hollandse gerechten. Op 5 september is de officiële opening. Less meer…
Amsterdam eert zijn grootste schilder, Rembrandt van Rijn, met wat zo voor de hand ligt: het Rembrandtpad en een beeld van de jonge schilder. Het Rembrandtpad is de lange, lange route vanaf het Rembrandthuis tot aan Ouderkerk aan de Amstel: de weg waarlangs de schilder zo vaak liep, waar hij keek, waar hij tekende.
Dankzij de steun van Delta Lloyd Vastgoed, het Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam en Stadsherstel Amsterdam werdt het sculptuur “De jonge Rembrandt”, onthuld. Het beeld is in 1968 gemaakt door Win van Hoorn (1908-1979) en werd onthuld door mevrouw Van Hoorn en Nils Axing, directeur Amstel Hotel.
Locatie: Professor Tulpplein, 1 – tegenover de ingang van het Amstel Hotel.
Gable stones were used in the Netherlands to identify a house instead of a house number. Gable stones lost their importance after house numbers were introduced in the beginning of the nineteenth century during the French occupation. The Gable stones often symbolized the owners occupation. More.
Lotte Buit is an artist/portrait painter specialised in portrait painting from pictures. Her studio is located in a small village outside Haarlem called Spaarndam, known from the story of the boy who had to keep his finger in the dyke preventing it from breaking through!
Restaurant ANNA is located in the oldest and most beautiful part of Amsterdam in two spectacularly renewed monumental buildings. These buildings start at the ‘Warmoestraat’ to finish all the way at the ‘Oudekerksplein’. In restaurant ANNA you find yourself in the middle of ‘de Wallen’ also known as the red light district, at the corner of the ‘Sint Anne’ quarter. You have a great view on the medieval church square. They will open its terrace in the shade on the ‘Oudekerksplein’ when the weather permits this with a spectacular view on the medieval church square. Restaurant ANNA will be open every day for lunch. They serve the complete dinner menu.
In the diary of her life during the Second World War, Anne Frank wrote that she could hear the bells of the Westerkerk. Indeed, the Anne Frank House is just a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam’s — no, Holland’s — most famous church.
The Westerkerk, and specifically its tower, occupies a unique place in the hearts of true Amsterdammers. It is much sung about, especially by the people of the Jordaan district, who claim it as their Westertoren. Please, read more…
De luxe Turkse franchiseketen Kosebasi heeft op 28 maart 2011 haar deuren geopend. De keten breidt zich sinds 2006 internationaal uit met vestigingen in o.a. Dubai en Sao Paulo en is al vele malen geroemd. Je eet hier traditioneel Zuid-Anatolische gerechten.
This system allows you to pay for parking. Just phone one of the listed companies, let them know the number of the nearest parking meter and they handle the parking fee. Obviously you need to register first. More.
You can save the bother of going all the way to Sal Meijer on Scheldestraat 45 (020/673-1313) and ask for a home delivery. But the effort will be worth it, though, once you have a bite of that 100% kosher sandwiches they are so famous for!
Explore the Dutch capital’s streets and waterways with this helpful guide and you will not only avoid the tourist traps but uncover great markets, lesser-known museums and charming bars, cafes and restaurants. Read more…