15 Do’s and Don’ts for Tourists From An Amsterdam Resident

15 Do’s and Don’ts for Tourists From An Amsterdam Resident

Although I have plenty to write about living in Amsterdam, I’m most often asked for tips about visiting Amsterdam by friends and strangers.

Here’s 31 tips (in the form of 15 Do’s and Don’ts) to the most frequently asked questions that I get and advice for seeing the best of this beautiful city. If you have any more questions, feel free to comment!

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Amsterdam in winter: The best things to do in Amsterdam in winter by ex-resident

Amsterdam in winter: The best things to do in Amsterdam in winter by ex-resident

People often ask me if winter is a good time to visit Amsterdam. Although the idea of cold scares a lot of people, Amsterdam actually doesn’t get that cold in winter and the massive crowds that you’ll see in summer disappear.  I lived in Amsterdam until last summer.  This post will include the best things to do in Amsterdam during winter with some additional tips for indoor attractions where you can warm up. (more…)

How to visit the abandoned Roze Kasteel in the Land van Ooit

How to visit the abandoned Roze Kasteel in the Land van Ooit

After living here in the Netherlands for a couple of years, I can tell you that I’m quite surprised when I read about something truly abandoned in the Netherlands.  After reading about the Roze Kasteel (Kasteel D’Oultremont) in Drunen, I was curious about this abandoned amusement park and castle in the Netherlands.  This post will discuss how to visit the now closed Land van Ooit, now known as the Poort van Heusden, and what it is for my readers who aren’t familiar with 2000s Dutch television.  (more…)

One day in ‘s-Hertogenbosch: the best things to do in Den Bosch

One day in ‘s-Hertogenbosch: the best things to do in Den Bosch

‘s-Hertogenbosch, nicknamed Den Bosch, has been on my list of places to visit.  This stunning city with a rich culture and history in Brabant is often overlooked by tourists despite the fact that Den Bosch is only a day trip away from Amsterdam.  Although I expected Den Bosch to be beautiful and historic, I was surprised by Den Bosch.  It’s a city that is not stuck in time and I’ve created a one day itinerary to one day in Den Bosch to show you the best things to do in Den Bosch.

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Can Amsterdam be saved from overtourism? Thoughts on sustainable tourism in Amsterdam

Can Amsterdam be saved from overtourism? Thoughts on sustainable tourism in Amsterdam

As a former resident of Amsterdam, I’m concerned about overtourism in Amsterdam, which threatens the livability of Amsterdam as house prices skyrocket and many neighborhoods have become overtaken by tourists.  Although the city of Amsterdam has enacted new legislation to limit the impacts of tourism, the numbers of tourists visiting the capital of the Netherlands isn’t slowing down.

A marketing campaign that began in 2016 by the Amsterdam Marketing still seeks to bring more tourists to other destinations in the Holland region, a goal shared by many tourists who hope to see the Netherlands beyond Amsterdam.  However, in trying to bring tourists to other destinations, the campaign has rebranded nearby towns and attractions (that aren’t part of Amsterdam) as parts of Amsterdam. Does Amsterdam truly value sustainable tourism or does it only wish to push unwanted tourists beyond its city borders? (more…)