Amsterdam is also known as the City of Diamonds. If you would like to find out all about carats, colours, clarity and cuts, and learn about some of the history of this Amsterdam craft join one of the free guided tours held seven days a week at Gassan Diamonds. Prebook your tour on Gassan Diamonds web page.
Jordaan district is the district most sung about, most written about and most romanticized in the whole of the Netherlands! Go for an exciting walk in the search for hidden courtyards - or hofjes as they are called in Dutch, - here you find the map that locates some of them.
It is in the soul of a human to strive for places that are closed and not accessible. Open Garden days in Amsterdam is a chance to fulfill some dreams - The Open Garden Days Amsterdam is an annual in the 3rd weekend of June. Organized by the Canal Museums, it is a 3 day long event in which 30 privately kept splendid canal house gardens are open to the public. Although you have to buy a ticket for enter gardens, we still included the event in our list due to its special value.
Zeejdik Temple in Amsterdam or The Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple is the largest temple in Europe, that has been built in traditional Chinese palace-style.
Every Friday throughout the year (if the streets are dry) you are invited for a skate tour through Amsterdam of about 20 kilometers. Anyone can join in, free of charge. Participation is allowed under the condition that you are a skilled skater. For routes and timetable check here.
Wireless Internet at Schiphol Airport is easy: simply switch on your laptop, PDA or tablet PC, select the ‘KPN’ network, open the Internet browser and follow the instructions on the login page.
NAP (Normal Amsterdam Peil) or the Amsterdam Ordnance Datum - the European zero level is the oldest measuring unit of its kind in the world and is based on the average sea level in the 17th century. Look for a bronze button in the passage between the Stadhuis and the Muziektheater that indicates the exact NAP water level. This bronze button acts as the standard from which the levels above sea in nearly all European countries are measured since 1955.
Not only flower market floats in Amstredam canals, but you can also find here floating cat house. A refuge for stray and abandoned cats which, thanks to its unique location on a houseboat in Amsterdam's picturesque canal belt, has become a world-famous tourist attraction.