Every second weekend of September - thousands of historical buildings and sites are open to the public free of charge. Besides opening their doors, many locations also organise on-site activities like exhibitions, music and guided tours, as well as open doors to the sites normally closed to public. Detailed program is published in mid August - check the website.
Four 17th century carillons in Amsterdam give weekly concerts including both classical and modern music. The Westertoren (West Tower) on Tuesdays 12.00-13.00, the Zuidertoren (Southern Tower) on Thursdays 12.00-13.00, the Munttoren on Fridays12.00-13.00 and the Oude Kerkstoren (Old Church Tower) on Saturdays 16.00-17.00. This timetable gives you a good chance to listen and enjoy carillon music at least once.
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.
Zuiderkerk has inspired some Mone paintings and according to people stories even gave inspiration to Cristopher Wren - architect of St.Paul Cathedral in London. Three of Rembrandt's children were buried in the Zuiderkerk. Its bells are played every Thursday between noon and 1. And here you find permanent exhibit on Amsterdam's future building plans, clearly illustrated by means of scale-models, slides, drawings and photos.
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.
The Hash, Marihuana and & Hemp Museum has a free gift for you if you visit their website before visitng musuem!
Visit museum's website before you go and claim your free gift.
How much space do you need to build a house? According to Amsterdam's experience - just a bit. Witness yourself the narrowest houses in Amsterdam. On Oude Hoogstraat 22 you find the narrowest one - only 2.02 wide and 6m deep, and not far from here on Klovienersburgwal 26 another one with facade of 2.4m ( and located just opposite the widest historical house in Amsterdam - Trippenhuis at number 29). And there is another house on Singel 7 that has a facade just 1m wide, but it is broadening to more normal size behind.
30 April - birthday of the Queen, is widely celebrated in the Netherlands and particularly in Amsterdam. If you don't like large gatherings, then this is a date to avoid. And on contrary - if you want to experience a true Dutch atmosphere - jump into the crowd and have a joy.