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Hotel lobby of The Dylan Amsterdam with fire place and reception

Concierge’s Choice January: New Year, New Adventures

It’s a new year and a new decade at that. Each January presents the unique opportunity to boldly leave your comfort zone behind and to do something exciting and novel. Luckily in Amsterdam, there is an experience waiting around every corner. Perhaps you want to learn a new skill? Or you want to discover the secrets of the universe? Perhaps you simply want switch up your café routine. Whatever your ambitions for 2020, here are five Amsterdam places in which you can kick off the year on a bright and adventurous note.

Flo’s Appetizing
Jan Pieter Heijestraat 121
Just because you started the new year with healthy eating resolutions, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a savoury treat every now and again. Flo’s Appetizing in the West of Amsterdam offers classic bagel and schmear combinations, just like they have them in New York City. With an array of toppings, including a smoked fish selection and vegan options, it’s the bagel brunch place that we’ve been dreaming of.

Architectura & Natura
Leliegracht 22-H
With a history spanning 75 impressive years, the revered Architectura & Natura is one of the most famous bookstores in Europe. This makes it a fantastic place to stock up on reading material about architecture, landscape architecture and natural history. Choose from beautifully published monoliths as well as educational literature and add a little culture to your life (or just to your coffee table).

Ruelle Sous Marin
Stadhouderskade 60-11
“I must have flowers, always, and always,” said painter Claude Monet. We believe the cold of winter shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying their favourite flora. Enter Ruelle Sous Marin in the De Pijp neighbourhood of Amsterdam and discover flower arrangements like you’ve never seen them before. Specialising in dried flower creations, Ruelle Sous Marin is the perfect spot to find beauty that will last forever. They also host workshops, so you can learn how to make dried flower arrangements on your own.

Stargazing
Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy
Space exploration is getting more and more media attention, but what exactly is waiting for us out there? If you want to learn more about our solar system and are looking for an out-of-the-box date night idea, may we direct your attention to the Stargazing nights at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam. After an introductory lecture, you can peer at the stars through one of the centre’s two telescopes.

Baking Lab
Linnaeusstraat 99
Are you keen on developing a new skill this year? Then rise to the occasion and sign up for Baking Lab’s many bread-baking courses. Serving up workshops in both Dutch and English, take a friend and learn how fermentation works or what it takes to make the perfect sourdough loaf. Check their events page and make sure to register early: These workshops sell out quickly!

 

 

Concierge’s Choice December: A Wonderful Holiday Time

It is, without a doubt, the most magical time of the year – and what a special treat it is to be in Amsterdam during the holiday season. Stroll along the canals with an oliebolletje in hand, marvel at the seasonal decorations, do some unique Christmas shopping and take part in the many activities the city has to offer. Discover below our most wintry picks of things to do, see and shop in Amsterdam in December.

Ice*Amsterdam
Museumplein
Pack your skates and make your way to Museumplein to do some pirouettes on the ice. Or, if you’re not a graceful ice skater, sip a hot chocolate, tug into a fluffy waffle and enjoy the general splendour of the surrounding Christmas market booths. Ice*Amsterdam presents the wonderful opportunity to enjoy a winter wonderland in the heart of the city, at the foot of the monumental Rijksmuseum.

Amsterdam Light Festival
Multiple locations
A spectacular tradition now in its eighth year, the Amsterdam Light Festival is an open-air light exhibition on the waters of Amsterdam. Snuggle up with someone special while you take in the breathtaking and pioneering installations by modern artists. With this year’s theme “Disrupt!”, you can experience Amsterdam’s canals in a whole new and exciting light. Book a canal tour early so as not to miss this truly unique event.

Christmas markets
Multiple locations
Soak in the holiday spirit at the myriad Christmas markets popping up in Amsterdam and across the Netherlands throughout the month of December. From the carnival-like Winter Paradise in Amsterdam’s south to the cosy Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt in the west, find beautifully crafted gifts, drink a cup of mulled wine and revel in the joy of the season under twinklings light and a cosy atmosphere.

Patisserie Holtkamp
Vijzelgracht 15
A hot cup of coffee and buttery, sugary biscuits are a welcome treat on any winter afternoon. If you are looking for a sweet break to pick you up on a cold day, stop by Patisserie Holtkamp on the Vijzelgracht. They have a wide variety of baked delights that make excellent hostess gifts to bring along to holiday parties. If you ask us, the classic koggetjes, nicely wrapped with a silky bow, also make for a pretty delicious present.

De Posthumus Winkel
Sint Luciënsteeg 25
Isn’t there such a charm in sending real Christmas cards? Set yourself up for card-writing success with a visit to De Posthumus Winkel in the centre of Amsterdam. Their extensive selection of rubber stamps, velvety ink pads, colourful sealing wax, intricate calligraphy pens and stationary are the tools you need to make your handwritten correspondence a hit. Keep an eye out for their collection of bicycle stamps to add an extra Dutchie touch to your letters.

Image: Janus van den Eijnden

 

 

Amsterdam Light Festival: See the city in a different light

Every year from the end of November until mid January, the canals of Amsterdam are illuminated in a most intriguing way. Street lamps and Christmas decorations may also cast a warm glow upon the city, however it’s the installations of the Amsterdam Light Festival that really steal the show. Brightening up the dark days of winter, this must-see event calls upon artists, designers and architects to develop installations that will be displayed in, on, over or next to the waterways of Amsterdam.

How it all began
The history of the Amsterdam Light Festival can be traced back all the way to the 1920s, when light art was popular throughout Europe. Atmospheric lights illuminated the Amsterdam canals up until the 1990s; but it was only with the foundation of the Amsterdam Light Festival by Felix Guttmann, Rogier van der Heide and Raymond Borsboom in 2012 that light art and light installations became an annual tradition. Since then, the festival has enjoyed yearly editions with changing displays, showcasing local and international artists, and drawing large crowds from around the world.

Disrupt!: This year’s open air exhibition
This year’s 8th edition is set up to be another major success. With the theme Disrupt!, twenty artists were challenged to question, test and shake up the city. They used this year’s theme to transform the city’s architecture with lights, creating entirely new surroundings to amaze the public. Apparently one key question to emerge from Disrupt! is that of climate change and how humans disturb the natural environment – and vice versa: how natural events can interrupt the structure of our society. It will be interesting to see how the artists interpret this particular challenge.

Spectators can look forward to a variety of breathtaking light installations from established and up-and-coming designers, like by the lighting architect Har Hollands or by the design duo Tom Biddulph & Barbara Ryan, who created an eerie installation nearfor one of Amsterdam’s iconic canal bridges. Watch artworks with names like “Atlantis” and “Big Bang” come to life as you drift along the canals and let the splendour of this one-of-a-kind event sink in.

Practical Information
Are you coming to Amsterdam to enjoy the Light Festival this year? Then be sure to plan your attendance in advance. Head over to the official website to arrange the specifics and book a tour. The event runs from 28 November 2019 until 19 January 2020 and sells out quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot with one of the canal boat companies.

 

 

An Interview with Natasja Noorlander

Maître at The Dylan

Can you describe your role at The Dylan? 
I am the Maître of Restaurant Vinkeles and responsible for all the wines at the hotel. My main focus is Vinkeles, our fine dining restaurant. During the day I create pairings based on dishes and during dinner I serve these wines along with selections from our à la carte menu to our guests.  

Sounds like you’re always busy! 
Indeed. On top of my role at Vinkeles, I am also in charge of ordering wine for groups and banqueting events. I also take care of the smaller wine selection at OCCO, our bar and brasserie. Here we offer our unique High Wine experience, where we serve four small dishes, each accompanied by a matching glass of wine. 

What does your creative collaboration with the chef look like? 
The chef actually tells me quite early when he is thinking of a new dish. He will approach me and say he’s thinking about something with seabream, olives and paprika, for example. Immediately I am curious to see what he is coming up with. Sometimes during his creative process, I have the chance to take a small bite of something. Luckily we have a good partnership, so I can be honest with any feedback. When the dish is almost fully developed, that’s when I come in with a wine suggestion. Sometimes I know exactly what is needed, other times I have a few options that would work. At that point we sit together with the dish and a selection of wines and taste everything together. 

Do you travel a lot for your job? How do you decide what to stock? 
Most of the wine from our suppliers comes directly to me in Amsterdam. We work with more than 20 suppliers. Some only bring Madeira, for example, or only Champagne. Many bring a selection of new wines. We take an hour to sit together and sample different things. Our suppliers know what kind of cuisine we do at Vinkeles and what works well. When I do travel, it’s upon invitation from wineries – like in Spain or South Africa – to go and stay with them, spend time in the vineyard. Talking to the winemakers and being in the vineyards is to me one of the most beautiful experiences. 

Is this what inspired you to become a sommelier? 
Actually my decision to work in hospitality happened while I was studying Biochemistry. I was in my laboratory and feeling a bit lonely. At the time I was working part-time at a restaurant, and I saw myself being really good at it. I thought, if I am going to work at a restaurant, then I want to be the best I can be. So I went to the Hotelschool Ter Duinen in Belgium and after that I started working at fine-dining restaurants. I realised quite soon that wines are really half of the dining experience: they can make your evening complete. So I decided to focus on wine. 

How do you help guests who don’t know what to order? 
When you have guests who are a bit intimidated by the wine list or by the wine-drinking experience, I always ask them what they like to drink. People know more than they think. So I start with: Do you like white or red? Then: Do you want something with a fresh character or perhaps with more of an oaky character? A little bit rounded? Something with fruit? We endeavor for our guests to find something that they will enjoy. If they don’t like it, we will find something else.

What’s currently your favourite wine to recommend to guests?
For this menu we have a white wine, Lindie Carien made by Franco Lourens from South Africa, a blend of four different grapes from all over the Western Cape. There’s the minerality from the grapes from the coastline, the riper fruit of the ones from warmer regions. It’s complex without being too heavy. I love serving it with our seafood courses. 

For your job you have to stay informed about what’s currently happening in the world of wine. Can you give us some insights into what’s trending?
There was this trend recently, “the funkier, the better”. There was a special group of people who really dove into it and only drank funky wines. But besides that, natural wines, so wine made without any additives, are really in and can be quite interesting.

And what is your all time favourite wine?
That’s impossible to answer.

Do you ever drink beer or cocktails?
Beer not so much, I had to learn how to drink Heineken. That took me a while. When I do drink beer it’s special craft beer. Cocktails I like. They can be like a small party in a glass.

Besides The Dylan, what wine places would you recommend in Amsterdam?
Café de Klepel is one of my favourites. I love the relaxed atmosphere. This is where you go with your partner or friends for a cosy evening. And for great wine I go to 4850. Here you can go with people who appreciate good wine and want to taste something new and different.

 

 

Concierge’s Choice November: An Artistic Autumn

Amsterdam’s often damp and drizzly weather is a fact of life that we unfortunately cannot change. However what we can do this November is to throw ourselves fully into arts and culture, thereby avoiding the chilly outdoors. An added bonus is that nothing gives us a glow quite like a day spent at the museum. So lace up your boots, pack a camera and enjoy these four cultural recommendations.

Museum Night
Various Locations
Arguably the biggest museum event in the year, the annual Amsterdam Museum Night is a fantastic choice for visitors who want to experience classic and contemporary art as well as history, science and technology in a unique way. On November 2, 57 of Amsterdam’s museums are opening their doors not only to display their treasures, but to also offer many workshops, activities and performances to further enrich the evening.

Rembrandt-Velázquez
Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1
For those who might want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Museum Night, we recommend narrowing your focus on one key exhibition. Rembrandt-Velázquez, currently on view at the Rijksmuseum until 19 January 2020, explores the stylistic similarities between Dutch and Spanish masters. With more than 60 masterpieces on display, take your time to peruse and consider the dialogues on beauty, realism and eternity. It’s the must-see exhibition of the season.

Amsterdam Art Weekend
Various locations
A contemporary twist is waiting for you at the venues participating in Amsterdam Art Weekend, from Friday 22 November until Sunday 24 November. Feed your love for modern art while taking in the classics at the Stedelijk Museum or at Foam. If you’re in the market for a new piece to hang over your Vitra sideboard, you can choose from a great selection at niche galleries. For a more hands-on take, visit institutions like the Rijksakademie and De Ateliers, which are open to the public to see what the artists of tomorrow are currently working on.

Die Walküre
National Opera & Ballet, Amstel 3
Epic and exciting: Don’t miss the final performances of Richard Wagner’s famous opera Die Walküre at the National Opera & Ballet. Produced by the Dutch opera’s artistic director Pierre Audi, prepare yourself for a beautifully dramatic portrayal of the interplay between love and power, accompanied by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. There is no better way to liven up a cool November night.

Special tip: End the day with a nightcap in front of our inviting fireplace. It’s the perfect place to reminisce and discuss the impressions of the day before heading up for a good night’s rest.

 

 

Talking Fashion: An interview with Laurens Blok – CEO of Van Gils

Can you tell us a bit about the collaboration between The Dylan and Van Gils?
Yes, absolutely. We recently started working together on a unique service feature, offering all guests the possibility to order a high-quality shirt. Our mission is to support men on their road to success. We’ve translated this together with the Dylan into an “Every Man Needs a White Shirt Service. The process is rather easy: each guest will find a clothes hanger in their room with a Van Gils tag, which directs them to the front desk to instantly order a high-quality shirt. The advantage is that we can deliver the shirt at any time of the day since we always have plenty available at the hotel. And in the rare case we’re running out on a few, we can supply the hotel straight from one of our shops in the city.
Additionally, if any of the Dylan’s guests is looking for a great outfit (which can range from a tuxedo to a smart casual look) we can also take care of personal tailoring, right in the hotel. The room-service concept in that sense is only the beginning of a strong partnership with the Dylan.

Sounds good. So why do we need to wear Van Gils?
Easy. Van Gils has been a Dutch iconic lifestyle brand in the market of premium quality clothing for the last 70 years. We use our Dutch heritage to focus on the authentic man of today. You could say that the Dutch style is slightly rocky and not always too serious if you compare it to the flamboyance of Italian designs or the minimalism of the Scandinavians.
This also means that we serve the authentic man on his rocky road to success and give him confidence along the way. We simply know that success is not a straight line upwards, it comes with plenty of ups and downs. That is the story we bring forward through our designs and the reason why our brand is represented by a few crosses: “no stitches, no story”.

And how does Van Gils match with the Dylan in that respect?
First of all, both fashion and hospitality strongly reflect a lifestyle. Anyhow, whether you select your next hotel or a new jacket, in both cases you do not only consider quality and price. You want to feel comfortable with the place or clothing since they should match your identity.
Then, to answer your question, The Dylan focuses on the highest tier of quality. Just like us. The hotel gives people a certain feeling of trust and confidence while travelling. These are the same values we’d like to communicate to today’s authentic man.

Back to the shirts. When do we know it’s a good one?
Well, curiously enough, it does not always depend on the features that fashion experts bring forward. These people would probably say that quality comes with marble buttons and fabrics from the best Italians mills, but we understand that not everyone needs a silk shirt for instance. When you’re a businessman and travelling, you want a clean white shirt that doesn’t wrinkle, has the right fit and feels comfortable.
To give you an example: I once met up with 35 friends and asked them what a good shirt means to them. Only one friend mentioned the source of the fabrics, the other 34 were more interested in the durability of the shirt and whether it’s easy to iron. By keeping that in mind and considering our target market, these are the features we need to focus on while maintaining an ever-high level of quality.

And how would you say we need to wear a shirt?
Good that you’re saying that. We like to answer that question for our customers every day again. Our designers and retail specialist work on this topic continuously because, in the end, we sell more than just a product: it’s the entire look. That means that we focus on combining and matching our products while keeping the total look in mind. This is the reason why we make suits of which the jacket can be worn independently with a chino, for example.

Is that something you’d like to wear too?
Yes, I love jackets. And I like ties too by the way. They are very trendy now, but therefore commercially not very attractive, unfortunately. I would wear them to a fashion fair but when I meet with friends or do business there is usually no tie involved anymore.

And which style advice would you give our guests who visit Amsterdam?
I would say, please show us that clothing makes a difference. What bothers me, is that most Dutch men are quite passive in their style. Woman in this country always look impeccable but the typical Dutch man usually just pulls anything out of the closet. My message to international travellers is therefore; show us what you’ve got and impress the Dutch.


 

 

Concierge’s Choice October: Charmingly Cosy

Now that we have officially bid adieu to summer, it’s time to fully embrace the colder months. Knitted sweaters, a hearty drink and an open fire: Prepare yourself for October and beyond with a visit to these Amsterdam boutiques, shops and bars, selling everything you need for a charmingly cosy autumn.

MENDO
Berenstraat 11
A self-described candy store for book aficionados, MENDO offers the sweetest selection of fashion, photography and art books. These luxury titles also share the shelves with travel, architecture, pop culture and cuisine at their flagship location in Amsterdam city centre. Pick up a coffee table book as a gift for friends back home or discover the “Made by MENDO” prints, produced by their very own publishing company of the same name.

4850
Camperstraat 48-50
Natural wines are all the rage, so why not go where they have the best? 4850 is a hidden gem that lies in the east of Amsterdam, near the magnificent Amstel river. Dine on a fixed or à la carte menu, lovingly prepared by the chef, and pair each course with a glass (or two) of wine from the expertly curated wine list.

Bronté
Herengracht 422
“How a hat makes you feel,” said Philip Treacy, “is what a hat is all about.” And the hats at Bronté will certainly make you feel sophisticated and well equipped for the winter months. Berets, fedoras or a fisherman’s cap: Whatever your personality, there is a hat to match it. Let the knowledgeable staff at the Bronté flagship in Amsterdam’s centre help you find a topper to suit your lifestyle.

Satchmo
Rokin 95
A classic cocktail bar with stunning interiors. Satchmo’s smooth marble walls and plush velvet seats are the perfect setting for a relaxing evening while sipping an old-fashioned or a dry martini. Live jazz adds even more richness to the mood.

Nunc Interieur 
Rosmarijnsteeg 7
When you want that warm and fuzzy autumn feeling, sometimes you must literally acquire something warm and fuzzy. Nunc Interieur in Amsterdam’s city centre has a fine selection of home accessories to add a soft and inviting touch to your own dwelling. Miniature alpacas made with real alpaca wool, art deco champagne coupes and luxurious hammam towels are just a few of the many available pieces that also make great gifts.

 

An Interview with Stewart Rowberry

You don’t sound very Dutch. Where are you from originally?  
I’m from Worcester in England. But I’ve lived in this country for about forty years already. I used to work on cruise ships, but I was looking for a different kind of job. That’s how I finally ended up working in the flower business in the Netherlands and later in the hotel industry. 

So, where did it all started for you at the Dylan? 
Oh, then we should go back 20 years in time. I was part of the opening team of what was then called ‘The Blakes’. It was the first boutique hotel in The Netherlands and a franchisee of The Blakes in London, the first-ever luxury boutique hotel in the world. When I started as a concierge, our way of working was quite different. The gates at the front of the hotel were always closed for example. It was our job to receive our guests and open the gate for them. 

And what does your current job entail exactly? 
Well, we guide and assists guests with nearly anything they need. That includes car rentals, restaurants or luggage. We also add value to the typical Dylan experience while we serve our guest at the front door. Anyway, whether they are arriving or leaving, the Dylan should always feel like a family house.  

And why are you good at this job? 
I suppose I like dealing with people, it’s in my nature to assist them. 

Could it also be a sense of politeness that’s typical for the English? 
Oh, that could be true, that never fades away. To be honest, I’m just being me and I have no intention to be an actor of some kind. I just love this job because I have a lot of contact with our guests. And I’m not fixed behind a desk, that’s a bonus too. I’m constantly moving around, which makes the job quite dynamic. 

What is your secret to making people happy? 
I always try to go the extra mile. If a guest asks a difficult question or when a request is rather challenging, I always endeavour to find a solution. That effort is usually very valued by our guests. 

So, what does your day look like normally? 
We work in morning and evening shifts, but both are quite similar if it comes to the work we do. I always start coordinating with the reception and check whether there are requests left from the shift before and if all taxis are arranged. Then I continue to work on emails, help our guests with luggage and their request. We do quite a few things at the same time, but that makes the job so dynamic. 

Do any of the online tools change your work as a concierge? 
Yes, a little bit. In the first place, we used to acquire our knowledge through books and personal experiences. These days, the internet is one of our most important sources. Secondly, there is always a large group of guests who first check a website such as Tripadvisor before they come down to hear our opinion. But we can then help them make the best choice, based on the work they have already done online. 

And how do you know which advice to give? 
You have to read the guest in front of you. For example, if an older couple decides to visit a very trendy restaurant, which I think may not fit them exactly, I try to explain what kind of venue it is. Of course, in the end, our guests make the decision but from my experience, I can help them well on their way.  

And how do you keep yourself informed about everything that happens in the city? 
Mainly through the internet, publications in magazines and the contact we have with restaurants. We also try different restaurants ourselves as regularly as possible. It’s a good way to discover new concepts and to meet up with our team. 

Which place in Amsterdam would you recommend visiting? 
The Jordaan is definitely the most beautiful neighbourhood. It has the atmosphere of a village, which is so typical for the whole city. It is also an area that you could perfectly discover by bike.  

 

 

The Dylan on the water

A recommended “to do” for any guest visiting Amsterdam is a private boat tour with a traditional salon boat from Captain Nico. This knowledgeable captain will guide you along the canals of Amsterdam. We spoke with Nico and asked him about his opinion of the long standing collaboration between him and The Dylan Amsterdam.

In 2004 I started rebuilding and restoring ‘The Kleijn Amsterdam’. The Kleijn Amsterdam is an antique Dutch river launch from 1905, built by the shipyard ‘’Tans en Zonen’’, Rotterdam. In 2005 it was completely renovated, whilst retaining all the original features with present-day comfort and now sails on electric power.

In 2010 I started rebuilding and restoring ‘’The Muze’’ and was completed in 2011. The Muze is an antique Dutch river launch from 1913, built by the shipyard ‘’Rijnstroom’’ of F. Meijer & Co, Leiden. The Muze retained his original features with present-day comfort and since is also powered by electricity.

Having electric engines is good for the environment while it also increases comfort. You do not hear a thing, any vibration of glasses or shaking of the boat. That makes the difference.

The connection between me and The Dylan goes a long way back. I sailed as captain for another 5 star hotel and got to know Mr. Bornmann and Chef Dennis Kuipers very well. When Mr. Bornmann became General Manager of The Dylan and the Executive Chef became Dennis Kuipers, I was the first in line for the private boat tours of the hotel. We have a great relationship and we all know what we want. Quality, craftmanship and the same vision helps us understand each other. Personal relationships are the most valued. Two of my employees had worked at The Dylan before and now they are working at with me as captains and may still enjoy the hospitality that the hotel and we offer our mutual guests.

The classic salon boats are perfect for guests who enjoy privacy. We get a lot of famous people on board. They get noticed everywhere on the streets and would like to be around and have some private time. A great way ‘’out’’! We have got a lot of our own regular guests, but sailing for The Dylan is special, we have a real relationship. We feel at ease, you can count on each other, to fine-tune the wishes of the guests.

Obviously I have a lot of stories to tell of what we have been through with some guests. Once I was with a couple that were visiting Amsterdam. We sailed along The Dylan and they wanted to take a look inside. When they returned to the boat they asked me if I could get their suitcases at the other hotel, because they most definitely rather stay here at The Dylan.

People feel real at ease at the hotel and you can feel that. We give the same feeling to the guests, it fits seamlessly.

My colleague once experienced that the boat was only used as a taxi and storage room. The guests went shopping in the PC Hooftstraat and their staff brought their bought items to the boat. When they wanted to go to another store, they took the boat and went on.

I often get asked ‘’What do you do next to this?’’ as if it’s an on the side job, but this is a real craft.

 

 

Concierge’s Choice: Sublime September

Now and then, we all want to rethink the world we’re living in. Don’t we? Whether it’s that stunning sculpture, dramatic painting or a striking piece of music, the arts serve as a lens to look at our lives from a different perspective. September is for those art aficionados who seek a fresh pair of eyes and a month full of quirky and cultural events.

Unseen
Westergas, Klönneplein 1
Photography shines a light on everything we don’t see. Good photographers capture places, details and people that usually go unnoticed. They want to show us the remarkable, the unknown and the unseen. That is also how photography can give us insights into the theme of this year’s Unseen fair: “current and future issues and challenges of the world we live in”.

Fringe festival
Various locations
Some artists don’t live on the edge, they go right over it. Take the time to visit the Fringe Festival since each piece of art needs a deeper level of understanding. Or simply no understanding at all. Various artists take you to the fringes of reality, comfort and the possible. Fringe Amsterdam is inspired by similar festivals in Edinburgh, Adelaide, New York and Dublin and showcases a wide variety of theatre, comedy and dance.

Open Monuments Day
Various locations
The national open monuments day is a great reason to visit some of the most striking monuments of The Netherlands. Think of the impressive former bank and trade building ‘De Bazel’. Or visit the Royal Palace on Dam Square: without a doubt the most graceful star of all publicly accessible buildings. Whichever monument you decide to visit, each will give you a glimpse of the architect’s desire to build something more than just a functional construction.

Jordaan Festival
Appeltjesmarkt
De Jordaan is a former working-class neighbourhood and famous for its characteristic folk music. Inhabitants of the Jordaan are a headstrong community and did not always fit in with the rest of the city. This quirky culture has been preserved in its music. The Jordaan festival celebrates the heritage of ‘Bolle Jan’, Johny Jordaan’ and ‘Tante Leen’ with a full program, including the scene’s celebrities such as ‘Peter Beense’ and ‘Dries Roelvink’.

Klassiek op het Amstelveld
Amstelveld
Head over to Amstelveld for a completely different music style. Young talents will join famous musicians at the outdoor stage in the heart of town. By taking classical music outside the stately concert halls, we can listen to the most beautiful pieces from a whole different perspective.