It’s April and, once again, it is time for the Amsterdam Tulip Festival, the world’s largest celebration of the national flower of the Netherlands.
Throughout the month, there will be tulip-related events and everyone will enjoy an added dash of color in their daily lives, thanks to special installations of various varieties planted in beds and pots in no less than 60 locations around the city. For example, an incredible 25,000 bulbs have been planted around the Rijksmuseum and 30,000 around the
General Mart de Kruif, the retiring boss of the Dutch Army, has lobbed a few missiles at his old colleagues as he retreats into retirement, saying that the shockingly low physical fitness of modern-day recruits has forced the army to make its training programs radically easier. Incredibly, even with those lower standards and expectations, the drop-out rate during training is still 70%, compared to just 6% in 1991.
To put this into context, this means that the average Dutch soldier would be unab
Rising ominously out of the ground every night, like a stainless steel robotic nightmare, Amsterdam’s latest public toilet for women looks somewhat out of place next to the 17th Century royal palace on Dam Square but it is there to protect this symbolically important part of the country’s heritage. The palace, with its majestically shady alcoves, is a popular spot for drunks, tourists and other reprobates to unleash their heaving bladders without having to pay €1 to some money-grubbing cafe or
Amsterdam city officials, anxious to reduce the sheer number of tourists clustering at traditional attractions in the center of the city, such as the Anne Frank House, the Red Light District and Dam Square, have cooked up an innovative marketing campaign to persuade tourists that they should, instead, wander about the city’s outer districts.
Sources in the council, speaking on condition of animosity, suggest that the primary motivation behind this policy is to somehow deal with the relatively n
There was joy on the streets of Amsterdam this Easter as the King of Morocco visited the city and informally mingled with surprised local fans.
The atmosphere was playful as the affable billionaire and absolute ruler of the destitute North African country posed for selfies with young Amsterdam locals of Moroccan descent, joking that “Of course, back home, I would have you and your families all raped and killed for even asking”.
Such a large crowd gathered to applaud and cheer the king as h
Already the world’s tallest people and widely agreed to be among the most beautiful, the people of The Netherlands clearly are not willing to leave anything to chance, spending a staggering €2.1bn on beauty services last year.
Throughout the country, the boom in the number of independent hairdressers, barbers and beauticians - from 35,000 to 44,000 in just four years - shows no sign of slowing, with a particular surge in the new category of hipster beard maintenance which includes advice on exp
In a rather extreme development for the ever-evolving vacation rentals industry, one British tourist has pioneered a way to stay in Amsterdam without booking a room. After becoming drunk, separated from his friends, losing his phone and unable to find his way back to his hotel (in other words, a pretty typical stag night), the innovative chap simply climbed through an open window, crawled into bed and slipped into a well-deserved sleep.
The owner of the apartment, named Erik, remained blissfull
Customers of The Fayrouz Lounge on the Amstelveenseweg, near the popular Vondel park in Amsterdam, have been devastated to learn that, from now on, they will have to find somewhere else to smoke their water pipes and plan their violent robberies.
Popular with Amsterdam's Moroccan criminal gangs, The Fayrouz Lounge shisha cafe was already firmly on the radar of the city’s authorities. The chaos caused by these gangs, known locally as the Mocro Maffia and currently engaged in a major turf war kno
In what sounds like a rejected script from the American crystal meth TV drama Breaking Bad, drug dealers in Amsterdam have been making use of the unique people skills of crocodiles.
During recent raids, Dutch police scooped up meth with a street value of half a million Euros, several firearms, nine dodgy men and two sketchy women.
They also found €300,000 in cold, hard, cash but, first, had to get past a room guarded by two angry crocodiles. Obviously, this is a pretty good way to protect 300
If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it.
In fact, even if don't have to ask the price, you still can't afford it. None of us can. None of us except for Won Yip
Amsterdam entrepreneur Won Yip - owner of Majestic, Players, Europub, cafe black and the Heineken Hoek - attended the Masters of LXRY trade fair last year (I didn't go myself because I'm still trying to master basic essentials). There, Won saw a model of the Pontsteiger building (Het Pontsteigergebouw), currently being built