Amsterdam is a secret Mediterranean person who did not understand its geography. If you don’t have such a warm-blooded, fun-loving nation, what is it doing in northern Europe?
There is entertainment, there are people from 176 countries, there are canals, there are architectural beauties, there are freedoms, there is culture and art… It is impossible not to warm up to a city where a festival is held for 50 days a year and life is spent on bicycles.
How many days is enough for Amsterdam travel?
As you can see from the long list below, you won’t be bored if you stay here for 4-5 days. It is very easy to travel in Amsterdam and you can see many beautiful places in one day.
1. Rent a bike
If there is a place in the world that is associated with cycling, it is Amsterdam. There is even jargon called “Amsterdam bike”. The Netherlands is flat and 25% is below sea level. It was originally supposed to be submerged by now, but thanks to the intervention of engineers, it continues to exist and is an ideal place for cycling. The highest point in the entire country is 322.7 meters! Cycling is so easy here; Amsterdam bikes don’t even have many gears. Most of the time you get off without sweating. Therefore, stylish ladies with heels going on the top of the bike, men in suits are also very common sights. Everyone from 7 to 70 prefers bicycles for transportation. There are separate bicycle paths, traffic lights and parking spaces for cyclists. Even if you don’t ride a bike, take great care of bike paths, lights, etc., because, rightfully, cyclists have no patience for pedestrians to accidentally encroach on their bike areas. We once witnessed a cyclist pushing a woman aside in anger as she passed by a woman on the bike path.
Aside from transportation, we can’t think of a more enjoyable way than cycling the canals of Amsterdam in nice weather! You can both explore the city faster than walking, and enjoy cycling with pleasure. It is possible to find many reliable bike rental companies in Amsterdam as it is very comfortable and preferred for tourists as well as locals. We’ve listed a few for you. All day rent is 10-20 EUR.
Where to rent bicycles in Amsterdam?
2. The most enjoyable way to visit the canals of Amsterdam: Rent a boat
Let’s come to our favorite activity in Amsterdam! When you think of Amsterdam, the first image that comes to mind is its canals. It is unthinkable to return without visiting the canals. Of course, we do not mean the touristic boat tours that depart as if they are full. Not much is known, but there are actually small electric boats like Taka that you can rent hourly or daily. Criteria such as maritime knowledge and experience are not sought. You’re going so slow that you can’t even compete with a duck because it’s already battery powered. Your only problem is to bring the boat back in the maze-like channels. Did you turn on the navigation for that, the problem is solved. Put your drink, music, and anything else that will make your heart happy in a backpack. You don’t even need food or water, because you are in the city by the canals, you can go down and get your needs and come back.
Where to rent a boat in Amsterdam?
Canal Motorboats – Tel: +31 20 422 7007, open between 10.00-22.00, click for location
Boaty – Tel: +31 6 27149493, Open between 9.00-21.30, click for location
MokumBoot – Tel: +31 20 210 5700, 9.00- Open between 10 pm, click for location (This is the most central one)
3. Join the King’s Day enthusiasm
No matter what you call the best time to go to the Netherlands, if your wallet doesn’t mind the skyrocketing prices, we say King’s Day (Koningsdag, formerly Queen’s Day). King’s Day, which receives visitors from many parts of Europe every year, is one of the most entertaining days in the Netherlands and one of the biggest city festivals in Europe.
Every year, King’s Day starts the night before April 27, and there are hundreds of events under the name of King’s Night in many nightclubs, bars, parks and streets. Tickets are sold out long beforehand, so if your trip coincides with King’s Day, it is imperative that you make many reservations and plans in advance, not just a party. Because the streets and venues of Amsterdam are the scene of a terrible flood of people on April 26-27. This national holiday – I didn’t know whether to call it a national holiday or fun – one of the most important and entertaining details is that everyone has to wear orange from head to toe! Wherever you turn your head, from wigs to shoes, you’ll be greeted with smashing oranges. Another beauty of this day is that it is free to sell things on the streets, and even tax is not charged!
4. Watch the Ajax legend from the stands
You can watch the legendary football team of the Netherlands, Ajax, in his home Amsterdam! For a football lover, watching a match from the stands of Ajax is one of the greatest football joys to be had, and experiencing that ambiance is one of the best Amsterdam experiences, even for those who are not very football freaks. The football club, which was opened in 1900, is one of the most rooted and prominent clubs in world football. In fact, it is the seventh most successful club of the 20th century according to international football statistics institutions. They have seen the UEFA Champions League trophy home 4 times and they are also the winners of many awards in the Netherlands and the world. In addition, since they have won the UEFA Champions League 3 times in a row, they have earned the right to be one of the 5 teams around the world that can keep the trophy in their museum.
Click for the AJAX website.
5. Sip beer in the beer capital’s iconic breweries
Dutch beers are very famous. It is very pleasant to take a break at the artisanal breweries that make their own beer and to mingle with the locals here. The Brouwerij’t IJ brewery is known more to Amsterdammers than to tourists. In our 2-day tour article, we presented an enjoyable program that also stopped by here. Don’t forget to review.
Brouwerij’t IJ: This is a brewery that was built under a windmill, used to be a bathhouse, and is loved by everyone. They produce their own beers and there are also sections where you can drink and sit, that is, some of them are pubs. It’s something you can snack on with beer rather than regular meals. Moreover, beers are not more than 4-5€. Interestingly, it is only open from 14.00 to 20.00 every day of the year. There is no option like reservation, it’s like the one who goes early closes. If you still want to take a look at the website: click
6. Snooze at Vondelpark
Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam and one of the most famous parks in the Netherlands. Located next to the Rijksmuseum, the park spans exactly 47 hectares and has been a landmark of the city since 1864. In the park, which has greenery and ponds as far as the eye can see, you can see people running from 7 to 70, cycling, walking or lying on the grass and chatting. It is not possible to visit all of the park, but if you do not have a very tight schedule, we say take 1-2 hours and take a walk and take a walk in nature, intertwined with nature. As many places in Amsterdam are close to each other and within walking distance, you discover new places when you just want to take a walk!
Places to Visit in Amsterdam
The area marked with a red ring on the map is the famous Red Light District. 1. Anne Frank’s House 2. Yellow Bike Tours 3. Dam Square 4. Waterkant 5. Rembrandt’s House 6. Waterlooplein 7. Foodhallen 8. Mokumboot 9. Bloemenmarkt 10. Brouwerijt 11. Dappermarkt 12. Melkweg 13. Macbike 14 City Canal Cruise 15. Rijksmuseum 16. Diamond Museum 17. i amsterdam inscription 18 . House of Bols 19. Van Gogh Museum 20. Stedelijk Museum 21. Concertgebouwplein 22. Ot301 23. Vondelpark 24. Occi 25. Heineken Experinece 26. Albert Cuypmarkt 27. Boaty
The minimum wage in the Netherlands for 2023 has been announced
In the Netherlands, the government increased the minimum wage by 10.15 percent for the first time since 1969. In 2023, the minimum minimum wage was increased to 1934 euros.
The energy crisis and the cost of living that came after the days of the pandemic affected the citizens and especially the employees very badly this year. The government announced a new support package for low-income people in its 2023 budget, which it announced recently.
The cabinet, which tries to provide support in certain areas to increase the purchasing power of the citizens, announced the minimum amount of minimum wage to be applied for 2023.
For the first time since the six-month hike of 8.05 percent in 1969, the cabinet has increased the minimum wage by 10.15 percent as a semi-annual increase. However, the gross minimum wage of 1,756.20 euros, valid in the second half of 2022, was increased to 1,934.40 euros as of January 1, 2023.
As of January 1, 2023, the legal gross minimum wage for full-time workers aged 21 and over will be:
Monthly: € 1,934,40
Weekly: € 446.40
Daily: € 89.28
The 10.15 percent increase to be applied to the minimum wage will also be reflected in all other allowances and aids such as AOW, social assistance and Wajong. As a result, the minimum wage increase will also have positive effects on the incomes of social assistance recipients and retirees.
Canadian pop star Kris Wu jailed for sexual misconduct
Chinese-born Canadian singer Kris Wu was sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping three women in November and December 2020.
A year after the arrest of pop singer Kris Wu by a Beijing court in the Chinese capital, Beijing, he was found guilty of crimes, including sexual abuse, and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
According to The Guardian, the Beijing court ruled that the Chinese-born singer sexually abused three women in November and December 2020.
“Wu Yifan took advantage of three drunk women in his home,” the court said on its official WeChat account.
Wu was detained in Beijing on July 31, 2021, after an 18-year-old Chinese student accused him and other girls, some of them under 18, of inciting to have sex with him.
The student told the media at the time that Wu tried to persuade her to have sex after she was 17-years-old with alcohol.
The court also found Wu guilty of gathering crowds to have sexual intercourse in July 2018.
The tax office said Wu was ordered to pay around 600 million yuan for the crimes of “hiding personal income, tax evasion, as well as underpaying taxes”.
The court announced that Wu would be deported, but lawyers in China said such deportations usually take place after the sentence has been served.
90% of hospitals in the Netherlands are at risk of loss by 2023
It was stated that 90 percent of the hospitals in the Netherlands are at risk of making a loss in the next year due to the high inflation and the increase in personnel and energy costs.
In the news published in the local media, it was stated that the Dutch Hospitals Association (NVZ) had the Finance Ideas Institution conduct research in 56 hospitals in the country.
In the news, it was stated that 90 percent of hospitals are at risk of loss in the next year due to high inflation in the country and the increase in personnel and energy costs.
In the news, it was reported that hospitals were not allowed to increase health service fees in order to generate more income in order to meet the increasing energy and wage costs.
It was reported that NVZ President Ad Melkert evaluated the result of the research as “disturbing”, and pointed out that health insurance companies have not yet approached this and that time is running out.
“Hospitals now need all the resources to invest in the best care for their patients, good working conditions for healthcare professionals and the implementation of the recently signed Integrated Care Agreement,” Melkert said in the news. statements were also included.
NS offers up to 75% discount on trains from the Netherlands to Belgium
Are you planning to go on a winter vacation? You are lucky; because on this Legendary Friday, NS International is offering a huge discount of up to 75% on train tickets to and from Belgium.
Tickets are sold online at (nsinternational.com) where you need to book directly.
Discounted train tickets to Belgium must be purchased between 25 – 28 November.
The campaign is valid for the travel period between 2 December 2022 and 28 February 2023.
The Netherlands will make a worldwide apology for its history of slavery.
The Dutch government will formally apologize for the country’s history of slavery at 8 separate locations around the world on Monday, December 19th.
Instead of paying compensation for slavery, the government will allocate 200m euros to raise awareness on this issue.
This development, announced by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS, was also confirmed by government sources in The Hague.
Seven government ministers will travel to the former Dutch colony of Suriname and the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten on December 19.
Dutch ministers will here make a formal apology on behalf of the state for the country’s history of slavery.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte will also make an apology in The Hague on the same day.
The weather will get colder next week in the Netherlands
According to the Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI), after a weekend of mild weather, the Netherlands will be affected by lower temperatures from the second half of next week. Temperatures can drop as low as 5 degrees from Wednesday.
On Friday and Saturday, light showers are expected in the east, with a mixture of clouds and sun. Temperatures will be 11 degrees on Friday and 9 degrees on Saturday.
Although the week will start with rain, drier weather is expected from Tuesday.
“As the week progresses, the effectiveness of cold weather will gradually increase,” KNMI said. Temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be between 5 and 9 degrees. Next week will see cooler weather as temperatures drop below normal towards Saturday.
Strict supervision of energy companies is required in the Netherlands
Consumers and Markets Authority wants strict monitoring of energy companies
The Consumers and Markets Authority has demanded that power companies be given stricter monitoring powers, saying rules for energy companies need to become much stricter to avoid new problems in the future.
Chairman of the Board Martijn Snoep says that the current problems in energy companies are not over yet and that adequate supervision is not provided by the current rules. “We can’t do the things we want to do, so we don’t control enough. The current laws were designed at a time when there was enough gas in the Netherlands, when there was no climate problem yet. So the system needs a fundamental overhaul,” Snoep told the NOS Radio 1 Journaal.
Last year, several energy companies went bankrupt after the gas price skyrocketed. According to the regulator, the problems could not be avoided under the current rules. That’s why chairman Snoep advocates subjecting more than 60 energy companies to rules similar to those that banks currently have to deal with. Snoep thinks this will significantly reduce the risk of bankruptcy.
In addition to these, the Consumers and Markets Authority wants a guarantee fund to be established in case companies go bankrupt. According to Snoep, consumers can receive support from this fund for energy cost expenditures that change from day to day, as was the case with Welkom Energie customers last year.
Health insurance should be taken as an example
Snoep also wants the range of energy companies to be simpler and easier for consumers to compare. As with health insurance, demands are to have a fixed period during which consumers can switch from one supplier to another.
Currently, energy companies have difficulty in offering permanent contracts due to the great uncertainty in the energy market. Dutch Climate Minister Jetten announced that they are working on the possibility of determining by law that energy companies should offer permanent contracts.
Netherlands to invest 50 million euros in bike lanes
Recent research shows that accident-related casualties among cyclists will increase in the coming years if no action is taken by the Dutch government.
As more and more Dutch and foreign bikers cycle along the lanes, accidents are also becoming inevitable. The Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Harbers, has a plan to prevent further loss of life.
Minister Harbers announced that 50 million euros will be invested in bike lanes to improve bike safety for groups more prone to accidents.
These investments are expected to be aimed at preventing accidents that occur especially in the places where the elderly live and in sports and school environments.
Older people are one of the most cycling groups in the Netherlands, but they are at higher risk of being seriously injured in these accidents. This is why it becomes even more important to provide them with extra protection.
Similarly, it is common in the Netherlands to see children growing up on bicycles. This means that children, as well as the elderly, should be considered at the forefront of measures against bicycle accidents. According to studies, about 1 in 5 cyclists who visited the emergency room after an accident was younger than 17 years old.
In addition, more than 80% of serious bicycle accidents in 2019 are related to a motor vehicle. Therefore, great steps need to be taken in this area as well.
Cycle lanes are getting more crowded as more people enjoy cycling in the Netherlands. Naturally, the tendency for accidents to occur with different vehicles traveling at different speeds is also growing.
Energy prices will rise in the Netherlands in 2024
Energy prices in the Netherlands are expected to rise in 2024.
According to the homeowners association VEH, the average gas and electricity bill will increase by around 2,500 euros in 2024.
VEH director Cindy Kremer calculated to Telegraaf that the spike will rise sharply once the Dutch Government stops stabilizing energy prices.
This month and next month in the Netherlands, many households will receive 190 euros per month from the government due to high energy costs. The government temporarily reduced VAT on gas and electricity from 21 percent to 9 percent. Next year, a price cap on average energy consumption will continue to apply.
900,000 people could not find a home in the Netherlands last year
It was announced last year that nearly 900,000 people in the Netherlands said they wanted to move but could not find a home.
According to the Dutch Housing Survey conducted by the Netherlands Statistical Institute for 3 years, 900,000 people could not find a place to move in 2021. It was announced that this figure was 400,000 in 2015.
While the percentage rate of this figure was 3 in 2015, it increased to over 6 percent in 2021. The number of people who wanted to move but could not move due to housing shortages more than doubled.
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