If one could time-travel back 175 years to the year 1838 in Amsterdam, it would be a real eye-opener, to say the least. Three gentlemen lovers of nature, Gerard Westerman, J.W.H. Werlemann and J.J. Wijsmuller,...

The bust of Samuel Sarphati (1813-1866), the Jewish doctor and philanthropist, permanently surveys the rectangular green Sarphatipark in the middle of trendy De Pijp area, that is named in his honour. Dr Sarphati is remembered...

Carrying immense importance since the 13th Century, the small city of Amsterdam has transformed itself from a fishing village on the river bank to an up-to-date centre for tourism, business and commerce. So how...

This month we will be reaching a little further out of the inner rings of Amsterdam and visiting the Dapperstraat, the home of the infamous Dappermarkt in the East of the city.    The eastern...

The rule of capitalism, international trade and high levels of immigration. It sounds much like a contemporary scenario. But this was Amsterdam as it stood 400 years ago, in what it is known as...

The history and character of Elandsgracht, situated in the popular shopping neighbourhood of the Jordaan proves to be a real reflection of the ups and downs experienced throughout the centuries by the city we...

This month, we pay testament to the life and work of a Dutch icon, who made his name in this town, which became his home. At this point in time, in the year 1669, an...

This month, three hundred and forty years ago, the Netherlands was struck by probably the most dramatic single event in its history. In 1672 political and social tensions were at such a high level that, on the 20th...

This story actually took place across June and July in 1667, and is a story involving the Dutch and the British. During the 17th century, these were two of the biggest superpowers in the...

Amsterdam is a wonderful city for many reasons. Its history, culture, spirit and beauty all contribute to what makes it so great. Of course, according to that most famous of Dutch sayings, whilst God...

This month we remember Amsterdam’s (arguably) most famous citizen, Anne Frank, who would have been turning 83 this month. Anne’s story has resonated throughout the world for more than 60 years. The diary of...

This month, three hundred and forty years ago, the Netherlands was struck by probably the most dramatic single event in its history. In 1672 political and social tensions were at such a high level that, on the 20th...