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The Most Unusual Experiences in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is high on many people’s bucket list, just as it is, with all the craziness, special atmosphere and free spirit. It’s a quite unique city, so some of the things you can do only here and nowhere else. But in addition to those ones, there are some specialties that are not too ordinary even for this city. The unusual experiences can be so diverse in Amsterdam, that everybody will find something to their taste.

Flirting Workshops

There is hardly any workshops that you won’t be able to find in Amsterdam, but we’re not going to recommend you any of the boring stuff. How about learning all about the flirting science in a fun and interactive way? What could be a better place than Amsterdam for applying your freshly acquired skills and testing yourself after hilarious flirting workshops? It will be as crazy as you allow it to be and the best part is that you can bring your Flirt Diploma home as a souvenir from the Netherlands.

Real Human Bodies

Some people think it’s creepy, others find it exciting, but for sure nobody is indifferent towards Body Worlds of Amsterdam. The original exhibition of real, plastinated human bodies will allow you to look inside the human flesh and discover its mysteries. And of course, since Amsterdam is your happy destination, even this frightening museum has the Happiness Project theme. Quite an unusual place for revealing the secrets of happiness and its effects on your health, but why not! Special events and activities are waiting for you at Body Worlds this summer.

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Sex Museum

Continuing the topic of the most unique museums, let us ask you whether you’ve ever been to the Sex Museum before? Well, you have a great opportunity to visit one in the most liberal and free city in Europe. Besides, it’s right next door to Body Worlds, so make it into “a weird museums day.” The Sex Museum will surprise you with the amount of sculptures, shapes, pictures and even sounds related to one particular theme that might make your mum uncomfortable. Unique objects will scream for your attention, while the overall atmosphere will make you more curious about the human sexuality.

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Xtracold Icebar

The coldest bar of Amsterdam will provide you with an unusual drinking experience among the 60 tons of natural ice with -10 degrees Celsius. Do you think you will be able to last long or would you need a few of body warming shots? Well, be prepared as they will be served in glasses made of ice! But no worries, any outfit would do, as you will be given a thermal coat and gloves upon arrival to keep you warm throughout the night. An epic place for cool pictures, and nobody would guess there are shot in Amsterdam.

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Escape Rooms

There are quite a few escape rooms in Amsterdam, and probably your vacation won’t be enough for discovering all of them. So let’s have a look at the most exciting ones! Sherlocked is ready to surprise you with two escapes room (and the third one is launching on June 10th-maybe you want to be the first guest there?). The Vault allows you to feel like a thief who needs to break in the most secure safe in Amsterdam, but you can also get caught, so be aware! The Architect presents a mysterious room to you that has been used by the secret Society of the Crossed Keys, except it’s not too easy to get inside it. If you’re more into something scarier, then how about Zombie Escape with a high-tech lab, hungry zombies and the dark room? In case you feel for something both history-related and fun, then Escape through Time is the best for you! Time travel is possible now, and you’re heading right to Boom Chicago with actors and humor during the World World II to solve some puzzles and search for special clues. We hope that you’re not claustrophobic, as Claustrophobia is an awesome escape room (and to be honest, not even so tiny). It’s full of mysteries,  illusions and fantasies that might remind you of one of the creepy movies, where you have to save a tangled small girl.

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Your Bicycle-Friendly Amsterdam

One of the best features of Amsterdam is its well known bicycle-friendliness, which makes it the world capital of bikes. It’s so easy to get around on two wheels that hardly any other transportation is needed here. Cycling is so important in the Dutch culture that more than half of Amsterdam city center traffic movement is by bicycle. Traffic education, cycle traffic lights, special routes, numerous bike lanes and free bike parking (versus extremely expensive car parking) encourage Amsterdammers and guests of the city to use bikes more. Let’s have a closer look at this interesting typical Amsterdam thing to do!

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Friendly numbers

It’s a fact that there is more bikes in Amsterdam than people with the proof of a full four story bicycle parking next to Central Station, lots of underground parking and always packed bike racks everywhere around the city. There are about 881,000 bikes for 800,000 people in Amsterdam, therefore almost everybody cycles. To be precise, 83% of people living here use their bikes at least once per week. Then how is it possible with countless cyclists that there is enough space for everybody? The answer lies within the highly developed infrastructure with around 500 kilometers of cycle paths in Amsterdam alone. But we all know that the life of a bike is not eternal, so guess where many of the old ones end up? In the canals of Amsterdam! Every year the municipality fishes from 12,000 to 15,000 bicycles, which is actually quite a view to observe. Next time you might think twice when having a thought of swimming in the canal.

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Outstanding bike types

The most common bike type in Amsterdam is a simple omafiets  (grandma style one) with pedal-back brakes, no gears, often with a wicker basket in front or panniers for groceries in the back. That’s a convenient, nothing fancy model that decreases the chances of your bike being stolen by a junkie (who will sell it to new coming students later on). However, when you look around the city, it is far from the only type out there. Some of the cooler bike representatives in Amsterdam are bakfiets, tandem bikes, fixies and of course legendary beer bikes.

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Bakfiets

Modish and posh, bakfiets is the privilege of the richer Amsterdammers, who can afford spending couple of thousands Euros on a bicycle. It makes the life of modern mothers way easier though, as a typical bakfiets can fit in a few children. It’s a common scene to see one full of toddlers and a happy mum cycling hard.

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Tandem bikes

Amsterdam tandem bikes come in all shapes and variations: it can be for 2 adults or 1 adult and 1 kid, or 1 adult and 2 kids, or 3 adults… the list is endless, as you can find a bike fitting any needs in this city. Actually a tandem bike can be a brilliant solution for a couple, when one doesn’t feel too comfortable with cycling in the city. Only one person has to steer, and another can peacefully pedal and have his hands free for picture taking on the way.

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Fixies

Fixies or fixed-gear bikes have become very popular in Amsterdam, as it’s full of hipsters who tend to love this type. Fixies are known for their smooth minimalistic designs, extremely low weight, less human energy needed for riding it withz great speed. Although some people prefer to have brakeless fixed-gear bikes, it’s required to have a proper brake system in the Netherlands.

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Beer bikes

Have you ever dreamed about having a beer and cycling at the same time without putting your life in danger? It’s absolutely possible in Amsterdam with crazy beer bikes when pedaling and drinking come together. What a great idea for a bachelor party! But no worries, you will always have a sober driver provided by the rental company, who will guarantee fun and safe journey.

As you can see cycling is a must-have experience in Amsterdam, so don’t hesitate to hop on one of our bikes and explore the numerous parks, fairytale-like downtown area or peaceful Jordaan. And even better, join us for one of our free alternative bike tours around the city and enjoy a true adventure. Welcome to Amsterdam on two wheels!

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Party all week long in Amsterdam

Party all week long in Amsterdam!

Amsterdam is by right the city that never sleeps and always has something happening. If you feel for a party then you should go no further, as this crazy place got it all! Amsterdam has so much to offer and even more so, when it comes to the nightlife scene. Whether your soul is craving for some live music, your feet for some unstoppable dancing, your heart for some broken beats, your ears for some lovely tunes and yourself for something completely different, this city will deliver it at the highest level. Every day of the week brings something new worth attending, so let’s have it all and check all these places out for good music, crazy parties and nice company.

Monday

The Winston Kingdom

You can start your partying week with Cheeky Monday at the Winston Kingdom dancing hard to drum’n’bass and jungle. As a matter of fact, this small a bit more alternative club in the Red Light District is open every night and offers different styles each time: from electro to punk, hiphop to jazz, rock to glam, live music to DJs playing.

Entrance: € 7 (free till 10 pm)

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Canvas

Wibaut Avenue Cocktail at Canvas means that you indulge yourself with records from a famous Amsterdam DJ with a small basket on his folding bike. Moreover, you will be stunned by a 360° view of Amsterdam from the seventh floor.

Entrance: free  

Supperclub

Supperclub offers a special fancy Monday party when artists, DJs, promoters and producers from the hottest Amsterdam locations come together. Dance to old school r&b, hip-hop and house at this historical odeon building famous for 190 degrees of visual projections.

Entrance: € 12.50

Tuesday

Sugarfactory

Techno lovers will feel at home at Sugarfactory every Techno Tuesday. This cutting-edge night theater gathers a good crown with a heart for electronic music at its large dance floor. The variety of performing artists and DJs on other days will make you want to come back at other days of the week too.

Entrance: free

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Wednesdag

Melkweg

One of the coziest venues and clubs in Amsterdam, Melkweg often hosts some larger festivals and more famous artists. It is also a great place to listen to new talents and extend your playlist with new singer-songwriters’ names. Lots of indie, hiphop, trance, house, d’n’b and new alternative styles can often be relished at Melkweg.

Entrance: price depends on the event

Paradiso

Paradiso is a legendary Amsterdam club in a former church with a few halls for all types of music that you can imagine. It is very popular as a live music venue and hosts huge names and festivals, but it is also a night club. Often you can choose among four or five events per night at Paradiso.

Entrance: hugely varies per event

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Thursday

Q-Factory

Q-Factory is way more than a concert venue or club, as it’s one of the largest music makers centers in Europe that gives an opportunity for musicians to rehearse and record. So you can imagine that this creative space unites some of the most talented souls from all over. You will enjoy nice live music (again all the types, sometimes with very touching singer-songwriters), DJs sets, talent shows and more at Q-Factory. You can choose between the performance at the great hall, almost family-like concerts at the small hall or hip tunes in their chilled out café.

Entrance: often free live music on Thursdays at Q-Café

Amsterdam Roest

Do you fancy a cocktail evening to the sound of disco, house and boogie classics? Amsterdam Roest prepares Cocktail Barlag for you each Thursday with swinging music from 70s to 90s combined with discounted cocktails. Discover this industrial space next to the waterside and feel the spirit of more alternative Amsterdam East.

Entrance: free most of the time

Friday

Bitterzoet

Everybody would agree that Friday night is a party night, and that’s why Bitterzoet is the right place to be! DJs, bands and musicians of all backgrounds will surprise you here with the music of your choice: ska, hiphop, funk, soul, rock and punk. Bitterzoet often organizes events together with  Paradiso.

Entrance: price  depends on the event

 

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Depot Amsterdam

Hipsters-oriented Amsterdam North hides a warehouse club, where you can party to deep house, techno and more. Depot Amsterdam has this post-industrial spirit that adds up to the experience.

Entrance: price depends on the event

Saturday

OT301

In case you are more into underground clubbing, then welcome to OT301 with its graffiti-loaded corridor, more anarchic set up, smoking permitted everywhere and bustling hall. The styles vary around techno, house, dubstep and drum’n’bass here.

Entrance: usually around €7-8

The Box

A huge space of the Box (a club within a walking distance from Amsterdam Teleport Hotel) hosts some larger events and must attend concerts full of drive and big line-ups. It reopened only half a year ago, and now you have a chance to see the massiveness of it yourself.

Entrance: price depends on the event

 

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Sunday

Westergasfabriek

Located very close to the hotel, Westergasfabriek attracts progressive independent thinkers who appreciate different type of creativity and counter-culture music. Hip and trendy, this former gas factory can make your Sunday evening with interesting music and locally brewed beer.

Entrance: can be free, but also depends on the event

The Waterhole

If you prefer live music on Sunday evening, then the Waterhole is open for you with its numerous live bands 365 days per year (this year even 366 days!).  Local Dutch or foreign musicians, young  or old, originals or covers, entertaining jams and high quality sound, the diversity of styles and audience –that’s all about this little pub/club right next to Leidseplein. Monday Music Meeting features local music students, who are about to become new stars of Amsterdam.

Entrance: €2,-