Tours can be done in English (native US), Dutch, French (near native) Spanish, Portuguese, Italian or German.

Boxing Day Dinner at Cafe Frankendael

This was also lovely. so one holiday is down, one more to go!

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But New Years’ Eve is celebrated in a strange way in the Netherlands: People celebrate in their homes with delicious fried pastries called “oliebollen” and “applebeignets”, while outside bars and restaurants are shottered, public transportation ends at 8 pm, and it is the custom for many to set off fireworks, some so violent, that they resemble grenades!
Every year innocent bystanders get hurt and end up in hospital, Voices clamoring to stop this horrible tradition have been going up for years, among whom many emergency room doctors, but so far it has not worked..and many people have no choice but to barricade themselves inside their home That means if you live alone, you have to celebrate alone, crazy!
I only lived through this once before, and promised myself never again, (just a few hours away is peaceful Begium where the bars & restaurants are open, and there are a Christmas Market and beautiful official fireworks) but this year I am working so here we go again…. How the Dutch can put up with this beats me, but such is life here…?

Special Walking Tour Extension

Happy New Year to all! As promised, we will be continuing our Special Walking Tour through March 1st. This includes as before a 2 hour walking tour with the most popular highlights of Amsterdam, followed by a delicious warm cup of pea soup (or gluhwein), the Dutch remedy against the cold!

Tours will take place on Sundays and Wednesdays; For details and reservations please contact Marion via our contact form.

Special Tour – Limited Time Only

Come and join our Christmas walking tour, which includes 2 hours of seeing all the highlights of Amsterdam, followed by delicious warm pea soup (or Gluhwein!) at a local pub, guaranteed to warm you up!

Special price is EUR 20. Departure is at 2.00 pm on December 26th, December 27th, December 28th, and December 29th.

Reservations are required. Please contact Marion for arrangements.

Sinterklaas

Below you can see a shot from the traditional Sinterklaas Celebration in Amstelveen Shopping Centre. Sinterklaas is celebrated annually with the giving of gifts on 5 December, the night before Saint Nicholas Day, in the Northern Netherlands and on the morning of 6 December, Saint Nicholas Day itself, in the southern provinces, Belgium, Luxembourg and Northern France.

For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday, Sinterklaas or Sint-Nicolaas is a mythical figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins based on Saint Nicholas. Accompanied by his band of cheerful helpers, the Zwarte Pieten, he rewards good kids with chocolate letters and marzipan, while he punishes naughty children by bringing them coal instead of presents.

Sinterklaas is considered the primary source of the popular Christmas icon of Santa Claus.

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