The Highest Swing in Europe!

As of August 25 one may swing at 100 hundred meters above the city of Amsterdam and be rocked over the city! That is possible on top of the A’DAM Tower. On the roof of the tower, today the Mayor Van der Laan  opened the new attraction. Since the mayor himself is afraid of heights, he did not dare to go himself, but his daughters were brave enough to go.

Two swings with 4 seats rock back and forth over the edge of the tower (with a safety bar). The swings are hydraulically controlled and people can rock along.

Next to the entrance fee for enjoying the view from up there, a separate ticket is needed for the attraction. As an introduction, the attraction is free for the first week, from September 2 the ride will cost 5 Euro.

Want to see more of the city after admiring the great views? Book a private guide with Amsterdam VIP Tours to walk the streets safely.

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Amsterdam Heritage Days on 10 and 11 September (2016)

It has been 100 years since the Amsterdam School style was born. Therefore Amsterdam organizes several events in town to celebrate this.

On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September, you can explore all of these wonderful examples of the Amsterdam School once again during Amsterdam Heritage Days. During this weekend, you can visit 60 monuments for free:
50 Amsterdam School monuments and 10 other architectural gems. These buildings are typical of Amsterdam and must-sees, such as the Burgerweeshuis. For those who can’t get enough of the Amsterdam School style, there is an extensive program filled with walks, talks, boat trips, cycling tours, exhibitions, workshops, an evening program and a junior program. I am always very curious to find out what’s behind all these undulating facades. With that in mind, I advise everyone to visit as many monuments as possible during Amsterdam Heritage Days.

Download the program here: Program Amsterdam Heritage Days 2016.

Let yourself be surprised by this fanciful Amsterdam style!

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Europride 2016

The Amsterdam gay pride  is extra large this year, because Amsterdam is hosting Europride 2016. Europride lasts for 3 weeks, with the main parties and events in the last weekend.

The first real party night of the Pride weekend is on Friday August 5. Gay street parties will take start at Amstel,  Rembrandtplein, Zeedijk and Paardenstraat (Women). The famous Reguliersdwarsstraat won’t participate with an official party but will have an intimate street party instead.

There will also be a streetparty by Prik, therefore the whole Spuistraat will be blocked for traffic to make place for the Prik stage. At the Westermarkt the Drag Queen Olympics will be held. A Drag Queen sporting affair with events including the ‘Handbag Throw’, the ‘100m Stiletto Sprint’ and the ‘Tug-of-War’. Last year’s competition saw 26 participants compete in the Dutch Capital, with many world records shattered.

Drag Queen competitors wanting to take part can turn up from 5pm at the Homomonument with wig and heels.

The highlight of the Amsterdam Gay Pride weekend is the famous Canal Parade on Saturday August 6. Where most parades use trucks, Amsterdam has boats!

75 pride boats will sail from 1 till 6 PM through the Prinsengracht and Amstel river, watched by over 300.000 spectators every year.

Next to the same gay streetparties as Friday, which start already early afternoon, Saturday night is party night.

Sunday August 7 is the traditional Pride Closing Party on a massive stage at the Rembrandtplein. This takes place late in the afternoon and early in the evening with many Dutch artists and DJ’s. It’s a mixed gay crowd, trying to survive the hangover and celebrating the last day of the Amsterdam gay pride.

There will be an alternative closing party at the Blauwe Theehuis in the Vondelpark.

Want to know more? Check out the agenda for August 1-7 on Pride Agenda 2016.

Want to avoid the crowds? Visit museums!

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