After the the closing of the commercial cheese market in 1922, where farmers from the neighborhood came sell their cheese, the market of Edam again revived in 1989. With the willing cooperation of over 90 volunteers and financial support of Beemsterkaas the market has become a major tourist event. The market is now enlivened by the play of an old Dutch street organ and especially by the tones of the Edam cheese chapel, the Edam cheese market has quickly become an important tourist event.
The opening and closing of the cheese market day is done by the ringing of a bell. This sound is generally done by a special domestic of foreign guest, such as famous artists, singers or people parliament, ministers, European commissioners, writers, representatives from the sports and entertainment world and others who in some way made their contribution. A speaker explains in three modern languages what happens on the cheese market.
During 2015 Cheese markets will be held on the following Wednesdays (from 10.30 – 12.30 hrs):
Wednesday July 1
Wednesday July 8
Wednesday July 15
Wednesday July 22
Wednesday July 29
Wednesday August 5
Saturday August 8: evening cheese market
Unique Old Dutch Market starting 17.00 hrs
Cheese market from 18.00 till 19.00 hrs
Evening market from 20.30 till 22.30 hrs
The cheesemarket Alkmaar 2015 will take place from April 3rd untill september 4th, every friday from 10 am untill 12.30 pm on the Waagplein.
Thousands of visitors from all over the world visit Alkmaar for its cheese market, a particular spectacle which includes a market filled with cheese and hauling cheese carriers. In 1365 Alkmaar was granted weighing rights and a weighing scale, and in 1612 this numbr increased to four. Exactly when the first cheese market took place is shrouded in mystery. Old documents have been found that confirm the cheese market definately took place in 1622, but there is also evidence that the cheese bearer’s guild was founded in 1593; we can therefore deduce that there must have been a cheese market at that time as well.
Program (subject to confirmation):
09.50: Welcoming the visitors
09.55: Introduction of the bell-ringer
10.00: The bell is rung and the market is opened
10.05 – 10.50: Verbal presentation to visitors,
in Dutch, German, English and French or Spanish
10.50 – 11.15: Performance by the carillon
11.20 – 12.05: Verbal presentation to
visitors, in Dutch, German, English and French or Spanish
12.15 – 12.45 : Performance by the carillon
12.30: Cheese Market closes
Would you like to visit the cheesemarket with Amsterdam-VIP Tours? Please contact us to put a nice program together. With a nice scenic drive through the tulip fields for example!
Tomorrow is Open Tower Day: 21 historical and contemporary towers will open their doors for you from 10:00 am to 16:00 pm.
During the day different activities will be arranged in the towers. All information about the participants, terms and conditions, book signings, art tours, walking tours and the photo/film contest can be found on the website: http://opentorendag.nl/en_GB/Torens/0/113/
Reminder: don’t forget to bring your binoculars and also make sure to take beautiful photos for the photo contest!
For the Oudekerkstoren, the Westertoren, the Bijenkorftoren and the Posthoornkerk a reservation is required. See the tower’s page for more info.
ABN Amro headquarter
ABN Amro headquarter Beurs van Berlage
De Bijenkorftoren De Westertoren
De Waag Faralda Kraantoren
Fletcher hotel Kalvertoren / Blue Amsterdam Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre Oudekerkstoren Posthoornkerk
Amsterdam is traditionally connected to the legendary tulip; however, the bulb seems to have vanished from the streets. Therefore, Tulp Festival (1-30 April 2015) wants to bring back the tulip in the city streets with the aim to eventually plant one tulip for each individual citizen of Amsterdam. This amounts to 800.000 tulips, a dream that simply has to come true.
This year, 423.207 tulips were planted. This amount is increased by 116.074 tulips planted in pots.
When, where and how
For this first edition of Tulp Festival, a number of interesting public locations in the city were selected as well as a couple of gardens at remarkable buildings in the city areas south, centre and north. Last fall, thousands of bulbs were planted, which will bloom during the month of April.
The public locations are, of course, freely accessible, and the museums charge their regular fees. Allow the sheer explosion of colours and the endless variety to inspire you to plant tulips next fall.
Participants of the Tulp Festival are:
Amstel Hotel Amsterdam RAI
Museum Het Grachtenhuis
Museum Van Loon
Museum het Rembrandthuis
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Wyndham Apollo Hotel
The bulb-growing area is a unique part of the Netherlands. This district is situated in the urban agglomeration of Western Holland, between the cities of Haarlem and Leiden, (only 20 km from Amsterdam). Characteristic of this area are the beautiful North Sea beaches and its hinterland filled with historical bulb-growing cultivation. The explosion of colours of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths during springtime attracts millions of visitors from both home and abroad.
This is an annual parade of 42 km, that attracts millions of people along the route. This year the theme will be: ‘200 years of Monarchy’.
All these spectacular flowers, the tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are processed for decoration in floats and luxury cars and will pass through the bulb-growing area for the 68th time on the 24th and 25th of April, showing the Dutch flower-bulb cultivation in all its glory. On April 26th all floats can be admired at the market square in Haarlem (until 5 PM).
We warmly welcome you at one of the events during the Flower Parade week in the bulb-growing area.
Once every 5 years, SAIL comes to Amsterdam. This year the spectaculair event will take place from Wednesday 19to SundayAugust 23rdn.
With aSail-InParade of 8 kilometerslong, theopening of Sail Amsterdam2015 will betwice as longthepreviousedition in 2010.
A large number oftall shipscomes to SAIL Amsterdamfor the first time, as theAtylafrom Spain.This shipwas built in1917 as aDutchfreighter.After the42-meter long shipwas converted into atraining shipoftheMaritime AcademyofStockholm, it sailssince2011 underthe Polish flag. After years ofabsence, theARCGloria fromColombiawillagainwill be present. “Ifthe menentering, proudlysing theirnational anthemandthat while theyare high on theyards, that gives goosebumps,” said JeannetteBlijdorpof the organization.
In 2015 the worldfamous KEUKENHOF gardens will be open from 20 March – 17 May.
This year’s theme will be in honour of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Very appropriate, since it is exactly 125 year since his death.
The highlight of the Van Gogh-year is a 250m² flower mosaic of Vincent van Gogh made up of thousands of tulips and grape hyacinths (muscari bulbs). The flower shows in the Orange Nassau Pavilion show the splendid combinations of his paintings and thousands of flowers.
New in 2015 is a wonderful Selfie garden inspired by the self-portraits of Van Gogh, presented in a modern setting.
Interested in special events in the parc?
Check out the website: http://www.keukenhof.nl/en/discover-the-park/events/
Immortalizeyourselfinawork of art making a selfie? Not anymore in the Stedelijk Museumand the Hermitage.At least, notif aselfiestickis needed.
Recently some museums excommunicated the retractableholdertones forphoneorcamera. Selfies (without flash) are allowed, butallpoles, including umbrellasandtripods areprohibited.
Using a selfiestick allows the photographerto make a good self-portrait. However, themuseumsare afraid thatexhibits might get damaged by thesticks.
“It would beembarrassing foreveryoneifart isdamaged.Especially for those whomakethe photographs”, lets a spokespersonof the Hermitageknow. Recently the museumproposedaban on the selfiesticks. Soon the bansign will bepostedat the checkin.Many othermuseums in the country simply ask peopleto put it away, if they arecaught usingaselfiestick.
Inthe Rijksmuseumselfiesticksare still allowed, even if umbrellasare not allowedinside. The museum holds art from the middelages till modern times, most known for the paintings of Amsterdam’s Golden Age painters as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and many more.
Contact us for a private tour in the RIJKSMUSEUM and learn more about the gems inside!