Cheese Market Edam 2015

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):

Date Special guest
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
Wednesday August 12
Wednesday August 15 Waterday Edam
Wednesday August 19


Cheese Market Alkmaar 2015

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!alkmaar_kaasmarkt

Open Tower Day Amsterdam – 28th of March, 2015

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:

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

                        Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre  Ransdorpertoren


Amsterdam Tulipfestival (1-30 April 2015)

A bulb for every citizen of Amsterdam

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
Bijbels Museum
Canal House
Conservatorium Hotel
EYE Amsterdam
Hilton Amsterdam
Hortus Botanicus

Museum Het Grachtenhuis
Museum Van Loon
Museum het Rembrandthuis
Museum Willet-Holthuysen
Oude Kerk

Het Scheepvaartmuseum
Tulip M
Stadsdeel Centrum
Stadsdeel Noord
Stadsdeel Zuid
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 19 to Sunday August 23rdn.

With a Sail-In Parade of 8 kilometers long, the opening of Sail Amsterdam 2015 will be twice as long the previous edition in 2010.

A large number of tall ships comes to SAIL Amsterdam for the first time, as the Atyla from Spain. This ship was built in 1917 as a Dutch freighter. After the 42-meter long ship was converted into a training ship of the Maritime Academy of Stockholm, it sails since 2011 under the Polish flag.
After years of absence, the ARC Gloria from Colombia will again will be present. “If the men entering, proudly sing their national anthem and that while they are high on the yards, that gives goosebumps,” said Jeannette Blijdorp of 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:

Contact us for a special VIP treatment!


Immortalize yourself in a work of art making a selfie? Not anymore in the Stedelijk Museum and the Hermitage. At least, not if a selfiestick is needed.

Recently some museums excommunicated the retractable holder tones for phone or camera. Selfies (without flash) are allowed, but all poles, including umbrellas and tripods are prohibited.

Using a selfiestick allows the photographer to make a good self-portrait. However, the museums are afraid that exhibits might get damaged by the sticks.

“It would be embarrassing for everyone if art is damaged. Especially for those who make the photographs”, lets a spokesperson of the Hermitage know. Recently the museum proposed a ban on the selfiesticks. Soon the ban sign will be posted at the checkin. Many other museums in the country simply ask people to put it away, if they are caught using a selfiestick.

In the Rijksmuseum selfiesticks are still allowed, even if umbrellas are not allowed inside. 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!

Musicboat playing with Carillion Old Church

Would you like to attend a Carillion concert in Amsterdam?

12-13.00 Royal Palace (July till September)

12.30-13.00 Western Church
14.30-15.10 Southern Church
16.00-16.30 Old Church

15.00-16.00 Mint Tower

16.00 Old Church
19.00 Southern Church

When lucky, you might catch a glims of the Musicboat in spring from the end of March on Tuesdays!