Articles by Scott Roane

Amsterdam, the Birthplace of Brewing

Amsterdam, the Birthplace of Brewing June 29, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Brouwerij 't IJ, Amsterdam As the birth-place of the world-famous Heineken brewery, now one of the biggest brewers in the world with over 200 brands, a trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without at least a little bit of sampling. And with so many local beers to choose from there’s  a big...

Wild Night Out in Amsterdam

Wild Night Out in Amsterdam June 28, 2011 | Kid Friendly, Romantic, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Amsterdam's Artis Zoo by Night July 2 and 16 On a few special days during the summer months Amsterdam’s Royal Artis Zoo opens its doors until sunset (around 22:30). During these extended opening hours, not only do you get to the see the animals bedding down for the night during special tours (including...

The Netherlands in One Week

The Netherlands in One Week June 24, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Historical Village, Broek in Waterland, The Netherlands Day 1 Don’t pick up the car at Schiphol airport if arriving by plane as the first stop is Amsterdam, where parking will cost almost as much as your hotel. If you have to arrive by car then there are a couple of options. Hotels and B&B’s...

Amsterdam City Camping at its Best

Amsterdam City Camping at its Best June 22, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
'Wagonette' at Zeeburg Campsite, Amsterdam There are just two campsites close to Amsterdam, so you’d do well to be organized and book at least a few weeks ahead, particularly for a weekend. Since the global recession struck a couple of years ago, it’s the first time in many years that...

Amsterdam Beaches to Suit All Tastes

Amsterdam Beaches to Suit All Tastes June 22, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Blijburg Beach, Amsterdam When considering Amsterdam as a holiday destination, the UNESCO listed historical centre and its huge array of cultural activities plays a dominant role. But there’s another side to Amsterdam that guarantees a true holiday feel – its beaches (stranden in Dutch). In terms...

Amsterdam’s Free Summer Festivals

Amsterdam’s Free Summer Festivals June 10, 2011 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
Amsterdam Free Concerts - Harbour Festival Ijmuiden Amsterdam might not be the cheapest city in Europe for a holiday, but with just a little bit of effort, there’s plenty to discover that won’t cost you a cent. And at the same, this added effort will probably take you to many wonderful parts of Amsterdam...

Amsterdam’s Internationally Acclaimed Holland Festival

Amsterdam’s Internationally Acclaimed Holland Festival May 27, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Fela 1-26 June, 2011 The Holland Festival has been a trend-setting performing arts festival in the Netherlands since 1947, annually presenting exceptional and sometimes ground-breaking work at an international level. This year its 51 different productions offer a cross-section of all the performing arts...

World’s Largest Euro-Asian Festival in the Netherlands

World’s Largest Euro-Asian Festival in the Netherlands May 23, 2011 | Events, Romantic, Things to Do | Read More
Dance Performance at the Tong Tong Festival At this year’s Tong Tong Festival in The Hague, Asian food, culture, dance, fashion and markets come together, to provide two weeks of multicultural entertainment. Located on the Malieveld park, opposite The Hague’s Central Station, you may only be a 40-minute...

Best of Amsterdam this Weekend

Best of Amsterdam this Weekend May 20, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Secret 20s Party, Amsterdam By Scott Roane Muziektheater (Music Theatre) Open Day 21 May, 10:00-17:00 The Amsterdam Music Theatre is opening its doors for opera and ballet enthusiasts of all ages. Everybody is welcome to have a look backstage, attend workshops, debates and interviews. Visitors can also...

Just how safe is Amsterdam?

Just how safe is Amsterdam? May 16, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Safety tips for Amsterdam - don't leave your bike without locking it to a fixed object By Scott Roane In the last few months, a few negative comments from visitors about safety in Amsterdam caught my attention. After discovering the source of their worries to be some older versions of well known...