Amsterdam Bans Tours of Red-Light District

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/26/2019, 4:15 PM

As much as it's known for picturesque canals and paintings by Dutch masters on display at the Rijksmuseum and elsewhere, Amsterdam has also gained a reputation as a haven for legal marijuana and prostitution.  Neither of those is leaving the city anytime soon, but authorities are cracking down on tourist lookie-loos checking out the famous red-light district, where sex shops and sex workers do th...

High-Speed Trains Soon to Zip Between London and Amsterdam

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/13/2018, 8:45 PM

Starting April 4, travelers will have a new, fast, and affordable way to get from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands.  High-speed Eurostar trains will begin whisking passengers from London to Amsterdam in three hours using the underwater Channel Tunnel that already speeds passengers to Paris in a little over two hours.  The twice-daily service will depart London's St. Pancras station at 8:31a...

Amsterdam's New Hangover Bar Offers Morning-After Comfort

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2016, 4:00 AM

If you overindulge the next time you're in Amsterdam, you might want to consider a morning-after stop at the city's new Hangover Bar. Open only during the day from Friday to Sunday, the first-of-its-kind establishment is designed to supply everything you need to recover from a boozy evening, including vitamin-rich smoothies, an oxygen bar, and beds planted in front of TVs loaded with binge...

International Airfare Wars Make It Much Cheaper to Vacation Abroad This Fall and Winter

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/31/2015, 8:15 PM

I reported roughly a week ago that airfares for the summer took a sharp dip; and that experts were predicting that fall fares would also be low. Sometimes it's sweet to be right. My Facebook page has been lighting up with posts from friends who have just gotten steals (one recently got a round-trip Chicago-Miami itinerary for $106 TOTAL) and we're now seeing a lot of fare sales to all ...

Entrancing Video Follows Luggage After It's Checked

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/24/2015, 8:00 PM

Amsterdam's Schiphol airport wants to show you that it has put a lot of cash into building the ultimate baggage delivery system. So it produced this astonishing video by attaching a camera to a piece of luggage and sending it through the airport's elaborate system of automated conveyor belts, slides, and sensors. This version is enough to put stars in your eyes, but the versio...

When Your Vacation Escape Involves Literally Escaping: The New Tourist Attraction That’s Sweeping the Globe

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/11/2015, 10:30 PM

The theater was shabby, with a disheveled group of marionettes hanging in a little stage at the front and wooden tiered seats so old and flimsy they looked like they’d fall apart if an audience member guffawed too hard. Dust coated many surfaces and the only contemporary items in the room—a massive digital wall clock and a mysterious, multi-colored wall panel of flashing lights—just added to th...

In Terms of its Controversial Social Policies, Amsterdam Remains One of the Most Interesting of European Cities--You'll Want to Schedule a Stay

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2014, 7:15 PM

     In a long-ago time when Amsterdam was thought to be "quaint", a place of tulips and wooden shoes, I wrote a travel guide called "Surprising Amsterdam", whose point was that Amsterdam wasn't quaint or super-annuated at all..        In it, and in associated lectures I delivered, I argued that far from being quaint, Amsterdam was a devilish, in-your-face, unexpected center of red lig...

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