Honk if you like baseball (the game is called honkbal in Holland). The Amsterdam Pirates ( may not be the greatest practitioners of the art, but they have their moments, as you can see at the Sportpark Ookmeer, Herman Bonpad 5 (tel. 020/616-2151; bus: 19 or 192).

Ice Hockey

The Dutch are known for their skill on ice, as local hotshots the Amstel Tijgers ( demonstrate at the Jaap Edenhal, Radioweg 64 (tel. 020/694-9652;; tram: 9).


Soccer (known as football in Europe, and voetbal in Dutch) is absolutely the biggest game in Holland. Ajax Amsterdam is invariably the best team in the land, and often is among the best in Europe. Ajax plays home matches at a fabulous modern stadium with a retractable roof, the De Johan Cruijff ArenA , ArenA Boulevard 1, Amsterdam Zuidoost (tel. 020/311-1444;; Metro: Strandvliet/ArenA). There's even an on-site Ajax Museum.

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