Amsterdam in summer

1 You can dine in a restaurant on a secret island

For a limited time during the summer, adventurous people can take a boat from Amsterdam to a nearby deserted island and enjoy a four-course meal in a specially constructed greenhouse. The pop-up restaurant experience on Vuurtoreneiland is a popular culinary draw, so be sure to book in advance.

Vuurtoreneiland. In the spring and summer (mid-May – September) people eat in the Summer Restaurant, a transparent glass greenhouse, sheltered from wind and rain, ‘eating in and of nature’. In spring and summer the atmosphere on Vuurtoreneiland is exuberant and light. Everything blooms and grows, perhaps there are even lambs this year! Food in the greenhouse is elementary, there is almost nothing between inside and outside, clouds and weather pass you by. Sometimes sunny and warm, other times spectacular storm skies, unique and different every night. The exuberance also translates into the food, now everything is harvested in the Beemster so a large variety of local vegetables determine the menu and there is also meat or fish.

There’s a festival happening every weekend

You could say that Amsterdam is a little bit festival mad. More than 300 festivals take place each year in and around the city – the bulk of these happening in the summer months. So no matter when you visit, there’s bound to be something going on. From huge dance music events to foodie festivals and cultural carnivals, Amsterdam’s festival agenda spans all tastes and genres.

A few recommendations

3 You can go to the theatre in the park for free

From May to September, an open air-theatre in the middle of the Vondelpark in Amsterdam hosts performances of dance, music, cabaret, comedy and children’s events. You can visit this on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s totally free (although donations will not be discouraged).

Theatrical heritage. Amsterdam’s Vondelpark is steeped in musical and theatrical heritage. The ‘Vondelpark Parties’ were organised in the park and the Music Pavilion and Vondelpark Stage both hosted music, operetta and dance performances over the years. The Vondelpark Open Air Theatre sprang into life in 1974, combining the ‘Vondelpark Parties’ and so-called ‘Happenings’, the name given to the performances organised at the time.

For more information visit our website and book now. To gain experiences that you will not soon forget!

History of Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the greatest planned city of northern Europe, has always been a well-known name in world history and played a central role in the history of the Netherlands. In the 17th century Amsterdam was the centre of world economy, and nowadays the city is known for its tolerant character.

City Laws

Amsterdam was founded as a fishing village when a handful of adventures came floating down the river the Amstel. The city received it’s city laws at around 1275. The first habitants of Amsterdam were farmers and fishermen from Waterland, an area close to Amsterdam.

Aemstelledammers

The first habitants created a dam where the Amstel merges into the Ij. They found it a good location to build their fleet, business and home. The city developed around this dam, now known as “the Dam square”. That is also where the name of the city comes from. The first ‘Aemstelledammers’ (how they called Amsterdam back in the days) were fishermen and merchants. The name occurs for the first time in the toll concession of Floris V, Count of Holland. He began exacting toll money from the passing beer and herring traders of the roaring Eastern Sea Trade of the Baltics. It flourished as a trading center. The Aemstelledammers soon created a dam in the barrage of the estuary. That is how a seaport (Damrak) and a inner harborer (Rokin) arised.

14th and 15th century

They quickly also became expert boat builders and brewers; attracting more interest in the emerging town. Soon the first navy was build. During the 14th, but especially the 15th century, Amsterdam underwent a rapid development, which laid the foundation for the Golden Age. Only very few medieval buildings survive today. Some examples: the Old and New Churches and the Houten Huis (Wooden House) at the Begijnhof. Throughout the Middle Ages houses were generally built of wood, a vulnerable type of construction material. The famous Houten Huis is no exception to this rule. Consequently, most of them were destroyed because of big fires.

This was a brief introduce… for more information book our City Tour here!

The tour guide training from Keukenhof 2018 was great! Our lovely guide Olga went there and learned everything about the new season. We also offer private tours to the Keukenhof, for more information please check this page.

Keukenhof 2018 – training

During the ITB we met Michiel from the Keukenhof. The interest for the training was so big that the we were not able to subscribe anymore. Luckily we met Michiel and they made an exception for us. Super happy! Our lovely Italian guide Olga went there to study the park. Have you already met Olga? This friendly and super smart lady from Rome is a native speaker Italian but also speaks fluently English, Chinese and German. We must say that we are a bit jealous at her skills.

As there were so many subscribers, the guides were placed into different groups. Olga’s group started with a meeting of the tour guides. Together they had a presentation of Keukenhof in 2018. After this, the group of Olga went into the park and had a tour.

Keukenhof 2018 – flowers

The theme of Keukenhof 2018 is Romance in Flowers. These two subjects are very connected according to Keukenhof: “The most beautiful spring park in the world with it’s sea of flowers will put you in a romantic, spring mood.”.

They have over 7 million bulbs in the park, with a total variety of 800 tulips. Unfortunately not all the flowers sprout during the training. At the time of writing the wind chill of Amsterdam is -10 degrees Celsius. We had some very cold days the last couple of months so it is very hard for the flowers to come out.

The flowers inside came out a bit more, which was beautiful to see. We can not wait for the flower season so we can see all the different varieties of flowers bloom!

Keukenhof 2018 – visit

The park is open in 2018 from March 22 until May 13. Check out their website for more information. We hope to guide you soon!

 

ITB Berlin

88 Travelguide was present at the ITB in Berlin. What a great fair it was! We have gained so many nice new contacts and impressions. We will tell you more about that now!

ITB

The ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) is the world’s largest tourism fair. The companies that were represented at the fair include hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, system providers, airlines, car rental companies and a lot more. The ITB Berlin takes place annually in March at the Messe Berlin.

Keukenhof

It is so interesting to see what is going on in the world of travel! The holland stand was also very well represented. We met Michiel from the Keukenhof and that was such a nice conversation. Especially because our guides have a training in the following week at the Keukenhof. It brought us many new insights.

The Royal Concertgebouw

During our conversation with Anthony from GetYourGuide, Laura joined us and she is from The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. We were very excited, since we are going to do a combination tour with them. A city tour combined with a concert in the Royal Concertgebouw, how amazing is that! We will keep you informed about this, of course!!

Stromma

We also had a very interesting conversation with Alco from Stromma. They also offer great tours and there is a new cooperation coming up. Hint… more possibilities to admire Amsterdam from the water! As you might know Amsterdam is very beautiful from the water, definitely a must do! A fun fact is that Amsterdam has more bridges than Venice. It’s almost hard to believe. There are in fact 409 bridges connecting Venice’s canals. Amsterdam actually has 1281 bridges. That is three times as many as Venice.

Art tour

We are working on a art tour and at the ITB we had a lot of good meetings and conversations about it. We can not say much about it yet… But we are going to reveal little by little. Up to our next adventure!!

 

 

A new collaboration with GetYourGuide!

We proudly announce that we started a collaboration with GetYourGuide! Our tours will be shown on their website very soon. Ready to book a tour?

GetYourGuide

GetYourGuide is world’s largest online booking platform for tours, attractions and activities. They have a very diverse team that excists of 45 different nationalities who together speak around 30 languages. The team works hard every day to create the best experience possible for travelers. The only thing the travelers have to do is to book and enjoy the trip!

GetYourGuide’s community exists of local partners like 88 Travelguide that are specialized in different activitities, areas or sights all around the world. Showing you the world is their business! They check all of their partners to make sure that the guests are safe and sound while they’re out having fun.

What to do?

At the moment of writing this article, there are over 32,010 activities shown on their website. Whatever you want to do — nibbling on tasty tapas in Spain or snorkeling through colorful corals in Queensland — you find it at GetYourGuide. We are super proud and honored that we are now a part of the family. We look so much forward to the collaboration and can’t wait to guide the first guests of GetYourGuide.

Tours

In the beginning we will cooperate with the platform with our City tour, the Red Light District tour and also the Red Light District + Casa Rosso show tour. Sneak peek; we are working on a few new tours and can’t wait to put these online as well!

Within a few weeks we meet the guys from GetYourGuide again at the ITB in Berlin. We look very much forward to our trip and to start this adventure together!

Please keep an eye on our blog because more information about this collaboration and the new tours will be online soon!

Within a few weeks, Keukenhof will be open again! Are you looking for a private tour to this wonderful park? Don’t hesitate to contact us to check the possibilities.

What is Keukenhof?

The park is one of the most famous and most beautiful attractions of the Netherlands. We, as a country, are very well known for the flowers. In spring, all these beautiful varieties will bloom and this makes it the perfect time to visit for flower lovers! Especially the tulip is very popular, did you know that it’s origin is not the Netherlands but Turkey?

A day at Keukenhof is the best day out among the flowers. Over 7 million bulbs will bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. It is an unique and unforgettable experience!

Besides the spacious 32 hectares of flowers you can enjoy the spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, unique art and wonderful events. Do not miss the Tulip mania exhibition at the Juliana Pavilion.

2018 theme and history

In 2018, the theme is Romance in Flowers. After all, the two are inextricably linked. The most beautiful spring park in the world with its sea of flowers will put you in a romantic, spring mood.

The historic park was designed midway through the Romantic period (1857) as an ornamental garden for Castle [Kasteel] Keukenhof. Since 1950, millions of tulips have flowered in the atmospheric garden around the pond with its gorgeous vistas and centuries-old beech trees. Many generations experienced joyous moments there. Propose to your loved ones in the romantic tulip garden or have a secret rendezvous in the Cupid Garden or the Love Paradise. Say it with flowers …. The flower shows will also have romance as their theme. The rose show will be bigger than ever: the red rose, the symbol of true love. In 2018, Keukenhof once again has a wonderful tulip mosaic planned featuring 50,000 bulbs.

The Keukenhof season will conclude with Romance at Keukenhof, a classical music festival that will take place amid the park’s tulips.

Family trip

This sight is also fun for the children. They will have a blast with the treasure hunt, petting farm, maze and the playground. It is a great day out for the whole family! Want to book a tour with us? Send an e-mail to info@88travelguide.com or fill in our contact form. We also create tours to flower fields in the north of Holland. Just say hello and check out the possibilities!

Keukenhof will be open from 22 March – 13 May 2018. For more information check out their website.

 

Tangguo tour – part 2

Tangguo tour – part 2. After Dam square we went to several spots at the Red Light district like the old church. In front of the statue of Majoor Bosshardt our guests started to wonder why all the houses bend forward and are so crooked… If you want to know the answer yourself make sure to book our city tour.

As it was a very cold day, we decided to grab some drinks at Nieuwmarkt. While enjoying our drinks, we discussed the business possiblities for Tangguo and 88 Travelguide. And then there was a toast, we were both in for a collaboration!

Dam Square – pigeons

After drinks we went to Bijenkorf. The CEO and his wife stayed inside for some shopping and Jack, Samantha, Teo and me spend some time at Dam square. Samatha made a lot of new friends thanks Teo’s great idea; she bought some bread for the pigeons. At one point four pigeons were trying to balance on Samantha’s arm, which was a bit too much. But is was great fun!

Lunch

We had lunch at Momo, which was a big success. The CEO told us that this was the fullest he had been since he arrived in Europa. Big plus for us! We ate sushi and other Asian food, I still got happy when I think of the food. After lunch the team went back to their hotel as they had a few meetings in the afternoon.

Boat tour

Teo and I went to the Hilton Hotel again to pick up the CEO of Tangguo and his wife. Unfortunately Jack and Samantha were not able to join us as they had to prepare for a meeting in the afternoon. We rented the beautiful and cute boat Tzar for 2 hours. The Tzar is a brand new salonboat from Amsterdam Boat Center where we collaborate with. Our sailor for the day was Sjoerd, who specially came back earlier from his weekend trip to Germany to show us around on the canals. Thanks again Sjoerd!

We sailed partly alongside the Amsterdam Light Festival and also saw the skinny bridge and the 7 bridges. Our guests completely loved it and were super impressed by the houseboats and the canals it selves.

再見 – See you soon!

Unfortunately, the day flew by and we had to send our guests back to their hotel. In the evening, they were having a dinner with former prime minister Wim Kok and they of course can’t let him wait.

We really enjoyed our day together and are looking so much forward to the collaboration. A very warm welcome to all Chinese tourists in the Netherlands!

Tangguo tour – part 1

To welcome our guests from Tangguo, we gave them a tour through Amsterdam. A part of the team visited the city before but they never had a city tour. Our lovely guide Teo and co-founder Manouk accompanied them throughout the day. After days of preparing and extra practicing, we were ready and very excited!

Introduction

Teo and me (Manouk) went to the Hilton Hotel where we picked up our guests. The taxi ride to the city was already a lot of fun! The Tangguo team was very enthusiastic and open and told us that they looked forward to the tour. After the exchange of WeChat ID’s we arrived at Dam square. I always find it so special that you can connect so strongly with people without speaking the same language. I experienced that during my trip through China and I immediately got the same feeling in the taxi as well. No doubt that this would be a great day!

As soon as we arrived at Dam Square, the Chinese favorite activity took place; to take pictures! We took a group picture and we both were so happy to be immortalized with our new friends and business partners. After we did a live stream and wished the Tangguo a happy new year, we started the tour.

The tour – part 1

Our guests were very impressed by the history of the city and the funny facts Teo told them. I personally found Teo very impressive, how is it possible that she speaks Chinese so well? I was already happy that I understood 9 words throughout the day. At least there is a start, but I have to admit that I am super jealous at her.

For the rest of the tour and the canal cruise in the lovely salon boat Tzar we would like to refer to the article Tangue tour – part 2.

Tangguo and 88 Travelguide help out Chinese tourists to discover the Netherlands.

We are very proud to announce that we, as one of the first companies in the Netherlands, started a collaboration with the very well-known Chinese travel app; Tangguo! Research showed that the young and well-educated Chinese middle class is no longer satisfied with the existing travel offer. They no longer want to visit six European countries within ten days. Instead of that they want to travel at their own pace, compile their own travel program and deviate from the usual path. Tangguo and 88 Travelguide are the perfect answer for this group of travelers!

Chinese tourists

The number of Chinese tourists doubled in the past five years to over 300,000, according to figures from NBTC and the Central Bureau for Statistics. They expect that more than half a million Chinese tourists will visit our country within five years. One group still does this in the way that we know Chinese people so well for in Europe; too many countries in too less days. But the new generation of Chinese tourists wants to gain much more experience during their trip. That new group wants more of a tailor-made journey and that is exactly what 88 travelguide offers.

Cooperating

Tangguo is one of the fastest growing and largest online travel platforms in China. With a market capitalization of 2 billion RMB (around 266 million euro) and 3.5 million members, they respond to this new demand of the Chinese travelers. They offer a series of new travel products and cooperate with parties such as 88 Travelguide.

Tojoy

The fact that Chinese people engage collectively is shown by the way in which Tangguo realizes it’s ambitious plan in Europe in general and in the Netherlands in particular. Tangguo is generously funded by one of the most prestigious business clubs and investment groups in China – Tojoy.

Locations

Tangguo’s head office is in the Hague. From there, the company covers the European market.

Tour guides Amsterdam are everywhere but nowhere like at 88 Travelguide! The company was founded in 2016 by two Dutch friends who love to travel and wanted to share their thoughts and feelings about Holland and Amsterdam with the rest of the world.

Team – Tour guides Amsterdam

88 Travelguide does their best to select a team of tour guides that fit perfectly to the values of the company. Our guides are ready and can’t wait to show you around! The wonderful team of enthusiastic, professional and motivated tour guides are widely employable. We offer English, Italian, Chinese (mandarin), Spanish, Dutch and French speaking guides. Almost all of the tour guides have a cultural, historical, architectural or art background which makes them the perfect partner to give you an unforgettable time in Holland.

Meet Riccardo Olivo

In this article we like to put the spotlight on Riccardo, our Italian and English speaking tour guide.

Hi There! My name is Riccardo, a freelance tour guide. I was born in Amsterdam from Italian parents and I’m more than proud to consider this wonderful city my home.

The combination of liveliness and calmness that can be found in this city is what I love so much. You can literally walk five minutes and pass from a busy street full of cafes, to a little hidden gem which seems to be virtually unknown.

I proudly show the sights and secrets of this amazing city to other people. Explaining the reasons behind it’s unique architecture and street planning. History and art history always fascinated me from a very early age, and the possibility of being able to inform other people about it thrills me.

Enough said, it’s time for you to experience it yourself!

Bookings

For more information about the tours of Riccardo please contact us. We are happy to answer all questions you have!

 

Amsterdam light festival 2017 is a must see! What’s better than having a canal cruise while you enjoy the beautiful light art works? We have the perfect partner, Amsterdam Boat Center. Make sure to book our tour now!

The water exhibition takes place from 30 November 2017 until 21 January 2018. During this time, various artworks will light up the canals of Amsterdam. The light art installations will be illuminated daily, from 17:00 until 23:00 o’clock.

Amsterdam Light Festival – what is light art?

Amsterdam Light Festival takes place every year city center of Amsterdam. Light art is a relatively young art form that experiences a great growth because of the LED revolution. Light is a versatile and highly visual ‘material’ that can be used both abstract and figurative. Both forms are reflected in the artworks of the festival.

Amsterdam Light Festival – what can you expect?

Amsterdam Light Festival offers a stage to light artists from all over the world as they present their work in the city for two months. The festival stimulates these artists to push their own boundaries. Through a worldwide distributed Call For Concepts they submit groundbreaking concepts. The Call for Concepts closed this March and the jury, led by Lennart Booij, selected 40 concepts. The jury selects the artworks that will become part of the festival. In this edition, 1800 artists from 93 different countries showed their interests for participation. This resulted in 900 submissions by designers, architects and artists, from 45 different countries all over the world. 35 artworks made it to the festival, one of which is ‘thinline’ by world famous Chinese artists and activist Ai Weiwei. The festival produces these installations together with the artists. 

In case you visit Amsterdam between November and January, make sure you don’t miss this breath taking and enchanting festival. It is absolutely worth it! The 88 Travelguide crew completely loves the artworks from this year.

For more information check out the website of Amsterdam Light Festival. Want to have a normal canal cruise? Book here!

A city tour! Want to get the most out of your trip to Amsterdam? Don’t be afraid, we won’t rush you like the Dutch cyclers do. ;-)) Let us take you into the city centre and teach you everything you need and want to know during our city tour Amsterdam. Our enthusiastic tour guides will show you all the hidden and not so hidden treasures, which will for sure let you love Amsterdam even more and more! Let us immerse you into the world of Dutch history, art, culture and food in our 2,5 hours City Centre guided walking tour!

What to expect

We will take you alongside the most famous and must see sights such as Dam Square and Nieuwmarkt, but you also will be amazed about what secret places the city has to offer. And no Holland without Dutch cheese! A small cheese tasting experience at the Cheese Bar will be a part of this tour as well. Did you know that there are more tastes of cheese than just Gouda and Edam? In case you didn’t, you will find out this and more soon!

On Saturdays you’re super lucky, we will let you try a fresh Dutch biological “stroopwafel” from our very well-known stroopwafel baker. Ofcourse there are also stroopwafels the rest of the week, only from a less famous maker. Do we need to say more?

At the end of the tour you will receive a small typical (or not so typical ;-)) Dutch present that will definitely won’t ever let you forget your stay in Amsterdam!

Enough said, it’s time for you to experience it yourself!

Our tour guides are professional, passionated, well informed and will show you this wonderful city like no other tour guide. Our aim is to let you experience Amsterdam instead of just seeing it. With 88 Travelguide no overcrowded group tours but small and personal service on a relaxed tempo. Ready for the Amsterdam vibes and a city tour? Take a look at our booking calendar and book now!!

City tour Amsterdam – practical information

Please meet our guide at: Beursplein, in front of the Bistro Berlage.

The tour takes around 2,5 hours.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

See also our other tours.

Red Light tour & Casa Rosso

Private tours

Canal Cruise in collaboration with Amsterdam Boat Center

Amsterdam tours can be found at 88 Travelguide! Look no further, we will make sure to give you an unforgettable time in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam tours – City tour

We offer a City tour, in which we will show you the highlights of the beautiful city centre of Amsterdam. We make sure you will receive an overview of the city centre and won’t miss out on all the important spots. History, art, culture, architecture, food and funny facts are all combined in one.

Amsterdam tours – Red Light District tour and Red Light tour & Casa Rosso

Make sure you don’t miss our Red Light District tour or even better our Red Light tour & Casa Rosso. Both are Amsterdam tours that will so you the most historical area of Amsterdam, the Red Light District. For the Red Light tour & Casa Rosso we started a collaboration with two great companies. The Red Light areas most famous sex show; Casa Rosso and let’s not forget about our favorite lingerie & love toys shop; 156Manhattan!

Private tours

For all your other wishes we would like to offer you a private tour. They are created to fulfill all of your wishes and made on request. Almost everything throughout the Netherlands is possible, just ask.

Amsterdam tours – Canal Cruise in collaboration with Amsterdam Boat Center

Looking forward to see Amsterdam from a different side? Make sure you book a canal cruise! Amsterdam is very famous for it’s architecture and the beautiful ancient canals so we could definitely recommend this tour. We have a great collaboration with Amsterdam Boat Center, who definitely have the funniest and best sailors in Amsterdam.