Principal city of the Netherlands; the name is a reference to the dam built on the Amstel river. Prevalence of dam in Dutch place names reflects the geography of Holland. [online etymology dictionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Amsterdam Beer Meetup Group – The Amsterdam Beer Meetup Group is a non-profit beer club that meets in and around Amsterdam to consume quality alcoholic beverages. We strive to find the best pubs around and share our discoveries. If you’re ready to assist in our noble mission, join us for a drink. Anyone fun and respectful is welcome. [meetup]

Amsterdam Board Game Group – This is a group for anyone interested in playing board games in the Amsterdam area. I started this group because I’m looking for others to play these kind of games with. We are regularly scheduling events that bring together gamers all around the city. [meetup]

Amsterdam Football and Basketball – We play a casual game of football (soccer / futsal) or basketball at various indoor and outdoor locations in Amsterdam, several times a week. [meetup]

Amsterdam Mix Meetup – We wanted to find a name that truly represented the melting pot of Amsterdam and our desire to create a place where artists and people of all cultures and backgrounds can gather. It is a great mix that we want to see grow and give birth to many wonderful ideas. [meetup]

Amsterdam OpenCoffee @ Boven de Balie – Open Coffee Amsterdam is a monthly event held at the Bovendebalie coworking space. It’s an informal meetup for web enthusiasts: entrepreneurs, investors and people interested in entrepreneurship. [meetup]

AmsterdamUX – This community gathers everyone interested in UX and users. We talk about UX and things related to it: interaction design, visual design, user research, sketching and prototyping. [meetup]

Interactive Storytelling Meetup – This meetup is meant for everyone working with, or interested in, storytelling. We’ll introduce a diversity of subjects as well as speakers to present and discuss innovative storytelling projects or ideas around storytelling that are worth spreading. [meetup]

Make The Most Of Utrecht Meetup 🙂 – This meetup group is meant to meet people, have a good time, and make new friends, while enjoying the good life in Utrecht. And that could be anything, because there is always something nice going on in Utrecht! [meetup]

The Amsterdam New and “not New” in Town Meetup Group – We are just back in Amsterdam, we would like to meet new people from different places who are now also in Amsterdam for friendship, activities and fun. Our purpose is to have fun, to meet, to mingle and to make new friends. [meetup]

The Netherlands Adventurers Meetup – Because sports are fun, but more fun when you’re with someone else!This Meetup is designed to get Expats together to participate in all the organized events in The Netherlands: 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon, marathons, triathlons, cycling. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date – is the best online dating site in the Netherlands.The site is a member of the international Meetic network and is the largest, most popular Dutch dating website. Lexa was started in 2002 and currently has over 1.6 million members. [visa hunter] – is the Dutch version of the popular dating website of Parship and is the second best dating site in the Netherlands. It was launched in 2001 in Germany, but went on to become an international site in 2002. The site has grown over the years and is now used in many European countries including England, France, Italy, and more. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

360 Amsterdam Tours – 360 Amsterdam is a company that focuses on groups and on individual visitors of Amsterdam. Visitors can join several daily tours in multiple languages without reservation. For groups we offer private tours and customized events. [360 amsterdam tours]

Free Tour of Amsterdam – Home of the famous Amsterdam FREE Walking Tour with some of the best guides in Europe. [sandemans new europe]

Free Walking Tours Amsterdam – Free Walking Tours Amsterdam tells you the best stories that Amsterdam has to offer. Discover why Amsterdam is known as the most liberal city in the world. How did this small fishing village become so important in the 16th century? [free walking tours amsterdam]

Freedam Tours – Join us on an amazing yourney through the infamous streets of Amsterdam. Discover how freedom and tolerance transformed a simple fisherman’s village into the centre of a vast trading empire and understand how these values continue to shape it’s liberal attitudes today. [freedam tours]

That Dam Guide – Hi, That Dam Guide was started by me, Mark, in December 2013. I love Amsterdam and love learning so decided to become a tour guide. I started as a guide with a big ‘free tour’ company but wanted to give a better quality and more personal service, so I broke away and started That Dam Guide. [that dam guide]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Amsterdam City Archives – Delve into the city’s rich history. The Amsterdam Treasures collection (fittingly located in the basement Treasury of the building) is free to visit and features a host of fascinating items drawn from the archives. [amsterdam]

Begijnhof – The Begijnhof is the ideal place to visit for an escape from the noise of the city. To explore this secret courtyard find the heavy wooden door in Amsterdam’s busy centre (entrance on Spui), push it open, and an oasis of 14th-century houses and gardens appears, along with two churches. [amsterdam]

Bridge of 15 Bridges – Just one bridge in the Amsterdam canal belt gives a view of no less than 15 bridges. This unusual sight is found at the crossing of the Reguliersgracht and the Herengracht. Standing on this bridge with your back to the Thorbeckeplein, you will see six arched bridges in a row. [amsterdam]

Canal Belt – In august 2010 the Amsterdam Canal belt was added as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The canal belt (Grachtengordel) was built in the 17th century around the old city center. [amsterdam]

Cat Boat (Poezenboot) – If you are a cat lover then you should make a visit to the ‘poezenboot’, a sanctuary for cats on an Amsterdam houseboat. Entrance is free although donations are welcome. [amsterdam]

Civic Guard Gallery – Hidden away, right in the city center of Amsterdam is a small glass-roofed walkway that exhibits 15 huge paintings from the 17th century. [amsterdam]

Explore the Red Light District – While most major cities in the world have a ‘Red Light District’, none are quite as famous as Amsterdam’s Red Light District. [amsterdam]

Floating Flower Market – Visit the famous floating flower market for free and enjoy all the colorful flowers with wonderful smells. One of the most unique features of the flower market in Amsterdam is the fact that it is floating on the Singel Canal. [amsterdam]

Free Classical Lunch Concert: Concertgebouw on Wednesdays – On Wednesday from mid-September through to June you can go for a free concert in the Concertgebouw on Museum Square. The free Lunch Concert takes place at 12.30 with a 30 minute public performances as they rehearse for ‘official’ shows that evening. [amsterdam]

Reinier Sijpkens Music Boat “The Notendop” – Trumpets, barrel-organ, a dancing painted boat, mostly classical music, a happy man, who enjoys performing by surprise or admission for people on the bridges and the waterside. [amsterdam]

Take a Free Boat Trip – Behind the Central Station you can take the free Amsterdam Public Transport ferry to the North of Amsterdam. The ferry crosses the river IJ (pronounced “eye”) and you will have a wide view of the Amsterdam waterfront. [amsterdam]

Take a Picture With You and the I amsterdam Sign – One of Amsterdam’s most popular city squares is Museumplein, where you will find the I amsterdam sign. This large sign that is located in front of the Rijksmuseum has become an iconic symbol of the city. [amsterdam]

Urban Beaches – Despite the fact that Amsterdam is not located by the seaside, the Dutch have still managed to create three beaches in Amsterdam. [amsterdam]

Visit the Albert Cuyp Markt to Get a Feel for the ‘Real’ Amsterdam – The ‘Albert Cuypmarkt’ is the most famous and largest street market in The Netherlands. This daily market offers its wares for over a century! [amsterdam]

Vondelpark – Amsterdam’s most popular city park is the scenic Vondelpark. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, Vondelpark offers a quick escape from the city’s hustle and noise. [amsterdam]



Amsterdam Gay Pride – Amsterdam Gay Pride is one of the world’s largest celebrations devoted to the equality of the gay, lesbian and transgender communities. [everfest]

Amsterdam Music Festival – You’ll be charged like the Energizer Bunny at the Amsterdam Music Festival. For five days, you and the rest of the audience will skip your morning coffee and let the pulsing electronic music keep you moving. [everfest]

Dekmantel Festival – The heart of Dekmantel Festival undeniably beats at the Amsterdamse Bos. What’s new is that our veins will be spreading off the wall music throughout the entire Dutch capital this summer. [everfest]

Dockyard Festival – Nestled within the Netherlands’ rich industrial heritage, a lineup of high-energy DJ’s will spin some serious records for a rowdy audience. As materials of the past still blanket the landscape, the audience will be go crazy over the infectious energy emitting from the stage and dance all over it. [everfest]

Koningsdag – Koningsdag, or King’s Day, is a national holiday in the Netherlands in honor of the king’s birthday. The occasion is celebrated with several street parties taking place throughout the Netherlands, with Amsterdam being the most popular destination. [everfest]

Loveland Festival – Loveland is nestled in Amsterdam and brings a pulsing experience that all concert-goers are sure to enjoy. An extensive lineup of techno, house and electronic music artists and DJ’s will hit the stage and get their beats to guide your every body movement. [everfest]

PITCH Festival – Who doesn’t want to journey to Amsterdam, where it seems like literally anything is possible? The PITCH Festival is Amsterdam’s soundtrack filled with crossover acts and DJ’s. [everfest]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – Amsterdam’s bus network is extensive, connecting all neighbourhoods with other city areas and extending outwards into the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. For example, visitors heading to the flower strip in spring, towards the beaches of Zandvoort and Bloemendaal and to the main historic towns and villages north of Amsterdam can often get around easiest by bus. [i amsterdam]

Hire a bike – Cycling is a fun, efficient and easy way of getting around Amsterdam – just like the locals do! Even if you only pedal around for a few hours, riding a bike is an essential Amsterdam experience. [i amsterdam]

Ferries across the IJ – Amsterdam’s ferries provide essential, free connections across the River IJ for pedestrians, cyclists and mopeds. Many of these blue-and-white ferries can be found directly behind Amsterdam Central Station, providing a frequent and free service across the water to and from Amsterdam Noord. [i amsterdam]

Metro – Amsterdam’s metro system radiates from Central Station to the city’s outlying districts. Its four routes are often the fastest way to reach districts like Bijlmer, Amstelveen and Diemen. [i amsterdam]

Train – Many people travelling to or from Amsterdam will often make use of the train, which not only provides a superb connection with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, but also different parts of the city, other Dutch towns and cities, plus direct connections with Belgium, France and Germany. [i amsterdam]

Trams – Amsterdam’s trams are suitably distinctive, decked out in blue and white and armed with a famous bell that rings out to attract the attention of any pedestrians and cyclists in the vicinity. From Central Station to outlying neighbourhoods, the tram is one of the quickest ways to get into and around the city centre. [i amsterdam]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Amsterdam Java User Group – This is Java User Group for everyone interested in Java, Web Development, Free and Open Source Software who are located in Amsterdam or Netherlands. [meetup]

Amsterdam  Python Meetup Group – A group for anyone interested in Python, Django, cloud computing, deployment, provisioning, virtualization and related technologies. We’ll meet up every two months at venues in and around Amsterdam, including the HQ of hostingcompany Byte. All skill levels are welcome! [meetup]

DevOps Amsterdam – Bringing together developers and operations people united in a common goal: destroy silos and remove obstacle to deploy and maintain awesome software and reliable infrastructures. [meetup]

Docker Randstad – Meet other developers and ops engineers using Docker. Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows. [meetup]

Dutch Android User Group (DutchAUG) – The Dutch Android User Group (DutchAUG) organises monthly meetups where Dutch Android professionals can meet and connect with each other. [meetup]

Frontend Developer Meetup Amsterdam – We are the largest Frontend Developer Meetup Group in the Netherlands. Hosted over 10 Meetups over the last 12 months per meetup group, already a member of our AngularJS group? [meetup]

Meteor NL – Meet other developers using Meteor. Share your knowledge, apps, and get feedback from others. Meteor is an open-source platform for building top-quality web apps in a fraction of the time, whether you’re an expert developer or just getting started. [meetup]

ProductTank AMS – ProductTank provides an opportunity for Product Managers working for (or wanting to work for) web companies in the Netherlands to exchange ideas and experiences about Product Management & Design, Business Modelling, Metrics, User Experience and all the other things that get us excited. [meetup]

PyData Amsterdam – This is a group for users and developers of data analysis tools in Python. The goals are to provide Python enthusiasts a place to share ideas and learn from each other about how best to apply the language and tools to ever-evolving challenges in the vast realm of data management, processing, analytics, and visualization. [meetup]

Young Professionals in Amsterdam – Let’s get together for affordable activities to meet young professionals in Amsterdam. Are you an expat (or Dutch) and would like to have some fun while meeting new people, then, this is your meet up to be! [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Ams Expats United (locals welcome) – Social activities to connect people from all over the world (Expats and Locals!) while having a great time. Let’s have fun together! Everybody is more than welcome ? [meetup]

Amsterdam Expat – Based in Amsterdam, we are the biggest and coolest expat community in the Netherlands. Hosting several events every week we get people together with different nationalities and backgrounds, promoting good vibes, friendships and great opportunities specially for newcomers. [meetup]

Amsterdam Girl Gone International – We are a vibrant international community of female globe hoppers 21-45 living, working, traveling or studying abroad. In cities all over the world we have hubs and we hold at least one main Girl Gone International event a month to meet new like minded friends, swap stories, connect and enjoy a few drinks in hip venues throughout the city. [meetup]

Amsterdam Language Cafe – Come practice your foreign language skills (Dutch, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, etc) with other internationally minded people at our Amsterdam Language Cafe! [meetup]

Dutch Language Students & Teachers – Learning a new language can be inexpensive and fun! Why to pay schools all the business fees if we can manage it for a fraction of their price and much more efficient (the only expense is a teacher’s hourly pay shared by students). [meetup]

Expat Republic Amsterdam – Welcome to Expat Republic! Our meetup group is a great way to connect with Amsterdam’s international community. We hold events on a regular basis aimed at bringing people together from all around the globe. Join today! Expat Republic! [meetup]

Expat Singles Club – Amsterdam (DUTCH welcome) – This is a group for expats and internationally minded singles in the city. Please come and join us to rapidly build your social network and meet other like minded people in the city while doing fun things. Our events are always hosted, small groups of no more than 20 to 30 people and you are welcomed to them. [meetup]

Language Café Utrecht – Do you want to practice your skills in a foreign language and meet new people? Then the Language Cafe Utrecht is the place to be! A place where people can meet to practice languages in an informal environment, every Wednesday. [meetup]

The Amsterdam Language Exchange Playground – Are you looking for a fun, informal but effective way to improve your spoken Spanish, English, Dutch or other language? Then don’t hesitate, just join one of our activities or evenings in the The Amsterdam Language Exchange Café. [meetup]

The Expats Club of Amsterdam (DUTCH welcome!) – This is a group for expats in the lovely city of Amsterdam and surrounding areas. We love the city and its people but every once in a while we yearn to meet people just like us who are expats and have come to this city leaving all our friends and family behind in our home countries. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Amsterdam LesBian social club – Let’s get together to meet, chat, dance, talk, eat, do sports, have a picknick or just hang out with other lesbian and bisexual girls and ladies. [meetup]

Amsterdam LGBT Squash Meetup – Rainbow Squash Amsterdam is an active straight-friendly squash club for gays and lesbians who come together to play squash. Our aimes are that both men and women feel at home in the club, every level from beginners to advanced players are welcome and that sportiness and fun are the priorities. [meetup]

Gay & LesBian Social The Netherlands – We are a bunch of friendly faces who are about meeting likeminded Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people and having a good time. [meetup]

QUEER CULTUReUTRECHT – CuLGTBQ in Utrecht! A meetup group to bring together the wonderful non-straight / queer / non binary people around Utrecht who are not often found in the club scene. [meetup]



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