A Puppeteer’s Guide to Amsterdam
Puppet Camp Europe 2011 will be held in the capital of the Netherlands (also known as "the Venice of the North"): Amsterdam. A land where people eat cheese and wear clogs, and vehicles with more than two wheels are outlawed, right?
Amsterdam is a city with lots of things to see and do, but also perfect for a relaxing stroll. If you like exploring the unknown, it is well worth it to book a few extra nights before or after Puppet Camp to enjoy Amsterdam during springtime. We’ll try to showcase some of the highlights of the city to make the trip to Puppet Camp even more special.
An easy way to check out the city’s canals and unique architecture is by boat tour. The city has an extensive network of tram lines to take you anywhere you want. Either purchase one-trip tickets when entering a tram, or purchase a public transport chip card for your entire stay upon your arrival at Amsterdam central station. If you want to be more mobile, you can rent bikes and check out the city center at your own pace—but watch our for trams, because they have right of way.
If you’d rather experience the city through food and drink, check out the Heineken Experience for a tour through the old Heineken brewery, including a couple of refreshing beers afterward. If you want to taste more local beers, we recommend visiting Brouwerij ‘t IJ. Amsterdam has many fine dining establishments, where tipping is a compliment to the server and is not compulsory.
For those that want to learn more about Amsterdam’s history and culture, there are a number of interesting museums. The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is dedicated to arts, crafts and history, while the Royal Palace is a piece of history itself. The Anne Frank House is the former home of Anne Frank, a well-known Jewish victim of World War II who has fascinated millions of people with her diary.
On Saturday, the day after Puppet Camp, Amsterdam will turn orange as the Dutch celebrate Queen’s Day, a typical Dutch holiday originally used to celebrate the monarch’s birthday. This large celebration includes live music, street theater, and flea markets. The streets will be crowded with partygoers on Friday and Saturday. If you intend on leaving on Saturday morning, please note that cabs will not be allowed in the city center and the city will become very crowded by mid-morning. We hope you'll want to stick around and enjoy Amsterdam, but if you plan to leave Saturday, leave in the early morning or stay in a hotel outside of the city center. We are looking forward to meeting you in Amsterdam. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about the Dutch and their habits, read The UnDutchables or Xenophobe’s guide to the Dutch.
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