Every year in early August, Amsterdam celebrates the equality of straight, gay, lesbian and transgender people. The Canal Parade is of course the most famous event at Gay Pride in Amsterdam.
The most famous event at Gay Pride in Amsterdam is the Canal Parade: a string of gaudily decorated boats sailing on the Prinsengracht canal and part of the Amstel. The parade is held on the first Saturday in August and draws countless visitors every year. Thousands of people stand along the canals to see the parade and celebrate equal rights for all. It is Holland’s way of showing that it welcomes and accepts of people of all sexual orientations, including gays, lesbians, and transgenders. Tip: if you want to experience the parade, be there early to find a good place along the canal so you will have a good view.
Other activities during Gay Pride in Amsterdam?
There are big parties in several places throughout the city. The Reguliersdwarsstraat in particular is crowded for a huge party. The street is well known for its countless LGBTI-friendly bars and clubs. You can also party until the early hours on Rembrandtplein, Zeedijk, and Nieuwmarkt. Gay Pride organizes a cultural program and a range of exhibitions and movie events every year. Good to know: You will find LGBTI-friendly bars and clubs in several places throughout Amsterdam, not just during Gay Pride but all year long.
No cities are like Amsterdam, sexy, vivid, shining and stunning, and exceptional! From historical museums to red light district, fairy-tale architectures to coffee shops, bunches of tulips to excellent Dutch cheese…what can you expect more for this freewheeling glorious city!
Best of Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum
Let Van Gogh overwhelm you with his amazing works and find out how he influenced the art history .No other place in the world has so many paintings of Vincent van Gogh under one roof. The collection consists of more than 200 canvases, 500 drawings and 750 written documents. Together these provide a fantastic insight into his life and work.
A visit to Amsterdam isn’t complete without enjoying the canals. They are a symbol of Amsterdam and of great cultural and historical value. According to UNESCO, the canals are cultural heritage of “outstanding universal value”. The city of Amsterdam also does its utter best to maintain and protect the canals. Enough reasons for you to discover the Venice of the North: the canals of Amsterdam.
Red light district
While most major cities in the world have a ‘Red Light District’, none are quite as touristy as Amsterdam’s or its Red Light District. Amsterdam has three of these districts, however, ‘De Wallen’ in the city center is the largest and best known. This quarter of Amsterdam is one of the oldest parts of the city. The mansions along the canals and the Oude Kerk (Old Church) are worth a look at, but it’s hard not be distracted by the many sex clubs and window prostitutes.
Floating flower market
The floating flower market was first held in 1862. It has since developed into the best-known flower market of Holland. Whatever your favorite flower is, you are bound to find it here. Merchandise ranges from the traditional Dutch tulips and geraniums to indoor cypresses and plants. Along this part of the Singel canal you’ll also find a lot of souvenirs shops.
The Heineken experience
It is not a museum, it is the Heineken Experience. The former Heineken brewery is equipped with the latest multimedia to make you see, hear, smell, taste and enjoy Heineken.The Heineken Experience starts at the base: the ingredients and 150 years of brewing craftsmanship. Then you’ll get a 4D-experience what it’s like to be brewed and bottled. More interactive fun is followed by a Heineken show. Finally, you’ll end the experience with a well deserved beer.
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