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Kruidvat Day Train Tickets Oct 2014-Jan 2015

The Kruidvat train day tickets are once again available for sale. You can purchase these over-the-counter at Kruidvat chemist stores or online between 7 and 19 October 2014, subject to availability. These tickets are one of the best travel bargains in the Netherlands.

kruidvat day ticket offer october 2014

The Trein Dagkaart (train day ticket) costs just €13.99 – it offers 1 day of unlimited travel on the entire Dutch rail network. The ticket is valid for for travel at weekends only between 11 October 2014 and 25 January 2014.

The Kruidvat ticket is basically a disposable OV-chip card. You must check-in and check-out of your journey when travelling with NS trains by holding the ticket against the special card readers on the platforms.

The train ticket is valid on all other domestic Dutch train companies – Arriva, Breng, Connexxion, Syntus and Veolia – these require that you date stamp your ticket before travel using the yellow stamping machines on the platforms.

Travel is also valid on Intercity Direct and ICE International trains with the appropriate domestic supplement; it is not valid on the Thalys.

The best use of these tickets is to take a long journey to the likes of Maastricht or Groningen or perhaps make multiple stopovers during the day. One thing to bear in mind – these tickets cover part of the winter period. Any severe winter weather can disrupt train services significantly.

Should you wish to purchase these ticket(s) you need to hurry to a Kruidvat store as they are popular and can sell out quickly. A maximum of 2 tickets per client is available. Online sales are also possible at with payment by iDeal (Dutch bank transfer), Mastercard and Visa – these are for Dutch address delivery only, foreign delivery is not possible.

Kruidvat is a nationwide chemist chain with stores in most towns and cities. There are 10 Kruidvat stores in Amsterdam:

Nieuwendijk 160 (closest to centre, near Dam)
Jodenbreestraat 96
Regulierbreestraat 22
Bilderdijkstraat 73-87
V-Limburg-Stirumstraat 58
Ferdinand Bolstraat 33-39
van Woustraat 98-102
Dapperplein 62
Linnaeusstraat 70-72
Kinkerstraat 244

IJ-Hallen flea market in Amsterdam

IJ-Hallen is a flea market which takes place monthly over a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at NDSM wharf in the north of Amsterdam. With around 750 stalls it is the largest regular flea market in the Netherlands and one of the biggest in Europe.

IJ-Hallen at NDSM wharf Amsterdam

NDSM wharf can be easily reached from the back of Amsterdam Central station by hopping on the free GVB ferry. The trip takes about 15 minutes and offers some great views of the IJ river and Amsterdam’s waterfront development.

On arrival it is a short walk towards the 2 large shipyard buidings that host the market. Entrance is €4.50 for adults and €2 for children 0-11.

There are a number of outside stalls selling larger items (bikes, furniture etc) though the bulk of the action is inside the hangar-like buildings. You will find all manner of bric-a-brac for sale and it is a little reminiscent of the King’s Day free market in April. On our visit we would estimate about 2/3 of the stalls were selling clothes.

IJ-Hallen Amsterdam

IJ-Hallen Amsterdam flea market

Prices are cheap and open to negotiation. This is not really the place to look for high-end antiques though you might find that gem of a bargain if you get there early. Most of the stall-holders are hobbyists and amateurs – stalls are available for rent from €29 per day – they do sell out in advance.

IJ-Hallen flea market Amsterdam

IJ-Hallen market clock stall

If you wish to temporarily leave the market then get a stamp on your hand which will allow you to re-enter later on that day. There are a number of good cafés around NDSM wharf such as IJKantine, Noorderlicht and Pllek; the area itself has a unique, ecclectic atmosphere.

Just a couple of things to watch out for – obviously pickpockets; also mind your step inside the buidlings as the floors can be uneven in places.

For those coming by car there are cheap parking facilities on-site.

If you enjoy flea markets then a visit to IJ-Hallen will make for a fun-filled few hours.

See our what’s on in Amsterdam section for IJ-Hallen dates or check the IJ-Hallen site.


Football Hallelujah! at Amsterdam Museum

Football Hallelujah! (Voetbal Halleluja!) is the latest temporary exhibition at Amsterdam Museum. It looks at football as the new religion symbolised by fans making pilgrimages to cathedral-like stadiums. This fascinating exhibition will be of great interest to any sport enthusiasts and runs between 12 September 2014 to 4 January 2015.

The striking image of Diego Maradona in prayer is used as the exhibition logo.

football halleluyah! at Amsterdam Museum

The exhibition has been very well curated and tackles the sport from various angles using photos, video, audio and memorabilia. Of interest is the look at fan rituals – such as prayers before games or Orange-decked Dutch supporters – to the more heated rivalries, like that between Dutch clubs Ajax (Amsterdam) and Feyenoord (Rotterdam). It also covers some negative aspects of the sport such as violence, ultras, hooliganism and racism.

On display are the following thought-provoking “dual” shirts – a combined Germany-Holland shirt, great country rivals and neighbours who played the 1974 World Cup final less than 30 years after World War 2; an Israel-Ajax shirt, which shows the Jewish identity taken on by fans of Ajax; a Morocco-Holland shirt identifying the mixed allegiance of many Dutch Moroccans; a shirt of the 3 Istanbul clubs combined, supported by many Dutch Turks; a Rangers-Celtic shirt, Old Firm rivals from Glasgow.

football halleluyah shirts

The exhibition has a rich collection of memorabilia on show such as an Ajax player shirt, a pair of Maradona-worn Argentina shorts and Daley Blind’s Holland shirt from the World Cup 2014 match against Spain. Perhaps the most iconic piece is Marco Van Basten’s Holland shirt worn during the Euro 88 final against the Soviet Union when he scored that remarkable volley.

marco van basten euro 88 shirt

ajax shirt football halleluyah

There is a free audio tour with the exhibition.

This is a must-see for all football fans whether expats, residents or those just visiting Amsterdam. All info is labelled in both Dutch and English.

Entry is included with the standard admission to Amsterdam Museum at Kalverstraat 92 / Sint Luciënsteeg 27. The permanent collection also includes a small section on 1970s Ajax and Johan Cruyff.

The exhibition is held in conjunction with Historisches Museum Basel and will also tour around various European locations in the future.

KLM 95 year journey exhibition in Amstelveen

KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij or Royal Dutch Airlines) is the Dutch national carrier which today is part of the Air France-KLM group. KLM was founded way back on 7 October 1919 which makes it the oldest airline in the world still flying today. It held it’s first flight in 1920 from London (Croydon) to Amsterdam. klm exhibition
To celebrate it’s 95th anniversary, KLM has organised a small exhibition at the Museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen which reflects on the airline’s past and also looks to the future.klm 95 year anniversary exhibitionklm 95 year exhibition
The most fascinating part of the exhibition is a look at how the aircraft on-board seating and service has evolved over time – from the very basic wooden chairs used in the 1920s, the more comfortable seating from the 1950s right throught to the era of mass jet travel. You will also see how KLM’s flight attendant uniforms and onboard crockery have changed over the years.

Other parts of the exhibition include various photos, posters and logos, a wall featuring covers of the Holland Herald (KLM’s inflight magazine), a display of KLM’s well known Delft blue miniature houses (given to long-haul business class passengers) and various aircraft models.klm exhibition amstelveenklm delft blue houses miniatures exhibition

The final part of the exhibition is a film of KLM employees looking to the future and a mock-up of the current business class seating.

If you have any interest in aviation the exhibition is worth a visit although the location is a little bit out-of-the-way. Museum Jan van der Togt is at Dorpstraat 50, about a 10 minute walk from the centre of Amstelveen – just follow the signs from the CoBrA museum. Amstelveen, a town south of Amsterdam, can be reached by tram 5, metro 51 or buses 142, 170 or 172.

The Jan van der Togt museum has a permanent modern art collection of glassware, paintings and sculptures. It is open Wed-Fri 1100-1700, Sat-Sun 1300-1700. Note, closed Mon and Tue.

Exploring KLM’s 95-Year Journey only runs between 19th September to 12th October 2014. Admission costs €6 for adults, free entry to children 0-11 and Museumkaart holders.

Having seen a similar Qantas exhibition at Sydney airport, we feel KLM and Schiphol are possibly missing a trick – they should get something permanent set-up at Schiphol airport – perhaps before the centenary.