Social distancing restrictions will again be tightened in the Netherlands if the crowds which gathered in celebration of an incredibly sunny Ascension Day are any indication of the upcoming summer, said Hubert Bruls, who chairs the council which oversees the country's 25 emergency services regions. "If this is the picture of summer, we'll have a summer with a lot of limitations," said Bruls, who also serves as the mayor of Nijmegen.
A massive 450 thousand people enjoyed the hot weather this weekend by visiting Amsterdam's performance festival Uitmarkt. During the official kick-off to the Netherlands festival season, theater groups, musicians, dancers, comedians, writers and other exhibitions showcased what can be seen in the Netherlands this festival season, Het Parool reports.
The police confiscated flyers handed out by pedophile group Kinderbevrijdingsfront during the Pride Walk in Amsterdam on Saturday. According to the police, the flyers were seized because of bystanders' severely upset reactions to them. "This man handed out flyers in the Vondelpark and the organization of the Pride Walk did not want that", a police spokesperson said to Het Parool.
People in Amsterdam received a frightening wake-up call when a large explosion rattled windows and shook floors early Saturday morning. The blast took place on the Korte van Eeghenstraat in Amsterdam Zuid at about 4:25 a.m.
There were no serious injuries, though two people were treated by ambulance personnel at the scene, according to broadcaster AT5. The explosion caused property damage to buildings and vehicles, police said. A reporter for the broadcaster said the explosion occurred beneath or next to a parked car in front of the Park View Hotel.
This winter's first skating marathon on natural ice will happen in Haaksbergen on Monday night. The ice on skating club IJSCH's rink was between 4 and 5 centimeters thick on Monday morning, thick enough for a marathon, national skating union KNSB announced on Twitter.
The marathon will start at 7:00 p.m. for women and 8:00 p.m. for men. Last year Simon Schouten and Manon Kamminga won the season's first skating marathon on natural ice, NU.nl reports.
The Amsterdam police found a hand grenade in front of an hotel on Korte van Eeghenstraat, near one of the entrances to Vondelpark, during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department dismantled and removed the device, the police said in a statement.
A hotel employee heard a noise at the hotel's front door around 2:30 a.m., according to the police. When he went outside to check what was going on, he found the grenade.
The police arrested a 48-year-old scooter rider for assaulting a taxi driver in a road rage incident on Stadshouderskade in Amsterdam last week Monday. The taxi driver had to be hospitalized. The suspect confessed to the crime, the police said in a statement.
Vondelpark is the only place in Amsterdam that meets the strict air quality standards of the World Health Organization, according to the city's annual publication Amsterdam in figures 2017. Air quality in the rest of the city is improving, but the air still contains too much particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide, RTL Nieuws reports.
Air quality was measured in ten spots throughout the Dutch capital for this publication. In the area of particulate matter, air quality in Amsterdam does meet the European standards, which are less stringent than those of the WHO.
Parents are refusing to let their kids play football on the ASV Arsenal fields due to renewed concerns that the rubber granules used in artificial turf may be toxic. In the mean time, the ASV Arsenal team is training in the Vondelpark, AT5 reports.
As of January 1st beer bikes are no longer welcome in large parts of Amsterdam city center. The municipality decided they cause too much trouble
From Saturday Amsterdam will be hosting EuroPride, the European version of Gay Pride. This year the festival consists of over 200 activities, conferences and debates under the motto is "Join our freedom, feel free to join us"
A number of artists will be holding a concert in Vondelpark in Amsterdam on Monday afternoon in an effort to save NPO Radio 6. The announcement that NPO plans to stop Radio 6 from next year was announced in March. The artists want to stop this from happening, because otherwise there will be too little jazz heard on the radio.
King Willem-Alexander's birthday will be celebrated across the Netherlands on Monday.
The association Vrienden van het Vondelpark - Friends of the Vondelpark - wants a barbecue ban in the park as they believe it would significantly reduce the level of pollution. The association announced on their Facebook page.
As many as seventy failed asylum seekers, evicted from their long-time squat in Amsterdam, entered the city's Vondelpark late Wednesday afternoon. It is not known if they plan to pitch tents or spend the night in the park, a spokesman said.
Amsterdam police are extending the search for the missing Norwegian man Tore Grødem during the coming days. The 21-year-old went vanished on December 19th after he left the Escape nightclub in Rembrandtplein to take cash out of his account.
A aggressive dog attacked and bit a police officer in Vondelpark, Amsterdam this morning. The police officer shot the dog in the leg. Both had to go for treatment.
An 18-year-old boy became the victim of a violent bike theft in the Vondelpark in Amsterdam early Saturday morning around 5:10, during which he sustained a head injury.
The association "Friends of Vondelpark" received sixteen complaints last year from neighbors, complaining play grounds in the park have been taken over by "boot campers."
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: the violent autumn storm that passed over The Netherlands, two dead by fire in wind turbine, top Dutch baseball players, violence against gay people in Vondelpark, and the death of Bonfire.