Nuclear Sirens

Off the chart on weirdness but something which is not so much seen as heard. On the first Monday of every month the klaxons are sounded across Amsterdam at noon testing the cities nuclear early warning system, to say this is not an eery experience is an understatement.

5 Comments »

  • Craig said:

    Als u een korte reis zou ik niet aanraden te gaan hier. Niet genoeg om te zien en betere plaatsen om te bezoeken in een weekend.

  • Helena said:

    Thanks for your comment Craig. For those who cannot read dutch the comment is…”If you have a short trip I would not recommend going here. Not enough to see and better places to visit in a weekend.” This was Paul’s entry Craig and I have to say I agree with you. Not a very girlie thing to do anyway ;)

  • Dan Lake said:

    Jesus! We, on our bikes in Vondelpark were totally freaked out hearing the sirens, it’s good to know it was a test, but not sure what use a siren would be in the case of a nuclear attack!

  • admin (author) said:

    Thanks for the comment Dan! Yeah it’s pretty nerve wracking if you hear the sirens when you don’t expect them or even know they exist! Nothing like an unexpected surprise on your holidays! ;)

  • Alex said:

    Hey guys.. I just heard the siren at 12noon, monday August 6th. Im living in Osdorp, about 25 mins away from city centre of Amsterdam. Its the first time im witnessing this strange noise and when the world is already in the state that it is, its a little worrying to know that we are being conditioned already for a nuclear attack.. I think if you hear the noise any other time than monday at noon, try to get underground, and if your with some one you love give them a big hug and tell them all the things you never had a chance to.

Add comments to help fellow travellers...

DamSquare_867675_97728607
The heart of the city and home of the original tourist trap, expect to pay premium prices for food and beer. Dam Square is where the city got its name when the River Amstel was dammed up and service the small fishing village around it which was to become “Amstelredam”. A bustling hub and full of street entertainers, eateries, and trams.
Rijsk_6004_8702
Vincent Van Gogh, a Dutch icon and arguably the most talked about artist of all time, The Rijksmuseum houses an incredible collection of the great mans work. Understandably one of the major tourist attractions in Amsterdam this spectacular angular building is open daily
img_hash
Ok, it’s a cliché to go to Amsterdam and visit a has museum but its got to be done. It can be found at Oudezids Achterburwal 148 and despite Police opposition for its existence you can still visit and see something completely unique to a European capital, a live indoor marijuana garden.
img_debelhamel
Restaurant De Belhamel’s decor gives this small but unique restaurant an extremely glamourous feel and the food matches the look…
img_yamazato
If you like Japanese Cuisine, you’ll love Yamazato. Yamazato has a real authentic feel and makes you feel like you’re dining in Japan. The atmosphere is extremely relaxed and may not be one for a romantic meal but it’s a great place for groups interested in trying Japanese food for the first time…
img_kruathaiclassic
Krua Thai Classic is a pricey but classy and reputable Thai restaurant known for it’s friendly and helpful staff. Open since 1979, the decor is surprisingly modern and the restaurant has been long known as being one of the best Thai restaurants in Amsterdam.
Bike_1253140_89205175
Bike rentals are available throughout the city. Central Station, Leidseplein and Dam Square are all the main major rental hubs in Amsterdam. Rates vary but on average they are about 8€ – check for multi-day rates discounts though! These can be as low as €4. All bikes are in good repair in general.
taxi_834776_60301090
In most cities worldwide hailing a taxi is never a problem, Amsterdam can be a bit more challenging so we’d suggest booking ahead on (city cab tel: 0900.677.7777). Alternatively head to the Taxi stands which are available at most tourist hubs Rides cost €1.80 per km regardless of the time of day and a 5%-10% tip is expected.
Metro_925075_91784311
The public transport company of Amsterdam is GVB (www.gvb.nl) which has integrated metro, tram and bus service throughout Amsterdam and its surrounding areas. For maximum convenience and handy saving they introduced the comprehensive OV-chipcard ticketing system in 2010
ferry_864935_17491971
If you have your ‘sea legs’ then this can be a fun way to go but in our opinion the least favoured mode unless you have plenty of time to travel. Hold out for cheap flight if possible however, if do want to go by ferry here are some ideas.
centralstation_83274_4063
Amsterdam has a fantastic international train service operating in and out Central Station. Our advice would be to book in advance to enjoy the best rates. Rail passes and other discounts are widely available read on for more info.
carhire_1320435_28987782
Driving to Amsterdam is pretty straight forward, however when you enter the city itself prepare to find driving and parking a challenge. We would strongly advise against it but if you do chose to drive here’s some info for you.
img_sugar_factory
Sugar Factory is on the Lijnbaansgracht 238; situated just off the Leidseplein in the heart of Amsterdams night life. The doors can be found opposite the main entrance to the Melkweg.
img_bitterzoet
Bitterzoet is one of Amsterdam’s smaller clubs and generally pulls in the younger student crowd through it’s doors…
img_studio80
Studio 80 stimulates new initiatives within the local music culture, which are supported in all aspects. Every week we offer a stage for a new generation of musicians, DJs and live acts that occur at events organized by young, enthusiastic party organizations.
Shopping5_442708_44305582
High fashion shopping area includes over 100 shops including; Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Mont Blanc, LaCoste, Strenesse, Mulberry, Players, Cosmic Cowboys, Canali, Pasta Tricolore.
Shopping1_838427_73397192
The Leidsestraat connects both the Koningsplein and the Leidseplein together and starts at the Singel canal heading south. , Leidsestraat is…
Shopping4_717442_42584294
A shopping day in Amsterdam is incomplete without paying a visit to the Kalverstraat. The…
img_hotel_linda
View the Hotel Linda website: hotellinda.nl Find out where Hotel Linda is in Amsterdam; Check…
img_sarphati
View the Sarphati Hotel website: sarphatihotel.com Find out where Sarphati Hotel is in Amsterdam; Check…
img_hotel_de_paris
View the Hotel de Paris website: hoteldeparis.nl Find out where Hotel de Paris is in…
Guide For Amsterdam Book Your Holiday