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Amsterdam's So Hot Right Now: New Foursquare Badge and Floriade 2012

April 5, 2012 at 6:05 PM | by | ()

Pay attention for a second. There are two things you need today. Like, right now. And they're both about the Netherlands.

First, today marks the beginning of the Floriade, a massive festival of—you guessed it—flowers. The Holland Floriade only comes around every 10 years, so this World Horticultural Festival hasn't happened since 2002. It's not in Amsterdam actually, but near the German border in the Dutch town of Venlo. There you'll find themed mini-worlds (like the real World Expo), 100+ gardens, acrobatic shows, green architecture and technology exhibits, plus Europe's biggest indoor flower show.

There's no need to rush, so long as you hit the Floriade before it closes on October 7. The high summer will of course be the busiest time, but we'd imagine that September could be ideal. Here's the official site.

Second, the location-based social networking app Foursquare released a new world city badge today. Yep—it's for Amsterdam. It's called the "IAMsterdam" badge and, after following the list of spots and checking into five of them, you'll snag it. The unlock text reads:

A true Mokummer! Your bike is your best friend, and together you’ve crossed every canal from Herengracht to Prinsengracht! You can name all the works in the Rijksmuseum, not to mention each cafe in de Wallen. After all, A’dam is known for its...coffee.

[Photo: sallysetsforth]

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