Sauna Nieuwezijds: identification required

Sauna Nieuwezijds: identification required

Amsterdam’s gay sauna ‘Sauna Nieuwezijds’ has made it obligatory for guests to show identification on entrance. The measure has caused some confusion and controversy. Sauna Nieuwezijds took the measure in July, according to the website ‘For your own safety and ours’. In this article the facts and some questions for the owner, Elard Diekman. On the Sauna’s Facebook page, this raised some debate amongst customers. It lead to all kinds of speculations as to why the…

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It’s final: Thermos sauna bankrupt

It’s final: Thermos sauna bankrupt

There was some hope that, maybe, the Thermos could be sold to another party, and continue to exist, but last week, the Amsterdam court declared the world-famous sauna bankrupt. All 27 employees have been fired, and the sauna is closed.   Yet, the owner (Mr Jan Kuipers, 73) still hopes the sauna can be taken over by a new entrepreneur. He believes the Thermos is of monumental value, very much part of the history of…

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And the winner is Amsterdam

And the winner is Amsterdam

Every year the Gaysite.nl website asks its Dutch readers to vote for their favorite gay bar, sauna, party and club in Holland. For years the Dutch gays voted for localities in cities like Rotterdam, Utrecht and Apeldoorn. But for 2014 Amsterdam made a big come back, with scooping up victories in 3 out of the 4 categories (article in Dutch). Winners Most popular gay bar in Holland is bar Prik: one of our favorites in…

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Sauna Nieuwezijds opened (and closed again for a few days)

Sauna Nieuwezijds opened (and closed again for a few days)

The new gay sauna in Amsterdam, Sauna Nieuwezijds, had a busy testrun, from Friday December 6 to Monday morning December 9. From Friday noon until Monday morning, permanently, the public could enter the sauna for only € 2,-. The result was long lines, and thousands of visitors. On its Facebook page, the management let us know that they will now close for a couple of days to evaluate the results. Many men in the scene applaud…

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Interview Sauna Nieuwezijds – ‘Nothing special, just the best of all gay baths I visited’

Interview Sauna Nieuwezijds – ‘Nothing special, just the best of all gay baths I visited’

(NOTE: the opening weekend of Sauna Nieuwezijds has been postponed to Friday December 6, at noon.) Amsterdam is expecting a major new player in the gay scene: Sauna Nieuwezijds (NZ) has announced its arrival in the heart of Amsterdam, due to open the end of November. This made us curious about who is behind this: so we met with Elard Diekman. How did you get the idea to create a new gay sauna? E.D: I…

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