Amsterdam in Spring Time
Amsterdam is a glorious place to visit in the spring – the trees come into leaf, the parks are beautiful as the flowers start to bloom and locals turn up in droves to enjoy the sun in parks or outdoor cafés. It's a great time visit and here are some our highlights for spring in the city.
Our top tips for visiting Amsterdam are:
- Book a hotel that doesn’t require a tram ride home. It’s much nicer to experience Amsterdam on foot.
- Duck into one of the cozy brown cafés. (Not to be confused with the 'Coffee Shops'!) These old, often dark-wood-paneled bars scattered all over the city are a great place to stop in for a beer and a snack.
- Shop the “Nine Streets,” an area encompassin nine narrow streets filled with boutiques. The price tags in these shops can be pretty high but discover the vintage and secondhand stores for some great bargains.
Amsterdam has about 750,000 elm trees lining its canals, and between April and May their small white flowers drift onto the ground, looking like a confetti or snow. A festival celebrating the phenomenon, Springsnow runs from April 21 to May 21 in 2015 with a 5 mile walking or cycling route call 'The Elm Route' organised. It starts at the elm arbotoreum and ends up at Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world.
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The iconic Tulips of Amsterdam usually blooms around mid April and the displays at Keukenhof Gardens are spectacular, with over 7 million vivid red, pink, purple, orange and yellow flowers. The gardens only open for two months of the year (mid March to Mid May) and are located in Lisse, South Holland. The park opens from 8am to 7.30pm and early morning or evenings are less crowded and the light is better for taking photographs. If the tulips have not yet bloomed, you can see narcissi and hyacinths, followed by dahlias and lilies.
Once a year, for one week, up to 20 museums in Amsterdam have reduced entry and offer special programmes. In 2015 Museum week will take place from April 18 to 24. Not all museums take part but it's a great opportunity to visit the lesser known ones such as the Tropenmuseum. It is a busy time so it's worth booking in advance for Anne Frank House where the queues can be quite long.
The Amsterdam City Card can be purchased for 24/48 or 72 hours and offers free entry and a range of discounts to the city's attractions. If you are planning to travel further afield then add the Regional Day Ticket to you pass.
For many years celebrated as Queen’s Day, this national event became King’s Day in 2013 after Queen Beatrix stepped down as Holland’s longest-serving monarch and her son Willem-Alexander became king. In 2015 this day will take place on April 27. The atmosphere is fantastic, though: the night before there’s a giant party pretty much everywhere (clubs, bars, canal boats) and on the day there are child-friendly markets, and people gathering in customary orange to sing folk songs.
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