Since around 1890, Queen’s Day has routinely been the biggest, brashest, maddest street party in Amsterdam, celebrated in a sea of orange on April 30 in honor of the Dutch monarch, Queen Beatrix. The year 2014 is set to be different, however, as preparations are made for the first Koningsdag (King’s Day) in Amsterdam.
Category: Festivals & Events
March 13, 2014
Spring is upon us and Amsterdam is due to burst into bud any minute; the parks will explode into bloom and trees blossom along the canals. Tulipmania is almost upon the city once more as the flower tourists arrive from across the world in their thousands to see spring flowers near Amsterdam. For the back story on the tulip madness that almost scuppered the country in 1637, visit the Amsterdam Tulip Museum; read on for where to see spring flowers near Amsterdam.
Win 2 Tickets for an Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Canal Cruise PLUS a Diamond from Gassan Diamonds!
February 3, 2014
Catch the highlights of Amsterdam on a hop-on hop-off tour and canal cruise that includes stops at the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum and Heineken Experience. There’s also a visit to the Gassan Diamonds factory, which allows spectators to watch the talented workers turn rough diamonds into exquisitely polished stones! This month, one lucky winner will be awarded two tickets for this hop-on hop-off tour and canal cruise PLUS a Gassan diamond worth €500!
January 20, 2014
Stuck for something special to do on Valentine’s Day? Although Paris is always tagged as the city of lovers in Europe, you’ll still hit the jackpot by booking surprise tickets to romantic Amsterdam to treat your loved one to a weekend of pampering – it’s no longer the city of drunken stag parties and sshhh! It’s far better value than Paris!
December 19, 2013
The year 2013 sees the second celebration of the Amsterdam Light Festival following its hugely successful inaugural year and this year it’s set to be massive. The city will come alive once more with magical laser shows piercing the night sky and startling illuminations glinting off the canals, adding even more festive gaiety to streets already enjoying the run up to Christmas in splendid style.
November 21, 2013
Christmas preparations kick off in mid-November in Amsterdam, when the streets are adorned with Christmas lights and store windows decorated with festive scenes. Celebrating Christmas in Amsterdam starts in the third weekend of November, when Sinterklaas and his helpers arrive in the city and sail down the Amstel River before parading through Amsterdam’s streets, which are lined with cheering youngsters.
October 18, 2013
Until recently Halloween was not commonly celebrated in Amsterdam; the Dutch equivalent is St Martin’s Day on November 11, when kids sing in the streets for rewards of sweets, but this is a celebration of random acts of kindness rather than the dark underbelly of black magic and horror. However, in the last few years, Halloween in Amsterdam has become big business.
October 17, 2013
Every year Amsterdam plays host to the biggest dance- and electronic-music club-based event in the world, importing 2,000 international musicians and artists into more than 70 clubs, pubs and theaters across the city for five days of hard partying, gigs and shows – Amsterdam Dance Event 2013 dates are October 16 through 20.
October 10, 2013
The annual night-time opening of around 50 of Amsterdam’s museums has become one of the city’s best-loved festivals. The date for Amsterdam Museum Night in 2013 is Saturday, November 2, which will see museums great and small open their doors from 7pm-2am, putting on workshops, special exhibitions, poetry readings, bands and DJs as well as offering food and wine to all comers.
September 26, 2013
Located in Museumplein alongside the its heavyweight compatriots the Stedelijk and Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum re-opened its doors in May after a period of renovation. Houses in a building designed by Dutch De Stijl architect Gerrit Rietveld, the museum is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013 with an exhibition entitled ‘Van Gogh at Work’.