10 things to do this Easter in Amsterdam
Easter is the perfect spring holiday and a great way to spend this weekend is in Amsterdam. The odds of good weather are high this year so let's go outside and enjoy the sun and everything spring has to offer in Amsterdam and its surroundings.
1. A tour to the Keukenhof Gardens
The most amazing spring getaway is a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens. Start your trip in Amsterdam and hop on one of our tour buses to the Keukenhof. Here you’ll revel in the sight of millions of blooming bulbs. The perfect photo opportunity and also the perfect Easter getaway. During Easter, there is a special event in the Keukenhof called Melloy Yellow. You can help decorate a large-sized Easter egg with flowers!
2. Picnic in a park
Another way to soak up some sun is in one of the many parks in Amsterdam. Go to the Westerpark for example, here you can sit beside the water, fold out your picnic blanket and relax. You can also go to the Oosterpark where you can make use of public barbeques. So bring some meat, vegetables, and bread and cook up your own meal. This Easter you won’t go hungry.
3. Go on a Canal Cruise in a Semi-open boat
Seeing Amsterdam from the water should always be on you to do list when visiting the Dutch capital. There is just nothing like the view from the canals. Stare up at the wonderfully crooked canal houses that line the banks. Watch out for your head when you sail underneath one of the century-old bridges and simply enjoy the ride. Opt for a semi-open boat to feel the rays of the sun on your face during the cruise.
4. Visit ARTIS
Since Easter is undoubtedly connected to animals from bunnies to baby chicks, a visit to ARTIS Royal Zoo is a wonderful choice. Fun for young and old, the Amsterdam zoo is filled with animals from all over the world. During Easter, there is a special tour called ‘Paren, baren en eieren leggen’ which means ‘mate, give birth and lay eggs’. The experienced guide will show you which animals and plants lay eggs. For example, did you know that sharks also lay eggs?
5. Passion concert
During Easter, you can go to a classical composition of the Matthaus-Passion in multiple concert venues and churches in Amsterdam. This composition is always a favorite around Easter. Go to the Concertgebouw for a grand performance conducted by Pieter Jan Leusink or visit a church such as the Dominiscuskerk or the New Church where there will also be performances.
6. Go to an Easter market
If you favor some shopping during Easter you can go to one of the many markets in Amsterdam that are also open during this holiday. Go look for some Easter deals at the Albert Cuypmarkt, Dappermarkt or Nieuwmarkt. Every neighborhood in Amsterdam has its own market that you can go to. So you’ll never have to go far to find what you’re looking for.
7. Go to Giethoorn
Escape the busy city and opt for a tranquil adventure to Giehoorn. Giethoorn is a small town without any roads. People get around by using a boat! This fairytale-like village is perfect for an Eastern visit. It is easy to get to Giethoorn from Amsterdam. The tour leaves from Amsterdam Central Station and a comfortable bus will bring you to the town.
8. Easter brunch
Food and Easter go together perfectly and especially the brunch is a favorite during this holiday. Many cafés and restaurants in Amsterdam have special Easter brunch menus. Go to the Jordaan or the Negen Straatjes for example and munch on eggs, bread, chocolate, and other delicious food and drinks.
9. Go to Muiderslot
If you want to do something different then go visit a castle this Easter. Near Amsterdam, you can find Castle Muiderslot. On both Easter days you can watch a birds of prey show and watch the magnificent birds up-close. The entire castle is also decorated with tulips in vases from original Delfts blue ceramic. A really great day out for young and old.
10. See the Dutch countryside
Make a trip through the Dutch countryside during this Easter break and visit the iconic Dutch windmills. Start your tour in Amsterdam and let an experienced guide lead you to all the must-visit places around Amsterdam. The spring weather will make everything look even more beautiful, so don’t forget your camera.