5 Things to do in May

by Tanja
Things to do in May in Amsterdam

Looking for some nice things to do in May in Amsterdam? In May the weather is getting warmer. The sun sets at around 9.30 in The Netherlands so there are long days to fill. Here are 5 other ideas for things to do in May in Amsterdam.

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1. Food Festival Rolling Kitchens

Every year in May, kitchens roll into Amsterdam Westergasfabriek. These are foodtrucks serving up your favorite food. The area of Westergasfabriek is perfect entourage for this hip event. The old gas factory was converted into one big open air restaurant full of the best bars and terraces and hip stores. Try out some traditional Dutch food with a twist, treat yourself to some oysters with champaign or just munch on some fresh pizza. There is also live music and fun activities for children.

Rolling Kitchens is Amsterdam’s Food Festival in May.

Rolling Kitchens in May 2019

In 2019 the Rolling Kitchens are from Wednesday 29 May to Sunday 2 June. You can walk to Westergasfabriek from Central Station in about 30 minutes (follow Haarlemmerstraat tilll the end, cross the square, cross the bridge and walk through the Wester Park). Alternatively: take tram 10.

2. Visit the Biblical Museum

Things to do in May in Amsterdam

The Cromhout House is one of Amsterdam’s most famous Amsterdam Canal Houses. Built in the 17th century, the houses (there are actually 4 in a row, all in the same style) are exemplary for the many merchant houses that were built during the Dutch Golden Age. The owners of the Cromhout Houses were art collectors. The portraits, furnishings, silver, seashells and other curiosities form an astonishing feast for the eyes in the Cromhouthuis.

3. Things to do in May in Amsterdam: Visit Hortus Botanicus

Outdoor terrace at Hortus Amsterdam.

Want to escape the busy tourist centre of Amsterdam? The Hortus Botanicus is an oasis of green where you wander around beautiful and strange flowers and plants from all over the world. Especially in May, when so many flowers are blossoming, the hortus in Amsterdam is worth a visit.

The botanical garden in Amsterdam is one of the oldest of the world. It lies just East of the centre in the Amsterdam Jewish Quarter, near the Waterlooplein Square. It’s nice thing to do in Amsterdam wandering around the little paths and enjoy the 6.000 different kinds of tropical and indigenous trees and plants, in open air as well as a huge green house with tropical climate.

In 2019, the Hortus has a special exhibition on Plant power. There are workshops, lectures and other activities throughout the year about medicinal plants.

4. Enjoy Europe’s highest swing

The A’DAM LOOKOUT is an observation deck on top of a huge tower on the other side of the IJ Water behind Central Station in Amsterdam Noord. The observation deck gives you a panoramic view of Amsterdam. It also has a swing which takes you over the edge of the building! ‘Over the Edge’ is Europs’s highest swing: 100 meters above the ground! The A’DAM Tower is easy to reach by free ferry from behind Central Station.

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5. Watch the sunset at a Dutch beach

From Amsterdam it’s only 30 minutes by train to the beach from Amsterdam! Who knew! So if at the end of the afternoon you are tired from walking and the busy city, a fun thing to do is heading of the beach to have some food, drinks and watch the amazing sunset!

How to get to the beach

Take the train to Zandvoort (might have to change trains at Haarlem, which is also nice to visit!), walk over to the beach and choose one of the many beach restaurants. The sun in The Netherlands sets at 9 pm in the beginning of May and at around 10 pm at the end of May!


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