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 pm in The Netherlands so there are long days to fill. Here are some ideas your guide book didn’t mention to do: like a true Amsterdam hipster market in an old gas plant, Europe’s highest swing and watching the sunset at the beach.
On 5 of May The Netherlands celebrates its liberation from the Nazi occupation during WW II. You can enjoy the celebrations by attending the Liberation Festival at Westergasfabriek where many bands will play. At Museum Square there is a bonfire and Dutch musicians and poets perform. Here are 5 other ideas for things to do in May in Amsterdam.
1. Rolling Kitchens
Every year in May, the kitchens roll into Amsterdam Westergasfabriek. We’re talking foodtrucks serving up your fav food. The area of Westergasfabriek is perfect entourage for this hip event. The old gas factory was converted into a cool area 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.
In 2017 Rolling Kitchens are from Wednesday 24 to Sunday 27 May. Food is served from 13.00 to 23.00. (1-11 pm). 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 Amsterdam Canal House Cromhouthuis
The Cromhout House is one of Amsterdam’s most famous Amsterdam Canal Houses. Built in the17th 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.
Special Exhibition in May 2017
From March 31 till June 18 2017, the Amsterdam Cromhout House hosts beautiful paintings and illustrations of the natural world made by naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647 – 1717). The exhibition The Treasury Collection: Works by Maria Sibylla Merian features her paintings and illustrations based on her research into caterpillars, butterflies and other insects. A great thing to do in May 2017 in Amsterdam is visiting the Cromhout House while this expo is on.
3. Things to do in May in Amsterdam: Visit Hortus Botanicus
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.
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 Waterloo 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.
Free Tour Every Sunday
Every Sunday at 2 pm there is a free tour where a guide will take you through the gardens and greenhouses and show you the hiddens secrets of this Amsterdam gem.
Photography Exhibition in May 2017
Till 18 June 2017, the Hortus Botanicus hosts a special photography exhibition: the International Garden Photographer of the Year, a competition of botanical photography.
4. Enjoy Europe’s highest swing
The A’DAM Tower is one of Amsterdam latest ads. It’s a huge tower on the other side of the IJ Water behind Central Station. The observation deck A’Dam LOOKOUT gives you an amazing panoramic view of Amsterdam. It also has a swing which takes you over the edge of the building! Entrance to A’DAM LOOKOUT is €12,50. If you just want to enjoy the view for free, take the elevator for free to bar/restaurant Madam and enjoy the view from there. The A’DAM Tower is very easy to reach by free ferry from behind Central Station.
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!