April in Amsterdam is a festive month with Easter and the start of Spring. In 2021 Easter starts on Good Friday 2 April and lasts through Monday 5 April. High on the list of things to do in April in Amsterdam is seeing the blooming flower fields and enjoying an Easter breakfast with eggs and chocolate.
5 Things to do in April 2021 in Amsterdam
Easter weekend is a very busy weekend in April in Amsterdam. Due to the coronavirus, there will not be a lot of tourists this year. Although Easter is a national holiday and businesses and schools will be closed, most museums and shops in the center of Amsterdam will be open as usual. But there are more interesting things to do in Amsterdam in April. Here are some ideas:
1. Go see the amazing fields of blooming flowers
You cannot spend Easter in Amsterdam without visiting the tulip gardens of Keukenhof. Keukenhof is the largest and most famous spring garden. You’ll find an overwhelming variety of blossoming flowers in colorful fields.
In 2021 Keukenhof is open from 2 March to 9 May.
Between the city of Haarlem and Leiden there are many large Dutch flower fields that grow dozens of different flowers for commercial use. Among the flowers that grow here are: gladioli, hyacinths, lilies, narcissi, daffodils, crocuses, irises, dahlias, and tulips. These fields are a spectacular sight to see! There are many ways to visit the Bulb Region.
Combine a 1-hour cruise with a visit to Keukenhof. The canal cruise in Amsterdam in a luxurious cruise boat, where you will be taken along beautiful canal-side houses in Amsterdam.
2. Indulge in a luxurious Easter Brunch
Easter in Amsterdam means there are a lot of things to do. One of the best ways to start the day is by enjoying a special Easter Brunch. Many of Amsterdam’s finest hotels serve luxury Easter brunches and High Teas. Highly recommended are the Easter brunch at Hotel Okura and Amstel Hotel. Or head off to the hotel Krasnapolsky for a Easter Sunday Brunch a their beautiful White Room.
3. Cuddle a chick at the Zoo
Are you visiting Amsterdam with kids? The Amsterdam Artis Royal Zoo has all kinds of special activities, including an Easter brunch among the animals. Kids can cuddle with the young animals like chicks, rabbits and mice. And the Zoo staff show children how an egg becomes a chicken.
4. Celebrate Easter in Amsterdam with St. Matthew Passion
Bach’s Matthäus Passion or St Matthew Passion has become a synonym of celebrating Easter in Amsterdam.
People gather in Amsterdam churches and concert buildings to listen to orchestras and choirs play and sing the scared oratorio. Groups of people form a temporary choir and perform their version of Bach’s masterpiece of classical sacred music during Easter. At some concerts, the audience is welcome to sing a long.
More information about sing-along-events in Amsterdam, check www.singalongevents.nl. More information and tickets about concerts of Mattaus-Passion by J.S Bach at Concertgebouw; at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ,
5. Amsterdam Easter Tulip Festival
To celebrate the blooming of the tulip inside the city of Amsterdam, the tulip festival brings the typical Dutch flower back into the city. The aim is to plant one tulip for each individual citizen of Amsterdam. To reach that goal, over 800.000 tulips are to be planted in the city. Many Amsterdam museums participate in the Amsterdam Tulip Festival, to make sure you will see a great amount of tulips in bloom during Easter in Amsterdam.
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