Looking for things to do in April in Amsterdam in 2018? April is the festive month with Easter and the beginning of Spring. In Holland, painting hard boiled eggs and egg hunts, the easter bunny and chocolate are all part of Easter celebrations.
During Easter in Amsterdam, most museums and shops in the centre are open to the public. Easter weekend in Amsterdam is one of the city’s busiest weekends, so if you want to visit the Anne Frank museum, Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum, try to buy tickets in advance online, so you won’t spend your time waiting in line. Many attractions celebrate the Easter weekend in Amsterdam with special events.
5 Things To Do in April 2018 in Amsterdam
1. Visit tulip gardens of Keukenhof 2018
Spending Easter in Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Keukenhof. Keukenhof is the largest and most famous spring garden. You’ll find a large variety of blossoming flowers in colourful fields. In 2018 Keukenhof is open from March 22 to May 13.
The flower bulb fields of Keukenhof are there only for show. Between the city of Haarlem and Leiden there are many large Dutch flower fields. The flowers here, gladioli, hyacinths, lilies, narcissi, daffodils, crocuses, irises, dahlias and tulips grow here for commercial purpose. We call this region the Bollenstreek (the Bulb Region).
Biking around the Dutch flower fields
You can bike around these fields as well. Try to rent a bike for a day in Amsterdam and take the bike in the train to either Haarlem or Leiden. Ask the tourist information office, for example at Amsterdam Central Station or the bike rental shops for maps with suggested bike routes in the bulb region.
Keukenhof is located in Lisse, between The Hague (Den Haag) and Amsterdam. From Amsterdam you can take a train to Schiphol Airport or Leiden and take the Arriva Keukenhof Express bus (bus 858) from there. Entrance to Keukenhof is €16,-.
Combine an hour-long cruise with a visit to the Keukenhof. Come to Keukenhof, housing the world’s most beautiful spring garden.
Then you have the option to step in a luxurious cruise boat, where you will be taken along: beautiful imposing canal-side houses. You can choose which of the two visits you want to do first, so you could do the canal tour first, and then visit the Keukenhof.
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Come and see the enchanting city of the Windmills (Zaanse Schans), taste its cheese and see how the wooden clogs are made. After that, the tours sets off to the heavenly garden of Keukenhof. All with an English speaking guide.
2. Easter Amsterdam brunch
Many of Amsterdam’s finest hotels serve luxury Easter brunches and High Teas. Try the Easter brunch in Amsterdam in Hotel The Grand, Andaz or the Amstel Hotel. Vegans might find an Easter brunch in Amsterdam Dophert a more budget and animal friendly choice. Easter Monday Amsterdam hotspot Pllek organises a classical brunch: classical music combined with a 6-course brunch.
3. Cuddle a chick at the Zoo
Children are invited to the Amsterdam Artis Zoo during Easter weekend in Amsterdam. All kinds of special events are taking place. Kids can cuddle with the young animals like chicks, rabbits and mice. From 11:00 tot 16:00 the Zoo shows the children who an egg become 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.
eople 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.