5 Things to do in April

by Tanja
Tulip garden in bloom at Begijnhof.

April in Amsterdam is a festive month with Easter and the start of Spring. In 2020 Easter starts on Good Friday13 April and last through Monday 13 April. Tulips are blooming everywhere in Amsterdam. High on the list on things to do in April in Amsterdam are a visit to Keukenhof and enjoying a rich Easter breakfast 

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. Easter weekend is a very busy weekend. Thousands of tourists visit the capital of The Netherlands. 

Easter in Amsterdam 2020

In Holland, painting hard boiled eggs, hunting for Easter eggs, the Easter bunny and chocolate are all part of Easter celebrations. Easter in Holland is spend by most people with their family. Christians may attend a service at their church. In rural areas, fires are held (paasvuur).

Most people will start Easter with a large breakfast of brunch. There is a lot of traditional Easter food: decorated boiled eggs, paasstol (loaf of bread with raisins and nuts and almonds), a butter lamb, croissants and chocolate in the shape of an egg.

TIP Avoid lines at the popular museums and order your tickets to museums online or choose an Amsterdam City Pass

5 Things To Do in April 2020 in Amsterdam

1. Visit Keukenhof

Spending Easter in Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the tulip gardens of Keukenhof. Keukenhof is the largest and most famous spring garden. You’ll find a large variety of blossoming flowers in colourful fields. In 2020 Keukenhof is open from 21 March to 10 May.

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 that grow dozens of different flowers for commercial use.

This region in Holland is called the Bulb Region (Bollenstreek). 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.

You can take an organised trip to Keukenhof or tour the area by bike, luxury car, coach, boat and even helicopter!

Tulips in bloom, Netherlands

⇒ Keukenhof and Canal Cruise 

Combine a 1-hour cruise with a visit to Keukenhof. The canal cruise in Amsterdam in  luxurious cruise boat, where you will be taken along beautiful canal-side houses in Amsterdam. 

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Tulips in bloom, Holland⇒ Keukenhof & Flowerfields & Visit to Bulbfarm 

On this outing, the coach will drive by all the beautiful flower fields on the way to the Keukenhof. Before entering Keukenhof, you will also visit a bulb farm.

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Tulip gardens in bloom Amsterdam⇒ Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans

On this day trip you will first pay a visit to the Windmills town of Zaanse Schans. Here you will taste Dutch cheese and see how the wooden clogs are made. After Zaanse Schans, the tour sets off to the flower gardens of Keukenhof. 

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2. Easter Amsterdam Things to do 2020

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 White Room

In the afternoon, taste some of Hollands’ finest beer at the Dutch Craft Beer Beer Festival at Delirium Café Amsterdam. At the entrance you buy a glass for €5 and load it with the beer of your choice for €2,50 each. There is another beer festival in Amsterdam Noord at Oedipus beer brewery: Homebrewers Festival.

In the evening, if you like salsa dancing, there is a Latin Circus Easter Edition at discotheque Escape at Rembrandtplein. There are in total 4 area’s and 8 dj’s, playing music like urban, mambo, salsa, bachata, zouk, merengue, afro house etc.

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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