5 Things to do in April

by Tanja
Tulip garden in bloom at Begijnhof.

Looking for things to do in April in Amsterdam in 2019? Tulips are blossoming, birds are singing, spring is in the air in April in Amsterdam. April is a festive month with Easter and the start of Spring. In 2019 Easter is on Sunday 21 and Monday 22 April. 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 in Amsterdam 2019

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.

In Amsterdam, the Easter weekend runs from 19 to 22 April. The Easter weekend is a very busy weekend in Amsterdam because thousands of tourists visit the capital of The Netherlands.

It is advised to buy tickets of the popular museums, such as Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum, try to buy tickets in advance online, so you won’t spend your time waiting in line.

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5  Things To Do in April 2019 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 2019 Keukenhof is open from 21 March to 19 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.

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Bike around the Dutch flower fields

You can take tour in a car or bike around in the Dutch bulb region. these 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.

You can also see the Dutch flower fields on an organised trip or tour by luxury car, bus, boat and even helicopter!:

Tulips in bloom, Netherlands

Tulips in Bloom in Keukenhof gardens.

⇒ Keukenhof and canal cruise 

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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Tulips in bloom, Holland⇒ Keukenhof & Flowerfields & visit to bulbfarm 

On the way to the Keukenhof, the coach will drive by beautiful flower fields full of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Before entering Keukenhof, you will visit a bulb farm.

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Tulip gardens in bloom Amsterdam⇒ Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans €95

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.

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2. Easter Amsterdam Things to do 2019

Easter in Amsterdam 2019 means there are a lot of things to do. Start the day with a special Easter Brunch in Amsterdam. Many of Amsterdam’s finest hotels serve luxury Easter brunches and High Teas. Some of the most luxury are the Easter brunch at Hotel Okura and of the Amstel Hotel.

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, iif 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.

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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.

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 2019

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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