Open garden days

by Tanja
Amsterdam open gardens

Hidden behind typical Amsterdam canals and façades exist the most beautiful gardens. Only once a year, you have the chance to see these gardens, during the Open Garden Days. In 2020 the Amsterdam Open Garden Days take place on the weekend of 12, 13 and 14 June.

The 17th century Canal Belt

The Amsterdam canal belt is home to the most stately homes. These city palaces were built in the 17th century by the wealthy and power merchants of Amsterdam. Behind the canal houses, there are lush gardens hidden from view, often planted with rare trees from faraway places and exotic flowers. From the street, they can only be accessed through the houses.

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Amsterdam houses open their gardens

Normally, these beautiful gardens are not open. Only once a year, these Amsterdam canal houses open their gardens to the public. Among them are museums and offices, but also private homes. In total 25 houses open their gardens. The gardens of Museum Van Loon, Cromhouthuis, Museum Willet-Holthuysen, and Huis Marseille are part of a museum and are open all year round.

Tickets to the Open Garden Days of Amsterdam 2020

A ticket for the Amsterdam Open Garden Days is valid on all three days. This 3-day pass costs € 20 at the door. Before 13 June, you can also buy tickets online (€ 18) at This ticket is a voucher and needs to be exchanged at one of the addresses below.

At the door, tickets for the Open Garden Days are available at the following gardens:

  • Amnesty International, Keizersgracht 177
  • Cromhouthuis, Herengracht 368
  • Museum Van Loon, Keizersgracht 672
  • Museum Willet-Holthuysen, Herengracht 605
  • Huis Marseille, Keizersgracht 401

With your 3-day pass, you will receive a list with all the garden addresses with a brief description and a city plan.

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agnes guthrie May 19, 2013 - 21:14

For the sake of day planning, please tell me the visitation hours during the garden tour.