Public holidays and some interesting festivals in AmsterdamThe following is a list of public holidays in the Netherlands. On these days, shops, museums and attractions usually either close earlier or are closed the entire day – handy to know for Amsterdam visitors! Schools, city councils, post offices and banks are closed the whole day on official public holidays. King’s Day (formerly Queen’s Day) is a massive celebration in Amsterdam. Sinterklaas on 5 December is a traditional Dutch holiday which is typically celebrated at home.
1 January New Year’s Day 25 March Good Friday (not an official holiday) 27 March Easter Sunday 28 March Easter Monday 27 April King’s Day 4 May National Remembrance Day (not an official holiday) 5 May Liberation Day (official public holiday every 5 years, next in 2020) 5 May Ascension Day 15 May Pentecost Sunday 16 May Pentecost Monday 5 December Sinterklaas (not an official holiday) 25 December Christmas Day 26 December Boxing Day 31 December New Year’s Eve
16 January National Tulip Day – start of the tulip season on Dam Square. 29- 31 January Food Soul Festival transforms Amsterdam North into a massive restaurant. 4-8 March 5 Days Off- an entrancing cross section of the latest in electronic music, art and film. 16-20 March HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show is a great introduction to the new season. March Chocoa Festival Chocoholics’ dreams come true. 1-30 April Celebrate the famous Dutch flower at the Tulp Festival in Amsterdam. 6-16 April Imagine Film Festival -from sci-fi to cult, anime to fantasy and horror to experimental. April and May Keukenhof Gardens Come tip-toe through the tulips at the world’s largest flower gardens. 1-3 April 2016: Holland Heritage Weekend 23 April 2016: Flower Parade 7 & 8 May 2016: Romance at Keukenhof 12-16 May The Rolling Kitchens The weekend of the Rolling Kitchens brings an annual dose of outdoor mobile food fun to the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. May 21 Pacha Festival With the Amsterdam skyline providing a stunning backdrop, the Pacha Festival kicks off Amsterdam’s festival season in style. 13-14 June Unesco World Heritage Weekend Each summer, the nine Dutch UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which includes Amsterdam’s Canal Ring, literally and metaphorically open their doors to take part in a special family-friendly programme highlighting their significance for Dutch history and culture. 17-19 June Open Garden Days For one weekend only, visit the pristine gardens of some of Amsterdam’s finest canal houses. April- July World Press Photo The winning images from the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest. 6 August Gay Pride Canal Parade – Whatever floats your boat! 21 July – 25 August Hortus Festival Providing a beautiful way to spend a balmy yet cultured summer evening, the Hortus Festival brings classical music to the botanical gardens of Amsterdam, Haren, Leiden and Utrecht every year. August Roots Open Air Festival A world music festival that’s not only renowned within Amsterdam but internationally, as it continually brings a hoard of music talents to the city each year – some upcoming, others already huge stars in their homelands. 12-21 August Grachtenfestival- Canals’ FestivalAmsterdam The magnificent Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival), held annually in August on and around Amsterdam’s canals, is one of the cultural highlights of the Amsterdam summer. The historic canal belt of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site, hosts the ten-day festival of classical music at numerous beautiful locations. 4 September Amsterdam City Swim On Sunday, 4 September 2016, the canal cruise boats and other vessels make way for up to 2,500 brave swimmers and around 500 brave children too. 10-11 September The Amsterdam Heritage Days Explore and celebrate the city’s rich history. Amsterdam opens the doors of important buildings, monuments and private homes to the public, all free of charge. October TCS AMSTERDAM MARATHON When it comes to running events, you could say Amsterdam has a personal best: the TCS Amsterdam Marathon. Held annually in mid-October, the event draws thousands. 28-30 October Pint Bokbierfestival The largest beer festival in the Netherlands, the PINT Bokbier Festival is an annual fixture in Amsterdam. November, December January Amsterdam Light Festival Amsterdam Light Festival turns Amsterdam’s beautiful city centre and its canals in the limelight. Many more festivals and events take place in Amsterdam year round. We will be happy to provide you with detailed information through your request for specific dates visiting Amsterdam.
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- Be fascinated by the great masters Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh
- Enjoy an evening of gourmet food and entertainment at Restaurant Vinkeles by The Dylon
- Mingle with the locals at the park while enjoying real Dutch bbq (spring, summer early autumn)
- Have a go at Amsterdam’s night life in bar, club, event or concert of your choice
- Taste home made typical Dutch bites and pastries
- Visit and learn why the oldest and most important church in Amsterdam is in the Red Light District
- See Amsterdam you’ve never seen before- from the water on a canal tour
- Ride through the city on a Segway bike to a windmill that is a micro brewery. Then taste the beers
- Enjoy private, guided tours of the Jordaan and the charming historic city canals
- Stay at a luxurious Amsterdam retreat
- Discover the secret hidden gems of Amsterdam
- Just have fun in our incredibly beautiful city
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Hello Amsterdam! Your adventure begins. We meet you at our agreed meeting point. Together we go to your hotel or private residence where we check you in. After you take a short rest we go on a tour of the city. You get to see the Negen Straatjes, the romantic canals, the tiniest house in The Netherlands in a private guided tour. You get aquatinted with the landmarks and points of interest. Six o’clock we head for five course dinner in michelin star restaurant on the Keizersgracht. After dinner, we head to the Red Light District on a private tour and merge into the atmosphere of the old city. After drinks in a local Bruin Cafe it is time to call it a night.
WHAT IS INCLUDED: TRANSFERS, ACCOMMODATION, CONCIERGE, FIVE COURSE DINNER AT ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN AMSTERDAM (DRINKS NOT INCLUDED), PRIVATE TOUR OF THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT.
After breakfast it is time to explore! The Rijksmuseum and the great masters are awaiting for you. After that we go on a bikes we go through the city to H’Ij a windmill turned in a micro brewery where you taste local beers and typical Dutch snacks- bitterballetjes, kaas sufles. Some beers after we have dutch dinner in Bruin Cafe. Time to explore Amsterdam at night.
WHAT IS INCLUDED: TRANSFERS, ACCOMMODATION, CONCIERGE, TYPICAL DUTCH DINNER (DRINKS NOT INCLUDED), VIP TICKETS TO MUSEUM OF YOUR CHOISE, MEDIA TOUR OF THE MUSEM, TOUR OF THE CITY ON BIKE.
A visit to Amsterdam and the Netherlands would not be complete without having seen the lovely Dutch countryside.
Explore the Dutch countryside as you leave Amsterdam behind for a half-day tour. See the famous Zaanse Shans windmills. Explore the quaint fishing villages of Volendam and Marken with a tasting stop at a traditional Dutch cheese farm.
WHAT IS INCLUDED: TRANSFERS, ACCOMMODATION, CONCIERGE, GUIDED TOUR, ALL ENTRANCES AND FEES.
We say good bye to the beautiful city of Amsterdam and take you to the air port or Central Station by taxi.
WHAT IS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST, TRANSFERS, CONCIERGE.
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