April is a great time to visit Amsterdam. The tulips are starting to bloom, the weather is (hopefully!) starting to get better and there’s all sorts going on in the city. We’ve picked out some of the top things to do over Easter in Amsterdam. If you’re planning a visit, read on to find out what fun things you can get up to.
Amsterdam’s main attractions and most shops are open over the Easter weekend. However, they may close a little earlier – just make sure to check the relevant website or call ahead when planning your visit.
There will be lots of people heading to Amsterdam over the Easter break so it will feel quite busy in the city. Try to visit museums or galleries early in the day and make reservations where possible if you’re planning to eat out.
1. See Amsterdam in Bloom
In April, thousands of tulips bloom all across the city. Seeing the colourful displays has to be one of the top things to do over Easter in Amsterdam.
The Amsterdam Tulip Festival takes place from the 1st until the 31st April. With the second half of April promising the brightest and most beautiful blooms, Easter in Amsterdam is the perfect time to see tulips at their best.
Over 80 locations throughout the city are participating in the festival. You can see a lot of displays for free by simply wandering the streets of Amsterdam. Some, however, are in museums or private residences where normal ticket prices will apply. Visit the Amsterdam Tulip Festival website to see all the participating venues.
If you fancy a trip out of the city, why not pay a visit to the world famous Keukenhof gardens or the many tulip fields just outside of Amsterdam?
Check out our guide to The Amsterdam Tulip Festival here!
2. Go to a Gig
There are some great gigs scheduled over the Easter weekend in Amsterdam. Why not go check out an artist you’ve never seen live before?
Amsterdam may be known more as a hotspot for dance music. However, you can also catch some great live music in the city.
We’ve got our eye on tickets for the Eagle Eye Cherry gig at Q Factory on Easter Sunday in Amsterdam. His 90’s classic ‘Save Tonight’ was in the top 40 charts for weeks on end. Whilst he never had another hit quite as big, he went on to receive a Grammy nomination, and collaborated with Carlos Santana.
With a new record just out full of catchy pop tunes, we reckon it’s time to give this nineties legend another listen. What better way to do that than bopping along to some great live tunes on Easter Sunday in Amsterdam?
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21st Apri 8.30pm
3. Treat yourself to Easter Brunch
If you’ve had a big night out in the city, why not treat yourself to a tasty Easter brunch in Amsterdam?
If you’ve hit the town over the long weekend, then you’ll no doubt want to aid your recovery the following morning with a hearty and delicious Easter brunch in Amsterdam (and maybe a Bloody Mary if you’re feeling extra fragile … !)
There’s plenty of fantastic brunch-serving establishments to choose from in Amsterdam but to cure a hangover we always return to Bakers & Roasters.
Their eclectic menu offers up breakfast classics with a Kiwi / Brazillian twist (its founders hail from these two countries). From Navajo Eggs with Chorizo to Kumara Hash and Eggs Florentine, your only real problem will be deciding what to choose.
Both locations (one in Central Amsterdam and one in De Pijp) are both extremely popular so if you’re planning to go, try and get yourself out of bed and beat the queues … If the weather is nice, head to their Kadijksplein branch as it’s got a large, sunny terrace.
Bakers & Roasters
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Monday – Sunday: 8.30am – 4pm
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4. Have a picnic in the park
Take an afternoon to kick back and relax in one of Amsterdam’s many green spaces
Sometimes, the best thing to do over a long weekend is just about nothing at all. That’s why one of our favourite things to do over the Easter weekend in Amsterdam is to grab some treats from a local deli (Renzo’s is one our go-to spots), head along to one of the city’s many parks or forests and enjoy a lazy afternoon picnicking under the trees.
If you’re looking for something a bit wilder, then why not head along to Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest) a huge woodland three times the size of New York’s Central Park. You’ll find beautiful foliage and fauna and lots of great spots to enjoy a picnic.
Amsterdam’s parks and green spaces are free to enjoy and most are open 24 hours a day
5. Wander around an outdoor market
Amsterdam’s outdoor markets come to life in the spring and there’s plenty of treats to be found if you pay a visit over the Easter weekend …
One of the top things to do in Amsterdam over Easter has to be a stroll around one of city’s weekly outdoor markets.
As the weather starts to improve, the markets are bustling with life and full of delicious smells. Vendors offer up everything from street food to flowers, artisan meats and cheeses to traditional Dutch Easter treats like paasstol (bread with dried fruit and almond paste). Coloured Easter eggs abound and make the perfect gift to take home to your friends and family.
6. Let your mind wander at Imagine Film Festival
Imagine Film Festival is the perfect opportunity to explore new worlds through film this Easter in Amsterdam
When you’re abroad it’s great to let your mind wander a little. That’s why Imagine Film Festival is one of our top things to do over the Easter in Amsterdam. If you’re staying with us at ClinkNOORD, you’re in luck as screenings and events take place just next door at The EYE Film Museum.
Some film festivals can feel elite and inaccessible. Not so at Imagine. The vibe is decidedly approachable and audience friendly with varied programming and a variety of visitors in attendance.
Through the medium of film, the festival sets out to ‘stimulate the imagination to explore different and future worlds, examine the unknown and develop a different view on our own world.’ We reckon that sounds like a pretty interesting way to spend Easter Saturday in Amsterdam.
Head over to the Imagine Film Festival website for the full schedule of films.
April 10th 20th 2019
Varies by event. Tickets available from the EYE Film Museum
7. Immerse yourself in The Joy of Nature
Squeeze in a bit of culture over the Easter weekend in Amsterdam with a visit to the Hockney / Van Gogh exhibition and The Van Gogh Museum
What would a European city break be without a visit to at least one museum? As spring arrives in Amsterdam and the natural world starts to emerge in all its colourful glory, head along to the Van Gogh Museum whose exhibit ‘Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature’ celebrates two artists who were constantly inspired by the natural world.
Drawing parallels between the two artists, Van Gogh’s influence on Hockney’s colourful work becomes quite clear. For both artists, there is a pre-occupation with seeing what’s in front of them and manipulating it to create imagery that is unique and compelling.
Look out for Hockney’s key work ‘The arrival of Spring in Woldgate’ whose organic lines and bold colours will transport you to another world.
Van Gogh Museum,
1071 DJ AMSTERDAM
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1st March – 26th May
9am – 6pm
8. Dance the weekend away at DGTL Festival
If you’re the kind of city-breaker who sees any long weekend as an opportunity to party for an extra two days, then we’ve just got the event for you.
Taking place at NDSM-werf, DGTL Festival has a stellar line up of electronica artists including Disclosure, The Black Madonna, Gus Gus and Danish techno titan Kölsch.
With day, night and all-access tickets available, you can party as much (or as little) as you like. ClinkNOORD isn’t far away from the festival site, so if you’re looking for a place to rest your head after a night of partying, then make sure to book your bed quickly.
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April 19th – 21st April
Tickets from €25 – €152