Looking for things to do in April in Amsterdam?
April is the festive month with Easter and the beginning of Spring. In Holland, painting hard boiled eggs and egg hunts, the easter bunny and chocolate are all part of Easter celebrations.
During Easter in Amsterdam, most museums and shops in the centre are open to the public. Easter weekend in Amsterdam is one of the city’s busiest weekends, so if you want to visit the Anne Frank museum, Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum, try to buy tickets in advance online, so you won’t spend your time waiting in line.
Many attractions celebrate the Easter weekend in Amsterdam with special events.
Check Amsterdam events 2016 for more Amsterdam things to do in April.
Here’s a list of 6 Amsterdam Things To Do in April.
1. Visit tulip gardens of Keukenhof
Spending Easter in Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Keukenhof. Keukenhof is the largest and most famous spring garden. You’ll find a large variety of blossoming flowers in colourful fields.
Keukenhof opens every year for 8 weeks from Easter till late May when the bulbs are in bloom. It is a large park with 32 hectares of flowers located not too far from Amsterdam. As Keukenhof is one of Holland’s most popular attractions, you can expect a concentration of tourists.
Keukenhof also organises events every weekend.
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. The flowers here, gladioli, hyacinths, lilies, narcissi, daffodils, crocuses, irises, dahlias and tulips grow here for commercial purpose. We call this region the Bollenstreek (The Bulb District). If you are lucky, you can spot the colourful Dutch tulips fields from the airplane.
Biking around the Dutch flower fields
You can bike around these fields as well. Try to Either 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.
You can rent a bike in Amsterdam and take it in the train to Haarlem or Leiden, but you can also rent a bike at the train station of Haarlem or Leiden. You can cycle to Keukenhof (15 km from Leiden, 20 km from Leiden) and enjoy the flower fields along the way.
Just outside Keukenhof there is also a rental company. You can rent bikes here and start you bike tour in tulip fields from there.
Bike route Dutch flower fields
The Netherlands has a dense system of bike roads and routes. Everywhere you will find special signs along the ways and ‘knooppunten’ that show you where you are and what routes you can take. Here is a bike route in the Dutch flower fields. These routes can also be followed with a gps and an app.
In 2015 Keukenhof is open from March 20 to May 17.
How to get to Keukenhof
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.
Prices transport to Keukenhof
Entrance to Keukenhof is €16,-. You can pay with your OV Chip Card (4,10 for the train, 4,74 for the bus, one way).
You can also buy a special combi ticket: train + bus + entrance to Keukenhof for €35 total.
City Discovery offers a pickup from your hotel and take you back on a coach bus.
Price is €40 ( $52, 31) including transport, entrance fee and a guide at Keukenhof for a half day (5 hours) at Keukenhof.
2. Easter Amsterdam brunch
Many of Amsterdam’s finest hotels serve luxury Easter brunches and High Teas.
Easter Monday Amsterdam hotspot Pllek organises a classical brunch: classical music combined with a 6-course brunch.
3. Cuddle a chick at the Zoo
Children are invited to the Amsterdam Artis Zoo during Easter weekend in Amsterdam. All kinds of special events are taking place.
Kids can cuddle with the young animals like chicks, rabbits and mice.
From 11:00 tot 16:00 the Zoo shows the children who an egg become a chicken.
4. Amsterdam Easter Daytrip to Pampus
Pampus is an island in the lake IJmeer. Originally it was a fortress, built to defend Amsterdam between 1887 and 1897.
Nowadays, Pampus is tourist attraction near Amsterdam and it can be visited. It is especially nice an a nice thing to do do with kids as a Amsterdam Easter Daytrip.
Celebrate Amsterdam Easter on Pampus
Pampus has a special celebration during Easter in Amsterdam. On Saturday the 4th, Sunday the 5th and Monday the 6th. Kinds can look for Easter eggs around the fortress, make their own Easter bunny mask and take a selfie with the Easter Bunny.
How to get to the island Pampus
You can get to the island Pampus by taking the tram 26 from Amsterdam Central Station to Amsterdam IJburg. This will take 15 minutes. There you can take the ferry to Pampus. The ferry boat ride will take about 40 minutes. For tariffs and time table check: http://www.amsterdamboatexcursion.com/
From the Dutch city of Muiden there is a special ferry to Pampus. The passage will take about 25 minutes.More info on tickets and advance bookings: http://www.pampus.nl/en/visitors-info/ferry-service/
5. 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.
6. 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.
Check out a full of things to do in Easter in the Amsterdam Events Calender 2015.