Hidden behind typical Amsterdam canals and façades exist the most beautiful inner court yards and gardens. Only once a year, these gardens open their doors for visitors.
In 2013 the Amsterdam Open Garden Days are on 14, 15, 16 of June 2013. During this weekend, 30 canal houses are open and their gardens can be visited.
Amsterdam canal belt
The Amsterdam canal belt, consisting of 3 major canals parallel to each other, making half a circle around the city centre, is home to most luxurious houses.
The Amsterdam canal district originates from the period between 1612 and 1682. In those days, Amsterdam was the wealthiest city in the world.
Dutch ships, occupied by merchants sailed across the seas, bringing back spices to Europe.
Gardens in the canal belt
The houses along the canal belt became the homes of these rich merchants. And what can be more relaxing than having your own quiet and romantic garden in the back, to escape the loud and dirty city? It meant gardens had to be lush and rich, planted with rare trees from faraway places and exotic flowers.
Nowadays, the extremely pricey houses in the canal belt are used as offices, hotels and museums or broken down into apartments. Only during the 3 days of the Open Gardens Days, the gardens open up. The gardens of Museum Van Loon, Museum Willet-Holthuysen, Museum Geelvinck and the Bible Museum are open to the public all year.
Entrance and tickets
Tickets for the Open Garden Days are available at selected gardens, for example at Museum Van Loon. You can also buy a ‘passe-partout’, to enter all gardens freely during all of these 3 days. A passe-partout costs 15 euros.
More info on www.opentuinendagen.nl.