If you’ve never been to Amsterdam, this is the opportunity to discover this wonderful city of the Netherlands. A vast multi-coloured row of tulips blanked the fields and locals await Queen’s Day (April, 30th), the birthday of Queen Beatrix’s mother, Juliana. This day, instead of a regal and refined ceremony, Amsterdam transforms into a citywide party and sea of orange with revellers sporting the national colour flooding the streets and forming flotillas in the canals. This year’s spectacle is also the official day of Queen Beatrix’s abdication (next year the holiday will be called Koningsdag – King’s Day – and held in honour of soon-to-be-King Willem Alexander).
With an average temperature of 12,8 0C, April is the second-driest month after February and considerably warmer, which enlives people to come out and enjoy the sunny days or even to explore the city until the dusk falls. The city offers multiple options for all kind of visitors, from theme parks to music festivals. Terraces and cafes are also re-open.
The Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival is giving twelve days of science fiction, horror, anime, cult films, thrillers and other fantastical films, which take place at Filmtheater Kriterion in Amsterdam’s Indische Buurt, just south of the Eastern Docklands.
If you prefer egg-hunting and bunnies or you’re coming with your family you might consider these other options:
- The Egg Hunt at Het Groot Melkhuis, a gingerbread-esque house in the Vondelpark, it’s one of the park’s favourite playgrounds, with a charming terrace great for enjoying spring alfresco, with or without children.
- A taste of the typical Amsterdam’s Easter patisseries, from chocolate tarts to traditional holiday bread but also coffee cakes, cheese appetizers and quiches, who can resist the smell coming from the local bakeries around?
- A Religious Service in English, many churches offers Easter services in English both for visitors and international residents. To find a comprehensive list, see the Expatica website.
- Don’t miss Keukenhof garden, with over 32 hectares of flowers, it’s Netherland’s world-famous tulip park. The spring garden offers 30 inspiring flower shows, 7 amazing inspirational gardens and 100 wonderful works of art. It also organises activities like the Gerbera show, the Dutch Folklore Festival, the Roses show or the Daffodils show.
For more information, check Amsterdam’s official website: http://www.iamsterdam.com/