Amsterdam in April: A Relaxing Two Day Spring Weekend

 
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Thank you to I amsterdam and A’DAM Lookout for hosting me. As always, all opinions and recommendations are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Amsterdam is beautiful particularly in the fall. However, I have always wanted to visit Amsterdam in the spring because…well, tulips! So I was ecstatic to visit Amsterdam in April with my parents over the Easter weekend!

While Easter weekend was busy, it was a fantastic time to visit in terms of tulips and weather. If you don’t have a lot of time, Amsterdam is a great stopover city and can be easily explored in two days. As such, when I found out we would be visiting Ireland and the United Kingdom in the month of April, I knew I HAD to add Amsterdam to our itinerary. We did that very thing and this is how we spent a relaxing weekend in Amsterdam in April!

Amsterdam in April

DAY 1

I amsterdam Sign

It is iconic. So iconic in fact, that it was removed from its popular location at the Rijksmuseum to reduce the number of tourists in the square.

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Former location at the Rijksmuseum | Fall of 2016

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Now, the I amsterdam sign will move around the city. Currently, this one is at the A’DAM Lookout but it will only be there until July 7, 2019.

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There are other temporary locations, but your best bet of getting a photo of the iconic sign is at the Schipol Airport. This is the only permanent location so get it as you are arriving or departing Amsterdam!

Travel Tip
Get the up-to-date sign locations on the I amsterdam website.

Canal Cruise

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Arguably one of the top things to do in Amsterdam (and quite possibly my favorite thing to do) is taking a canal cruise. It is a fantastic way to see so much of the city. Canals are what Amsterdam is so famous for and there are 165 of them in the “Venice of the North”.

Travel Tip
The hour-long canal cruise is included on the I amsterdam City Card.

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Thankfully, we had beautiful weather to cruise the canal, but if it isn’t pretty the day you are there, it’s not always a bad thing. Rainbows are plentiful in Amsterdam. This photo from my first trip was taken from the same canal cruise dock just in the opposite direction.

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Some of (but not nearly all) the things you will see along the way…

Houseboats

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Houseboats are quite common in Amsterdam as you can imagine with 165 canals. They are super cute so be on the lookout for them. You can even rent an Amsterdam houseboat to stay in!

Nationale Opera & Ballet

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The Nationale Opera & Ballet is a pretty cool building (as most are in Amsterdam) and where you can catch an opera, the ballet as well as guided tours.

Travel Tip
Receive a discount at the Nationale Ballet & Opera with the I amsterdam City Card.

EYE Filmmuseum and A’DAM Tower

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If you like film, the EYE Filmmuseum should definitely be on your itinerary. It has many things to do all relating to film including exhibitions. You can even watch films in their three different theaters!

Right next door is the A’DAM Tower which houses the A’DAM Lookout at the top. For more on the A’DAM Lookout, look for its section further down in this post.

Travel Tip
The EYE Filmmuseum is open daily and free to access.

NEMO Science Museum

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I found NEMO! Okay, so it’s not THAT Nemo, but I did find a NEMO-the Science Museum, that is. Full of all kinds of cool exhibitions, this is a family-friendly place!

Travel Tip
Free access to NEMO Science Museum with the I amsterdam City Card.

National Maritime Museum

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The National Maritime Museum is also family-friendly and has exhibitions, a library, and guided tours all related to sailing. While the museum building is cool, I personally love the replica of the Amsterdam which sank in 1749 in the English Channel on its maiden voyage to Batavia.

Travel Tips
Open most days 9 am – 5 pm (closed on King’s Day-April 27th). The restaurant, shop, and library are accessible without an entrance ticket. But entrance to the Maritime Museum is included if you have the I amsterdam City Card.

Walking Tour of Amsterdam

General Scenery

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One of the nicest features of Amsterdam is the fact that it is quite walkable. The springtime is a really nice time to walk around. The Dutch capital is a gorgeous city with beautiful architecture!

Travel Tip
You could bike around the city as well, but I thoroughly enjoy walking it. Personally, I think you see much more than you would if you were buzzing by on a bike.

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View of the Zuiderkerk from the Staalmeester Bridge

Leaning, Crooked Houses

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Yep, there are leaning houses in Amsterdam. Tall, skinny, crooked, leaning houses. As you can see in the photo above, they all look “off” and they actually are. Some are built on wooden stilts and do have foundational issues.

Most all of them are built tilted forward for good reason. They have very tiny, steep staircases making it hard to move things up to the higher floors. Which brings me to the next part of this whole fascinating phenomenon. Hooks.

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The houses all have hooks on them. See them at the top…right below the rooflines? Those are used to hoist things to the upper levels. The houses are built leaning forward enough so that items like furniture won’t come in contact with the building on their way up. Isn’t that all kinds of interesting?

Spring Flowers

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You can see tulips in Amsterdam too, not just Keukenhof!

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Don’t forget to look up! How beautiful are these cherry blossoms? I know, surprise, right? Tulips might be the star of the show in the spring, but cherry blossoms make a great supporting cast.

Travel Tips
Cherry blossoms can be found scattered throughout the city and in some parks. They don’t last as long as the tulips. Here is more information on cherry blossoms in Amsterdam.

Red Light District

For obvious reasons, I didn’t take photos here. However, I did want to mention the RLD. It’s just something you can’t miss in Amsterdam if you haven’t already seen it.

The Smallest House in Amsterdam

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Dating back to 1738, the Smallest House in Amsterdam is only 6 feet 7 inches wide and 16 feet 4 inches deep. It has the cutest interior where you can buy teas, chocolate, and other assorted goodies. The family that owns it is extremely friendly and can tell you all about the history of the house as well as the city of Amsterdam!

Travel Tip
For a truly unique experience, check out how to have afternoon tea in the Smallest House in Amsterdam down below in Where To Eat!

Churches of Amsterdam

I love to see churches all around the world when I travel. Everything from the architecture and stained glass windows to the steeples, clock towers, and marble floors, I find them so beautiful. Amsterdam definitely has its share of gorgeous churches you won’t want to miss.

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The Zuiderkerk (Southern Church) was an influential part of Rembrandt’s life as well as the subject of a Claude Monet painting. Constructed between 1603 and 1611, it was the first church in Amsterdam built specifically for Protestant services. However, it closed as a church in 1970 and since 1988 has served as a municipal information center.

I personally love its clock tower steeple!

Travel Tip
Don’t miss the iconic view of the Zuiderkerk from the Staalmeester Bridge.

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Located near the main central train station, the Church of Saint Nicholas is Amsterdam’s primary Roman Catholic Church. Its Neo-Baroque and Neo-Renaissance architectural styles explain why it’s my favorite of all the churches in Amsterdam. For some reason, I tend to love the Baroque style and typically my favorite churches are constructed in this design.

The church only recently received its basilica minor status in 2012.

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Built between 1620 and 1631, the Westerkerk (Western Church) is the largest church in Amsterdam built for Protestants and is still in use to this day.

The church’s tower, called the Westertoren (Western Tower), is the highest church tower in all of Amsterdam with a height of 286 feet.

Interesting facts of the Westerkerk include the fact that Rembrandt was buried as a poor man here. Though his grave number was lost, there is a memorial marker and every year, his birthday is celebrated on the 15th of July. Also, Anne Frank wrote in her diary that the ringing of the bells of the tower was a source of comfort for her.

There are many other churches in Amsterdam to see. Don’t miss the De Oude Kerk (The Old Church) at the start of the Red Light District.

Anne Frank House

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Definitely one of the most popular attractions in Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House is a historical icon. Walking through the house where Anne hid for two years before being betrayed to the Nazis is a very emotional experience.

Travel Tips
This is NOT included in the I amsterdam City Card. You can only get tickets on the website and they go FAST. Get them as SOON as you know your Amsterdam travel dates. If they are sold out on your date, check the website at 9 am sharp on the day you want to go. They release about 20% of their daily ticket allotment then, first come, first serve.

Bridges of Amsterdam

While there are 165 canals in Amsterdam, there are many more bridges. 1,281 to be exact! Here are a few I enjoyed seeing.

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Bridge 222, also known as Aluminiumbrug (Aluminum Bridge) crosses over the Kloveniersbrugwal Canal. It is a drawbridge not currently in use and is made primarily of brick, granite, and steel. It gets its name from its feature of an aluminum deck.

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The Walter Süskindbrug (Walter Süskind Bridge), bridge 237, is a double drawbridge constructed between 1969 and 1972. The bridge was named after Walter Süskind, a man who, along with others, allowed Jews and Jewish children to escape from Hollandsche Schouwburg and a nearby daycare center during the Nazi regime.

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The Bridge of Bridges is the point where you can see up to 15 bridges at once. Stand where the Reguliersgracht meets Herengracht for this view. Pretty cool to see bridge after bridge after bridge.

Travel Tip
Best place to see all directions is from water level during a canal cruise. But for the land view, see the location marked on the map at the end of this post.

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Probably my favorite bridge, the Staalmeesterbrug (bridge 227) is located on Staalstratt and is also an out-of-operation drawbridge.

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It’s my favorite for two reasons: its view of the Zuiderkerk and the colorful adornments of the love locks.

Travel Tips
These are just a few of the many, many bridges in Amsterdam. Be sure to also check out the Blauwbrug, the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), and the Pythonbrug (Python Bridge or High Bridge). I’m so sad I missed the Python Bridge while I was there. I can’t believe I’ve been to Amsterdam twice and didn’t know about it until AFTER I got back from this recent second trip!

Amsterdam Tulip Museum

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You’re here in the spring, so why not visit the Amsterdam Tulip Museum? You’re visiting the tulips so it just makes sense, right?

Travel Tips
Entrance to the Amsterdam Tulip Museum is included on the I amsterdam City Card. If you have more time, the Amsterdam Cheese Museum is located next door.

Amsterdam at Night

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Explore Amsterdam after dark. The city comes alive at night. The bridges over the canals light up making beautiful reflections in the water.

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Double light trails in your photos are possible from boats down on the water and cars on the bridges above.

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And Thorbeckeplein is the perfect location for a new trick I learned called “light painting”.

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DAY 2

Day Trip To Keukenhof

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If you’re in Amsterdam in the spring, I know what you came for. Tulips! A day trip to Keukenhof is a must and it’s extremely easy to do from Amsterdam with the ARTT Card.

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Only open two months of the year, Keukenhof and its flowers will blow you away and deliver an unforgettable Dutch experience! However, if you aren’t there during spring there are several other day trips from Amsterdam to take.

A’DAM Lookout

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For incredible views of Amsterdam, head up to the A’DAM Lookout located at the top of the A’DAM Tower. With 360° views of Amsterdam, you can even see Schipol airport, the port, and the city center.

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When we first arrived, A’DAM properly introduced himself.

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On our way to check in to pick up our tickets, we saw the I amsterdam sign currently located here. But hurry because as I mentioned above, it will only be here until July 7, 2019!

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In addition to the spectacular views, you can swing out over the edge in Europe’s highest swing!

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Views of Amsterdam from A’DAM Lookout

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Photo Credit: My Parents

Don’t forget to have your photo taken with A’DAM!

The Highest Swing in Europe

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Amsterdam in April is the perfect time to swing high above the city!

There are 3 swings and the entire experience lasts around five minutes. But those fives minutes are truly both thrilling and amazing!

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Photo Courtesy of A’DAM Lookout

I had the time of my life feeling the wind breezing through my hair while gazing out over all of Amsterdam.

Travel Tips
Go late afternoon so you can get photos during the day and then watch the sunset. There are also restaurants where you can eat or grab a drink.

Getting Around Amsterdam

I amsterdam City Card

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I highly recommend getting the I amsterdam City Card for your visit to Amsterdam. You can choose a 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120-hour card so there is one to fit all lengths of visits.

Why should you get the card? It will save you a LOT of money because it includes unlimited public transportation, so many free museums and attractions as I have pointed out above, a free canal cruise, and more. It also saves you a lot of time not having to stand in line to buy tickets.

Travel Tips
The card will also get you skip-the-line access to the Rijksmuseum, and a free timeslot for the Van Gogh Museum. However, it does not include transportation via train from the airport into the city. This can be purchased with the ARTT Card described below. For more information, see the FAQ page.

The ARTT

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Combine your I amsterdam City Card with the ARTT. The Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket will get you transportation from Schipol Airport into a city-center train station as well as regional transportation outside of Amsterdam.

The ARTT comes in one, two and three-day consecutive passes so they are great for a day trip, weekend or even a three-day trip.

Travel Tip
This is the travel ticket you want for a day trip from Amsterdam to Keukenhof!

Where To Eat

For fine dining, try Spectrum for a Michelin star experience. For more casual dining, these are my recommendations below.

Tea at the Smallest House in Amsterdam

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Yes, you can have afternoon tea at the Smallest House in Amsterdam! How cute is the interior?

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Our place setting complete with the perfect tea timer! We could try unlimited tea flavors and so I started with the Strawberry Banana. This is one of my favorite flavors and was the first time I’d ever seen it as a flavored tea. I followed that up with two cups of Strawberry which is one of my all-time favorites.

In addition to unlimited tea flavors, we were also served freshly squeezed orange juice and water. For an additional fee, you can add a glass of champagne.

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The food is a little different than traditional, English afternoon tea, but it was really good and plentiful. We had a tiered tray of sandwiches followed by scones, fruit, and sweets!

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The assortment of sandwiches included goat cheese/tomato/cucumber/pesto, tuna/tomato/cucumber, and chicken/cucumber. I am not a fan of cucumber so I removed all of those. After doing so, my favorite was definitely the goat cheeses/tomato/pesto. 😊

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Next up, we were served scones, strawberries, and sweets. The plain scones were served with lemon curd and strawberry preserves.

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We even had homemade mascarpone cheese to dip these beautiful strawberries in. They were fantastic! I should also mention that the mascarpone was made while we were there so it was homemade AND fresh!

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To finish off this unique experience, they served their homemade Dutch Apple Pie. A family recipe, this authentic Dutch Apple Pie is different from our American version in that it doesn’t have the gelatinous filling we put in ours.

This apple pie is something everyone needs to try when they come to Amsterdam!

Travel Tips
With the Smallest House comes the smallest tea rooms so reservations are recommended. Here you will also find more information including the menu.

Ellis Gourmet Burger

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We stopped one night for a quick bite at Ellis Gourmet Burger. What I liked most about EGB is that there are all kinds of options.

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Amsterdam in April. Sounds awesome right? It is! Tulips, canal cruise, great food. I have the perfect relaxing two day spring weekend itinerary for you! #amsterdam #netherlands #holland #spring #april #weekend #itinerary #dutch #travel #destinations #europe

There is the Classic or choose the Mini Classic (on the kids’ menu) like I did if you aren’t overly hungry.

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Then there is the Baby Spinach Salmon version which is a salmon filet with coleslaw, tomato, homemade herb and mint yogurt, baby spinach, and watercress.

Travel Tip
They offer vegetarian and vegan options so there really is something for everyone!

The Pancake Bakery

Open since 1973, The Pancake Bakery is a favorite in Amsterdam. Breakfast, lunch, dinner…whatever you’re in the mood for, they have it!

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My Dad opted for the Brazilian, one of their international pancake specials featuring walnut ice cream, mocha sauce, Amaretto, almonds, and whipped cream. I tasted it and my favorite part was the walnut ice cream with the mocha sauce and hints of Amaretto!

Amsterdam in April. Sounds awesome right? It is! Tulips, canal cruise, great food. I have the perfect relaxing two day spring weekend itinerary for you! #amsterdam #netherlands #holland #spring #april #weekend #itinerary #dutch #travel #destinations #europe
Amsterdam in April. Sounds awesome right? It is! Tulips, canal cruise, great food. I have the perfect relaxing two day spring weekend itinerary for you! #amsterdam #netherlands #holland #spring #april #weekend #itinerary #dutch #travel #destinations #europe

I got my usual (I had been before), a Pancake with Bananas, Chocolate Sauce and Nutella. It is heavenly! That’s saying a lot since I almost always pick savory over sweet.

Speaking of savory, if you aren’t a big sweets person, they have savory pancakes too. My Mom ordered the Pancake with Ham, Cheese, and Mushrooms. I tried hers with sour cream and if I could have eaten both, this is the other one I would have ordered. It hit the spot!

Travel Tips
You can’t go wrong with anything you order here. The food is fantastic! If it’s nice outside, grab a table by the canal.

Where To Stay

Pulitzer Amsterdam

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Amsterdam in April. Sounds awesome right? It is! Tulips, canal cruise, great food. I have the perfect relaxing two day spring weekend itinerary for you! #amsterdam #netherlands #holland #spring #april #weekend #itinerary #dutch #travel #destinations #europe

I loved staying in the Pulitzer Amsterdam, a luxury hotel with top-notch service and very unique rooms with canal views. This hotel is located close to the Anne Frank House, The Pancake Bakery, and the Jordaan neighborhood.

Mozart Hotel

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If you need a more affordable option, the Mozart Hotel also has a great location not far from the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and it’s only about a 25-minute walk across the city to Amsterdam Centraal. They offer triple rooms and breakfast is included. The downsides are the rooms and the bathroom are tiny (common in Europe) and the elevator is very slow.

More or Less

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I love this!

If you have more time…

Check out the Museum of Bags and Purses, GASSAN Diamonds, the Van Gogh Museum and a day trip to see the famous Cube House Museum in Rotterdam (bucket list item for my next trip to Amsterdam).

If you have less time…

Then my 36 Hours in Amsterdam post might work better for you and fits any time of the year as it doesn’t include tulip season.

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Amsterdam in April. Sounds awesome right? It is! Tulips, canal cruise, great food. I have the perfect relaxing two day spring weekend itinerary for you! #amsterdam #netherlands #holland #spring #april #weekend #itinerary #dutch #travel #destinations #europe
Amsterdam in April. Sounds awesome right? It is! Tulips, canal cruise, great food. I have the perfect relaxing two day spring weekend itinerary for you! #amsterdam #netherlands #holland #spring #april #weekend #itinerary #dutch #travel #destinations #europe
Amsterdam in April. Sounds awesome right? It is! Tulips, canal cruise, great food. I have the perfect relaxing two day spring weekend itinerary for you! #amsterdam #netherlands #holland #spring #april #weekend #itinerary #dutch #travel #destinations #europe
Amsterdam in April. Sounds awesome right? It is! Tulips, canal cruise, great food. I have the perfect relaxing two day spring weekend itinerary for you! #amsterdam #netherlands #holland #spring #april #weekend #itinerary #dutch #travel #destinations #europe
Amsterdam in April. Sounds awesome right? It is! Tulips, canal cruise, great food. I have the perfect relaxing two day spring weekend itinerary for you! #amsterdam #netherlands #holland #spring #april #weekend #itinerary #dutch #travel #destinations #europe

That’s how we spent our spring weekend in Amsterdam in April. It was fun, but relaxing and that’s exactly what I was aiming for.

Amsterdam in April. Sounds awesome right? It is! Tulips, canal cruise, great food. I have the perfect relaxing two day spring weekend itinerary for you! #amsterdam #netherlands #holland #spring #april #weekend #itinerary #dutch #travel #destinations #europe

Have you been to Amsterdam in April or during the spring at all? What was your itinerary like? As always, I love hearing from you!

‘Til next time…

Trimm Travels,

Heather

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40 Comments

  1. I love reading of your travels. I noticed your Mom posted pictures on FB. We lived in Belgium for a number of years, so visiting Holland was always so much fun. You bring back a lot of memories.
    Mary McLean

    1. Hi Mary-So cool you lived in Belgium. I was supposed to visit there last summer and it got messed up. But I will get there. Holland is definitely a fun place. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  2. There is no way I would do that swing in Amsterdam. I looked it at that earlier this year and thought..bugger that and walked on! (I was drunk at the time). 😀 Havent seen the smallest house in Amsterdam yet, been there four times to the city and I keep missing this!

  3. You certainly packed a lot in Heather! I have not been to Amsterdam for many years, but you have reminded me how much I enjoyed this city. I agree: it is a wonderful, characterful city to just walk and explore, but I too remember thoroughly enjoying the canal trip and learning about the architecture. I found the Anne Frank House very moving and memorable. And if nothing else persuaded me to make a return visit to Amsterdam, those swings certainly will. I have to do this! Wonderful pictures and great information as usual.

    1. Hi Jane-Yes, you have to try the swing! It’s so much fun!! Hope you get return sooner than later and thanks for reading! 🙂

  4. I last visited Amsterdam years ago, and my favorite parts were the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum and the Heineken Brewery. I missed the tulips and many other great attractions and clearly need to go back.

    1. Hi Catherine-You sound like me my first time to Amsterdam. I knew I had to return in the spring for the tulips. I hope you get to go soon, like next year! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  5. Wow Heather, your photography is looking beautiful. I used to go to Holland every couple of years for work but Jenn has yet to visit. It’s very high on our places to go list. We would probably do a bit more biking but she just has to see Amsterdam. Beautiful post.

    1. Hi Ed-Thank you so much! Yes, Jenn needs to go to Amsterdam soon! A trip next spring would be fantastic so you could see the tulips! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  6. Love the look of Amsterdam in April. The skies are so blue and the tulips so colorful. And so much delicious food too. Will do this trip in summer sometime.

  7. Your title of your blog is very misleading (cheeky said) as you have offered so many options that it is hardly relaxing 2 days! But I love it all! I would especially spend time just cruising up and down the canal, walking and biking the streets taking in the fabulous architecture, yes, even the leaning buildings, hoping to catch a glimpse of seeing the hooks in action. I also love how they have decided to move the I amsterdam sign around the city. Such a great way for locals and tourists to visit parts of the city that they might not have already seen. I have pinned this for future reference as I hope to travel here one day soon!

    1. Hi Renee-Funny! I suppose that could definitely be true. For me it was pretty relaxing because it’s so easy to see so much of that in not a lot of time. You hit a lot of it on the canal cruise. Amsterdam is very walkable and relatively small. Just a great city to explore. Hope you get to go soon and thanks for reading! 🙂

  8. I heard about the houseboats in Amsterdam and always wondered how much of it moved around or if they were pretty stable. I have seen a few Airbnb houseboats and would love to stay in one if I visit Amsterdam. I had no idea they started moving the famous I amsterdam sign around the city. A good tip that there is a permanent one at the airport 🙂

    1. Hi Candy-Some of the houseboats don’t move and some do. I think it depends on the owner and how they own the space they are in but I’m not entirely sure. It would be really cool to stay in one! Yep, the sign is moving…catch it when you can! LOL! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  9. I spent 3 days in Amsterdam back in 2010 and I have to be honest I didn’t really enjoy it. In retrospect I think the weather which was terrible at the time and the fact we have been travelling for 8 weeks didn’t help.

    We were thinking about giving it another try on our next trip to Europe and your article has convinced me we really should. Thanks for sharing

    1. Hi Paula-I totally get how weather and long lengths of traveling can contribute to those kinds of feelings. I’ve been there with other cities. I’m so glad to hear you are considering giving Amsterdam another shot. I really do think you will like it! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  10. Wow… You were able to squeeze in so much in your 2-day itinerary. I have never seen I am Amsterdam sign so uncrowded as in your picture. I would love to go for a walking tour of the town someday. Great pictures.

    1. Hi-Thank you so much! I was somewhat surprised to get the Iamsterdam sign without people in it too! Walking the city is, in my opinion, the best way to truly see it! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  11. Beautiful picture! You’ve covered the area well and very informative. The tilted houses and hooks are interesting 🙂

  12. So fun! I love all the beautiful colours of Amsterdam! I did not know that about the houses leaning forward, that’s so smart. I think, I too, would jump from on a canal cruise! Some of the best views will be from the water! It looks like spring is the perfect time to go!

    1. Hi Olivia-Spring is the perfect time because of the tulips and yes, a canal cruise is definitely the best way to see so much of the city with unobstructed views. It’s especially great if you don’t have a lot of time. And if you do, take several! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  13. I actually didn’t know that there were multiple iAmsterdam signs, or that they moved around! I saw only one when I was in Amsterdam, and just kind of happened upon it, too. I love how Amsterdam looks in the spring. It’s so flowery and cheerful! I enjoyed my trip in November but would definitely love to return in a different season!

    1. Hi Sarah-My first trip was actually in November too (a few years ago) and I LOVE Amsterdam in the fall. All the fall foliage falling into the canals is beautiful. But I knew I had to get back to see the tulips and I’m so glad I did. I highly recommend it if you can get there in the spring! The I amsterdam sign hasn’t always moved around I don’t think. They took the one down at the Rijksmuseum and started moving it around in 2018. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  14. Your pictures are gorgeous! I’ve never gotten to see Amsterdam in the sunshine; it’s always raining when I go. So much prettier in the sunshine. And the tulips! Gorgeous! Maybe I should try to go in April so I see the flowers. And the Anne Frank House. I didn’t have a chance to get tickets for that, either.

    1. Hi Juliann-Yes, the Anne Frank House is hard to get tickets for. I worked with them on my first trip to Amsterdam and it is an emotional experience. If you don’t get them when you plan your next trip, they do release about 20% of their daily allotment at 9 am available same day! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  15. Amsterdam is soooo beautiful in the spring!! You are brave getting on that swing, I don’t think I could do it 🙁 but luckily there are so many other wonderful things to see and do! I went with my family to the keukenhof gardens and totally loved it too. The tulip fields in spring are also spectacular for the rows and rows of tulips!

    1. Hi Alex-Yes, the tulips are absolutely beautiful aren’t they? And the swing…totally get it isn’t everyone’s thing but A’DAM Lookout has spectacular views at the top without having to get on the swing so definitely go up next time you’re in Amsterdam! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  16. You did so much in two days! After traveling with you a bit, I’m not surprised 😉 I’ve been to Amsterdam before but it was so long ago and I was with family and on a time crunch so I don’t remember but how beautiful it was. Would love to go back one day and experience more!

    1. Hi Ashley-Yep, haha! As you know, I can cover some ground! But, honestly, it seems like more than it really was. Amsterdam is not overly big and you can see a lot on the canal cruises alone. I highly recommend going back in the spring if you get the chance! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  17. Whoa! That’s quite a long read.But, surely, it is an interesting one. I have been seeing a lot of articles about Amsterdam. But there are still a lot to learn about this great city.

    I really those picture of Amsterdam at night. The light painting looks cool too.

    And those tulips are indeed amazing!

    1. Hi Cat-Yes, there is so much to do in Amsterdam. The tulips though are definitely the highlight. I highly recommend going if you get the chance! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  18. I went to Amsterdam years ago and realizing I missed so many things (it was a short stay). I want to go back and hit more of the museums and the sunrise photography class. I also don’t I appreciated the bridges enough. Sounds amazing. Maybe it wasn’t there at the time, but I also haven’t done the Iamsterdam sign. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Nancy-I understand, there is so much to do in Amsterdam and it often gets overlooked! Not sure when you went last so I don’t know if the I amsterdam sign was there or not. It rotates now but there is one always at the airport. The bridges are amazing. Hope you get to go again soon! Thanks for reading! 🙂

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