Amsterdam celebrates the month of April in a big way. Easter weekend is one of the busiest weekends in Amsterdam. This holiday absolutely stands alone with all of the special events that take place there. There are special places to visit if you are in Amsterdam at Easter time.
Keukenhof: A trip to Amsterdam on Easter would not be the same without visiting the Keukenhof tulip gardens. It is the biggest and most well-known spring garden. They have many different blossoming flowers in colorful fields. There is one coach tour that drives by the beautiful flower fields of hyacinths, daffodils, and tulips. They also go to a bulb farm to learn about the bulb industry and the tour is finished off at Keukenhof. Another tour goes through the City of the Windmills (Zaanse Schans) to taste the cheese that is made there, see the windmills they make, and then the tour ends at Keukenhof.
Cuddling Animals at The Zoo: During Easter weekend, there are many special events going on at the Amsterdam Artis Zoo. Children can cuddle with young animals that include bunnies, mice, and chicks.
Easter Amsterdam Brunch: A lot of Amsterdam’s finest hotels serve luxury brunches and High Teas. Some of these hotels are The Grand, Andaz, or the Amstel. The Dophert provides a budget-friendly vegan brunch. For those people that want a more classical brunch, the Pilek has a six-course brunch accompanied by classical music.
Easter Operas: Bach’s Matthaus Passion or St. Matthew Passion is an Easter tradition in Amsterdam. People assemble in churches and concert halls throughout Amsterdam to listen to orchestras and choirs play and sing the sacred oratorio. Groups of people create a temporary choir to sing their version of Bach’s masterpiece of classical sacred music. During some of the concerts, the audience can sing along with the choir.
Amsterdam Easter Tulip Festival: To celebrate the blooming of the tulips in Amsterdam, the tulip festival brings the typical Dutch flower back to the town. The goal of the festival is to plant one flower for each person that lives in Amsterdam. To meet that goal, more than 800,000 tulips are planted. A lot of the museums in town participate in the event so that plenty of tulips will be visible during the festival.