When the first buds start to appear, there’s only one place to be: Amsterdam. From walking through the tulip fields and pedaling past windmills to cruising down canals and indulging in cheese, Amsterdam has an activity for every kind of traveler. One of Europe’s most scenic cities, the Dutch capital will keep you (and your camera) happy. Read on to discover the six springtime experiences you can’t miss.
Where better to mark the changing of the seasons than one of the world’s largest spring gardens? Head to Keukenhof to soak up an explosion of color as 7 million tulips vie for your attention. Skip past the lines and stroll through the dazzling flower beds on this day trip from Amsterdam. The best part? You don’t need to worry about transport. This tour will take you from the city center to Keukenhof and back via luxury bus.
2. See iconic Dutch windmills and countryside
A trip to Amsterdam without exploring the cute villages and picturesque windmills nearby would be a missed opportunity. And with spring in the air, taking a half-day tour to the charming Dutch countryside is the perfect outdoor jaunt. Discover the lovely fishing communities at Volendam and Marken, and gorge on Edam cheese at a traditional dairy farm. For the complete Dutch experience, slip on some clogs when you visit a wooden shoemaker!
3. Cruise your way to a cultured day out
Exploring the patchwork of canals that Amsterdam is famous for goes without saying. But why not combine it with a spot of culture on a leisurely cruise? Glide down to the Rijksmuseum through the attractive De Pijp neighborhood. After you’ve enjoyed spring sunshine reflecting off the water, you’ll cruise past the line at the Rijksmuseum to admire Dutch artwork.
4. Surround yourself with cheese
The Dutch are good at a lot of things (see: clogs, tulips, bikes, beer). Go ahead and add cheese-making to the list, because they know what they’re doing on that front, too. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about cheese (or just eat a lot of it) this tour has you covered. Visit Henri Willig’s workshop and learn about the whole process while enjoying fine cheeses and a glass of wine (or a specially brewed pint).
5. Marvel at Van Gogh masterpieces
Admire the works of one of the Netherlands’ most famous sons, housed in the spectacular Van Gogh Museum. This fascinating voyage through the artist’s life contains over 200 paintings and 500 drawings from the troubled genius. You’ll come face-to-face with world-famous pieces like “Sunflowers” and “The Potato Eaters.” And with the flexible entry ticket, you have plenty of time for that picnic amongst the tulips beforehand.
6. Travel like the locals on a bike tour
In a city that’s completely obsessed with cycling, it would be equally crazy not to jump on a bike. With miles of bike lanes, there is no better way to get around. So pedal yourself away from the crowds on a memorable tour of the city. Feel the spring breeze in your hair as your guide takes you on a journey through Amsterdam’s history.