Open Tower Day Amsterdam – 28th of March, 2015

Tomorrow is Open Tower Day: 21 historical and contemporary towers will open their doors for you from 10:00 am to 16:00 pm.

During the day different activities will be arranged in the towers. All information about the participants, terms and conditions, book signings, art tours, walking tours and the photo/film contest can be found on the website:

Reminder: don’t forget to bring your binoculars and also make sure to take beautiful photos for the photo contest!

For the Oudekerkstoren, the Westertoren, the Bijenkorftoren and the Posthoornkerk a reservation is required. See the tower’s page for more info.

ABN Amro headquarter

ABN Amro headquarter       Beurs van Berlage

De Bijenkorftoren              De Westertoren

                                   De Waag                             Faralda Kraantoren

                          Fletcher hotel                      Kalvertoren / Blue Amsterdam                                Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy  Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre              Oudekerkstoren                 Posthoornkerk

                        Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre  Ransdorpertoren


Amsterdam Tulipfestival (1-30 April 2015)

A bulb for every citizen of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is traditionally connected to the legendary tulip; however, the bulb seems to have vanished from the streets. Therefore, Tulp Festival (1-30 April 2015) wants to bring back the tulip in the city streets with the aim to eventually plant one tulip for each individual citizen of Amsterdam. This amounts to 800.000 tulips, a dream that simply has to come true.

This year, 423.207 tulips were planted. This amount is increased by 116.074 tulips planted in pots.

When, where and how

For this first edition of Tulp Festival, a number of interesting public locations in the city were selected as well as a couple of gardens at remarkable buildings in the city areas south, centre and north. Last fall, thousands of bulbs were planted, which will bloom during the month of April.  

The public locations are, of course, freely accessible, and the museums charge their regular fees. Allow the sheer explosion of colours and the endless variety to inspire you to plant tulips next fall.

Participants of the Tulp Festival are:

Amstel Hotel
Amsterdam RAI
Bijbels Museum
Canal House
Conservatorium Hotel
EYE Amsterdam
Hilton Amsterdam
Hortus Botanicus

Museum Het Grachtenhuis
Museum Van Loon
Museum het Rembrandthuis
Museum Willet-Holthuysen
Oude Kerk

Het Scheepvaartmuseum
Tulip M
Stadsdeel Centrum
Stadsdeel Noord
Stadsdeel Zuid
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Wyndham Apollo Hotel


The bulb-growing area is a unique part of the Netherlands. This district is situated in the urban agglomeration of Western Holland, between the cities of Haarlem and Leiden, (only 20 km from Amsterdam). Characteristic of this area are the beautiful North Sea beaches and its hinterland filled with historical  bulb-growing cultivation. The explosion of colours of  tulips, daffodils and hyacinths during springtime attracts millions of visitors from both home and abroad.

This is an annual parade of 42 km, that attracts millions of people along the route. This year the theme will be: ‘200 years of Monarchy’.

All these spectacular flowers, the tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are processed for decoration in floats and luxury cars and will pass through the bulb-growing area for the 68th time on the 24th  and 25th of April, showing the Dutch flower-bulb cultivation in all its glory. On April 26th all floats can be admired at the market square in Haarlem (until 5 PM).

We warmly welcome you at one of the events during the Flower Parade week in the bulb-growing area.



Once every 5 years, SAIL comes to Amsterdam. This year the spectaculair event will take place from Wednesday 19 to Sunday August 23rdn.

With a Sail-In Parade of 8 kilometers long, the opening of Sail Amsterdam 2015 will be twice as long the previous edition in 2010.

A large number of tall ships comes to SAIL Amsterdam for the first time, as the Atyla from Spain. This ship was built in 1917 as a Dutch freighter. After the 42-meter long ship was converted into a training ship of the Maritime Academy of Stockholm, it sails since 2011 under the Polish flag.
After years of absence, the ARC Gloria from Colombia will again will be present. “If the men entering, proudly sing their national anthem and that while they are high on the yards, that gives goosebumps,” said Jeannette Blijdorp of the organization.