Winter Fun in Holland!

What to do in the Netherlands in Wintertime?

Winter is coming. The temperatures start to drop, the days are become shorter and shorter. The heating is turned on and outside it’s getting dark while inside we like to have candles and perhaps even an open fireplace.It might not be the time of the year you would think about visiting Holland, but there are lots of fun things to do!

Amsterdam Light Festival 2019 [November 20 – January 20]

29 Light Artworks can be found in Amsterdam city center from 20 November 2018 – 20 January 2019. This 7th edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival, consists of 53-day-long exhibition of light artworks are switched on daily from 5 – 11 PM. (The only exception is New Year’s Eve when the Light Festival lasts only from 5 – 8 PM).

This is fantastic since in wintertime we have very short days in the Netherlands. You can book a walking or VIP Cruise boat tour to enjoy the art!

Contact Amsterdam VIP Tours for your options and availability. Best way to see the Light Art would be with a private VIP Cruise..

Ice Rink Museumsquare Amsterdam [November 18 – February 5]

Perhaps the most beautiful ice rink in the Netherlands and at a unique location in Amsterdam. Hire some skates and hit the ice or just watch others having fun on ice.You should not miss this place in wintertime. The replica of the Skinny Bridge over the Amstel river is a great picture opportunity!

Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday from 10:00 AM – 9 PM.
Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM – 10 PM.

Amsterdam Winter Tour

Midwinter Celebrations in De Rijp [14, 15 & 16 December 2019]

The 9th Midwinter party will take place on the weekend of 14, 15 and 16 December 2018. A wide variety of musical, artistic and cultural performances can be expecte in various locations in the center of the village. Local citizens will be wearing nostalgic clothing. This will give the village the appearance of the Leeghwater time and the period of Jan Boon.

Hours: Friday evening 14 December from 7 – 9 PM, Saturday 15 December from 11 AM – 10 PM and Sunday 16 December from 11 AM – 6 PM.

If you happen to be in Amsterdam this weekend it is a great idea to combine a visit of De Rijp with our Countryside Tour.

Winter Christmas Markets 2019

If you are crazy about Christmas shopping, you will love visiting one of our countries Christmas Markets. This German tradition is becoming more and more popular in our country as well. Our favourites:

1) Haarlem Christmasmarket near Amsterdam [8 and 9 December 2018]

The Haarlemmer city center will be transformed in a largest and cosy Christmas market. This year it will be 25th year the market is held! About 300 stalls on the the Grote Markt around the Large Church. Christmas songs can be heard from the speakers. The Dickens orchestra and other choirs be found performing in various beautiful monumental locations.

In 2017 the Haarlem Christmas market was nominated the best Christmas market in the country. A very pleasant market to visit!

2)  Heemskerk Christmas Castle Fair [November 29 – December 2]

One of the most beautiful locations in north Holland forms the scene of a Christmas market. A cozy experience in and around an ancient castle. The farmlands around Slot Assumburg have recently been transformed into a unique event area including park, sports facilities, modern visitor center and a historic castle garden.

Around 20,000 visitors are expected to visit this winter world at Slot Assumburg in Heemskerk. More info: Heemskerk Christmasfair.

3) Christmasmarket in magical Maastricht [December 1 – 31]

Maastricht is about a 2,5 hour drive from Amsterdam, a delightful atmospheric city, with cozy shops to make some Christmas shopping already! A reall Dutch gem to visit and an absolut winterfairytail… Every year about 1 milion people visit this Christmasmarket in Maastricht. There will be a completely covered skating rink, a ferris wheel, and lots of traditional activities.

On the Vrijthof you can find wooden stalls with treats as oliebollen and gluhwein. You can also buy beautiful gifts. You can also skate on a skating rink of 1000m2 and there will be a 45 meter high Ferris wheel and a merry-go-round with a floor. The children can also have fun with a great covered giant slide.

4) Original Valkenburg Christmarket in a cave! [November 16 – January 6]

From December 16 this market may not be missed if you visit Maastricht this winter! The Christmas market in Valkenburg takes place in the ‘City Cave’ (Gemeentegrot). The corridors of the cave are attractively illuminated and form the heart of the Christmas market in Valkenburg. The cave is owned by the municipality of Valkenburg and can be found at the foot of the Cauberg mountain. Also in the Velvet Cave and the Mergelrijk Grotto are nice Christmas markets!

5) The Hague [December 14 – 23]

The Royal Christmas Fair is located on the romantic Lange Voorhout in the center of The Hague, the historic heart of the city. It is surrounded by the Binnenhof, Palace Noordeinde, several embassies, museums, and atmospheric shopping streets (like Denneweg, Plaats and Plein square). Open every day from 12 – 9 PM. Great excuse to visit the lovely city of The Hague. More info: Royal Christmas Fair The Hague.

Make sure you also visit the city of The Hague and Delft when you plan to visit this Fair.

6) Dordrecht Christmasmarket [December 16 – 18]

In the historic city center of Dordrecht you can enjoy an ultimate Christmas atmosphere in the Midwinter weekend of December 16 – 18. Between hundreds of stalls and multiple stages with a beautiful backdrop of hundreds of monuments of the city and the iconic inland ports.

Want help to visit the Christmas Markets of your choice? Contact Amsterdam VIP Tours for a personalized plan! We help you ‘make most out of your Amsterdam stay’!

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Grachtenfestival | Canal Festival 2019

Het Grachtenfestival (‘Canal Festival’) is an annual festival of classical music. Attracting visitors from all over the world. It is held at special locations around the city center of Amsterdam. It takes place over a period of 10 days; in 2019 it will be held from August 9 – 18.

The Grachtenfestival provides a stage for young musical talent. Often offering musical events with historical settings on or beside Amsterdam’s numerous waterways.

The Grachtenfestival covers a broad spectrum of music. Young talents are offered a stage to show their development. This enables the festival to present a yearly overview of talented Dutch classical musicians and their progression.

Renowned solo artists and ensembles come together yearly in unprecedented combinations. They are inspired by a different theme each year. The combination of the senic Amsterdam background and interesting repertoire, offers classical music at the highest levels. However still presented in a way that is accessible to all. This is making the festival unique in the world.

There is also the Junior Grachtenfestival, which includes productions for all age groups (from babies and toddlers to teenagers). New performance locations are added every year. Many concerts are free and others have relatively low entry fees.

Traditionally many people will visit this concert with a (private) boat. So we expect a traffic jam on the canals this day! Therefore we advise to make sure you book your VIP boat on time!

Have a musical stay in Amsterdam!
More info: Grachtenfestival

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What to do in Amsterdam

Surely you want to make your Amsterdam visit most memorable by enjoying everything of your interest it has  to offer. So this can vary from person to person, since not everybody has the same interests. Hereby some things we think you should not miss when you go sightseeing Amsterdam.

* Canalcruise

 

* Rijksmuseum

 

* Begijnhof

 

* Floating Flower Market

 

* Adam Lookout Tower

 

* Vondelpark

 

* Amsterdam Light Festival (in winter time!)

 

Soon we will write more about these suggestions!

Want to make most of your time? Hire a VIP guide for a private tour!

Enjoy your preparations and visit!

 

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Special ‘Sunday’ Markets Amsterdam

In the summer on several locations in Amsterdam cozy Sunday markets are organized. Below you can read where and when you can find these streetmarkets!

SUNDAY MARKET WESTERGAS (12-17 PM)

At the Westergasfabriek there is a market every first Sunday of the month:

4 june
2 july
6 august
3 september
1 oktober
5 november
3 december
10 december (Funky Xmas Market)

ROKIN SUNDAY MARKET

Since 2017 the Rokin has drastically changed for the better and holds a very cosy Sunday Market on the 2nd Sunday in May / June / September / Oktober, so:
14 May
11 June
10 September
8 Oktober

NIEUWMARKT SUNDAY MARKET

The newest Deli & Lifestyle Market in old Amsterdam is on the last Friday of the month. These are the dates:
26 May
30 June
28 July
25 Augustus
29 September
27 Oktober
24 November
29 December

SUNDAY MUSEUM MARKET

Every 3rd Sunday of the month:

21 May
18 June
16 July
20 Augustus
17 September
22 Oktober (4e zondag!)
19 November
17 December (Kerst editie)

PURE SUNDAY MARKETS

DATUM TIJD LOCATIE
21 mei 11:00-18:00 uur Amsterdamse Bos Amstelveen
28 mei 11:00-18:00 uur Park Frankendael Amsterdam
4 june
11 june 11:00-18:00 uur Amstelpark Amsterdam
18 june
25 june 11:00-18:00 uur Park Frankendael Amsterdam
2 july* 11:00-18:00 uur Hoogstraat/ Het Markvelt Abcoude
9 july 11:00-18:00 uur Amstelpark Amsterdam
16 july 11:00-18:00 uur Amsterdamse Bos Amstelveen
23 july
30 july 11:00-18:00 uur Park Frankendael Amsterdam
6 august
13 august 11:00-18:00 uur  Amstelpark Amsterdam
20 august
27 august 11:00-18:00 uur  Park Frankendael Amsterdam
Zondag 3 september
Zondag 10 september 11:00-18:00 uur  Amstelpark Amsterdam
Zondag 17 september* 11:00-18:00 uur Gijsbrecht e.o. Hilversum
Zondag 24 september 11:00-18:00 uur  Park Frankendael Amsterdam
Zondag 1 oktober OPTIE Oostenburg Amsterdam
Zondag 8 oktober 11:00-18:00 uur  Amstelpark Amsterdam
Zondag 15 oktober 11:00-18:00 uur Amsterdamse Bos Amstelveen
Zondag 22 oktober
Zondag 29 oktober 11:00-17:00 uur  Park Frankendael Amsterdam
Zondag 5 november
Zondag 12 november
Zondag 19 november
Zondag 26 november 11:00-17:00 uur Park Frankendael Amsterdam
Zondag 3 december
Zondag 10 december WINTER 11:00-17:00 uur  Amstelpark Amsterdam
Zondag 17 december WINTER 11:00-17:00 uur  Park Frankendael Amsterdam

Meer informatie: http://www.puremarkt.nl/agenda.html

Have fun!

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Keukenhof

International Flower Exhibition

The visitors come from over 100 countries. 20% comes from the Netherlands, 40% of the visit from our neighboring countries. From the distant lands, Keukenhof received 120,000 Americans and 90,000 Chinese. Also from eastern Europe, Russia and South America, the number of visitors grew.

Romance along the flowerbeds

Keukenhof invested heavily in a new building and car park; that proved to work well. The theme for 2018 will be Romance. The Keukenhof will be opened in 2018 from 22 March to 13 May. Book already your private tour with Amsterdam VIP Tours, to guarantee your guided visit! See you then!

Open in 2018

In 2018 he Keukenhof gardens are open from 22 March untill 13 May. Make shure you do not miss it! Book our private ‘flower’ tourate ‘flower’ tour, visit the gardens and go cycling along the tulip fields!

Last Year (2017)

Keukenhof flower exhibition closed it’s 2017 season on May 21 with a record. The visitors appreciated the flower show with an 8.9. As many as 1.4 million visitors visited the park, 200,000 more than the year before.

The most beautiful spring park in the world is satisfied with this result. The beautiful cool spring caused full bloom for 8 weeks. The average age was significantly lower than previous years. More and more younger visitors experience the Keukenhof as a trendy park for a nice day out between the flowers.

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National Windmill Day – May 12 (2018)

This event is held since 1974 and will be held in 2018 on May 12. Thé chance to see windmills from inside! It will be an exploring experience. Over 900 Dutch mills will be operating and many will be open to the public.

Windmills are imporant features in the Dutch landscape. But you only understand the meaning when you visit them inside. These monuments are driven by wind and water.

Dutch Mill Foundation

The National Millday is organized by the ‘Dutch Mill’ Foundation and the Guilde of Voluntary Millers. More information can be found on Dutch Mills Society.

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Buying Tulip Bulbs in Amsterdam

“Tulips from Amsterdam”

A famous song and an important export product from the Netherlands! Many people visit Amsterdam from all around the world in spring to see the amazing amounts of spring flowers; tulips, duffodils, crocusses etc.

Keukenhof

The 8 weeks a year (in spring) that the worldfamous Keukenhof gardens are open to the public, attract many flower lovers.

Buying bulbs

What to do if you want to grow the beautiful flowers at home? We advise not to buy the bulbs locally. The chance you will get them through customs are rather small. Also you buy old bulbs.

Fresh bulbs with discount

Order flower bulbs online to get fresh bulbs shipped to your home address in autumn! Order on Dutch Garden World and use the code: CD16 (when checking out) to get 7,5% discount!

Have a flowerfull day!

 

Saturday afternoon JAZZ in cultural Amsterdam

Jazz in the Plantage

The summer Jazz festival is back! In July and August there will be special
Jazz concerts in the courtyard of the Hermitage Amsterdam, the Hortus and in the Portuguese Synagogue.

Hermitage Amsterdam

In the months of July and August, you can enjoy performances in the Hermitage Amsterdam’s interior garden every Saturday afternoon from 4 PM. The performances are taken care of by the talent of the Jazz department of the Amsterdam Conservatory. Access is free!

Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

On Sundays Afternoon from 4.30 pm, jazz concerts are on the Orangery’s terrace at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam (regular entrance fees apply).

The entire festival program is on Jazz @ the Plantage.
Please contact us if you would like us to help you with these arrangements.

Have fun!

 

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How to get Tickets for the Anne Frank House

Anne Frank

The Anne Frank House is an extremely popular museum in Amsterdam. The diary of Anne Frank was translated in about 80 languages, making it the most translated book of the Netherlands. Several movies have been made about the story and the museum, among others ‘The fault in our stars’. The story and the museum became well known all over the globe. That’s why so many people want to visit the museum during their stay in Amsterdam.

Insider tip

Unfortunately also Amsterdam VIP Tours cannot easily get tickets to the Anne Frank House. Usually you can only get tickets 2 months ahead of time. However you can always check online a day ahead or in the morning (often after 9 AM), because then some tickets might become available for a few lucky ones. Good luck!

Click here for online tickets: Online Tickets Anne Frank House.

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Waiting in line

If you were not able to get tickets, it does not mean you cannot visit the Anne Frank House. However you will have to line up and often there will be a waiting line of 2-3 hours.

From the 1st of May 2016 you can only with a pre-booked ticket between 9.00 AM and 3.30 PM. From 3.30 PM you can stand in line. It advisable to go between 7 and 8 PM for a possibly shorter waiting line. See openinghours below.

Be aware

The Anne Frank House is a self guided tour of about 45 minutes / 1 hour. We recommend to do this tour by yourself. Please bear in mind that the Anne Frank has very steep steps (like ladders) to clim.

Address
Anne Frank Museum
Prinsengracht 263-267
Amsterdam

Openinghours:
The Anne Frankhouse is 7 days a week
1 November – 31 March:      9:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Saturdays til 9 PM).
1 April – 31 October:            9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Anne Frank Diary

Did you manage to get tickets? Book an Amsterdam VIP Tour starting or ending at the Anne Frank House! We are more then happy to show you that part of town!

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New: The Largest Street Art Museum in the World

Next year Amsterdam will have a new museum. In the summer of 2018 the largest street art museum in the world will open it’s doors in the Lasloods at the NDSM werf (Amsterdam North).

The number of artists that improve the streetview are growing by the day. The most wellknown one is Banksy.

This artform is mostly short term, since it’s made in the streets. The museum wants to frame the modern timeperiod and it’s artforms. Giving streetart a location to be collected and on display for a larger audience.

The Lasloods is a Monument and will be renovated first. With the size of over 7000 m2, it will be twice as large as the Turbinehal of Tate Modern in London. All art works are especially made for the museum, at a secret location. The smallest painting will be larger then the ‘Nightwach’ paining of Rembrandt.

The large pieces of art will be displayed with the help of cranes. It is going to be impressive…

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