What Birds can you find in Amsterdam?

The Amsterdam air is busy. About 100,000 birds are building nests and breeding in the city. Which special birds breed in our city?

Peregrine Falcons breeding on top of the Rijksmuseum

A pair of Peregrine Falcons can be spotted above the Rijksmuseum. They breed high in the clock tower at the Rijksmuseum since 2020. A very special sight in the middle of the busy city. In 2021 and 2022 they successfully produced 2 and 3 young. Unfortunately in 2023 the young birds died. Here you can check out some bird videos. The Falcons like to eat ring-necked parakeets.

Exotic Parakeets in Amsterdam

The Ring/Necked Parakeets can be spotted all over town. These bright green exotic birds have been living in Amsterdam since 1976, after some escaped. By now there are about 5000 of them in the city. They love eating peanuts, flowers and fruit. The males have a black ring around the neck. The birds are very noisy and hard to miss.

Bird Breeding Season

The Breeding season goes from March until October. Most birds breed from mid-March to July. Some birds breed early, such as the Blue Heron and the Tawny Owl. Also the Egyptian Nile Geese with young this year. Other birds breed later, such as the tree falcon, which only starts at the end of May. Some birds breed 2 or 3 times in a row.

Nesting in Amsterdam

Most birds yearly make a new nest. Others keep returning to the same nest. Common birds are the House Sparrow and the Swift. The swift is a reall urban bird. It only needs a small hole or crack in a wall or under the roof to breed. Every year in April they fly from Africa to Amsterdam, about 6,000 kilometers. After a 3 months stay they go back. Here you can find the known breeding places: Amsterdam Nesting Spots. All nesting birds are protected. It is prohibited to remove a nest or disturb the birds. In some areas dogs are not allowed to walk free during the breeding season.

Bird Spotting in Amsterdam City Parks

As a bird lover, you can discover quite some birds in the city parks and cemeteries. Like the Stork, the Kingfisher, the Tawny Owl and the large Alexander parakeet. Also Blue Herons, Blackbirds, Starlings, Blue and Black Tits, Finch birds, Couws and Crows can be spotted everywhere. In the countryside you can also spot: Oystercatchers, Godwits.

Waterbirds in Amsterdam

On the Amsterdam Canals and waters you can find many waterbirds, like ducks, swans, geese, grebes, foots and comorants.

More info on Amsterdam birds: BIRDS IN AMSTERDAM.

Did you book a VIP Tour and/or cruise with us? Let your guide know you are interested in birds, and we will pay extra attention to them!

Buy Dutch Tulip Bulbs

Here you can find more information about where and how to buy Dutch Tulip Bulbs. Where and why buying them? Read on for our suggestions.

“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.

A Keukenhof Visit in Spring

Make sure to book a tour with a private guide for your Keukenhof visit to make most out of it!

The 8 weeks a year that the worldfamous Keukenhof gardens are open to the public (in spring), attract many flower lovers. You can immediately choose your favourite flower bulbs and order them home at the stand of QFBGardening.

Where and when to buy springflower bulbs

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

Buy Fresh bulbs online with discount

Order flower bulbs online to get fresh bulbs shipped to your home address in autumn! Order on QFB Gardening and use the code: SPRING10 (when checking out) to get 10% discount on orders from € 50,-!

Have a flowerful day!

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!

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Enjoy your preparations and visit!



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Keukenhof information 2024

The Keukenhof opening in 2024

Here we would like to share some practical information on The Keukenhof in 2024. This spring the most beautiful springflower park in the world will be opened from March 21 – May 12. The park opens each day from 8:00 – 19:30. Make shure you do not miss it and book our Private Keukenhof Tour to visit the gardens with a guide to see and learn most about them. When you are sporty, you might want to rent a bike and go cycling along the tulip fields!

Plan your Keukenhof visit for this spring

When you are looking to spend some time in spring in Amsterdam, we can recommend to combine your citytrip with a visit to the Keukenhof. Perhaps you would like to combine a  flowergarden visit with an Aalsmeer Auction tour.

Why should you visit this International Flower Exhibition?

Because it will be an unforgetable colourful experience! Also the famous Keukenhof Gardens are only open in spring and closed for the rest of the year in preparation of next season. The Keukenhof gardens attrack annually over a million visitors from all over the world. 20% of the visitors come from the Netherlands, 40% come from neighboring countries. The rest of the come from distant countries. In 2019 the Keukenhof received 120,000 Americans and 90,000 Chinese. Also from eastern Europe, Russia and South America, the number of visitors are growing. So, definately you do not want to mis out on these gardens!

Keukenhof tickets

When you book a guided tour of the Keukenhof with Amsterdam VIP Tours, we will also take care of the entrance tickets.

Would you prefer to buy them yourself: Keukenhof Tickets. When you need more info and practical information on the Keukenhof in 2024, check out their website directly at: Keukenhof Information.


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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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Cheesemarket in Alkmaar

Yearly thousands of visitors from around the world come to Alkmaar for its cheese market. It is a special spectacle with a market filled with cheese and hauling cheese carriers. In 1365 Alkmaar got the weighing rights.

The Alkmaar cheesmarket take place from the end of March until the end of September. The weekly cheese market is held on Fridays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 
Unfortunataly due to the Corona measures, the first cheese market of the season is postponed until after September 1 this year….  (The 1st cheese market was scheduled for Friday March 2). We expect the market to take place again from 2021.

Program (subject to change):

09:50 h: the tourists are welcomed
09:55 h: the belluider introduced
10.00: The bell is rung and the market is open
10:05 to 10:50 h: oral explanations for the visitors in Dutch, German, English and French or Spanish.
10:50 to 11:15 h: the carillon is played
11:20 to 12:05 h: oral explanations for the visitors in Dutch, German, English and French or Spanish
12:15 to 12:30 : the carillon plays
13.00. PM end cheese market, Waagplein Alkmaar

There is also around the cheese market a lively arts and crafts market place. You can find other real Dutch pancakes, herring, farmer cheese, a clog maker, craft stalls and much more!

Evening cheese markets

In addition some evening cheese markets are organized during the year. This will be on Tuesday evenings from May to August. Surrounded by a lively market.

Note: always check online if dates or circumstances have changed…: CHEESEMARKET ALKMAAR.


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Rijksmuseum | Frans Hals under investigation

When visiting the Gallery of honour the coming weeks, you will see there is a famous painting of Frans Hals ‘under investigation’, by the Rijksmuseum, Frans Hals Museum and TU Delft.

Frans Hals Rijksmuseum

The scanning the “Lean Company” painting is done to find out if it is a genuine Frans Hals or not. The research is funded by the NWO Museum Exhibition and will take a few weeks. From February 20, 2017 also 5 major civic guard paintings (schutterstukken) in the Frans Hals Museum will be scannes.

Between January 22 and February 12, experts from the National Museum involved in the study, will twice a week give an explanation of the painting in the Hall of Fame. Showing the latest scan results.

Data: Jan. 31, February 5, 7, 12 (2017)

Time: 3:00 – 3:30 PM in Dutch / 3:30 – 4:00 PM in English.

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Winter in Amsterdam

Every year the Dutch keep hoping for a cold winter, in order to be able to skate on ‘natural ice’. The last week it has been freezing cold, but not cold enough. Tonight seems to be the last freezing night sofar.

The last winter the Amsterdammers were ice skating on their worldfamous canals was in February 2012. Here’s a picture:amsterdam_winter_2012 So from now on it will start getting warmer, and the days will start to get longer again. In wintertime the days are very short in the Netherlands, whereas the summers have very long daytime!

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Rotterdam by Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was never able to see the modern skyline of Rotterdam. Yet his influence clearly visible in a series of recent paintings of the port city:

Instagram Amsterdam VIP ToursThe Costa Rican artist Erika Stanley portrayed striking Rotterdam buildings in the style of Van Gogh. She made colorful paintings of the Erasmus Bridge, the Market Hall, Central Station and the world-famous cube houses.

The artist loves both Rotterdam and the work of the famous painter Vincent van Gogh. That love comes together in the series “If Van Gogh…”.

The paintings are on display from October 29 in Thyade Art gallery in Rotterdam.

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2 stolen Van Gogh paintings found after 14 years!

The works of art were found during grand Italian study. The Prosecutor of Naples announced (during a press conference) that the 2 missing paintings by Van Gogh were found. The found works are the 2 canvases that were stolen from the museum in 2002: ‘Sea at Scheveningen’ (1882) and ‘Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen’ (1884/85).

The conclusion of the curator who studied the work at the request of the Italian Public Prosecutor for authenticity and origin, was clear: “These are the real paintings!”. After 14 years of wandering the two works seem in fairly good condition. Both are no more equipped with their list and show some damage. When the work will come back to Amsterdam is still not clear.

The unique works of are of great art historical importance. The historical and artistic value of the paintings for the collection is large. ‘Sea at Scheveningen’ is the only painting in the museum’s collection of Van Gogh’s period in The Hague (1881 1883). It is one of only two seascapes he painted in his Dutch years and is an important example of Van Gogh’s earliest painting style in which he showed himself very quirky.

The ‘Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen’ is a small canvas that Van Gogh painted in early 1884 for his mother. Pictured is the church of the Dutch Reformed Church in Nuenen, which Van Gogh’s father worked as a pastor. In 1885, after the death of his father, Van Gogh took the canvas again in hand and joined the congregation in the foreground far, including women with a shawl which was worn in times of mourning. This may be a reference to the death of his father. The biographical charge the painting has great sentimental value.

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