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Amsterdam Ah, Amsterdam. The ‘Venice of the North’has 165 spectacular canals and an astonishing 1281 bridges!The 17th-century Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) that is such a defining and popular feature of this city is on UNESCO’s list for Outstanding Universal Value.

If you still haven’t visited Amsterdam, make this the year you stop postponing it! Where else can you find a Cheese Museum dedicated todairy goodness? Or a church hidden away in an attic on a canal house? Amsterdam is an eclectic blend of cultures, nationalities and languages, which is reflected in some of its most famous residents, from Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh to Anne Frank.

And, if you visit in April, you’ll have the chance to enjoy:

King’s Day

This celebration has taken place since 31st of August of 1885 in honour of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina. This means it was previously called Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag). Now, the 27th of April is called King’s Day (Koningsdag), after the inauguration of King Willem-Alexandre.

The festive spirit that can be felt throughout the city on this day is one-of-a-kind and needs to be seen to be believed! Amsterdammers will go orange-crazy on this day (with the colour, not the fruit), with over a million people wearing this bright shade as a show of pride for the Dutch royal family – the House of Orange-Nassau.

Celebrations will begin the evening before (King’s Night, or Koningsnacht), on the 26th April, and will carry on the next day. Revellers will have the opportunity to attend the many parties strewn across the city and enjoy the carnival atmosphere that can be felt no matter where you go!

Tulp Festival

Visiting Amsterdam and missing out on the Tulp Festival would be a tragedy! After all, the city has been associated with this flower since the seventeenth century; this year, at least half a million tulips will be plantedin 60 different locations of the city, and you’ll be able to enjoy a beautifully blooming Amsterdam from April 1st to May 14th by foot or bike.

Weather

April doetwathijwil. Which is to say, ‘April does whatever it wants’–this is true of the weather during this month. While this month tends to be fairly dry, erratic patterns are to be expected.April’s ficklenesswill not lessen the beauty, history and culture of the city, so we’re confident that even if it rains you’re going to enjoy yourself. A lot!

Not to Miss…

Sunny days or not, there are a few things you shouldn’t miss when you visit this amazing city. Taking a canal cruise should be on the top of your list! Visiting the Anne Frank House is another experience sought-after by many who visit the city, whether they’re from the Netherlands or not.

Try out one, or many, bottles of tasty Dutch beer, explore the many windmills around, visit a replica of the Amsterdam (an eighteenth-century ship that sailed between the Netherlands and the East Indies), and relax in one of the manybeautifulparks in the city after a day of exploring!

Visiting Amsterdam in April will give you the experience of a lifetime. The amazing food, the stunning buildings and monuments, the beautiful parks, the fantastic culture, the busy markets… lose yourself in this charming city and you’ll be the envy of everyone who had to stay home!

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