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When I was doing my Amsterdam research, I tried to make sure I’m looking for things to do specifically for April. I was not disappointed in my research & how the trip turned out. Here’s 3 of my fav things that can only be done in April.
#1 Tulips tulips tulips!
Tulip season varies a bit year to year. I think we hit the planning jackpot! The tulips in front of our hotel were in full bloom and looked super beautiful when we arrived. We went to go check out the Keukenhof tulip gardens the next day. The weather was perfect and everything was awesome. Two days later there was a storm with strong winds and all the petals on the tulips fell off. It was sad to see the pedals all gone but I was super grateful we were greeted by the beauties when we arrived.
Keukenhof – The famous tulip gardens
Less crowded: Before 10:30 and after 16:00. Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesdays less crowded.
Entry: 18 euros for only the entry. 30 euros for entry & bus from the city (many stations)
#2 White asparagus
This was by far the most favorite thing I ate during our holiday. All three times I saw it on the menu, I ordered and was not disappointed.
White asparagus are grown underground and never saw the sun. This is why they don’t produce the chlorophyll which turns them green. All of my life I only tried the jarred slightly mushy white asparagus. I can say that the jarred ones are a disgrace compared to the fresh ones. I am in love.
High Wine at Dylan Amsterdam
Served 3:30pm-5:30pm daily
Select of 4 wines and 4 amuse-style bites
Cost: 39.50 euros per person
Reservations: on their website
The first white asparagus dish we had was part of the High Wine paring course. The tiny bite was amazing and I was craving for more.
Serre Restaurant – at the Okura hotel
Cost: Course meals from 37 euros per person
Notes: Bib Gourmand by Michelin aka excellent value for money
We had a light dinner at Serra Restaurant and we were delighted. The white asparagus dish was one of the daily specials and we jumped on the opportunity. Although all three were amazing, this was our (my hubby and I’s) favorite dish.
La Rive – at the Amstel Intercontinental Hotel
Cost: 90-145 euros per person
“White asparagus never saw the sun. As soon as the head pops up they dig em up. As soon as it becomes green they are not taken seriously anymore, and we call them vegetables.” – comment by our server. His sense of humor is hilarious.
This dish was bursting with all sorts of flavors which made it impossible to stop eating. I was surprised by how well the lobster pairs with the white asparagus.
#3 King’s Day
So what’s King’s Day anyway? April 27 is a national holiday in the Netherlands to celebrate the birth of King Willem-Alexander. Until the abdication of Queen Beatrix in 2013, the holiday was celebrated on April 30th.
On King’s Day, we opted for sleeping in and as transportation to the central part of the city was restricted, we took the longest walk we did during this trip. The canals, bars, parks and open spaces were all filled with un-sober people in orange clothing. I checked my phone after coming back from our holiday and I walked 24000 steps this day. No wonder I was craving a bath when we got back to the hotel.
There you have it! 3 things to do in Amsterdam in April! If you’re in planning mode, I’d pin this for later. You can also follow me on Pinterest for more ideas. What are you looking forward to doing in the Netherlands during the spring months? Let me know in the comments.