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Living the Dutch life - April

Discover Dutch traditions

Alkmaar Cheese Market

Visit the world-famous tourist attraction where Dutch cheese is sold the traditional way! The Alkmaar Cheese market is a folkloric spectacle filled with thousands of stacked cheeses, cheese-hauling carriers and scales. It is a trading tradition that is centuries old - the market has been around since at least 1593! The market is held on Friday mornings from 30 March until 28 September and in July and August the market will also be held on Tuesday evenings. Around the market you will find stalls with other typical Dutch products, such as poffertjes (small fluffy pancakes), herring and clogs. More about the history of Dutch cheese making can be explored in the nearby Dutch Cheese Museum.

IamExpat Fair Amsterdam

Learn all about life in the Netherlands at the leading fair for internationals on 7 April. The IamExpat Fair takes place twice a year, this time in Amsterdam, and is designed to connect and support the expat community in the Netherlands. It offers information about a wide range of topics, such as housing, career, education and leisure. There will also be free workshops and presentations to attend and entrance to the fair is free if you register online.

Get into the Greenhouse

Take the opportunity to see what is happening in the Dutch greenhouses from 7 until 8 April. Get into the Greenhouse (Kom in de Kas) is the largest horticultural event in the Netherlands and allows visitors to discover the world of vegetables, flowers and plant cultivators. There will be fun activities for all ages, such as tasting products, robots watering plants and cooking workshops with information on healthy nutrition. Find out where you can visit a greenhouse on the website or ask a local tourist information office.

National Museum Week

Discover the artistic treasures and unique show pieces of Holland during the National Museum Week taking place from 9 until 15 April. Around 400 different museums will open up their unique collections and hold special exhibitions, guided tours and children activities. This year the National Museum Week aims to make museums interesting for people that wouldn’t usually visit museums.

Flower Parade

Enjoy the spectacular sight and perfumes of dozens of decorated floats and cars during the Flower Parade on 21 April. The parade follows a 42 kilometre route through the so called Flower Bulb area, from Noordwijk to Haarlem (passing the Keukenhof), and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. In order to get a good viewing spot it is advised to arrive early. The day after, on 22 April, the floats will remain on view in Haarlem. To see how millions of flowers, such as hyacinths, tulips and daffodils are pinned to the floats by hundreds of volunteers, the hall of De Leeuw Flowerbulbs in Sassenheim can be visited three days prior to the parade.

Springsnow Amsterdam

Celebrate the magic of Amsterdam‘s spring by viewing its signature elm trees unleash their seeds in a flurry of white blossoms. There is no other place in the world where so many elm trees can be found – the trees have been defining the cityscape for centuries. During Springsnow, the Amsterdam Spring Celebration which takes from 21 April until 21 May, a variety of activities and events take place. For example, catch the spring snow on the eight-kilometre-long elm route or visit a spring snow photo exhibition at Amstelpark.

King’s Day

Join the biggest Dutch street party of the year in which everyone is covered in orange to celebrate the King’s birthday on 27 April. The entire country will be celebrating on the streets and canals (often with music), and there will be flea markets, fun fairs and many children’s activities. The capital city will be crowded with people and certainly has the most exuberant celebrations. Traditionally the party starts the night before with King’s Night, of which the city of The Hague is most known for. With any luck you might also see the Royal family, as each year they visit one of the municipalities in the Netherlands during the celebrations. Learn more about King’s Day traditions by reading these fun facts!

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