Living the Dutch life - April

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Tulip Festival

Admire millions of blooming tulips in venues all over Amsterdam during the Tulip Festival 1-30 April. Inspired by the tulip festival in Istanbul, the city aims to plant one tulip for every Dutch citizen. This year, half a million tulips have been planted in different public locations and gardens outside notable buildings, such as the Rijksmuseum, Bijenkorf and NEMO. The city will offer a free festival guide that shows all participating venues, the names of the tulips on display and a map where to find them. Some locations, such as museums and gardens, may charge a fee.

Gouda Cheese Market

Visit the traditional Gouda Cheese Marketa nostalgic spectacle at the heart of the Dutch cheese industry in the city of Gouda, from 1 Apr-31 Aug. The world-famous Gouda cheese is still made and traded in the same way it was when initiated in 1395. On Thursday mornings, except Ascension Day, you can watch the distinctive cheese wheels being delivered to the market by horse and cart and then arranged and nicely stacked for sale. Farmers and traders seal their bargains for the best cheeses through symbolically shaking hands. At the Gouda Cheese and Crafts Museum, located in the weighing house, more about the history of cheese-making can be explored. 

IamExpat Fair

Learn all about life in the Netherlands on 6 April. The IamExpat Fair takes place twice a year, with this edition in Amsterdam, 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. Entrance to the fair is free after online registration.


Get into the Greenhouse

Take to opportunity to see what is happening in the Dutch greenhouses from 6-7 April. Get into the Greenhouse (Kom in de Kas) is the largest horticultural event in the Netherlands and lets you discover a world of vegetable, flower and plant cultivators. There will be fun activities for all ages, such as tasting sessions, seeing robots watering plants or health nutrition cooking workshops. Find out where you can visit a greenhouse on the website or ask a local tourist information office.

National Museum Week

Discover art treasures and unique show pieces during National Museum Week 8-14 April. Around 400 different museums will showcase their unique collections, with special exhibitions, guided tours and children activities available to the public. This year’s theme is 'discovering the real gold together' - looking to connect the cultured capital's history with the present.


Flower Parade

Enjoy the delicious perfumes and beautiful sight of decorated floats and cars during the Flower Parade 13 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. Good viewing spots go quickly so make sure you're on time. If you cannot make the parade, the floats will remain on view in Haarlem until the end of 14 April. 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 in the three days before the parade.


Celebrate the magic of Amsterdam‘s spring when the Elm trees throw natural confetti by unleashing their seeds in a flurry of white blossoms. There is no other place in the world where so many Elm trees can be found. It is the signature tree of Amsterdam and has been defining the cityscape for centuries. During Springsnow, the Amsterdam Spring Celebration 21 April until 21 May, there are all kinds of activities. For example, catching the spring snow on the eight-kilometre-long elm route or visiting a spring snow photo exhibition at Amstelpark.

King’s Day

Join the biggest Dutch street party of the year where everyone is covered in orange to celebrate the King’s birthday 27 April. In the entire there country will be celebrations on the streets and canals (often with music), flea markets, fun fairs and many children activities. The capital city, Amsterdam, will literally be crowded with people and certainly has the most exuberant celebrations. Traditionally the party already starts on the night before with King’s Night, what the city of The Hague is most know for. With any luck you might also see the Royal family yourself 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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