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1. The love boat

Amsterdam is simply gushing with old city charm and what better way to see the city than by a canal ride! A romantic Valentine's cruise is the perfect way to see the city's illuminated waterways while enjoying dinner and drinks. For more information on canal cruises, check out our guide to canal cruising.

Amsterdam canal boat tour cruise

2. Classical romance

Nothing tickles the senses like a dose of classical music and Amsterdam’s concert halls provide a grand setting for a date! Look out for passionate performances at renowned venues in the city including the Royal Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.

Concertgebouw Amsterdam Leander Lammertink

3. Quantum Kisses

Titled 'Zoenen met miljoenen' in Dutch, this event at Micropia takes the romance of Valentine's kisses and examines it at a microscopic level. You and your loved one are invited to step into the Kiss-o-meter and discover exactly how many microbes are exchanged in your kiss. Romantic, eh? After a visit to Micropia you won't be able to look at the world in the same way.

Micropia Amsterdam Kiss CC BY 2.0 jamie Solorio via Flickr

4. Romantic comedy

Watching a movie together (romantic or otherwise) is a no-brainer for the first date or long-time partners alike. But we’re not just talking about any cinema date here. Amsterdam is home to a wide range of unique movie theatres perfect for a Valentine’s outing. Try Amsterdam’s oldest cinema The Movies on Harlemmerdijk for old-fashioned charm, intimate screening rooms with extra comfy red velvet seats and a  cosy bar and restaurant. Or immerse yourself in art-deco romance at Filmhallen’s ‘Parisien Room’, or the stunning Tuschinski cinema with its double ‘love seats’ just made for a Valentine’s Day movie date.

5. Passionate beats

Dressed to impress and ready to set the dance floor alight? Many of Amsterdam's clubs usually put on special events to help you have a Valentine’s night to remember, while on Valentine's Eve the Wonderland Festival serves up a menu of rumbling house and techno beats in a psychedelic Alice in Wonderland vibe. 

Wonderland Indoor Festival Amsterdam

6. Horse & carriage

Make like Cinderella and Prince Charming (or Carrie Bradshaw and Mr Big) and take a horse & carriage ride around the old cobblestone streets of Amsterdam to your dining destination.

Horse and carriage ride in Amsterdam by Tavallai

7. Table for two

Sit down to a Valentine's Dinner with your sweetheart at any of Amsterdam's most romantic restaurants. For a dining experience with a difference, see how well can you trust your lover while blindfolded: at Ctaste you dine in the dark to heighten your sense of smell and taste. If you'd keep thing casual with drinks, Amsterdam is home to more bars and pubs than you can shake a stick at. Keep it old school with a visit to a traditional Dutch brown café or go trendy at one of the city's cocktail bars.

8. Love and skate

Oh, the romance of holding hands and ice skating together! Realistically, you'll probably be falling all over the place and pulling each other down - but rosy cheeks become everyone and nothing is more gezellig. And if it's snow that makes you all warm and fuzzy inside, SnowPlanet in nearby Velsen-Zuidusually offer a Valentine's package with 4 hours on piste and a romantic dinner.

Amsterdam Museumplein skating rink Edwin van Eis

9. Latin lovin' in the Dam

It may still be chilly in February, but one way to turn up the heat this Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam is by shaking your stuff (or just watching other people shake theirs) at the annual Amsterdam Salsa Festival. Taking place this year from 12-14 February, the festival promises three days of workshops and classes, live performances and a special Valentine’s themed party on the Saturday night. 

Amsterdam Salsa Festival

10. Live the fairy tale

Indulge your inner knight or damsel this Valentine’s Day with a romantic trip to a fairy tale castle. Lying just to the East of Amsterdam in Muiden, the enchanting Amsterdam castle Muiderslot dates back to 1280 and comes complete with drawbridge, turrets, moat and landscaped gardens – the ideal backdrop for any courtly love to blossom.

11. Loved up during 24H Oost

The next edition of this spectacular 24-hour event hits Amsterdam Oost on 14 & 15 February. There's plenty going on for a packed Valentine's Day; check the 24h Oost listing for full details. 

24H Amsterdam Speeddichten voor Valentijnsdag CC BY-ND 2.0 JeanDaniel Echenard via Flickr

12. Get married for a day

Wed & Walk is the perfect way to get married without the commitment, as your vows only last a day! 

Wed and Walk Amsterdam

13. A bicycle made for two

Cycling is one of the best ways to experience Amsterdam. And what could be sweeter than roaming the city’s historic canals and lanes by tandem this Valentine’s Day? You can hire a bike for two at many of Amsterdam’s bike hire companies, including Macbike (€15 for 3 hours). 

Couple on tandem bike Amsterdam

14. Live the legend...

And head along to Amsterdam's famous Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) to steal a kiss with your loved one! Legend has it that couples who embrace on this beautiful little bridge over the River Amstel will be blessed with everlasting love.

Legend has it that kissing on or under the beautifully lit Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) in Amsterdam will ensure your love is everlasting.