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Keukenhof - which is both a tourist attraction and a showcase for the Dutch flower-growing industry - displays millions of blooms every spring.
Image from Laurens Lindhout

Reasons to visit Amsterdam in Spring

If there’s one season of the year that brings out the best in Amsterdam and its surrounding countryside, then spring must be it. As the city awakens from its wintry spell, trees along the canals burst with greenery, tulips bloom, and the parks and terraces fill with people seeking out those first rays of sunshine. Spring is often referred to as the best time of year to visit the Amsterdam area, so let’s look at some of the reasons why.

Flowers are blooming everywhere

A family making pictures at the Keukenhof Garden.
Image from Janice Schuurman

Tulips are one of Holland’s most famous exports and come springtime in Amsterdam, you can’t move for these pretty petals. You’ll find plenty of flowers around the city, but for the entire floral experience, nothing beats a trip to Holland’s world-famous flower strip, or ‘bollenstreek’. Head to Keukenhof Gardens between March and May for the best blooms, or get involved in Amsterdam’s annual Tulip Festival, which runs throughout April.   

You can dress in orange and run amok for the day

Koningsdag or King's Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated on 27 April, the date marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander. 

Celebrations: Partying, wearing orange costumes,  and traditional local gatherings.
Image from Koen Smilde

Nothing can quite prepare the unsuspecting visitor for the utter bedlam that is King’s Day. This citywide annual carnival takes place on 27 April, and sees over a million revellers spill out onto the streets and canals to paint the town orange with boat parties, street parties, house parties, bar parties and every other sort of party imaginable. Find out all there is to know about King’s Day in Amsterdam.   

You're less likely to need your raincoat

A person walking through the Sarphatipark on a sunny autumn day.
Image from Jan de Ridder

Yes really. Put all ideas of April showers out of your mind because, statistically, April is the driest month of the year in Amsterdam. Which just makes everything (including cycling) so much nicer, doesn’t it? Not that you should let a bit of rain spoil your fun though – take a look here for our pick of the best rainy day things to do in Amsterdam, just in case.  

You can hang out in the park all day long

Vondelpark Openlucht open-air theatre classical music
Image from Vondelpark Openlucht Theatre

Amsterdam’s parks are beautiful at any time of year, but spring time really is something else. Maybe it’s because everyone is so happy to be out in the sunshine after the winter. Maybe it’s because the spring flowers and blossom filled trees make everything feel like a painting. Or maybe it’s down to events like Vondelpark Open Air Theatre and regular Sunday markets. Either way, parks + spring = good times in Amsterdam.

It’s cute season at the petting zoos

A woman and three children at the Amsterdamse Bos Goat Farm Ridammerhoeve Geitenboerderij to feed young goats
Image from Edwin van Eis

As anyone familiar with Bambi will be aware, spring is traditionally the time of year when baby animals are born. And you don’t need to leave the city to witness this adorable spectacle; just head to one of Amsterdam’s many petting zoos or farms to surround yourself with furry bundles of joy including baby goats, lambs, rabbits, piglets and more.   

Festival season gets going

DJ's in the booth during DGTL Festival 2022.
Image from Kirsten van Santen

With more than 300 festivals taking place in and around the city every year, Amsterdam’s festival programme spans all tastes and genres. And spring is when things really get going on the festival front with a host of film, music and culinary events taking place practically every weekend throughout April and May. Take a look at  our What's On Agenda and Weekend Guide to see what’s on.  

You can catch a rare glimpse of the city from above

View of the Wester tower
Image from Emilio Brizzi

Amsterdam has many monumental towers that peak over its skyline, but the public rarely ever gets to experience the special views of the city from inside them. However, that all changes during Open Tower Day in March, when you can feel like a giant as you climb some of Amsterdam’s most iconic towers and view the city’s unique skyline from above.  

You can celebrate freedom (for free) on Liberation Day

The traditional 5 mei concert on the Amstel river to celebrate Liberation Day in the Netherlands.
Image from Joël van Houdt

Every year on 5 May, Amsterdam and the Netherlands pause to celebrate the country’s liberation from German troops in 1945. To celebrate the country’s continuing societal freedoms, Liberation Day sees the city come alive with a selection of festivals, concerts and special events including public banquets known as Freedom Feasts and a huge floating concert on the River Amstel, attended by the King and Queen. Find out more about Remembrance and Liberation Day in Amsterdam.