Amsterdam gardens open to the public

Hidden behind the stately façades of the houses along Amsterdam’s canals lie some of the city's best-kept secrets: private gardens. For one weekend in June, you can look behind these impressive canal-side homes and step into a completely different world, where a quiet green oasis welcomes visitors.

Canal house life

Very few of these canal house gardens are usually open to the public year-round, but each year some 30 of them are accessible to visitors during Open Tuinen Dagen, or Open Garden Days. Presented by the Museum Van Loon you’ll see both classic and contemporary gardens, all beautifully manicured with hedges, ponds and fountains. Indulge yourself and romanticise the canal house life and how the other half lived as, according to the Open Garden Days website, many of these stately homes were occupied by families only in the colder months, vacating to their summer estates when it got warmer.

For more information

Please note, there are a limited number of tickets available this year. Advanced booking until June 11: €18.00 (excl. €1,50 service charge) via Webshop of Museum Van Loon. Bought online during the event via Webshop of Museum Van Loon: €20,00 (excl. €1,50 service charge).

Children under the age of 12 can access the gardens for free, when accompanied by an adult.

Starting addresses On 12, 13 and 14 June it is possible to buy a ticket at one of the starting addresses. These are also the addresses where you can exchange your online bought voucher.

1. Amnesty International, Keizersgracht 177 Note: PIN ONLY
2. Cromhouthuis, Herengracht 368
3. Museum Van Loon, Keizersgracht 672 Note: PIN ONLY
4. Museum Willet-Holthuysen, Herengracht 605
5. Huis Marseille, Keizersgracht 401