Every year more than 15 million tourists opt for visiting Amsterdam. This means there are several months in which the city seems to be packed up with tourist crowds. Being a popular travel destination in Europe, Amsterdam rarely experiences a moderate tourist count.
Thus, our recommendation is to consider booking a trip to Amsterdam in April. As spring starts to bloom, this city gets a rather unique aura, whilst the variegated tulips that makes Holland so special start to appear everywhere.
April is a festive month for Amsterdam, as various events and activities are available for everyone to attend. Visiting the Keukenhof tulips gardens, attending the King`s Day Festival or going for a day trip to the countryside or windmills, are all things to do in Amsterdam in April. But if you want to experience all that this city has to offer, read on to find out our top recommendations on what to do in Amsterdam in April.
Amsterdam in April: to do list
#1 Book a Canal Cruise in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is commonly known under the pseudonym `Venice of the North`. So, if you want to get an authentic feel of this city, we recommend you try a canal cruise. There are several tours available, all of which will get you a full city tour of the main attractions. And we guarantee this will be an experience you will remember for years to come!
#2 Walking tour & Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
Another activity to do in April in Amsterdam is booking a walking tour and experiencing the city as Anne Frank did back in the day. This tour will get you an in-depth introduction about her life and history during the Second World War.
Don’t forget to visit the museum district, especially the Rijksmuseum. This is one of those places in Amsterdam that will present Dutch history from a cultural point of view. Here you can admire one of the most influential works of art with historical significance. The Night Watch by Rembrandt Van Rijn or Self-Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh are the most important exhibits of Rijksmuseum.
#4 Heineken Experience for beer enthusiasts
Whether or not you enjoy beer, we suggest you include in your Amsterdam itinerary a visit to the Heineken brewery. Here you will get a glimpse on how beer is manufactured and you can even design your own Heineken!
#5 Day trip to Keukenhof
April is the perfect time of the year to visit Holland because that’s the moment when the famous land of tulips starts to bloom. Keukenhof is considered to be one of the largest flower gardens in Europe, which is why you can’t skip booking a day trip to Keukenhof gardens. Also, you can picnic in the garden or visit the bulb farms, that will get you an insightful look about horticulture and tulip gardens.
#6 Day trip to the Dutch Windmills at Kinderdijk
An important UNESCO World Heritage site, the windmills of Kinderdijk were constructed back in the 18th Century. Even though they are not so close to Amsterdam, it is an easy to reach location via public transportation.
Kinderdjik is one of the most popular Dutch towns that will offer you an authentic experience that you will only see in classic postcard images of Dutch windmills.
Yet keep in mind that in April the weather is usually extremely windy or rainy, so you will have to pack up some rain gear for this trip. As the windmills are located in an open field, the wind here usually feels stronger than in other parts of the city. So, some windproof jacket is a must have for this trip.
#7 Day trip to Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam
If you are looking for a day trip to the Dutch windmills from Amsterdam, you can consider booking a tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam. Besides visiting the windmills, you will get the chance to experience the authentic flair of the fishing villages of Marken and Volendam, visit a Dutch cheese farm or even enjoy a ferry ride.
#8 Attend King’s Day Festival in April
One of the most famous events in Amsterdam held in April is, as you might guess, the King`s Day Carnival. You can view it as the world`s most impressive street birthday party, as everyone will celebrate the King Willem-Alexander’s birthday on the 27th of April.
Our tip is to pack in your travel bag something to wear that is orange, as for this festival everyone wears orange to show they pride for the Dutch royal family’s house – The House of Orange-Nassau.
#9 April hosts the National Museum Week
Another great reason for visiting Amsterdam in April is the fact that this month features the National Museum Week. Various museums take part to this event with exhibitions or workshops meant to offer an in-depth view of Dutch National History, along with World’s history. Hence, if you are both a history and art enthusiast, visiting Amsterdam in April is must!
#10 Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam
Well, this city has so many things to offer besides impressive architecture and beautiful landscapes, that we could write endlessly about it. Anyhow, another interesting activity to do in April in Amsterdam, is attending the famous Imagine Film Festival. Established back in 1991, this festival gained its place amongst the largest film festivals in Europe.
There a multitude of things to do in Amsterdam in April, including taking a tour around the Red-light district, exploring a popular street in the city named Warmoesstraat or checking out a brewery in Chinatown. Also, besides the museums we already mentioned, you can consider visiting the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the Rembrandt House Museum or the Albert Cuyp Market.
You should know that Amsterdam weather in April is volatile, which is why we recommend you pack warm clothes, light clothes, a waterproof jacket and waterproof boots. Some days are windy, some are rainy and some are extremely sunny.
And this wouldn’t be a complete guide on what to do in Amsterdam in April if we did not mention some must try Dutch delicacies, such as: raw herring, Bitterballen, Stroopwafel or Tompouce!