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Visiting Amsterdam in April – The Definitive Guide

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Europe is spangled with tourist destinations. While Paris is an all-time favorite, there’s no better place for romance than Rome. Art and history have found its safe haven in Dubai.
Amsterdam, however, is in its own league. Visitors from all over the world come to Amsterdam to have some unadulterated fun. There is something in the Amsterdam air that dusts the worries away. With its snaking canals and gabled buildings, the Venice of the North is one of the hottest destinations in Europe, especially in April.

What makes Amsterdam in April special??


Amsterdam in April
Amsterdam in April

Each year over 15 million tourists visit Amsterdam. That's a whole lot of tourists and your experience in the city could be determined by the tourist crowd. April can be considered to fall in the shoulder season for tourism. The moderate tourist count at a destination as popular as Amsterdam is rare and must be taken advantage of.

Spring is in full bloom at Amsterdam in April. The city has a unique charm, and the variegated tulips only add to its allure. The sun finally makes its appearance, and so do the local residents. This makes April the perfect time to explore Amsterdam.

With longer days in April, you have more time to visit the numerous essential spots of Amsterdam. April is also a festive time in the city. Easter and King’s Day spark lavish celebrations in the city. These are not to be missed and are few of the biggest reason to visit Amsterdam in April.

Amsterdam in April Weather


Amsterdam is delightfully pleasant most of the time in April. The average high is around 12°C and the average low hovers around 4°C. The weather is humid in Amsterdam. About 12 days in the month features some rain. Daylight keeps increasing throughout April and lasts for about 10 hours.

Amsterdam in April - weather

Amsterdam in April : Things to do


1

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Amsterdam in April


Discover the reason why Amsterdam is known as the Venice of the North. The carefully laid canal system of Amsterdam makes for a wonderful cruise. It presents you with the opportunity of exploring the major attractions of the city at a leisurely pace. In order to make the most of it, go for combo cruises like the Dutch Wine and Cheese Candlelight Cruise, or the Canal Cruise and Van Gogh Museum Direct Entry.

April Timings
Cruise Timings depend on Tour chosen

Location

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Getting There ›

75 Mins City Canal Cruise
from
€14
Lovers: 1 Hour Amsterdam Canal Cruise
from
€17
Small Open Boat Canal Cruise
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€16
Amsterdam Hop On Hop Off Boat Tour
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€22
Saver Combo - Canal Cruise & Heineken Experience D...
from
€32
Saver Combo - Canal Cruise & Van Gogh Museum Direc...
from
€34
City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop On Hop Off by Bus &...
from
€25
Evening Canal Cruise with 4-Course Dinner and Drinks
from
€92.5
Candlelight Wine & Dutch Cheese Cruise
from
€42.5

2

Van Gogh Museum

Amsterdam in April


Vincent van Gogh is one of the most prolific artists the world has ever seen. At the Van Gogh Museum, you will be able to observe the largest collection Van Gogh’s works. This museum is situated in the middle of Amsterdam’s famous museum district. Buy combo tickets like the Dutch Masters & Marvels Tour to experience the canal cruise and Rijksmuseum along with this attraction.

April Timings
Sunday to Thursday and Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM
Friday 9 AM to 9 PM

Location

Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

3

Anne Frank House and Walking Tour

Amsterdam in April


Anne Frank’s life and the story is imprinted all over the history of the Second World War. This unusual attraction transports you to Anne Frank’s days as you experience the city from her viewpoint. The tour takes you through the city that was once at the wrong end of the World War’s bloody aftermath. Know the story of Anne Frank and how her diary ended up being published by her father Otto Frank.

April Timings
Tours start daily at 10:30 AM & 2:00 PM

Location

Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

4

Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam in April


At the heart of the museum district lies another spot famous for its vast collection. Rijksmuseum holds around 8000 pieces of art that you can explore if you have the time. The collection at Rijksmuseum mainly focuses on Dutch history. It has some of the most influential works of art in terms of historical significance. The Night Watch by Rembrandt Van Rijn and Self-Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh are two of the most famous pieces at the museum.

April Timings
Daily 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location

Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

5

Day Trip to Keukenhof

Amsterdam in April


The Netherlands is known to be the land of tulips. Surely, you aren’t planning to come to Amsterdam in Spring and leaving without seeing the flowers in full bloom? Keukenhof is the largest flower garden in Europe. It has a number of species of flowers, all of which are in full bloom in April. You can a wonderful picnic in the garden and go home with some amazing photos. You may also visit the nearby bulb farms to know more about horticulture.

April Timings
Tours start daily 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM

Location

Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

Keukenhof & Flowerfields Guided Tour From Amsterdam
from
€55

6

Heineken Experience

Amsterdam in April


The Heineken Experience is one of the places you must include in your Amsterdam itinerary if you love beer. The tour takes you to the brewery that was once responsible for manufacturing all of their products. Currently, you can explore some pieces of equipment and have an authentic behind the scenes tour of a brewery. You can even draft your own Heineken to top the experience off.

April Timings
Monday to Thursday 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Friday to Sunday 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM

Location

Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

7

Xtracold Icebar

Amsterdam in April


We have mentioned before that Amsterdam is not like any other place in the world. Well, the Amsterdam Icebar proves us right in that regard. The entire bar is made of ice and it boasts of great nightlife. You may also experience a 3D ride through an Icy landscape. Buy the combo ticket and relish the complimentary drinks as the music and the decor hold your attention.

April Timings
Sunday to Thursday 11:45 AM to 1 AM
Friday to Saturday 11:45 AM to 2:40 AM

Location

Amstel 194, 1017 AG Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

8

Red-light District

Amsterdam in April


In most places in the world, you might be well advised to stay away from the shady part of the city. However, turns out Amsterdam’s shady part is not so shady after all. You could meet locals and acquaint yourselves with the simple rules to follow when in the area. Explore the most famous street in the city, Warmoesstraat, or go to a brewery in Chinatown. Not only is the place safe, but it is happening too.

April Timings
9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Night tour: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Location

De Wallen, Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

9

Amsterdam Museum

Amsterdam in April


The city of Amsterdam has a rich history. The Amsterdam Museum is dedicated to the past of the city and presents the visitors with the opportunity to explore it in detail. The rich architecture of the building itself is one to behold. Audioguide is available to enrich your visit with nuggets of information. Despite the slightly higher crowd in April, Amsterdam Museum is a must visit.

April Timings
Daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location

Kalverstraat 92, 1012 PH Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

10

Willet-Holthuysen Museum

Amsterdam in March


A stately mansion, The Willet-Holthuysen Museum is an ode to period architecture with a ballroom, conservatory and dining room and all that is reminiscent of the riches of the 17th century. A guided tour of the museum will acquaint you with the glories of Amsterdam's past before the World War set in.

March Timings
Daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location

Herengracht 605, 1017 CE Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

Amsterdam in April : Events to Look Out For


Amsterdam in April - events

National Museum Week

April 8 to 14, 2019
The National Museum Week is one of the most awaited events in Amsterdam for history and art aficionados. Many museums, big and small, take part in the event that aims at encouraging people to get involved with the past. Exhibitions and workshops are hosted at the participating museums, making it a worthwhile experience for one and all.

Amsterdam in April events

Semana Santa

14th – 20th April 2019
Semana Santa is the Holy Week before Easter and every neighbourhood in Spain observes it with processions. Members of the church dress in unique cloaks and masks, accompanied by marching bands and biblical-themed floats called ‘Pasos’.

Amsterdam in April events

Imagine Film Festival

April 10 to 20, 2019
Created as the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival in 1991, this film festival has come a long way to establish itself as one of the largest events of its kind in Europe. The festival showcases movies from all around the world and ends with the announcement of several awards. Make sure you are there when the event kicks off this year.

Amsterdam in April events

Easter Weekend

April 21, 2019
If you are in Amsterdam over this weekend, you will be treated to one of the most amazing Easter experiences of all time. Enjoy the festive spirit with the Spring blossom at Keukenhof or take a short trip to the sleepy windmill town of Zaandam. End your weekend with an Easter brunch to top off the experience.

Amsterdam in April : 5-day Itinerary


Amsterdam Essentials


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CurrencyEuros €

Amsterdam Weather in April

A typical day in Amsterdam in April is quite damp, due to its geographical features. The sun is out during April way more than the previous months, bringing the temperature to a comfortable high. There is a light breeze. Amsterdam in April is always likely to receive a shower, even if the day begins with a clear sky.

Where to Stay in Amsterdam during April

Amsterdam is not new to receiving visitors. Therefore, the city is sprayed with a great number of hostels, lodges, and hotels. They are built to suit the taste and budgets of everyone.

  • Luxury: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, Conservatorium Hotel, InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
  • Mid-range: Pillows Anna van Den Vondel, Banks Mansion, Pulitzer Amsterdam
  • Budget: Zoku Amsterdam, Mauro Mansion, Hotel V Fizeaustraat

What to Pack for Visiting Amsterdam in April

You have to keep a Dutch quote in mind before packing for Amsterdam. It goes, “April doet wat hij wil”, which translates to April will do whatever it wishes to. So, pack warm clothes, pack light clothes, pack a waterproof jacket. Basically, pack it all in moderation. Carry an umbrella and waterproof boots for the whimsical rainy spells. You might want to keep comfortable walking shoes and a bottle of water handy as well.

Getting Around Amsterdam in April

Amsterdam has an extensive network of public transport routes. Although Amsterdam is expensive, the transport system is on a cheaper side. The tram is the most reliable of land transport mediums. Albeit slow, it makes up with its comprehensive connectivity and low rates. If you need to travel to places beyond the Amsterdam city center, the metro is your best bet. The ferries bring the best of both worlds. You can sightsee at a leisurely pace while getting to your destination. If you're up for it, you could travel like a local on a bicycle. There are more bicycles in Amsterdam than residents. Therefore, there won't be a shortage of rentals available.

Amsterdam in April - Must Try Delicacies


Amsterdam in April
Raw Herring

As terrifying as this may sound, Raw Herring is something that will tantalize your taste buds and make a place for itself in your heart. Head to any Herring cart you spot and ask for a broodje haring, which places the fish in a sandwich. The Raw Herring at Frens Haringhandel is legendary.

Amsterdam in April
Bitterballen

It is likely that you'll go beer binging during your time in Amsterdam. Beers in the Netherlands are typically stronger than elsewhere, and as such you need to pair it up with Bitterballen, a pub essential in Amsterdam. It is basically deep-fried meatballs served with mustard dip. Try the Bitterballen from De Ballenbar.

Amsterdam in April
Thick Dutch Fries

The thick fries indigenous to the Netherlands is another must-try delicacy. The thick fries are served hot in a paper cone with a number of toppings. To get the authentic Dutch taste, ask for patatje oorlog or patat special sauce to go with the fries. The best Dutch Fries are served at Grizzl and Frietboutique.

Amsterdam in April
Stroopwafel

Not many Dutch sweet treats are known to the world, but this one definitely deserves the recognition. Two plain waffles are stuck together with sweet syrup and served hot and gooey. You may choose to go for this treat at a street market or try it from Original Stroopwafels

Amsterdam in April
Tompouce

This sweet treat has an interesting history. It was named after a performing dwarf who went by the name of Tom Pouce. It comprises of a rectangular piece of pastry topped with pink icing. Try this dish at Stefs Bakery.

Tips to visit Amsterdam in April


  • Make sure you squeeze in a trip to Keukenhof Gardens in April. The tulips festival is on full swing from March to May and there's no leaving Amsterdam without seeing the tulips.
  • Visit the outskirts of the city on the weekends as the main city could get crowded during those days in April.
  • Be mindful of the bike lanes. As the weather gets warmer, more and more locals will be seen on the street with their bicycle.
  • Look for deals on flight and hotel bookings in April as the high season is yet to begin.

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