Experience spring in the Netherlands with these 6 activities!


1. Keukenhof

Spring is upon us! This can only mean one thing, the gardens of the Keukenhof are opening again. This season is the only opportunity you will have to admire the more than 7 million flower bulbs that are housed inside of the Keukenhof. In more than 20 flower shows, 500 flower growers present cut flowers and pot plants in all their variations.

With everything that is happening around us nowadays it is becoming increasingly important to have an understanding of the world around us and the people in it. The Keukenhof is contributing to this with this years theme ‘A World of Colour’. Various cultures and religions are put in the spotlight this year.

The Keukenhof is located in Lisse, the Netherlands but is easily accessible through a direct bus trip from Amsterdam to the Keukenhof. Click here for more information

Keukenhof Banner

2. Hop on Hop off Zaanse Schans, Edam & Volendam

Windmills, cheese and clogs, the countryside around Amsterdam has it all! This Hop on Hop off bus takes you to 6 different breathtaking traditional Dutch villages. Walking through these villages is like taking a step back in time, experience the rich history and culture of Holland.

There is a bus that leaves from every single stop every 45 minutes, giving you the opportunity to plan your perfect day and gives you the freedom to explore properly. Do you want to taste the atmosphere of the typically Dutch countryside? Click here for tickets.

Hop on Hop off Countryside

3. Castle ‘De Haar’

Have you always wondered what it’s like to live in a castle? Follow in the footsteps of knights and nobles and visit this incredible castle in Haarzuilens. Castle ‘De Haar’ is the largest castle in the Netherlands, and it comes with a fantastic 55-hectare park that is at its best during spring time. The family still resides at the castle for one month a year, and only during September.

Every visitor will appreciate the excellent architecture. Not only is the castle itself very impressive, the gardens around the castle are just as grand. The gardens were renovated in 1985 and merge seamlessly with each other, this really gives you the idea that the castle and the parks are one big painting.

Are you interested in this castle or do you want to buy tickets? Click here.

Kasteel de Haar

4. Hortus Botanicus Leiden

Enter the, in 1590 landscaped, Botanical Garden. Which in the following centuries serves as the ‘green heart’ of Leiden. De first large tulip collections were grown here and 700 then unknown plants from China and Japan were introduced here. Visitors can have a relaxing walk in the lovely gardens or learn about the plants that can be found here. Researchers still come here to this day to research the famous collection of the Hortus.

The Hortus covers a total of around 4 hectares in the centre of Leiden. There are 6 different gardens in total, each with its own theme, From a Chinese herb garden to a stunningly beautiful rose garden.

Click here for the most extraordinary gardens in the Netherlands.

Waterplants and flowers in Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

5. Cruise through Haarlem

Nothing beats a cruise through one of the most amazing and oldest cities in the Netherlands during the lovely spring weather. Haarlem is a beautiful city and with Amsterdam being only 15 minutes away it is very easy to reach by public transport.

The cruises take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11:30 AM and 4:30 PM, making it a fun activity for the weekend. The cruise goes by several gorgeous locations like the ‘Adriaan Molen’ and the Saint Bavo Cathedral.

Experience Haarlem the way it was intended, on the water! Click here for more information.

Smitje Haarlem

6. ARTIS & Micropia

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without visiting the most beautiful zoo in the Netherlands, ARTIS. Enjoy the delightful spring sun while seeing animals from all around the world, from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Outback in Australia. With over 550 different animal species it is the ideal place to turn your curiosity into knowledge.

Click here for tickets to ARTIS!

Outside of the regular zoo, ARTIS also has the ‘Micropia’. Here you enter the unique world of ‘invisible life’. Micropia is the only museum in the world where micro-organisms are made visual for the naked eye, an impeccable experience that you don’t want to miss.

For tickets to Micropia, click here.

Artis + Micropia - Tickets Holland


ARTIS - Royal Zoo Amsterdam

Historic zoo in the heart of Amsterdam.
3 – 5 hours

Micropia Amsterdam

Discover the world of Micro-organisms in an interactive experience
1 hour

Hortus Botanicus Leiden

The oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands
1 hour

Canal Cruise Haarlem

A Canal Cruise through Haarlem with discount!
1 hour