Literally find the light in the dark during the Amsterdam Light Festival. Every year during December and January light artworks designed by (inter)national artists illuminate Amsterdam. From 17:00 on they can be admired daily on foot, by bike or by boat. The most spectacular way is to view the festival by boat, because you won’t get any closer! You can choose to admire the festival via a comfortable canal boat or via a cozy open boat for 75 minutes.
Seeing the whole Netherlands in one day in the winter? It is possible at Madurodam! The highlights and heritage of the Netherlands can be discovered in this miniature theme park located in The Hague. This beautiful park is a feast for the eyes and includes miniatures such as a small version of Amsterdam, the parliament building in Den Haag and a real Dutch cheese market. Everything is built on a scale of 1:25 including miniature trains, boats and cars that move around. Furthermore, Madurodam introduces you to the eternal Dutch battle with water. There are also two large playgrounds and many fun interactive exhibitions. It is a great way to experience Holland in one place and offers many Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.
Do you think the Dutch winter isn’t cold enough? Then have a drink in Amsterdam’s coldest bar! At a constant temperature of -10 degrees you sit in the middle of 60 tons of ice. The walls, tables and chairs are made of frozen water, just like all the art and decorations. You even get your drink served in a glass made of ice! The Icebar is located in the entertainment center of Amsterdam. After finishing the three included drinks, it is the ideal location to discover other bars and clubs.
Curious about what the Netherlands looks like in the other seasons? At THIS IS HOLLAND you will have a bird’s eye view of extraordinary locations in the Netherlands including all UNESCO wonders. Places you will see are for example the Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam canals and tulip fields. It feels like actually flying due to effects such as wind, mist and odors. This way you brave storms, smell the tulips, and experience the dikes up close. The entire Experience consists of four different parts that showcase the beauty, diversity and richness of Holland. THIS IS HOLLAND takes place indoors, making it the ideal attraction to escape the winter cold!
Have you ever tasted cheese in an attic? Probably not! The Proefzolder by Henri Willig is a must-visit in Amsterdam, and especially in the cold winter! Here you will find out why the Dutch love their cheese so much. You will learn everything about the art of cheese making by listening to an expert. In addition, there is an extensive introduction video that shows all the steps of cheese making. After a small workshop it is time to taste 4 cheeses with matching drinks like a delicious glass of wine or a beer. Tasting Dutch cheese has never been more fun! Enjoy this delicious tasting in the heart of Amsterdam!
Escape the Dutch winter and visit the Mauritshuis in The Hague. View one of the most famous paintings in the world, the “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Vermeer. It has been printed a million times on posters, cups and shirts, but seeing the original with your own eyes is a unique experience. The museum has other special artworks in its permanent collection and interesting changing exhibitions such as one entirely dedicated to Rembrandt year 2019! After visiting the museum, the city of The Hague is also worth visiting.