«Spring is the fresh green of young corn and the pink blush of blossoms»
This is how vividly Vincent Van Gogh described spring, probably thinking about his Dutch homeland, and was right. If there is the best season to visit Amsterdam and fall in love with the city, it must be spring. As the tulips burst with radiant colours and the bright sun starts glimmering on the canal waters, winter becomes only a distant memory in the Netherlands’ capital.
So get rid of winter blues: here is the list of great, yet simple things that will help you to awaken from the winter spell and enjoy marvellous spring in Amsterdam.
1. Brighten up your day with the tulips from the flower market
The well-known Amsterdam floating Flower Market (known locally as the Bloemenmarkt) welcomes visitors at any time of the year with numerous flower stalls along the Singel canal. However, only in spring, you can find such a wide range of the famous Dutch tulips and all sorts of other flowers. Whether you decide to buy a bright bouquet, fresh single flowers or bulbs for your own garden, just close your eyes and smell the tulips. This is the fragrance of the loveliest time in Amsterdam.
2. Enjoy the sun on Museumplein
Cultural beating heart of the capital, Museumplein (Museum Square) is surrounded with three major Amsterdam museums – The Rijksmuseum (The National Museum) The Van Gogh Museum and The Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art (Municipal Museum Amsterdam). Filled with people as soon as the weather warms up, but still being a surprisingly peaceful spot, Museumplein invites everyone to escape the city buzz and picnic with friends, listen to the street music or climb I Amsterdam sign. It is time for sunbathing!
3. Discover the sights on two wheels
With its narrow streets and crazy traffic, Amsterdam is probably not the best city for driving the car – but truly a wonderland for cyclists and scooterists. It is both an exciting adventure and the quickest way to move around the city. Everyone should experience Amsterdam world-famous bike culture; however, in order to cycle like a local, you need to cycle safely so do not forget your sunglasses. Check out various bicycle and scooter rentals like Bike City and Scooter Rent Amsterdam and enjoy the ride!
4. Explore the architecture of Amsterdam
Charming gabled houses, beautiful bridges and the historic belt of canals create a magnificent Amsterdam cityscape. Nevertheless, as the city developed, innovative modern designs appeared between medieval facades creating a perfect balance between old and new.
You will see that the facade of the Rijksmuseum combines the Renaissance and Gothic styles whereas the Asian pavilion transforms the 19th-century museum into the modern spacious building. You can also head to the palace-like Amsterdam Centraal station or relax with a delicious cocktail at minimalist Brasserie & Lounge.
5. Take a quick coffee and try some freshly baked pastries along the canals
What can be better than enjoying an iced latte and delicious croissant while appreciating Amsterdam scenic views along the canals? You can float down the canals with a boat tour or explore them yourself walking. Every canal has its own history and a beautiful name like Keizersgracht (Emperor’s canal) and Herengracht (Gentlemen’s Canal). So take your time, relax and treat yourself with some goodies whilst marvelling at the postcard-perfect city.
And you will notice: with a brush of spring, Amsterdam actually looks like a stunning Van Gogh’s painting – and the cold colour winter palette seems untouched.