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Amsterdam — By Marianne on April 1, 2010 at 10:07 am
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April Weather in Amsterdam

April is a good month to visit Amsterdam. It is still a bit cold but cafes start setting up outside terraces. Expect any type of weather from scudding clouds to hot sunny days. Spring flowers start to bloom and Keukenhof Flower Garden opens its doors.

Prices of flights and accommodation are still reasonably low, especially mid-week. Keep your eyes on low-cost airlines, Ryanair, AirBerlin or Easy Jet, although not all arrive and depart from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

April is the start of the tourist season. If you like to celebrate Queen’s Day on 30 April together with hundreds of thousand of revelers plan your trip for the last week of April. But stay away during this period if you want to avoid the crowd.

Sunrise and sunset on 1 April 7.17 a.m. / 8.14 p.m. and on 30 April 6.13 a.m. / 9.04 pm.

You will still need a light coat, and sometimes an umbrella. This time of year average high is 12.8°C (55°F), average low 3.3°C (38°F). Average precipitation 53 mm (2.1 in).

Tulips at Keukenhof Flower Garden

ANNUAL EVENTS

WHAT: Easter
WHEN: 4 and 5 April
Good Friday is a normal working day, although some shops may close earlier. Easter Monday is a day off for most of the country. Offices, banks, post offices  are closed. Easter is travel weekend for the Dutch, and trains may be full and expect tailbacks at the motorways. Shops in Amsterdam centre are open during Easter.

WHAT: Keukenhof Flower Garden
WHERE: Stationsweg 166, Lisse (map)
WHEN: 18 March – 17 May
Keukenhof showcases several million blooming bulbs in its spectacular park and a huge number of floral displays in its indoor pavilions.

WHAT: National Museum Weekend
WHERE: 500 museums throughout the Netherlands
WHEN: 10 – 11 April
Many museums offer free or reduced admission and run special programmes.

WHAT: World Press Photo Exhibition
WHERE: Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23 (map)
WHEN: 23 April – 20 June
World’s best international photo journalism competition.

WHAT: Thorbecke Open Air Art Market
WHERE: Thorbeckeplein, between Rembrandtplein and Herengracht (map)
WHEN: Every Sunday from 10.30 – 18.00, starting 28 March until 31 October

WHAT: Spui Art Market
WHERE: Spui, between Kalverstraat and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal (map)
WHEN: Every Sunday from 10.30 – 18.00, starting 28 March until 31 October
Professional artists showcase their works of art ranging from acrylics, oils, watercolours and etches to jewellery, ceramics, sculptures and photography. The artist group consists of sixty individuals. A rotating system sees to it that every Sunday twenty-five different artists exhibit their works.

WHAT: Queen’s Day
WHERE: All over Amsterdam, best parties at Dam Square, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein
WHEN: 30 April
Biggest party of the year, not only in Amsterdam but throughout the Netherlands. Lots of people dress in orange, the national colour, and celebrate the day through. Flea market pops up on every street, and all major squares and parks fill with stages and events.

photo credit: personal collection



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