Pulitzer Newspaper Four Reasons to Visit Amsterdam in June

Spring being a tough act to follow, the world created June. The sun is showing itself more often and the days are getting longer, finally! Do you want to get the most out of your days? In this article we will highlight our top events of this month, read more and find out!

ARTIS Summer Nights
Spend your summer evenings at Amsterdam’s Royal Zoo until the sun goes down. Picnic on the lawn, enjoy food from the outdoor kitchen or discover the art of nature during several workshops. The late openings feature activities for kids, and special events at ARTIS’ Planetarium. Round off your evening with a special guided tour of the park at twilight. For all the details, click here.

When: Saturdays in June, July and August
Where: ARTIS, Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam

Holland Festival
For those who can’t get enough of art, this is the festival to visit. As of 1947, this international performing arts festival offers exquisite top-level performances. Behold transcending art disciplines in dance, opera and theater or indulge in fine art, such as literature and architecture. For the full program and more: click here.

When: May 29 – June 23
Where: Various locations in Amsterdam

Bacchus Wine Festival
Stop and smell the rosé… Or sauvignon, or the merlot! Wine specialists from all over Amsterdam present together around 300 different wines; from intense new world wines to classics coming from Europe. Besides drinking a glass of wine (or two), visitors can enjoy a culinary delight or a burger with fries; you pick! Vegetarian or vegan? No problem! On their website you can find more information.

When: June 7-16
Where: Amsterdamse Bos, Nieuwe Kalfjeslaan 21, 1182 AB Amstelveen

Aalsmeer Flower Festival
Experience a weekend that is a thrill for all the senses! The Aalsmeer Flower Festival exhibits a broad range of enchanting flowers and plants, and surprises visitors with eye-catching art applications. Enjoy a boat ride between locations, listen to music or decorate yourself with flowers. During the festival, the Flower Art museum hosts several special exhibitions and blossoming activities as well. Do you want to know more about the festival? Visit their website.

When: June 15-16
Where: Historische Tuin, Praamplein, Aalsmeer (Centrum) / Flower Art Museum, Kudelstaartseweg 1, Aalsmeer

 

Photo: Bacchus Wine Festival.

Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March. There are lots of activities that will keep you busy during your visit to Amsterdam, whether you love to stroll around and see the sights, or you want to inspire yourself on International Woman’s Day. If you would rather turn your happy hour into cocktail hour, you might want to take a look at the Amsterdam Cocktail Week this March. Amsterdam has some wonderful activities in store, so grab your agenda and mark the following events:

Amsterdam Coffee Festival
The first few days of March will be all about coffee in Amsterdam. This festival is the ultimate tribute to the Dutch and Flemish coffee scene. Test your coffee knowledge and taste over hundred different mouth-watering coffee flavors. Go to espresso martini parties to latte art or a mindful coffee tasting experience. New this year is the art of roasting specialty coffee competition. The world’s 24 most reputable coffee roasters will compete over three days to earn the Roast Masters title. Other than that, you can enjoy coffee cocktails, delicious street food, coffee art and live music as well.

When: March 1-3
Where: Westergasfabriek

HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show
The HISWA is the biggest event of the Netherlands when it comes to water sports. The event is designed for anyone with interests in watersports or boats, so plenty to discover for the little ones as well.  Marvel at boats up to 10 meters in length and explore the latest trends, innovations and gadgets.

When: March 6-10
Where: RAI Convention Centre

International Women’s Day
Do you want to learn from power woman all over the world who make a difference in their area of expertise? The 6th of March, the Harper’s Bazaar organizes the International Woman’s Day Summit 2019 in collaboration with BrandedU at ‘De Hallen Studio’s’. Learn about personal branding, female leadership and core competences, and fearless ambition! It will be a dazzling and inspiring day which include interviews, talks, panel discussions and encounters. A selection of the inspirators are: Khadija Arib (Chairwoman of the Second Chamber from the Dutch Parliament), Annelies Valk (Senior Global Brand Strategy Manager at Vodafone) and Hendrikje Crebolder (Director Development & Media at Rijksmuseum). So, get inspired, discover new career perspectives and build valuable connections through this event.

Next to this our very own Pulitzer’s bar is giving nique talents a stage during our event Turning Tables. This event celebrates all ladies around the globe, and especially the leading ladies from the bartending industry. Female talents as Helena Henneveld from Ketel One (Benelux) and others will join our Pulitzer’s Bar ladies on this night to serve two versions of single ingredient cocktails.

When: March 6 & March 8
Where: De Hallen Studio’s & Pulitzer’s Bar

Amsterdam Cocktail Week
Cocktail lovers be aware! This year’s cocktail week is just around the corner. During this week, Amsterdam’s 45 best bars will introduce you to the art of cocktails. With the help of a customized city map, you are able to discover the city’s finest bars. All participating bars will serve one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic cocktail. Our own award-winning Best Hotel Bar: Pulitzer’s Bar will be all about Tini Martini’s. Joining this tiniest of movements with massively miniature martinis: Giorgio Bargiani of The Connaught Bar (#5 Worlds Best Bars) and renowned martini maestro and top bartender Alessandro Palazzi. On Tuesday, Bargiani will serve up his petite signatures. On Wednesday, Palazzi follows his great example with tiny tipples.  So, get ready to shake things up by visiting the Amsterdam Cocktail Week!

When: March 11-17
Where: Pulitzer’s Bar & other bars.
Website: https://amsterdamcocktailweek.nl/

Would you like to join an event? Feel free to contact our concierges, they will be more than happy to help you!

This year’s February is full of celebrations and enjoying the best that life can give – love, family and food. Imagine yourself in sunny Italy, taste as much chocolate as you can during the Chocolate Festival or enjoy delicious Jansz. dishes on Valentine’s Day. Let us inspire you for a visit in February:

Valentine’s Day
If celebrating Valentine’s Day in one of the most romantic cities in the world, is not a reason enough to book your flight to Amsterdam immediately – we don’t know what is! Spend this special day with your beloved one while cruising the canals, stroll through the characteristic streets that the city has to offer and end your day with a romantic dinner.

Speaking about a romantic dinner; during Valentine’s Day romance makes way for a flirt during Sjansz. Poetry, catchy one-liners and delicious Jansz. dishes is what you can expect during Sjansz. with Jansz. on Valentine’s Day. The dimmed lights and unbeatable views on the Keizersgracht Canal and Reestraat will be the setting for the flirtiest night of the year. For reservations please visit the Jansz. website.

When: February 14
Where: Jansz.

Chinese New Year
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year. This event, also know as the Lunar New Year, is the most important event in the Chinese calendar; a special occasion that is nearly always marked by family gatherings, food rituals and the color red. Including this event, a unique Dragon Show will be presented at Dam Square, finding its way to the Nieuwmarkt neighborhood. If you are looking for a more intimate place to celebrate; visit Fo Guang Shan He Hua – a real Buddhist temple in the heart of Amsterdam.

When: February 5
Where: Dam Square and Nieuwmarkt neighborhood

Little Italy Taste & Travel
The first weekend of February stands for all the good that Italy has to offer! Get inspired for your next holiday, taste the most delicious products and discover Italy for the first time… or all over again. Relax at an aperitif bar after attending workshops and lectures. An event that suits all guests with the same interest: Italy! For more information and tickets, please visit: http://littleitaly-event.nl/

When: February 1 – 3
Where: Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

Chocolate Festival
Do you love chocolate as much as we do? Then the Chocolate Festival is definitely something for you! On Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of February the Beurs van Berlage will turn into a chocolate paradise. Cocoa farmers, traders and chocolatiers from all over the world come together to inspired each other. Besides that you can participate in a variety of workshops and demonstrations, this festival is all about tasting! Find out more on: https://www.chocoa.nl/festival/

When: February 23 – 24
Where: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

While we will wrap up the festive season at the end of December, January is all about new beginnings. Dive in the North Sea with over 40.000 people, collect tulips on Dam square or dance the night away in different hotels throughout the city. These four events are a must-visit during your getaway to Amsterdam:

National Tulip Day
With over 200.000 tulips, the Dam square will turn into a one-day tulip field to kick-off the Dutch tulip season. From 13:00 until 16:30, visitors are welcome to walk through the tulip garden and collect as many tulips as they can carry. With the best news not even mentioned; all tulips are free of charge!

When: January 19
Where: Dam square, Amsterdam

Jumping Amsterdam
This year, Jumping Amsterdam celebrates their 60th anniversary; The Diamond Edition. This three-day event includes show jumping, dressage competitions, evening entertainment and various shows. A perfect fit for all the equestrian sport enthusiasts while visiting Amsterdam.

When: January 24 – 27
Where: RAI Convention Centre, Amsterdam

Hotelnacht
For all inhabitants of Amsterdam or so-called “Amsterdammers”; the third weekend of January is entirely dedicated to the Hotelnacht! Be a tourist in your own city while spending a night in a hotel of your choice. This year, Pulitzer’s Bar will transform into Frosty Palace for one night; Grease lightning all the way. Join us for a milkshake-cocktail, jukebox music, hamburgers and petticoats. It’s going to be electrifying! Oh – and it’s not for locals only, everyone’s welcome! For more information about the festivities, please see: https://hotelnacht.nl/amsterdam/programma/

When: January 19
Where: several hotels in Amsterdam

New Year’s Dive
Imagine: an outside temperature of 3 degrees, running over the beach only wearing your swimwear and special ‘UNOX’ gloves and hat to keep you warm while jumping in the North Sea – a crazy thought? Not for over 40.000 people who have embraced this New Year’s Dive as an annual tradition. Not specifically an Amsterdam event, but worth a try if you want to make the start of 2019 memorable!

When: January 1st
Where: several places along the coastline

During the cold and dark December days, Amsterdam has enough ways to warm you up. December is all about celebrating with family and friends; stroll over the Christmas markets, roast marshmallows by the fireplace or go ice-skating – discover the Amsterdam winter feeling together! Find out all the details about the December events below:

Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs

Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs is the epitome of Christmas cheer and offers all the good that December has to offer; from ice-skating to roasting marshmallows by the fireplace and from enjoying the ultimate city view in the – 50 meters high – Ferris wheel to snowball fights. Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs brings together enchanting sounds, twinkling lights, festive flavors and lots of fun for all ages. For more information visit the website.

When: December 21 – December 30
Where: In and around RAI Convention Centre

Amsterdam Light Festival

“The Medium is the Message” – this year’s theme captions the famous statement by the Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan. The 30+ light installations throughout the city embrace the idea behind McLuhan’s statement; the medium is more important than the message itself. An exhibition that can be enjoyed by bike, foot or our personal favorite… by boat! For more information and tickets, please visit the website.

When: November 29, 2018 – January 20, 2019
Where: Canal belts of Amsterdam

Ice-skating on Museum Square

Although Amsterdam isn’t known for its traditional Christmas markets, Ice*Amsterdam on Museumplein makes for a good alternative – complete with an outdoor ice-skating rink, market stalls and festive food & drink offerings. And all of this with the most magical backdrop of Amsterdam; the Rijksmuseum.

In the month December, Museumplein (Museum Square) will transform into an Amsterdam Christmas village. Take the opportunity to skate under (the replica of) the Skinny Bridge on the ice rank to complete the Amsterdam winter feeling. After the skate session there is no better way to warm yourself up than in the après ski bar with a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine… or two! This popular all ages event is worth a visit!

When: November 17, 2018 – February 3, 2019
Where: Museum Square

New Year’s Eve

What’s the perfect recipe to celebrate the New Year, you ask? Champagne and fireworks! And for the best fireworks experience, we suggest the spectacular firework show on the “Kop van Java”, that can be seen from several locations in the city center. This show is free of charge and really provides the most impressive light show in the city.

Want to enjoy a festive feast in a typical Amsterdam setting before watching the fireworks? Restaurant Jansz. offers a special four course menu for the occasion. Please visit the Jansz. website to view the menu and make a reservation.

When: December 31
Where: Kop van Java and Jansz.

Four reasons to visit Amsterdam in November

As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, November is the perfect time to discover Amsterdam’s many museums, cosy pubs and brightly lit shopping streets. Not to mention our hearty Dutch cuisine guaranteed to warm you up. Check out these four reasons why you should book your ticket for November below:

Museum Night

This annual recurring event, which happens to be very popular among locals, allows you to see Amsterdam’s museums after dark. Cool, right? Workshops, concerts, special tours and performances are organized especially for the occasion. With over 50 participating museums, we suggest renting a bike to see as many museums as possible. Tickets are available via the Museum Night website a few weeks prior to the event. It’s a popular event, so make sure you don’t miss out!

When: November 3rd
Where: In several museums all over town

PAN Amsterdam

Looking to expand your art collection or simply admire thousands of pieces of art? Then PAN Amsterdam is the place to be for you from November 18th until November 25th. Whether you’re interested in antiques, old masters, photography, contemporary art, decorative objects or designer furniture – you’ll find it here. For more information, please visit the PAN website.

When: November 18 – 25
Where: RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, Europaplein 24

Oliebollen

If warm, airy, doughnut-like balls covered in powdered sugar aren’t reason enough to visit Amsterdam, we don’t know what is! This Dutch delicacy is traditionally served on New Year’s Eve, but is available in bulk during the months leading up to New Year’s as well. You’ll find them in the brightly colored mobile stalls around town.

When: All month
Where: Several mobile vendors & bakeries all over town

Christmas Shopping

With the holiday season right around the corner – well almost, not quite yet – there’s no better way to get in the festive mood than brightly lit shopping streets and glittering warehouses. And since it’s never too early to start Christmas shopping, you might as well start in November, right? From the picturesque Nine Streets and trendy Utrechtsestraat to the high-end PC Hooftstraat and luxury warehouse de Bijenkorf, Amsterdam caters to every style.

Need some help picking out the perfect look or presents? Pulitzer Amsterdam has partnered up with de Bijenkorf, the most premium department store of the Netherlands and a legendary shopping experience since 1870,  to offer guests an exclusive Christmas shopping package, featuring a three-night stay at the Pulitzer Amsterdam including breakfast and a bespoke personal shopping experience (worth €300 per person) at de Bijenkorf. For more information, please contact Pulitzer Amsterdam’s reservation department via +31(0)20 523 52 35 or on reservations@pulitzeramsterdam.com.

When: All month
Where: Various locations in Amsterdam, including Pulitzer Amsterdam & de Bijenkorf

While the streets are changing into the colors of autumn, the city is full of events. October is all about moving and challenging body, mind and spirit; a month where outside activities make way for indoor events. Let us tell you why Amsterdam is the perfect escape in October:

Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is thé gateway to the international electronic music scene. With more than 350.000 visitors in 2017 and over 120 different locations throughout the city, ADE is the leading electronic music platform and the biggest club festival in the world. For more information about this 5-day event, please visit https://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/

When: October 17 – 21
Where: Various locations in Amsterdam

TCS Amsterdam Marathon

Running lovers, brace yourselves for the biggest running event in Amsterdam! On October 21st, the TCS Amsterdam Marathon will make its way through Amsterdam – from the Olympic Stadion, along some of the city’s biggest landmarks and back to the Olympic Stadium. Whether you participate or cheer on the runners, the vibes are festive – with cheering spectators, DJ’s and vocal delights along the entire route of the course. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.tcsamsterdammarathon.nl/en/

When: October 21
Where: Olympic Stadium Amsterdam

KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival

A big fan of animation movies? And then we don’t mean Walt Disney animation (although those are amazing too), but top-quality animated films from “artists new and old, traditional and groundbreaking”. This year’s theme is “State of Mind”, so be prepared to open your mind and expand your horizons. For more info & tickets: http://www.klik.amsterdam/

When: October 10 – 14
Where: EYE Amsterdam

Amsterdam Music Festival – AMF

Are you curious who will become the number one DJ according to DJ Mag Top 100 and want to experience this live? You might want to jot down this date: October 20th. In addition to performances from some of the best DJ’s in the world, you can expect a highly unique Two is One act by David Guetta and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Both DJ’s have once had the title of #1 DJ in the world and now belong to the absolute top of the international dance scene. For more information and tickets, please visit https://amf-festival.com/

When: October 20
Where: Johan Cruijff Arena Amsterdam

Photo: Coen van Tartwijk