When the outside temperature drops, Dutch hearts start to melt; will this finally be the year? Let’s tell you more about a Dutch tradition… or a way of life as some say!

Where it all began
In the 16th century, the Dutch society was ‘pillarising’. Both private and social life were played out in a person’s own “pillar”, for example a protestant school or catholic football club. The only place where this wasn’t the case was on the ice; people were all equal on the ice and they felt free.

Every winter, before the so called ‘climate change’, lakes and other waterways were frozen and ice skating became a way of transport. As soon as kids were able to walk, they were put on the ice with wooden runners and a piece of iron underneath it. It was important to be able to move over the ice, since roads were too slippery for biking – our other transport of choice.

Professional
Nowadays, ice skating is no longer about transportation and it has become more of a hobby. Most of the Dutch take lessons and some even become professional ice skaters, performing really well in the Olympics: in PyeongChang 2018 for example, the Dutch team brought 20 medals back home.

Elfstedentocht
The most important question we ask ourselves every year around this time is; will this be THE year? Referring to the Elfstedentocht. A 200 kilometers trip through eleven cities in the province of Friesland, located in the north of the Netherlands. This event, last held in 1997, can only be hosted when all ditches and lakes are frozen with a minimum ice thickness of 17 centimeters.

Last year, after almost 6 years, people were able to ice skate on the Prinsengracht – right in front of the hotel! We keep our frozen fingers crossed that it will be possible again this year.

 

 

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

With Christmas just around the corner, festive decorations are giving every interior and exterior an extra sparkle. The one thing that can’t be missed during this month is the green, white or colored Christmas Tree that will light everybody up!

Even in 2018 the Christmas Tree trends vary in every perspective; Go bold or go home – use warm accents, be creative or stick to tradition – when creating your perfect Christmas Tree, there is no specific trend to follow, find the decoration that suits you and your living.

Speaking about decorations; this year, Pulitzer collaborated with the biggest department store in the Netherlands named de Bijenkorf. The result, you ask? An 11-meter-tall Christmas Tree that emphasizes this year’s theme – “Make Classic Fantastic”.

While overlooking the Pulitzer Christmas Tree this cozy December month, warm yourself and your beloved ones up at the Pulitzer Winter Garden. Relish with hot chocolate decorated with mini marshmallows and enjoy the sparkles during day and nighttime.

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

Our eight-headed Concierge team is well informed about all ins and outs of the city. Because of their years of experience, they are able to recommend that exact thing that you did not know you were looking for. Talking about experience: there is no better way to learn something while having fun, isn’t it? These Concierge tips will combine both!

Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo was the first zoo to be established in the Netherlands and is located in the city centre of Amsterdam. Being the home of over 750 species of animals it is a popular attraction for families. Besides animals, Artis is also the location for the Artis-Micropia museum, which focuses on the microscopic world.

Experience science and technology through an interactive and playful way in Nemo Science Museum. Unmistakable due to the green color and unusual shape, Nemo is recognizable from a considerable distance. Feel, hear and see how the world works while joining various demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions – a kids’ favorite.

Looking for a place where children can learn about history while participating in a fun activity? Visit the van Gogh Museum! Learn all about Vincent van Gogh while exploring the museum during the Treasure Hunt!

Family Itineraries
Of course, you can spend your entire day in one place, but what if you can make the most of your day while visiting all family-friendly hotspots? Pulitzer Amsterdam created Family Itineraries specially for an enjoyable day with the whole family. A predetermined program for both good and bad weather days, offering the possibility of not losing a day of your vacation. Check them out here, or ask our Concierges for details.

Family friendly restaurant recommendations
“Restaurants that kids will love, and they will love you kids.” –  Let our Concierges guide you through all the kids proof restaurants that are a must-visit for families:

If you are looking for a place to combine dinner while cruising the canals, the Pancake cruise is your perfect fit! Enjoy a two-and-a-half-hours ride where you can eat as many pancakes as you like.

Would you rather prefer an easy dinner closer to the hotel? Either Bern and Moeders will fulfill this need! Bern will provide you with Swiss cheese fondue while Moeders will let you discover the Dutch cuisine. Both on a maximum walking distance of 15 minutes.

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 autumn has kicked-in, there is no need to hide yourself inside. Let’s explore the most beautiful parts of Amsterdam in a different way than by boat or bike – run!

TCS Amsterdam Marathon

On the 20th of October, the 43rd edition of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon will be held. The marathon will guide you towards several courses, such as; the Vondelpark, along the Amstel and the passage down below the Rijksmuseum. A unique highlight of the marathon is the start and finish combination in the Olympic Stadium, that was built in 1928.

Amsterdam running paths

If you are not feeling the idea of running the full marathon, try these courses separately on your own:

When encircled by this ‘always moving city’, the Vondelpark is the perfect getaway to feel surrounded with nature. With a distance of 3.3 kilometers, a ‘round through the Vondelpark’ will easily fit your daily routine. Or try the Westerpark with several courses – from approximately 5 kilometers – where you can continuously adjust your route, by using all the various narrow paths that you can find in the park.

Do you prefer running along the waterside? The path along the Amstel will fulfill your needs. The possibility to run to Oudenkerk aan de Amstel – 11 kilometers – will take you out of the city into the Dutch countryside.

Run with Caroline

From October on, Pulitzer Amsterdam will offer ‘Run with Caroline’ – a way to add endorphins to your stay! Let Caroline guide you through the bustling city in a faster pace than usual, taking you down the quirky streets, through the green parcs and along the historical canals. Want to join?

Every Thursday from 7.30am until 8.30am – Approximately 7 KM at an easy pace

For more information, please visit https://www.pulitzeramsterdam.com/concierge/walking-tours/

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

With the summer rush over and autumn kicking in, there is more reason than ever to visit Amsterdam in September. Here’s the inside scoop as to what’s happening and why you should visit:

Open Monuments Day

If history and heritage is your bag, then you’ll specifically enjoy the Open Monuments Days. For two days only, some of the city’s most important buildings, monuments and private homes are made open to the public, all free of charge. The participating locations have been selected for their striking architecture, interesting interiors or unique story. For more information, please visit their website.

When: 8 & 9 September 2018
Where: Various locations in Amsterdam

Unseen Amsterdam

Returning for the sixth edition at the Westergasfabriek is ‘Unseen’. This leading platform for contemporary photography brings together the leading contemporary art and photography galleries from all around the world for a unique exhibition and to discuss and debate the future of photography.

When: 21, 22 & 23 September 2018
Where: Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Fringe Festival

Hosted alongside the National Dutch Theatre Festival (NTF) is the Amsterdam Fringe Festival. This 11-day festival offers undiscovered and untamed artists a platform to present theatre and dance at more than 30 locations across the city. For program & tickets, please visit the website.

Prepare to be surprised… in a good way!

When: 6 – 16 September 2018
Where: Various locations in Amsterdam, see website

City Swim & Dam tot Damloop

For all those wanting to get a work out in while in Amsterdam… you might want to jot down these dates: September 9th & September 23rd. During the Amsterdam City Swim, you’ll have the unique chance to dive in the canals and swim the iconic 2,000 meter course through the city center. But before you do, you’ll have to raise some funds for motor neurone disease (known als ALS in the Netherlands). If you’re more of a runner than a swimmer, then you can join 50,000 other enthusiasts for the 10 English Mile run to Zaandam.

When: 9 & 23 September
Where: Please see the City Swim & Dam tot Damloop websites for more information