Four reasons to visit Amsterdam in September

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

Four reasons to visit Amsterdam in August

Sunny days, pleasant temperatures & little rain (for Dutch standards). With other words: the perfect conditions to discover our beloved capital. August in Amsterdam is bustling with events, exhibitions and activities all month round.

Grachtenfestival Amsterdam
Don’t miss out on this annual musical festival! For ten days straight, you can enjoy performances at unique locations in the city center, Amsterdam North, the IJ waterfront and even Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district. The event provides a stage (or multiple stages actually) for talented musicians. The absolute highlight is the Prinsengrachtconcert, a classical music concert hosted on a pontoon on the Prinsengracht canal. Find the full program on https://www.grachtenfestival.nl/index.vm.

When: From 12th until 18th of August
Where: Various canals in Amsterdam

Nemo museum
Learning is fun! And that’s exactly what you can do in the Nemo Science Museum. People from all ages can discover the world of technology and science through playful tests and experiments. Obtain more knowledge about the universe, innovations and much more. After your visit you can enjoy a drink and/or bite on Nemo’s rooftop with a splendid view over the city.

When: Daily opened from 10.00 until 17.30 o’clock
Where: Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX AMSTERDAM

Pluk de Nacht
Seize the night at Amsterdam’s Open Air Film Festival ‘Pluk de Nacht”, showing the best not-yet-released movies in the open air. Beach chairs, drinks and good company; holiday feeling guaranteed. Which movie will you watch: https://www.plukdenacht.nl/en/festival/2017-en/open-air-film-festival-2017-en/.

When: From 15th until 25th of August
Where: Westerdoksdijk 705-c, 1013 BX Amsterdam

Amsterdam by bike
Did you know that there are more bicycles in Amsterdam than citizens? For a true local experience, you should rent a bike to explore the city. Look further than the city center and enjoy Amsterdam’s beautiful parks and lively neighborhoods. Cycle in style on one of the bicycles from Pulitzer Amsterdam and ask our Concierge for a personal cycle route.

When: All day
Where: Amsterdam and surroundings

Your Guide to Amsterdam Pride

Pride Amsterdam
In only a few weeks’ time, Amsterdam will turn all colors of the rainbow for Pride Amsterdam. From the 28th of July until the 5th of August, numerous events and parties will be hosted all over town to celebrate LGBTI identities, history and achievements.

The first edition of Pride Amsterdam was held in 1996 and has, today, grown into a nine-day festival. Pride Amsterdam actually belongs to one of the biggest celebrations worldwide and has one of the most diverse offerings. From dance parties to film festivals and from sport events to debates.

The absolute highlight has got to be the Canal Parade on the Prinsengracht though – the crème de la crème of all Pride Amsterdam festivities. This quirky boat parade features approximately 80 lavishly decorated barges with onboard DJ’s and unforgettable themes & entertainment. You’ll have to secure your spot along the Prinsengracht canal early though – if you want to get a glimpse of this colorful spectacle at least.

Find out about all that’s happening in the city during Pride on the website of Pride Amsterdam.

Be a hero!
The theme of this year is “heroes”. Because we all know one, right? Someone who takes the lead and stands for something; someone who is committed to human rights. Let’s celebrate those heroes this year!

Dress code?
It’s almost impossible to stand out during Pride, so don’t hold back!

Pulitzer Pride
Looking for the best spot admire the Canal Parade? Then you might want to check out the Pulitzer Pride VIP Deck.  Pulitzer Amsterdam is offering the unique chance to admire the fabulously decorated boats from a 30-meter pontoon, right on the Prinsengracht canal – entertainment, drinks & bites included. No need to barge your way through the crowds to catch half a glimpse of the parade – the Pulitzer Pride VIP Deck boasts one of the best views in town!
For more information, please visit https://www.pulitzeramsterdam.com/pulitzer-pride/ or book your tickets directly via https://www.ticketkantoor.nl/shop/pulitzerpride

 

Four reasons to visit Amsterdam in July

July is the perfect time to explore Amsterdam’s outdoor activities, but there’s also plenty to see and do indoors.

Over het IJ Festival
Don’t skip the North of Amsterdam! In July especially, this area is the place to be. The “Over het IJ” festival offers diverse unique events all related to the urban subjects. Looking for a fun family activity? Take the ferry from central station and discover one of the children’s events. Find the full program on https://overhetij.nl/programma.

When: From 13th until 22th of July
Where: Various locations around the NDSM-werf.

Robeco SummerNights 2018
Classic music and jazz lovers, take note! The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam is hosting more than eighty performances this summer. Combine a swinging jazz concert with a glass of champagne and canapes in the special Robeco Summer Restaurant. Discover your favorite performance on https://www.concertgebouw.nl/robeco-summernights-2018.

When: From 30th of June until 31th of August
Where: Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN AMSTERDAM

Van Gogh museum
Do you know the famous Dutch artist that cut his own ear? No? Well, meet Vincent van Gogh. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of his artworks. Admire the highlights like Sunflowers, Almond Blossom and The Potato Eaters. Stroll around the city and visit the museum in the bustling city centre. Tip: buy your tickets online (or see our concierge).

When: Open Sunday to Thursday from 09.00 until 19.00 o’clock and on Fridays and Saturdays until 21.00 o’clock
Where: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ AMSTERDAM

Pride Amsterdam
The end of July marks the beginning of Pride Amsterdam – the most colorful event of the year! The rainbow flag will wave from the 28th July until the 5th of August for the equal rights and emancipation of the LGBTI community. With a full & exciting schedule of events, parties & celebrations, the Canal Parade on August 4th is the ultimate highlight.

Are you looking for the best spot to watch the beautifully decorated boats? Join in on the festivities on Pulitzer Amsterdam’s pink VIP Deck on the canal – the best view in town! Find out more on https://www.pulitzeramsterdam.com/pulitzer-pride/

When: From 28th July until the 5th of August
Where: Various locations

Photo: Moon Saris

Four reasons to visit Amsterdam in June

Hello June, hello summer! From early sunny mornings to long, balmy evenings – there is no time to waste during this first month of the summer season. Amsterdam has plenty of activities in store, so grab your agenda and mark the following events:

 Architecture Month Amsterdam

Amsterdam is best known for its 17th & 18th century canal houses and iconic gables. But there’s so much more architecture to admire. And the entire month of June is dedicated to just that. The theme of this year is the North-South metro line, which took several years to realize and is planned to be completed in July. From exhibitions to special walking and cycling routes, there’s something for all ages. Would you like to have more information? Go to www.dagvandearchitectuuramsterdam.nl/wp/.

When: 10th, 17th & 24th of June
Where: Dag van de Architectuur Amsterdam, Prins Hendrikkade 600, 1011 VX AMSTERDAM

Taste of Amsterdam

Taste of Amsterdam returns to Amsterdam’s Amstelpark this year from June 1st until June 3rd. The event brings together restaurants, producers and food enthusiasts. What makes this event so special, you ask? Different established chefs and new talents from some of Amsterdam’s best restaurants will create their signature dishes through interactive demos. An excellent opportunity to discover Amsterdam’s culinary scene.

When: 1st, 2nd & 3rd of June
Where: Amstelpark, 1083 HZ AMSTERDAM

Holland Festival

Art enthusiast? Then June is your month! This international performing arts festival offers high-level shows since 1947. Experience dance, opera and theater in various art styles. But there is more! They present fine arts, literature and architecture. Let’s say; something for everyone! You can find the entire program on the following website https://www.hollandfestival.nl/nl/programma/2018/.

When: From 7th of June to the 1st of July
Where: Various locations in Amsterdam

Open Garden Days

As we mentioned before – Amsterdam is renowned for its iconic canal houses. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that behind most of these beautiful facades, lies a hidden oasis. Amsterdam reveals these secret gardens during the Open Garden Days! During three days, more than thirty canal houses open their gardens to welcome you. For all participating gardens and more information, please visit https://www.opentuinendagen.nl/.

When: 15th, 16th & 17th of June
Where: Various canal gardens, Herengracht, 1017 BZ AMSTERDAM

 

Photo: Droog

 

Hidden-Hideouts; our top 7 terraces in Amsterdam

Sun’s out, terraces out! And there are plenty of terraces in Amsterdam; near to the waterfront and along parks, streets and squares. But wouldn’t you just love for us to reveal some secret hideouts? Here are our favorites.

Dignita Hoftuin – You are only lucky to come across this terrace if you know where to find it. Close to the Hermitage museum and the Amstel river, Dignita Hoftuin is all about fresh local ingredients and handmade products. For breakfast, brunch or lunch lovers; this place is opened daily.

De Plantage – This elegant 19th-century conservatory restaurant has a wide and green view of the freely accessible Artisplein and a stunning terrace. The food is influenced by the rich cultures of Southern Europe, North Africa and the Levant region. Enjoy the tasty dishes and drinks under old plane trees.

Lion Noir – Besides the delightful food inspired by French high-dining, Lion Noir is loved for its interior design. Their outdoor terrace is a hidden gem behind the vibrant Reguliersdwarsstraat. Lunch, dinner and cocktails, Lion Noir is suitable for every occasion.

Mossel & Gin – It’s all in a name they say. Mossel & Gin is all about fresh mussels paired with special gin and tonic combinations the two things you love most in summer. After a stroll through the city and beautiful Westerpark; Mossel & Gin is the right spot to settle down and relax on its inviting terrace.

Restaurant Merkelbach – you will find this hidden treasure at the border of the ecological Frankendael Park, in the southeast of Amsterdam. A historical place with local slow food and fine wines.

Meneer Nieges – Are you prepared to get your feet wet? This terrace is located next to the IJ river and open from the early morning till late at night. Expect flavorful combinations such as mackerel with lobster tom yam and killer views. If you aren’t interested in food; they organize parties as well!

Jansz. – Having a terrace in Amsterdam is unique. And Jansz. doesn’t just have one, it has two – one on the bustling Reestraat and one on the Keizersgracht canal. Here it’s all about beautifully crafted modern classics served with an easy going Dutch attitude.

Rosé all the way? Then don’t miss out on Jansz. Rosé Sundays every first and third Sunday in June, July & August.

For more information, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/908410742663967/?event_time_id=908410752663966
Or make a reservation directly: https://www.janszamsterdam.com/rose-sundays/

Four reasons to visit Amsterdam in May

It’s a new month; the month of flowers, the fifth month of the year and also, the start of outdoor festival season!

Amsterdam is beautiful all year round, but it really lives and shines when the sun’s out. A cloudy forecast? Not an issue, since there are plenty of interesting museums. Hereby some suggestions.

Het Weekend van de Rollende Keukens

Food, drinks and music, what else do you need?! The annual food-festival, Het Weekend van de Rollende Keukens, with more than 110 food trucks serves all kinds of superb food and drinks – national and international. Listen to live music while enjoying tasteful bites and unique beverages. During this weekend, Westerpark will change into one sociable event. Grab your friends, discover new things and delight your senses.

When: 9th until 13th of May 2018
Where: Westergasfabriek; Polonceau-kade 27

Vondelpark Openluchttheater

Curious about the cultural hotspot of Amsterdam? From May to October the weekends will be filled with cultural performances. Admire young talents and well-known artists in the biggest park of Amsterdam: Vondelpark. Dance, live music, cabaret, classic music and youth performances; amusement for all ages!
Would you like to see the complete program? Go to http://www.openluchttheater.nl/.

When: From May until October 2018
Where: Vondelpark, Amsterdam

Remembrance Day & Liberation Day

Every year, on the 4th of May at 8pm, our country is silent for 2 minutes for the Dutch victims of World War II, other war situations and peace missions. The next day on the 5th of May, the people celebrate Liberation Day. Freedom is commemorated with festivals spread over the country. Some of Amsterdam’s finest festivals are Het Vrije Westen, Het Amsterdams Verbond, Vrijland and KinderBevrijdingsfestival.

When: 4th & 5th May
Where: Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Dam Square & festivals throughout the city.

Moco Museum

Have you heard about the Moco museum? Located next to Museumplein (museum quarter) you will find an extraordinary villa filled with quirky art. The Banksy exhibition contains around 50 original works by this street art legend. Besides Banksy, a temporary collection of art from Roy Lichtenstein can be admired until the 25th of May. He is one of the greatest contemporary art interpreters and a master of Pop Art.

When: Open Sunday to Thursday from 10.00 until 18.00 o’clock and Fridays and Saturdays open until 19.00 o’clock
Where: Honthorststraat 20, 1071 DE Amsterdam

Photo: Annelore van Herwijnen

Amsterdam by boat

Curious to see the capital from a different perspective? Amsterdam offers approximately 100km of canals and is thereby worldwide one of the cities with the most water and sometimes even referred to as the “Venice of the North”.

History

The history of Amsterdam is intimately connected with the waterways. The position of the city and the waters ensured that Amsterdam developed into a hub of trade. Now part of the UNESCO World Heritage list, the canals are filled with boats of all sorts and kinds and of all shapes and sizes.

Canal Tours

Ask anyone and they’ll probably tell you that the best way to discover Amsterdam is by boat. There are several options for an organized canal cruise and various operators, such as the Amsterdam Boat Center. From a history focused canal ride to a pancake boat, there’s a perfect ride for everyone. They usually take around an hour and cruise by all of the city’s major sights.

For the sailors among you, why not rent your own boat and get lost in one of the 165 canals? This gives you the opportunity to create your own route and dock the boat near your favorite terrace..

Pulitzer’s Unique Vessels

Staying at the Pulitzer? Then you’re in luck. The hotel’s unique vessels “Tourist” and “Belle” are available and perfectly suitable for group & private tours. For more information: https://www.pulitzeramsterdam.com/concierge/boat/

 

Four reasons to visit Amsterdam in April

April is the month of blossoming; time to wake up from you winter sleep and discover new things! Check out these 4 colorful reasons to plan a getaway to Amsterdam now:

Tulip Festival

Imagine as many tulips in the city as inhabitants… Amsterdam blooms during the Tulip Festival where colorful ribbons and fields of tulips throughout the city can be admired. Discover the national symbol of The Netherlands at numerous locations around town, including the inner gardens of Pulitzer Amsterdam.

When: March 31st – April 30th
Where: more information – www.tulipfestival.com

World Press Photo

Last year was a vibrant one, captured on pictures of the traveling exhibition organized by World Press Photo. Amsterdam welcomes back this world’s leading and most prestigious photography competition this Spring.

When: 14th of April until 22nd of July 2018
Where: Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam, Gravenstraat 17, 1012 NL Amsterdam

Het Rijksmuseum

Pay a visit to one of Amsterdam’s eye catchers, housing thousands of art pieces from 800 years ago until now. Besides the famous permanent collection, the museum parades with new temporary exhibitions and masterpieces such as the exposition High Society.

When: Every day, 9 AM until 5 PM
Where: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam

King’s Day

Would you like to experience Amsterdam at its quirkiest? Then make sure you’re here on King’s Day! Seize the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of our King with boat parties, market stalls and DJ’s all around town. Don’t forget to pack something orange to wear, or you’ll feel a little excluded (; For more information on the biggest celebration of the year, see: https://newspaper.pulitzeramsterdam.com/hooray-kings-day/

When: 26th & 27th April
Where: all throughout the country, especially in Amsterdam

Photo: John Lewis Marshall

 

Hooray; King’s Day!

Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, is turning 51 this year. Every year, the country seizes the opportunity to celebrate together. Decorated streets with market stalls, boat parties and lots of cheerful people of all ages… that’s Amsterdam on the 27th of April.
It’s not only the Dutch though who dress up in orange and celebrate. It’s people from all over the world who visit Amsterdam for this special occasion – to experience Amsterdam at its quirkiest best.

Starting on the evening before, the 26th of April, Amsterdam transforms into one big orange happening. As I Amsterdam phrases perfectly “King’s Day must turn every other monarchy in the world green with envy as Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands turn a bright shade of orange to celebrate the royal family”. We sure are proud of our national color orange!

The Amsterdam festivities on King’s Day begin with one of the largest flea markets in the world, selling vintage must-haves and local products – quintessentially Dutch. Great for snooping around! Meander through the streets and experience this bright colored day. With everyone dressed in orange, from top to bottom, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd.

The streets are filled with booths serving traditional Dutch specialties, such as: orange vanilla slices, “poffertjes” (Dutch small pancakes) and of course, the typical stroopwafel. What about the drinks? There’s almost as many pop-up bars as there are people. Ok, not really, but there’s a lot! Dutch brewed beers and festive spirits are served; local feeling guaranteed!

For the music lovers amongst us: hundreds of DJ’s – upcoming talents and already famous – set up shop (or booth actually) at one of the city’s dance events. For the full program, see:

https://www.iamsterdam.com/en/see-and-do/whats-on/major-events-and-celebrations/kings-day/whats-on/kings-day-parties

And since we’re expecting a lot of visitors again for this year’s celebration, you might not want to wait too long to book your accommodation. Pulitzer Amsterdam is located smack bang in the middle of all the festivities and is offering a special King’s Day VIP package. Hotel guests will have the chance to experience the boat parade front row, with a free flow of drinks, bites and resident DJ. It doesn’t really get much better than that. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact reservations@pulitzeramsterdam.com.