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.

 

Four reasons to visit Amsterdam in March

It’s the first day of March, which means spring is well on its way! Astronomically speaking that is – weather experts will beg to differ. But no matter the weather, March is the perfect time to discover the best hidden secrets of the city. Here’s our top 4:

Dutch Masters from the Hermitage

You can’t visit Amsterdam without paying a visit to our Dutch Masters. The Hermitage Amsterdam is showcasing one of the greatest treasures of the State Hermitage; the world’s leading collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings outside the Netherlands.

When: Monday to Sunday, open from 10.00 am until 17.00 pm
Where: Amstel 51, 1018 EJ Amsterdam

 

Amsterdam Cocktail Week

Cocktail lovers, brace yourselves as Amsterdam prepares for another week of boozy brilliance!
45 of Amsterdam’s hottest bars partnering up with some of the hottest alcoholic and non-alcoholic brands to create two killer cocktails for €8 and €5 respectively. Sounds pretty cool, right?

When: From Monday 5th to Sunday 11th of March
Where: For more information; www.amsterdamcocktailweek.nl

 

Dutch National Opera & Ballet

For a cultural night out, head to the Dutch National Opera & Ballet to admire a world-class opera or ballet performance. To see what’s on, navigate to: https://www.operaballet.nl/en/program
But to be honest, no matter what production you choose… a night at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet is an unforgettable experience in itself.

When: For more information; www.operaballet.nl
Where: Amstel 3, 1011 PN Amsterdam

 

Amsterdam Coffee Festival

Some would say “life begins after coffee”. If you’re one of those people, you might want to check out the Amsterdam Coffee Festival. This tasty festival features artisan coffee stalls, demonstrations from the best baristas, live music, art and much more. Why go? Because coffee is always a good idea.

When: From Friday 9th until Sunday 11th of March
Where: Pazzanistraat 33, 1014 DB Amsterdam

 

Photo: Petrovsky & Ramone

Floral Delight at Pulitzer Amsterdam

With the Spring season ahead of us, Pulitzer Amsterdam is ready to welcome you with the most blossoming flowers. Because who’s day hasn’t been brightened up by flowers…

Meijer Roses X Season Flowers

Nothing says “I love you” better than a beautiful rose so we’ve decided to join forces with Meijer Roses & Season Flowers to transform our Flowershop into a Valentine’s Pop-Up at the 13th and 14th of February.

Being a family business, Meijer Roses is a modern rose breeding company specialized in the production of large-flowered Avalanche roses. In harvesting roses, choosing the perfect moment to cut is most important. Meijer Roses managed to find the perfect balance between the durability of the flower and its bloom, resulting in the production of the dazzling Avalanche roses.

Styled by our florist Season Flowers, the shop will be filled with the most beautiful pastel-colored roses for you to enjoy or to buy for your loved one. There is a limited quantity of roses available, so be sure to pop in sooner rather than later!

Tulip Festival

For the fourth year in a row, Amsterdam will start the Spring celebrating the famous tulip ensuring it blooms all over Amsterdam. During this festival, more than 500,000 colorful and rare tulips can be admired at different locations all around the city, the inner gardens of Pulitzer Amsterdam being one of them. Nestled at the center of the hotel, our garden occupies a surprising green oasis where a colorful palette of 3000 beloved tulips will be revealed for you in order to relax and recharge of the hustle and bustle of the city.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT PULITZER AMSTERDAM

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we have got just the perfect getaway in store for everyone planning to go big this year… Two days full of romance with Pulitzer Amsterdam’s indulgent ‘Love is in the air’ experience!

Valentine’s Getaway

Woo your (wo)man from the very start, as our private chauffeur picks you and your lover up from the airport and delivers you to our grand Pulitzer Suite, where you will be warmly welcomed by champagne, balloons and macaroons. You can even tip us your favorite love song and we’ll have it playing for you as you walk in. A private bath butler will also be on hand to assist in getting this romantic escape off to a relaxing start. What a welcome, right? And that’s only the beginning….

Depending on your arrival time and the way you feel after your flight, you can either board an exclusive helicopter ride above the city to spot all the famous sights or hop on board a classical saloon boat. Each trip is tailor-made to ensure the most memorable experience possible.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure, to wake up the next day with a superb in-suite breakfast. And then it’s time to part ways… don’t worry, only for a little while!

One of you will be taken on a private Gassan Diamonds VIP tour including a visit to the Rolex Boutique to see Rolex certified watchmakers at their craft. Following the tour, you can pick an exquisite diamond gift for your other half. The other loved one is invited to the intimate Personal Shopping Lounge at de Bijenkorf where your dedicated expert shopper will make a completely bespoke collection designed to your needs; worth 750.

The lavish and love-filled retreat continues with a three-course candlelight dinner in Jansz. But unfortunately, all good things come to an end…

Round out your romantic getaway with some quality time in your love retreat, followed by a late check-out the next morning. Sounds pretty swoon-worthy, right? You can book your Valentine’s package directly via https://www.pulitzeramsterdam.com/specials/.

Pulitzer’s Bar

For those looking for a little less extravagant, but equally memorable.. Pulitzer’s Bar is adding a little sparkle to your Valentine’s Day this year by serving three different champagne-infused cocktails. How about an Aviation Spritz, or a Southside Royale? Try one? Try them all!

5 Reasons to Visit Amsterdam in February

1. The weather outside is frightful… But there is plenty to do indoor

February is the coldest time of the year to spend in Amsterdam. Luckily Amsterdam offers plenty of indoor activities which offer a perfect retreat from this freezing and windy weather. All the main museums are open, plus February is the last month to enjoy some wonderful exhibitions such as the Govert Flinck & Ferdinand Bol exhibition which is being held in four key locations across the city; the Amsterdam Museum, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace and Museum van Loon. Make sure to plan your visit before the exhibition ends on February 18th.

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Pulitzer’s Bar X Le Labo

Are you ready for another cool collaboration? Both fabulous on their own, but put the two brands together and you have a match made in heaven! Le Labo, one of the most selective perfume brands in the world, and Pulitzer’s Bar have joined forces to create a limited-edition menu inspired by the key fragrance notes in ‘Santal 33’; cardamom, violet and leather.

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Jansz. for your next lunch date in Amsterdam’s Negen Straatjes

Whenever in Amsterdam, you would likely want to experience the charm of the Amsterdam canal belt. Within this district, you find the popular and famous ‘De negen straatjes’ area, or translated: The nine streets. The area is famous for its authentic ambiance and it is therefore popular with tourists, but mainly Amsterdammers. Cobbled streets filled with boutiques, galleries and lunch places: that’s where Jansz. comes in. A true hotspot and a go-to-place for lunch, located at Keizersgracht Canal and Reestraat: one of the nine streets.  

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DANDELYAN IS COMING TO TOWN

 

Have you heard? Something unique is going down at Amsterdam’s Pulitzer’s Bar on Thursday, November 9th and Friday, November 10th! The expert mixologists of “World’s Best Cocktail Bar”, Dandelyan, are partnering up with the talented barmen of Pulitzer’s Bar for a two-night pop up in Amsterdam. Together they will be shaking, stirring and mixing a menu of six Dandelyan favorites.

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