December, the most magical time of the year! Create wonderful memories by visiting the following happenings in Amsterdam this month:

Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs
Find yourself in a true winter wonderland! The event is everything you can imagine it to be: from ice skating to après-ski and a Ferris wheel. You can even admire the one and only Coca-Cola Christmas Truck! Furthermore, magician Dion can’t wait to show you all his magic and illusions at the Magic Winter Theater. Find out all activities and more information here.

When: In and around Amsterdam RAI.
Where: December 21 – January 5

ICE*Amsterdam
This winter, Museum Square will not only attract the crowd for its iconic museums! ICE*Amsterdam offers the unique chance to ice skate with the idyllic setting of the beautiful Rijksmuseum building. If you’d rather watch the spectacle from outside the rink, you can stroll around the market stalls or warm yourself up with a hot chocolate in Brasserie Winter! See their website for the details.

When: November 16 – February 2
Where: Museum Square

Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt
Avoid the crowded streets in the city center and go to this lovely in- and outdoor Christmas market to find the perfect Christmas gift.Besides the market stalls, you can go ice-skating, play board games or take the stage at the Christmas karaoke! Tip: bring your own mug for some glühwein or hot chocolate! This popular all ages event is worth a visit. Click here to see their website.

When: December 20-23
Where: Westergasfabriek

New Year’s Eve
For a banging start of the new year, visit the fireworks show at the Kop van Java, with the spectacular view of the VOC-shop and the Maritime museum. Don’t miss out on the traditional Dutch delicacy the ‘oliebol’. For the most festive celebrations, visit the Nieuwmarkt or Rembrandt square to party until the morning comes. Click here for all new year’s parties in town. Happy new year!

When: December 31
Where: All over Amsterdam

Photo by: Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt.

You only really get to know a country by its food, right? The Dutch have several peculiar ways to express themselves through their cuisine. In our opinion, the following are worth to try:

Sweet
Stroopwafel
The literal translation of stroopwafel is ‘syrup waffle’; a wafer cookie made from two thin layers of baked dough, joined by a caramel filling. Nowadays, the Stroopwafel has many variations. For the most colorful ones in town, visit van Wonderen Stroopwafels!

Drop
This is a type of liquorice that comes in many variations: soft, hard, chewy, sweet, sour, salty and more! It is an experience for those who never tasted it. People say Dutch drop is evil; it subtlety tricks you into a false sense of security that might even taste quite nice.

Hagelslag
‘Hagelslag’ can be described as chocolate sprinkles. It is the perfect allowed excuse for having chocolate for breakfast or lunch as the Dutch spread it on a sandwich with butter. Did you know that approximately one million sandwiches with ‘hagelslag’ per day are eaten by the Dutch?

Savory
Haring
This is the Dutch name for herring, a small oily silvery-colored fish caught in the North Sea – famous for being a remedy for hangovers! It is eaten raw, garnished with unions; the taste is extraordinary and strong. For the best ‘haring’ in town, try the fish stand on the Westermarkt.

Cheese
If anything, cheese can’t be avoided in the Netherlands. The most popular Dutch cheese is Gouda; one of the oldest recorded cheeses in the world still made today! It’s named after the city of Gouda since it is produced and historically has been traded there.

Snacks
Patatje Oorlog
Literally translated as ‘War Fries’. This is a portion of French fries with mayonnaise, sate sauce and raw onions on top. The historical background is that Indonesia is a former colony of the Netherlands, mainly used for trading spices used in the sate sauce. Try the best at Frietboutique!

Kroket / Bitterballen
It is a cylindrical shaped snack, filled with meat ragout (beef) and a very crispy and crunchy layer on the outside. Bitterballen are a variation to the ‘Kroket’, small savory balls with the same filling and texture that is often shared alongside a wine or beer.

Dinner
Stamppot
It is one of the oldest Dutch recipes that remains popular today. Stamppot recipes use mashed potatoes as a base incorporated with a vegetable. Most often: sauerkraut (stamppot zuurkool), kale (stamppot boerenkool) and endive (stamppot rauwe andijvie). It is eaten with a ‘rookworst’ as meat on the side. Try restaurant Moeders for a delicious homemade stamppot of your choice!

Snert
This is a Dutch Pea Soup; a thick soup made with split peas, plenty of vegetables and pork. Traditionally it is served on New Year’s Day, but it is also enjoyed throughout the fall and winter months. It is the ideal dish to warm up!

Photo by: Anna Rita Granata.

New month, new events! To save you some time, we made a selection for your trip to Amsterdam this month:

Museum Night

Every first Saturday of November, Amsterdam’s finest museums open their doors for this special event. See Amsterdam’s museums in a new light – after the sun sets! One ticket can get you into over 50 museums, until 02:00 am. Experience exhibitions in another setting: live music, DJ’s, food, drinks, special events and other surprises. Find out about the participating museums and how to get tickets on the website.

When: November 2
Where: Several museums in Amsterdam

Westergasjes Wednesday
Families be aware! Every Wednesday the whole (former) Westergasfactory will be turned into a children’s paradise. Kids can enjoy an all day pancake party, icecream, music, creative workshops, a movie or other entertainment. Let your children run wild on the terrain while you enjoy a drink on the terrace. Some activities include an entry ticket so make sure to check their website for more information!

When: November 6,13,20,27
Where: Westergasfabriek

Amsterdam Art Weekend
Amaze yourself during a weekend filled with art! Amsterdam’s liberal climate inspires artists from all over the world to experiment and push boundaries. Discover exclusive contemporary art items as well as work by (upcoming) talent. More than 100 events in 50+ locations in the city are hosted. Events are organised by Foam, the Oude Kerk, the Stedelijk Museum, EYE Filmmuseum and more. Find out the details on the website.

When: November 21-24
Where: Foam, the Oude Kerk, the Stedelijk Museum, EYE Filmmuseum and many more.

Amsterdam Light Festival
This festival includes about 30 artworks that are exhibited throughout the city. This year’s theme is: Disrupt! A ‘disruption’, questions fixed assumptions, provokes new discussions, encourages to take action in order to move forward. Artists, designers and architects were challenged to question, test and shake up Amsterdam in alignment with the theme. Find the route and more information here. At Pulitzer, we offer a specliazed guided boat tour that takes you along the highlights of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Please find more information on our website.

When: November 28 – January 19, 2020
Where: Several locations in Amsterdam

Photo by Tracey Emin.

We know how difficult it can be to plan a family holiday. Choosing a suitable destination and hotel for all ages is pretty much mission impossible, right? Not anymore!

Very Important Kids Program
From personalized welcome treats and travel diaries to a Kids Treasure Hunt and a series of Pulitzer Bedtime Stories, our Very Important Kid program ensures younger guests to feel just as much as home as the grown-ups. Every child will be gifted with a Peter the Rabbit cuddly toy; a nod to our founder, Peter Pulitzer. Would you like an evening for just the two of you? Contact our Concierges to arrange nanny service!

A home away from home at Pulitzer Amsterdam
Families of all sizes will enjoy spacious accommodations at Pulitzer Amsterdam. The unique Family Rooms and connecting Family Rooms comfortably fit a family of four, featuring one king size bed and two twin beds and include complimentary daily breakfast. The Family Suite boasts stunning, picturesque canal views, multiple rooms, two bathrooms and a dining area to ensure that families find comfort and space throughout their entire stay.

Food tastes better when you eat it with your family
Our restaurant Jansz. offers a curated children’s menu as well as coloring sheets, crayons and a small present from the treasure box to take home at the end of the meal. Also, every last Sunday of the month, Jansz. is filled with young families during Jansz. Family Sundays; a specialized early dinner with kids’ entertainment in our supervised Copper Rooms.

Located in the heart of the hotel, with sights on the tranquil gardens (including play garden for our little guests), Pause at Pulitzer serves an international menu with delicious dishes for the entire family. Sip on signature cocktails, timeless classics and the finest beverages in Pulitzer’s Bar while the children entertain themselves in the adjacent games corner.

Family fun in Amsterdam
Compact and safe, Amsterdam is jam-packed with activities for all ages. Interactive museums, lush parks, plenty of pancake houses, beautiful bike paths to explore and so much more. Some of our favorite family-friendly suggestions: Vondelpark, Nemo Science Museum, Artis Zoo, canal cruise, Houseboat Museum and Amsterdam-Noord (the ferry ride itself is a wonderful experience already). Our Concierge team will help families with creating a bespoke itinerary suitable for all ages.

Find all about family travel at Pulitzer Amsterdam including our special family packages on our family landing page. Create memories with the ones you love, and we will take care of the rest. Will we see you in Amsterdam soon?

 

Not the person to sit and watch the leaves turn colourful? Here is a list to work down during your Amsterdam getaway in October:

Exhibition ‘Rembrandt-Velázquez’
This month, the best work of Dutch and Spanish masters from the 17th century will be exposed at the Rijksmuseum. The exhibition is mainly about beauty, emotion, religion and realism. Paintings from Velázquez, Rembrandt, Murillo, Vermeer, Zurbarán, Hals en Ribera come together for the first time thanks to the unique collaboration of the Museo del Prado in Madrid and the Rijksmuseum. Reserve your date and time slot here or take a look at the website for more info.

When: October 11 – January 19, 2020
Where: Rijksmuseum

TCS Amsterdam Marathon
Ready, set, run! This annual event will host around 45.000 runners from over 120 countries. You can choose to run 8KM, 21KM or the whole marathon which is 42KM. The course includes the scenery of the Amstel river, several windmills, the Vondelpark, stately Amsterdam mansions and the city centre. Would you like to join? Make sure to enrol before the end of September! Find out more about the TCS Amsterdam Marathon on their website.

When: October 20
Where: In- and around Amsterdam

Amsterdam Dance Event
Dance your way through Amsterdam during the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)! This event is known for being the leading conference and festival for electronic music. The program is split up in four music genres: Around the World, Drum and Bass, Live and Techno. Find your perfect show here or visit the website for more information.

When: October 16-20
Where: Several locations

24H Amsterdam
Experience the best of the city during 24H Amsterdam! This edition will show you the east side of the city. Theatres, museums, churches, stores, bars, hotels and clubs open their doors ready to surprise you. This is a unique chance to see all what this neighbourhood has to offer in only 24 hours. Find out more on this website. To get you warmed up, here is an after movie of last year.

When: 26 October
Where: Amsterdam Oost

Say goodbye to sleepless nights. From now on, you too will be able to enjoy the Pulitzer sleeping experience at your own home. Recently, we partnered up with DOUXE Hotel Luxury and other suppliers and launched the Pulitzer Home collection! The entire Pulitzer Bed and a selection of design items are available in the online shop.

Online Shop
The idea to launch an online shop derived from multiple requests from guests to purchase design pieces they have seen in our hotel. The Pulitzer Home collection now includes the Tom Dixon Bell Table Lamp, Mendo books, Le Labo Santal 26 scented candle and the complete bedding! We are looking for more items to add as we go.

Complete Pulitzer Bed by Douxe
The bedding collection is powered by Douxe Hotel Luxury. The supplier from for example the beloved bed linen, offers the complete Pulitzer bed including the typical wooden bed frame in the shape of a canal house gable. The Egyptian cotton bed linen, the spring mattress, the Pulitzer Pillows and the Pulitzer duvet are for sale together, including turn-down service. But, the items are sold separately as well. Last but not least: the yellow bedspread from 100% merino wool is a true essential for the finishing touch!

Home away from home
We would like to give our guests the possibility to re-create the Pulitzer and its style into their own home. Our mission is to offer our guests an unforgettable stay and a good night rest is essential to this experience. Many guests would love to trade their belongings in order to take the Pulitzer bed home! Luckily, they are now just one click away from their favorite bedding and other items.

Have a look on our website and take your pick! What are you waiting for?

Photo by Douxe Hotel Luxury.

Make it a September to remember by visiting one of the following events in Amsterdam:

Jordaan Festival
For everyone who is in Amsterdam for the full Dutch experience, you can’t miss out on the Jordaan Festival. Visit Dutch folk music performances in brown cafés in the neighborhood where it all started: The Jordaan, a stone’s throw away from Pulitzer Amsterdam! Back in the days, the working class marked this area and the Dutch folk music tells the story of their lives with a smile and a tear. On the website you can find more information about this street festival.

When: September 6-9
Where: Jordaan Area and DeLaMar theatre.

Dutch Theatre Festival
The top 11 Dutch theatre productions of last year will entertain you throughout the city, this month. Experience drama as performers compete for the theatre awards. Alongside the Dutch Theatre festival runs the Amsterdam Fringe Festival with cutting-edge productions on diverse locations. Several performances include English subtitles and you will find visual acts that are aimed at a young audience. For the schedule and the full program, click here.

When: September 5-15
Where: Various locations

Amsterdam Wine Festival
Wine flies when you are having fun! Take a trip around the Northern Hemisphere with over 300 open wines originated from Europe, North Africa, The Middle East and North America. Make your own wine and stamp the grapes or get competitive in a wine quiz! Enrich your knowledge by taking a masterclass, swing to the best tunes and enjoy delicious bites from top chefs. Do we need to say more? Get your tickets here.

When: September 27-29
Where: Westergasfabriek

Amsterdam City Swim & Dam Run
Sport enthusiasts be aware: two of Amsterdam’s most iconic sports events are taking place this month. The Amsterdam City Swim is a 2000-meter course through Amsterdam’s canal belt. Participants of the City Swim are on a mission to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Foundation. The second event is the Dam Run, a 16K running event from Zaandam to Amsterdam with a unique passage through the IJtunnel. There are different distances to run and a kids run! Furthermore, a variety of walks are organized and several cycling routes ranging from 40 to 145 KM. Join in or find more info on their website.

When: September 8 & September 21-22
Where: Amsterdam Canals & Zaandam-Amsterdam

 

Photo: Amsterdam Wine Festival

It is almost time for our most special event of the year: the Prinsengrachtconcert. The preparations for the 38th edition of the event are in full swing! Together with AVRO Tros and the performances of all the artists, we hope to make it a wonderful edition again!

The history
In 1981 the then directors of Hotel Pulitzer: Hans Duijf en Theo Inniger, took the initiative to organize the Prinsengrachtconcert. From there the Prinsengrachconcert grew into an annual spectacle. Over 10.000 people watch the performances in an idyllic setting next to each other in their boats on the Prinsengracht canal and from their window frames.

The programme
In the afternoon, young talents will take the stage. Aliza (14), Donna (12) and Marcel (12) will perform together with Jamai, Trijntje Oosterhuis and Patricia van Haastrecht and JeugdOrkest the Netherlands.  Special to this year’s edition is a performance of a local children’s orchestra ‘de Kindersymfonie’. They gave a special performance in Pulitzer Amsterdam during the Easter Egg Hunt and this year they won the first price on the European Music Festival!

Last year’s winner of the GrachtenfestivalPrijs, Baritone Raoul Steffani (14) will open the evening programme. Then, Fin top-violinist Pekka Kuusisto and ensemble Camerata RCO will amaze us with their performance which will be full of surprises.

For more information about the Prinsengracht concert please visit the website and for those who can’t wait until the 17th of august, you can watch this beautiful video of last year with a medley of  ‘Aan de Amsterdamse Grachten’ by Lucas en Arthur Jussen. We hope to share this magical night with you this year!

Experience the city like a local and trade the beach for the Amsterdam canals this summer!  We share with you our top four must-visits this August:

Grachtenfestival Amsterdam
Would you like to join an unique music experience? The Grachtenfestival is a summer event that honors classical music, jazz, and music from other cultures. Brisk performances of young talents from all over the world take the stage in an extraordinary setting. We know at least one performance that should be on top of your list: our very own annual Prinsengrachtconcert! For more info visit the website.

When: August 9-18
Where: Several locations in Amsterdam & Pulitzer Amsterdam

De Parade Amsterdam
Delight in colorful festivities! De Parade is a travelling festival inspired on the traditional circus. The Parade offers theatre, dance, mime and workshops for all ages. Drinks, food and free live music performances is also available. In short: 17 days full of fun! For more info and tickets, click here.

When: August 9-25
Where: Martin Luther King Park

Pluk de Nacht festival
Get nostalgic at Pluk the Nacht festival! At Amsterdam’s city beach located next to Central Station you can watch movies on a large screen, overlooking the IJ. Discover the latest animated movies, documentaries and (short) feature films. The festival is free of charge, though you can support them by having a drink at the bar or by making a small donation. The program will be released at the end of July. Make sure to reserve your beach chair!

When: August 14-24
Where: Stenen Hoofd

Uitmarkt
Every last weekend of August, the Uitmarkt traditionally opens the new cultural season with a diverse range of performances. From classical music to hip hop and from dance to theatre, you pick! There is also a book market and children can enjoy themselves at the Uitmarkt Junior. Be sure to visit the highlight of the Uitmarkt, a musical sing-a-long! Click here for the full program.

When: August 23-25
Where: Museum Square & Leidseplein

Summer is here! Tailor your trip to Amsterdam by visiting one of the following events in July:

Comedytrain International Summer Festival
All aboard the Comedytrain! Yearly, Toomler gives stand-up comedy talent a stage with Comedytrain International Summer Festival. Comedians from the UK, America, Australia and Canada will make their way to Amsterdam. Not Dutch? No problem! Comedians will perform in English so no one will be left in the dark. For the full program, take a look at the agenda.

Where: Toomler
When: July 3 – August 10

Over het IJ Festival
The IJ is Amsterdam’s water between Amsterdam-North and the rest of the city. Many tourists don’t make it to the other side of the IJ during their visit, and what better way to introduce you to Amsterdam-North than with the ‘Over het IJ Festival’! Take the ferry from Central Station and get ready for innovative and rebellious performances of young and well known theatre makers on adventurous in- and outdoor locations. For more info and tickets, visit the website.

Where: NDSM Wharf, the banks of the IJ and various other locations in Amsterdam-North
When: July 5-14

De Hortus
Experience, discover and be amazed at Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam. Visit the botanical gardens of Amsterdam for their plants and health exhibition, children’s program or a guided tour. This July, you can listen to various musical acts with Jazz at the Plantage and Klassiek in de Kas. On Sundays, acoustic duos will play in an intimate setting under the Oak tree, how idyllic! Visit their website and find out the details.

Where: De Hortus – Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
When: July & August

Pride Amsterdam
Visit the Pride Amsterdam festivities and capture Amsterdam in full color. During this annual LGBTQ+ festival, numerous parties and events are hosted all over the city. The absolute highlight of this festival is the Canal Parade on Saturday the 3rd of August. To enjoy the best view on this spectacle, Pulitzer Amsterdam is offering the unique chance to admire the fabulously decorated boats from a pink deck, right on the Prinsengracht canal – entertainment, drinks & bites included. Get your tickets here!

Where: Various locations throughout Amsterdam & Pulitzer Amsterdam
When: July 27 – August 4