Use your ‘tu-lips’ to kiss winter goodbye. According to the Dutch, spring officially arrives when the first tulips begin to bloom. April and May are the perfect months to wander around in the colorful tulip fields or to enjoy tulip-decorated Amsterdam with our special package. But first things first, here’s some facts about the iconic Dutch flower.

Name
The name ‘Tulip’ derived from the Turkish word for Turban. In the sixteenth century a Dutch biologist from Leiden received this special flower from a friend of Constantinople (Istanbul). He planted the flower in his garden in Leiden and that was the beginning of the astonishing tulip fields in the Netherlands.

History
Did you know a tulip used to be sold for the same price as a house? In the 17th century tulips were used as a trade product. Every class of the society was involved in trading the tulip bulbs, a craze called ‘tulip mania’. The same tulip bulb was sometimes traded 10 times a day. It was the foolishness of newcomers to the market that set off the crisis in February 1637.

Multifunctional
With over 3000 different varieties of tulips, there’s one in almost every color imaginable. Did you know that various colors of tulips have a specific meaning? For example, the red tulips represent true love, purple symbolizes loyalty and when you have to make up for something, the white tulip will say sorry in your name. What’s your favorite color?

All Tulips Everything
Imagine endless fields with rainbow-colored tulips. This can come true at The Keukenhof which is a must-visit in April or May. For the full tulip experience, book the ‘All Tulips Everything’ package including a two night stay at Pulitzer Amsterdam, tickets plus a private chauffeur to the Keukenhof, an in-room flower bouquet and a tulip-inspired cocktail in Pulitzer’s Bar.

Do you want to know more about the Keukenhof or our tulip package? Feel free to contact our Concierge team, they will be more than happy to help you!

If you ask us, spring is the best time to visit Amsterdam! The first sunrays appear, flowers are blossoming, and the city is getting livelier. In April, sunshine days can be combined with rain and therefore, we have selected some indoor and outdoor activities. Go to see the city this month to experience the following events.

National Museum Week
Every spring, museums in Amsterdam participate to showcase the cultural heritage of the Netherlands. Wander through the breathtaking art of the Dutch masters of the Golden Age or enjoy activities such as guided tours, workshops or tastings. For the little one’s there is enough delight as well! See the National Museum Week website for a complete list of participating museums in Amsterdam: https://www.nationalemuseumweek.nl/

When: April 8–14
Where: Museums in Amsterdam

World Press Photo
Prepare for a vibrant edition of World Press Photo 2019. Work of world’s best professional press photographers, photo agencies, newspapers and magazines are gathered in an impressive exhibition. Spot this year’s winning productions in visual journalism and digital storytelling. For more information visit: https://www.nieuwekerk.nl/en/exhibitions/world-press-photo-2019/

When: April 13-June 7
Where: The New Church, Amsterdam

King’s Day
If you want to experience the Dutch culture at its quirkiest, this is an event to mark in your agenda! Every year on April 27, the Dutch honor their King by celebrating his birthday as a national feast. This 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 on this day. All over Amsterdam are festivities, flea markets and celebrations are happening. Join Pulitzer Amsterdam for a King’s Day celebration with drinks and tunes in front. For those who prefer to avoid the crowds should head to open spaces like the Vondelpark, which turns into a children’s paradise. For more information about the activities, visit: https://amsterdam.org/en/event/22/king-s-day.html

When: King’s Night on April 26 & King’s Day on April 27
Where: All over Amsterdam

Tulip Festival
Can you imagine Amsterdam with as many tulips as there are bikes? Add a little color to your day by wandering through the city in April. This celebration of the Tulip Festival runs all month long, showcasing the iconic Dutch flower across the city. For the full tulips experience, visit the tulip fields at The Keukenhof or book the ‘All Tulips Everything’ package with your Pulitzer Amsterdam stay.

When: April 1-30
Where: All over Amsterdam & The Keukenhof

Would you like to join an event? Or would you like some more information about a certain activity? Feel free to contact our Concierge team, they will be more than happy to help you!

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!

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

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