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

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

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

 

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

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