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

‘Keeping families close’, that’s the slogan of the Ronald McDonald House, a beautiful charity we proudly support. This charity allows parents including their other children, who are going through one of the most difficult periods of their life, to stay close to their sick child at the hospital. The Ronald McDonald House creates a home environment providing support and resources that keep families together all over the world.

Pulitzer makeover
Ronald McDonald House Emma Amsterdam, located next to the Amsterdam Medical Center, has many grateful guests. The involvement of staff members and the right care are ingredients that makes the house feel like their home away from home, something we aim for at Pulitzer Amsterdam as well. The rooms and facilities at the Ronald McDonald House Emma Amsterdam are getting outdated and are in need of some renovations. That is where the idea to adopt two rooms for a Pulitzer makeover came to life!

Results
In a period of 8 weeks, a family room and a twin room were renovated thanks to hard work of Salverda and our own Engineering team. From bed- to bathroom, the rooms are provided with a Pulitzer Amsterdam look and feel. We are proud to share the results and hope that the transformed rooms can give a warm feeling to families who need it most.

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Charities
Your stay at Pulitzer Amsterdam is good for you and others too. We donate 1 euro per night per room to one of two local charities: Johan Cruyff Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Emma Amsterdam. For more information, visit: www.pulitzeramsterdam.com/charity.

If it weren’t for the location, Pulitzer Amsterdam wouldn’t be the hotel it is today. The neighborhood is famously known for the Anne Frank museum and the Dam Square, however, less famously known for its unique clothing, jeweler and art shops. Let us guide you to the hidden gems of the quirky Nine Streets!

Joz Amsterdam
Whether you are looking for a new outfit, marvelous minimalistic jewelery, luxury lifestyle presents with a surprising twist or that one cool item, JOZ is the place to go. They wrap your catches in a beautiful JOZ Amsterdam tote and if needed with a small raincoat, because they just love cute details!

Where: Huidenstraat 26 & Berenstraat 29

DR Wonen
Missing an exclusive item that will make your house a home? Take a look in the store of DR Wonen. The products vary from decorative cushions to furniture and lamps. Discover the latest design trends with their own twist. Fun fact: many of the unique pieces are designed by several Dutch designers, such as Piet Hein Eek.

Where: Hartenstraat 27

Marie-Stella-Maris
You may recognize this brand, as we collaborate with Marie-Stella-Maris-water and you can find their bottles in our hotel. One of the reason that we chose Marie-Stella-Maris for a collaboration is because they donate a significant portion of their profit to charitable projects that help people around the globe to access clean water. Marie-Stella-Maris’ store mainly centers around high-end skincare products, infused with the brand’s signature fragrances. It also includes other luxury items such as scent diffusers and photography books as well.

Where: Wolvenstraat 9

Cinq Amsterdam
In front of Jansz.’ entrance you can find a lovely store called Cinq. Step inside this fresh, light and feminine store with a sweet touch and French allure. Find a mix of clothing, jewelry, shoes, wallets and (home) accessories. Not just looking, but finding is the motto at Cinq!

Where: Reestraat 5

MENDO
For the booklovers among us: let us introduce you to your new favorite store! MENDO curates on very specific topics, such as: photography, fashion, traveling, lifestyle, culinary books, interior & architecture and graphic design. Moreover MENDO is known for its unique selection of collector’s editions, which is on display in the store.

Where: Berenstraat 11

Photo: MENDO Books, Berenstraat 11, https://www.mendo.nl/

Pulitzer Newspaper Four Reasons to Visit Amsterdam in June

Spring being a tough act to follow, the world created June. The sun is showing itself more often and the days are getting longer, finally! Do you want to get the most out of your days? In this article we will highlight our top events of this month, read more and find out!

ARTIS Summer Nights
Spend your summer evenings at Amsterdam’s Royal Zoo until the sun goes down. Picnic on the lawn, enjoy food from the outdoor kitchen or discover the art of nature during several workshops. The late openings feature activities for kids, and special events at ARTIS’ Planetarium. Round off your evening with a special guided tour of the park at twilight. For all the details, click here.

When: Saturdays in June, July and August
Where: ARTIS, Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam

Holland Festival
For those who can’t get enough of art, this is the festival to visit. As of 1947, this international performing arts festival offers exquisite top-level performances. Behold transcending art disciplines in dance, opera and theater or indulge in fine art, such as literature and architecture. For the full program and more: click here.

When: May 29 – June 23
Where: Various locations in Amsterdam

Bacchus Wine Festival
Stop and smell the rosé… Or sauvignon, or the merlot! Wine specialists from all over Amsterdam present together around 300 different wines; from intense new world wines to classics coming from Europe. Besides drinking a glass of wine (or two), visitors can enjoy a culinary delight or a burger with fries; you pick! Vegetarian or vegan? No problem! On their website you can find more information.

When: June 7-16
Where: Amsterdamse Bos, Nieuwe Kalfjeslaan 21, 1182 AB Amstelveen

Aalsmeer Flower Festival
Experience a weekend that is a thrill for all the senses! The Aalsmeer Flower Festival exhibits a broad range of enchanting flowers and plants, and surprises visitors with eye-catching art applications. Enjoy a boat ride between locations, listen to music or decorate yourself with flowers. During the festival, the Flower Art museum hosts several special exhibitions and blossoming activities as well. Do you want to know more about the festival? Visit their website.

When: June 15-16
Where: Historische Tuin, Praamplein, Aalsmeer (Centrum) / Flower Art Museum, Kudelstaartseweg 1, Aalsmeer

 

Photo: Bacchus Wine Festival.

Discover nature in Amsterdam and enjoy it with the perfect picnic. In this article we listed some lovely parks as well as some fun activities for all ages to tailor your day out.

Westerpark
This is a park created around a former gas factory. Nowadays it’s the place to go for many locals. Westerpark has a charming green area with plenty of playgrounds. A nature adventure trail, Het Woeste Westen, lies at the end of the park where the little ones can release their energy with activities such as, building a raft of catching tadpoles. If you want to picnic until the sun goes down: the Westerpark is the only one in Amsterdam where you are allowed to barbecue. Also, nearby are lots of trendy cafes, bars and nice restaurants to visit!

Bike:                                  15 min
Public Transport:             16 min: 10 min walk to bus stop Marnixplein – bus 21 to Haarlemmerplein – 4 min walk

Amstelpark
Besides the fact that Amstelpark is a cozy one, it’s also a place full of fun activities. Play some minigolf or taste a delicious scoop of homemade ice cream. See all of the park in the Amsteltrain or look at the view from the Ferris wheel! Next to the playground, the city farm is located. Here, you can find animals like goats, chickens, donkeys and bunnies. For the full Dutch experience, you can visit the mill called ‘Riekermolen’!

Bike:                                   30 min
Public Transport:              21 min: 10 min walk to metro station Rokin – metro 52 to Europaplein – 2 min walk to bus stop Europaplein – bus 62 to Amstelpark.

Sarphatiepark
Enjoy your afternoon picnic like a local in the Sarphatiepark, located in the popular neighborhood ‘De Pijp’. This park is a real city park: it radiates luxury and is surrounded by stately homes. The coziness of this park makes it the perfect place to savor a picnic. In for a game? Play Frisbee or compete in a table tennis contest.

Bike:                                   13 min
Public Transport:              19 min: 10 min walk to metro station Rokin – metro 52 to Vijzelgracht – 7 min walk to Sarphatiepark.

Amsterdamse Bos

This forest has everything and more. An idyllic scenery with your picnic and more than enough activities to choose from; climb and zip through the Fun Forest, visit the goat farm, sup/canoe through the lakes or enjoy a performance at the forest theatre. When temperatures are rising, the lakes, pools and waterways are ideal for a swim or to find refreshment. The visitor’s center is the place to ask your questions, reserve your activity such as, a boat excursion or to give directions.

Bike:                                   37 min
Public Transport               44 min: 13 min walk to busstation Elandsgracht – bus 347to busstop Van Nijenrodeweg/Amstelveenseweg –  7 min walk to Amsterdamse Bos

 

Photo: Time Out Amsterdam.

Now the Tulip Mania has come to an end, there are new events to look forward to! Curious about what’s on in Amsterdam in May? We selected our top four events of this month.

Vondelpark Openluchttheater
Enjoy the lovely weather in Amsterdam with cultural festivities the city’s most popular most hang-out: Vondelpark. Starting in May, the weekends will be all about music, cabaret and other performances with young talents as well as well-known artists. Visit the website for the full program: http://www.openluchttheater.nl/.

When: Weekends May-October
Where: Vondelpark

Remembrance Day & Liberation Day

Every year, on the 4th of May at 20:00, the Dutch remember the victims of World War ||, other wars and peace missions. A ceremony including a two-minute silence is held on several locations throughout the country with the largest one on the Dam Square. The next day, festivities are organized to celebrate our number one privileged right: freedom! A selection of well-known liberty festivals on this day are: Het Vrije Westen, Het Amsterdams Verbond, Vrijland and KinderBevrijdingsFestival.

When: May 4 & 5
Where: Dam Square / Several festival locations throughout the city

Rollende Keukens 2019
Foodlovers be aware! From May 29 until June 2, the Westergas area will turn into your favorite food festival. Enjoy dishes, wines, beers and other spices and delights. With a good atmosphere, foodtrucks, sunshine and live music, Rollende Keukens has all the ingredients for a great time.

When: May 29 – June 2
Where: Westergasterrein

Hemeltjelief Festival 2019
On the 30th of May, the NSDM-wharf will turn into a colorful universe! Hemeltjelief its spaceship will take you to the most astonishing places the universe has to offer. This family festival is filled with amusement for all ages with exciting bands, grooving DJ’s, culture, arts and lots of other fun activities. Once the little ones are off to bed, the after-party kicks in at Noorderlicht Café. Never a dull moment at Hemeltjelief!

When: May 30
Where: NSDM-wharf

Photo: Het Amsterdams Verbond.

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!