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Sinterklaas In Amsterdam
The 5th of December is a holiday in the Netherlands that families celebrate by presents, writing each other poems and eating pepernoten.
In the run of to the 5th of December children will set their shoes next to the fireplace at bed time. They put their shoes next to the fireplace in the hope that Sinterklaas will leave treats for them.
For other reasons to visit Amsterdam in December please visit our December in Amsterdam page.
December In Amsterdam
During this festive month Amsterdam gears up for Christmas by having Christmas markets & ice rinks. Next to this there is the famous Dutch holiday Sinterklaas on the 5th of December.
The advantage of going to Amsterdam during the start of December is that there are a lot less tourists and you will find most attractions to have fewer crowds. Keep in mind though that towards Christmas it will turn into peak season again with higher hotel prices.
Keukenhof Gardens Amsterdam
From March to May these gardens turn into a great place full of beautiful coloured flowers. The Keukenhof is the worlds largest flower garden full of tulips and other flowers. With 7 million flowers blooming across 32 hectares this park is well worth a visit. Tulips are not the only spring flower blooming at Keukenhof. Daffodils, hyacinths, and narcissi are also all flowering simultaneously.
How to get there
From the airport there is a bus that will take you directly to the gardens with a combi ticket that will also gain you entrance to the gardens.
Marijuana Museum Amsterdam
Ofcourse Amsterdam has it’s own museum that covers everything to do with weed. Amsterdam has got various unusual museums, which are very popular with most tourists. This museum is no exception!
If you like weed/cannabis than this museum will be a must-visit attraction in Amsterdam. There are plenty of displays regarding the history of the use of cannabis. Next to the history you will also find plenty of other information such as the various smoking methods & the cultivation of the hemp plant.
The best part of the museum is the opportunity to check out a grow house where you will see the actual growing of real plants!
Admission price and hours
€7 for adults
€5 in groups of 10 or more
Free for under 13 accompanied by an adult
Open 10am to 11pm every day#
Heineken Experience Tour
In the center of Amsterdam you will find the old brewery. The Heineken brewery has been closed since 1988 and is now open to tourists where you can see the history of the one of the most famous beers of the world!
Where this used to be a museum it has now turned into an experience. During this experience you will even be able to label your very own bottle of Heineken!
- Heineken was produced on this site from 1867 until 1988
- 3,000 square metres of exhibition space
- Tour takes approximately 75 minutes
- Wheelchair accessible
- Smoking is not allowed
- Gift shop with souvenirs
- Cameras are allowed
- Free glasses of Heineken are offered in the beer hall
- Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
- The Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude has now taken over production from this brewery
|Adults and minors above the age of 16 years:||€18|
|Minors age 12 – 17:||€12.50|
|Children below the age of 12, Amsterdam Holland Pass (with a Tulip voucher):||free|
|Tickets purchased online (see bellow):||€16|
|You will need a printer to print out your ticket|
There is something secretive about the taste of the world’s best beers and certainly Heineken pilsner belongs to this group. The brewery was established in Amsterdam in 1864 and today Heineken is a huge multinational company, one of the three largest beer producers in the world. Throughout its history, Heineken remained by and large family company, with Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken as its biggest stockholder and her husband Michel on the company’s board. Heineken rich and successful history has been presented in their old defunct brewery in Amsterdam, with several amusement park attractions added to the exhibit and renamed as Amsterdam Heineken Experience.
Canal Boat Cruise Trip
There are a lot of different companies that can offer a boat trip through the canals in Amsterdam. Today there are about 200 special vessels which offer a variety of cruises. A quarter of these cruise boats are now electrically powered providing a clean and silent trip.
The greenest canal cruise is provided by Rederij Lieve who not only equipped their boat with electrical propulsion but acquired a share in a windmill.
Another company that offers a wide selection of canal cruises in Amsterdam is Canal Bus. There are cruises by day and night and most of their cruises depart on a regular basis.
They have an audio guide on board & free wi-fi so you can send your favourite photos to your friends from the boat! This makes a canal cruise the perfect way to explore Amsterdam.
KochxBos Gallery Amsterdam
This art gallery was founded in 2005 by Esther Koch and Hans Bos. It has been mentioned in ‘The Guardian’ as one of the top ten independent art galleries in Amsterdam so worth a visit. Keep in mind that the Gallery is closed during the summer holidays.
There are various contemporary artists featured such as; CIOU, Ray Ceasar, Harma Heikens & many more.
Wednesday: 13.00 – 18.00
Thursday: 13.00 – 18.00
Friday: 13.00 – 18.00
Saturday: 13.00 – 18.00
Cycling in Amsterdam
There are a few things that Amsterdam is well known for and bicycles is definitely one of those things on the list. Everybody that lives in the Netherlands always forgets how strange this concept is to most tourists.
When you are a tourist on a bicycle it can be quite overwhelming having to take trams, cars & mainly tourists into account. Unknowingly that the lanes with a deep red colour are for cyclists you will often find tourists in the middle of your lane!
If you are planning to cycle it is important to keep a few things in mind:
1. Lock your bicycle when not using it
Never leave your bike without a lock, even not just to pop into a shop. 80.000 bikes a year get stolen just in Amsterdam.
2. Do not ignore the traffic lights
You might find that locals just ignore the traffic lights but they are cycling most routes day in day out and know what to expect. You could ruin your holiday in 1 second if you do not take these lights into account.
3. Watch out for the the trams
When you hear their bells ring it might already be too late so watch out for the trams. Their tracks can also be tricky when not used to cycling!