Artis Royal Zoo was the first zoo to be established in the Netherlands, and it’s located right in the centre of Amsterdam. It’s a place where nature and cultural heritage come together; a place where history has been created since 1838 and where new stories are created daily. Come experience them for yourself.
Admire the tropical fish in the Aquarium – one of the many historical monuments at the Artis. Travel through time in the planetarium. See the giraffes galloping amongst the zebras, springboks, oryx and wildebeests. Walk through the historical Bird House and study the numerous species of birds. Be amazed by the diversity of animals that share the tropical forest in the renovated Forest House. Surround yourself with hundreds of fluttering butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion. Stroll through the historical park with its centuries-old trees and a multitude of plants. Every leaf, tree, animal, building and exhibit has its own story to tell. Together they reveal the bigger story about nature and its importance to our society.
Spring is in the air with over seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths! Keukenhof is one of the most beautiful and impressive parks worldwide. For eight weeks this spectacular park shows what the Netherlands have to offer. A unique combination of art and flowers. Each year they dedicate their flower showcase to a specific theme. In 2015 this theme is Vincent van Gogh, due to the fact that he has passed away 125 years ago. This year’s highlight is the 250m2 flower mosaic portrait of Vincent van Gogh himself. These colourful creations and floral scents can be experienced until the 17th of May 2015.
Make your trip to the Keukenhof a real treat! Conquer this ocean of tulips and hyacinths with a bike or boat to capture more of the beautiful scents and flowery creations. Want to go all out? Fly over the Keukenhof in a DC-3 Dakota airplane to get a true helicopter view perspective starting at €200. If you prefer to stay with two feet on the ground, on the 25th of April the annual Flower Parade will take place, with even more flowers, colours and beautiful wagons.
We all know the world most renown beer brand Heineken. It is one of the biggest and most well-known Dutch brand worldwide. The Netherlands is therefore easily associated with beers, just like France is with their wines. We all are familiar with the big producers such as Heineken or Amstel, but The Netherlands has so much more to offer. Better yet, Amsterdam has so much more to offer. If you are a true beer lover, a visit to the pub of brewery ‘t IJ need to be on your to-do-list during your city trip to Amsterdam. Brewery ‘t IJ makes the most delicious specialty beer of Amsterdam. The craft brewed beers each have a unique character and a nice full flavor. Besides the classics as Natte, Zatte and IJwit they will start brewing a limited edition each month. This limited edition will only be available in their own recently renovated pub. Due to the renovation there are more seats available and the bar is now located in the middle of the pub to make sure everyone can enjoy their delicious beer as quickly as possible. This all makes Brewery ‘t IJ a must-do during your trip to Amsterdam! Enjoy your ice cold freshly brewed beer in the sun on their terrace or inside between one of the biggest beer bottle collection worldwide!
ICE*Amsterdam presents a unique ice skating experience on Amsterdam's Museumplein, with the Rijksmuseum as a phenomenal backdrop! Ice skating with family and friends is the perfect relaxation during a day filled with Christmas shopping. Off course you can also visit the lovely restaurants in de neighbourhood to make your day complete. What do you think of Restaurant Joost? www.restaurantjoost.com/en/eat-drink