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Best time of year to visit The Netherlands

Mid-March to mid-May with a bit chilly weather and moderate prices is the best time to visit Netherlands. It's a period of the country coming to life: Keukenhof is bloomed with colourful tulips and the Hollandse Nieuwe Herring is the freshest. June through August boasts balm weather, fun events like Fierljeppen and tastes of Alkmaar cheese market but also shows tourist crowds and steep prices. Autumn off-peak season brings generous discounts to many hotels around the Netherlands. Winter will infatuate you with traditional Christmas treats and absence of tourist crowds at major sights. But whenever you get there, remember to pack an umbrella as the weather in the Netherlands is quite unpredictable.

16 THINGS TO DO IN THE NETHERLANDS (APRIL 29 - MAY 08)

Keukenhof (Garden of Europe)

Keukenhof (Garden of Europe)

March 21–May 19, 2019 • nature

Witness seven million flowers blooming around you!

Strawberry Season

Strawberry Season

March–December • food

The Netherlands have probably the best strawberries in the world!

Hollandse Nieuwe Herring

Hollandse Nieuwe Herring

May–July • food

Not every herring can be called Hollandse Nieuwe. Check the reason why this one gets the special name!

Tulip Season

Tulip Season

mid-March–late May • nature

These spring flowers transform the Netherlands into a large colourful carpet

Smoked Eel

Smoked Eel

March–May, September–November • food

Once a staple food, gerookte paling now became a delicacy and a must try

Whirling Elm Seeds

Whirling Elm Seeds

late April–late May • nature

Natural confetti all around Amsterdam!

Dutch Countryside & Windmills

Dutch Countryside & Windmills

mid-April–late October • activity

Explore the scenic rural surroundings around Amsterdam: its windmill villages, fishing harbours, and local family farms

Sailing and Cruising Season

Sailing and Cruising Season

March–December • activity

The Netherlands are made for sailing! Sail the beautiful rivers and channels to admire this beautiful country

Dunes at Texel

Dunes at Texel

April–November • nature

The natural phenomenon of continuous sand drifting dunes at Texel National Park is a site for everyone to enjoy

Red Light District

Red Light District

April–June | September–November (all year round) • activity

Marijuana, prostitutes, erotic shops, and even theatres—the place is able to satisfy any unspoken desires or mere curiosity. And though most think so, the district is not only about sex and stuff

Fierljeppen

Fierljeppen

May–August • activity

Watch the traditional Dutch sport and try it yourself

Eastern Scheldt Lobster

Eastern Scheldt Lobster

last Thursday of March–mid-July • food

The pride of Zeeland province, this lobster is like no other!

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

all year round • activity

Explore the best classic art by the masters of Dutch Golden Age

Orchids at  Lauwersmeer

Orchids at Lauwersmeer

May–June • nature

Lauwersmeer park is a beautiful area at any time, but when the orchids bloom it turns into magic

Birdwatching at Lauwersmeer

Birdwatching at Lauwersmeer

March–May • activity

Lauswersmer National Park is one of the top birdwatching destinations in Europe!

Tulp Festival (Amsterdam Tulip Festival)

Tulp Festival (Amsterdam Tulip Festival)

April 2019 (TBA) • event

Discover the most beautiful tulips during amazingly bright event

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Alkmaar Cheese Market

Alkmaar Cheese Market

March 31–September 29, 2018 • activity

No country is as famous with its cheese as the Netherlands is! Don't miss your chance to try out all the different cheeses available regionally in one place now

Scheveningen New Year’s Dive—Nieuwjaarsduik

Scheveningen New Year’s Dive—Nieuwjaarsduik

January 01 • activity

A typical Dutch tradition with a chilly turn!

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival

November 29 2018–January 20 2019 • event

Everything is illuminated around you. This is a period of Amsterdam beautifully transforming​ into a city from a fairy tale

Sail Amsterdam

Sail Amsterdam

August 12–16, 2020 • event

One of the rarest and most remarkable events in Amsterdam!

Dutch Carnival—Vastelaovend

Dutch Carnival—Vastelaovend

March 03–05, 2019 • event

Even though Carnival is more of a southern tradition, it's being widely celebrated in Catholic provinces of the Netherlands

King’s Day

King’s Day

April 27 • event

Carnival, dancing, singing and as much fun as you can ever imagine take place on the King's day (Dutch: Koningsdag), known before 2013 as Queensday, throughout the Netherlands

Deers at Zandvoort aan Zee

Deers at Zandvoort aan Zee

September–October • nature

Visit National Park Zuid-Kennemerland now to witness some macho behaviour of deers

The Tall Ship Races

The Tall Ship Races

July 02–05, 2020 • event

One of the most impressive sailing events worldwide

Maastricht Christmas Market

Maastricht Christmas Market

late November–December • event

The city of Maastricht is famous for its beautiful Christmas market

Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam Dance Event

October 17–21, 2018 • event

One of the biggest dancing events in Europe attracts 350,000 visitors from around the world yearly

The Four Days Marches

The Four Days Marches

July 16–19, 2019 • event

The greatest walking event in the world attracts crowds of 40,000 people to Nijmegen

Zeeland Mussels

Zeeland Mussels

July–mid-April • food

Zeeland is famous for two things - lobsters and mussels. Now is the time for mussels!

Schiermonnikoog

Schiermonnikoog

June–August • nature

A great summer retreat spot to enjoy walks, hikes and picnics

Gouda by Candlelight

Gouda by Candlelight

December 14, 2018 • event

The city of Gouda is not only famous for cheese, but also for its annual Christmas candle event

Skûtsjesilen Championships

Skûtsjesilen Championships

July 27–August 09, 2019 • event

The championship of the typical Frisian ships is a highlight of the region

Open Garden Days of Amsterdam

Open Garden Days of Amsterdam

June 14–16, 2019 • event

A unique yearly event opens the hidden gardens of Amsterdam

Football Orange Fever

Football Orange Fever

March 06 | March 08 | April 16 | April 18 | May 09 | May 11 • event

The Dutch are crazy about two things: football and orange colour

Gay Pride Canal Parade

Gay Pride Canal Parade

July 27–August 04, 2019 • event

One of the most colourful and fun festivals on the canals of Amsterdam

Zomercarnaval

Zomercarnaval

July 27–28, 2019 • event

Rotterdam summer sparks with the vibrant and colourful carnival

Ice Sculptures in Zwolle

Ice Sculptures in Zwolle

mid-December–late January • activity

Around 250,000 kilos of ice is yearly used to turn Zwolle's city centre into a majestic winter wonderland

Dauwtrappen: Kicking the Dew

Dauwtrappen: Kicking the Dew

May 25 • activity

The healthy yet odd custom fourty days after Easter

Awakenings Festival

Awakenings Festival

June 29–30, 2019 • event

Searching for a power-packed European techno event? Here you go!

Easter Fires

Easter Fires

April 20, 2019 • event

One of the most spectacular celebrations of Easter happens in the Netherlands!

National Mill Day

National Mill Day

May 11–12, 2019 • event

Windmills and water mills open doors for all the fans

North Sea Jazz Festival

North Sea Jazz Festival

July 12–14, 2019 • event

Another biggie on European summer circuit is the North Sea Jazz Festival in the port city of Rotterdam

National Tulip Day

National Tulip Day

January 18, 2019 • event

There can be no excuses to miss the National Day of one of the Dutch trademarks—tulip. If you are eager enough and not afraid of crowds this might be your chance to get a distinctive special tulip from North Holland totally for free!

Oliebollen

Oliebollen

December 30–31 • food

A New Year culinary habit, attractive to most foreigners

Chocoladeletters

Chocoladeletters

December 04 • food

We already know that Sinterklaas is the biggest holiday, but we haven't yet told you anything about these special treats!

TCS Amsterdam Marathon

TCS Amsterdam Marathon

October 20, 2019 • event

Running event as a great occasion to visit the capital of Netherlands

Relief of Leiden

Relief of Leiden

October 02–03 • event

The commemoration of the defeat of the Spanish siege in 1574 makes up a special celebration in Leiden

Cranberries at Terschelling and Vlieland

Cranberries at Terschelling and Vlieland

mid-October–November • food

The island of cranberries is a true cranberry lovers destination now!

Sinterklaаs

Sinterklaаs

December 05–06 • event

One of the most beloved traditional characters of the Christmas season in the Netherlands

Bloemencorso Bollenstreek

Bloemencorso Bollenstreek

April 10–14, 2019 • event

Spring brings lots of colours to Holland and is celebrated with the annual flower parade

Rollende Keukens (Rolling Kitchens)

Rollende Keukens (Rolling Kitchens)

May 29–June 02, 2019 • event

Enjoy the best meals from trucks in the middle of the city

Oosterschelde National Park

Oosterschelde National Park

June–August • nature

Do you want to see seals sunbathing? Visit Oosterschelde!

Snert

Snert

December–February • food

A thick Dutch version of split pea soup is particularly good during winter

Hutspot

Hutspot

October 03 • food

Traditionally eaten for the Relief of Leiden day, the hot stew is a nice filling dish

Flag Day

Flag Day

June 13 • event

More of a national day it is a celebration of all things Dutch, including the "new" herring!

Venison

Venison

mid-October • food

With the grand​ opening of hunting season, all meat lovers prepare their forks and knives!

Speculaas

Speculaas

early December • food

A popular Dutch Christmas treat

Rotterdam Marathon

Rotterdam Marathon

April 06–07, 2019 • event

One of Europe's most popular running events

Winter Fun at Hoge Veluwe

Winter Fun at Hoge Veluwe

mid-December–January • activity

Beautiful snowy fairy tale exists!