What’s on in Amsterdam in January? Just because its cold, it doesn’t mean you should stay indoors! Take advantage of quiet streets, very few crowds, and cosy cafes in Amsterdam. The city transforms at this time of year, and seeing it without the millions of other tourists can make you feel like you are discovering the city all on your own. From art, whisky, tulips (yes in winter!), and shopping, there is something for everyone.
1: National Tulip Day
Yes there are tulips in winter! Kicking off the start of the Dutch tulip season, head over to the temporary garden on Dam Square where you can pick your very own tulip from the 200,000 on display. Likely date is Saturday 18 Jan 2020, but this is yet to be confirmed!
2: Rembrandt-Velázquez exhibition at the Rijksmuseum
The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Rembrandt-Velázquez, exhibition which puts Rembrandt into an international context by placing 17th-century Spanish and Dutch masterpieces in dialogue with each other. The exhibition is on from 11 Oct 2019 to 19 Jan 2020. Book a guided tour of the museum with us and we can include tickets to this special exhibition!
3: L&B Whisky Weekend Amsterdam
On the 19th and 20th of January come and sample Whisky from all over the world! There’s always an incredible selection of whisky available at this aptly titled winter festival in Amsterdam. Aside from Scottish and Irish variants, the festival also showcases casks from other less well-known distilleries including producers based in countries like the Netherlands or Norway.
January is the best time to grab yourself some world class fashion at huge discounts. Shops have sales of up to 70% off the usual prices, and this city has some incredible shops to choose from. What better way to see the city that exploring the boutique shops and taking advantage of the new year sales.