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Corona Proof Winter in Amsterdam

By Janette

Marketeer and social media expert who just "happens" to speak Chinese fluently. Moved to the capital two years ago and shares her Amsterdam discoveries with you.

December 3, 2020

"It's the most wonderful time of the year..." Winter in Amsterdam always has something magical. And there is so much to do! Let's forget it is cold outside and discover Amsterdam in a unique way.

Christmas activities

Christmas time in Amsterdam is a little different this year. Because of COVID-19 a lot of events and activities have been canceled. Thankfully there are still a lot of things you can do in beautiful Amsterdam.

Visit a museum

One of the things that you are able to do while it is winter in Amsterdam during Covid-19  that is still a really fun activity is to visit a museum. Here are a few Beautiful and interesting museums that is worth taking a look at.

Rijksmuseum

Along with exhibitions featuring Dutch photographers Ed van der Elsken and Willem Diepraam, you can also see items from the museum’s substantial collection and watch on as research and restoration work continues on Rembrandt’s Night Watch right before your eyes.

Stedelijk Museum

From Thonet to Dutch Design” presents a fascinating timeline of contemporary design while Arthur Jafa’s compelling video installation will bring you up to speed on black representation in media. And don’t miss “Stedelijk Base” for the best pieces from the Stedelijk’s collection.

Wondr experience

Here you can experience the art of play. In wonderful interesting rooms where you can also make amazing pictures.

Van Gogh Museum

Explore the letters of Van Gogh and gain insight into his process through sketches, notations, and thoughts. While you’re there, see how Van Gogh inspired future generations of artists such as photographer Jean-Luc Mylayne.

MOCO Museum

Prefer modern hotshots to old masters? Head to MOCO to see works by the likes of Banksy, Basquiat, Warhol, Haring, and many more.

NXT Museum

Nxt museum is the first museum in the Netherlands dedicated to new media art. They focus on art that uses modern tools to embody modern times.

And last but not least you can visit our beautiful diamond museum. To experience the wonderful world of the Diamond and its rich history.

Christmas Shopping

Every Christmas comes with Christmas shopping. And what better place to go Christmas shopping than Amsterdam here we have a few nice places you can visit to make sure you get all your presents ready to put underneath the Christmas tree.

De Pijp

This is a really cozy neighborhood, with lots of little stands where you can get all kinds of coffee and food. That way you won’t get hungry during your shopping trip.

Kalverstraat, Leidsestraat

De dam, de Bijenkorf-PC Hooftstraat, and don’t forget to visit Royal Coster Diamonds because that is just around the corner!

Oud Zuid

this part of Amsterdam is the perfect place to get in the Christmas spirit with lots of beautiful boutiques and a lot of café’s and restaurants where you cant get all kinds of Dutch treats like Oliebollen (a kind of Dutch donut) to go.

Magna Plaza

Perfect for rainy days since is inside.

Negen straatjes

here you can find small boutique stores, where you can find all your little must-haves.

Spiegelkwartier

If you’re looking for art and antiques this is the place to be.

As you can see there are many different nice places to visit in Amsterdam when it comes to Christmas shopping. There is a neighborhood for every style and preference. And of course, don’t forget to visit our store and check out our new winter collection.

couple enjoying romantic christmas dinner over candle light
Bring your favorite Restaurant home.

The fact that all the restaurants are closed doesn’t have to mean that you can’t have the restaurant experience. There are loads of restaurants all over Amsterdam that have a take out service. The only thing you would have to do is create a nice ambiance at home and warm up the food. Here are a few restaurants you can visit to get your amazing dinner. At for example par Hasard, Ron gastro bar, or Van Dam

Enjoy the cinema

One of the things that we can still enjoy during covid-19 is the cinema. So if you’re looking for a nice family event or a romantic date night, look for a suitable movie you want to watch and book the cinema. There are multiple cinemas throughout the City. Just look for Pathe and you will find one that is in the neighborhood that suits you the best. We do have a tip; Book far in advance, there are a limited amount of chairs available because of the 1,5 meter rule.

Make a beautiful tour through the Hortus botanicus at the plantage.

Thousands of twinkling lights in the garden will take you on an enchanting winter walk. In the colorful illuminated greenhouses you walk past centuries-old palms and remarkable tropical plants. Warm up after your walk with a cup of hot chocolate or glühwein around the campfire

Go for a Walk

Going for a walk is the best way to have a good conversation with a loved one and maybe clear your head. In one of our blogs we described a lot of different places where you can enjoy a nice walk during the winter in Amsterdam. And if you pass by Royal Coster Diamonds you’re always welcome to walk in and enjoy one of our tours through the store.

Go and get your oliebollen

While oliebollen literally translates to oily balls, they are actually closer to everyone’s favorite sweet treats — donuts. Around October, oliebollenkramen (donut vans) pop up across the country serving fresh donuts in a range of flavors including apple, chocolate, cherry and more. Traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve and washed down with champagne, these doughy treats are much better than they sound.

Here are a few of the places you can get the best Oliebollen. Banketbakkerij Lanskroon, Hartog’s volkoren Oliebollen, Hollandse Gebakraam Heinekenplein, Olliebollenkraam Tuincentrum Osdorp and Gebakkraam Verwijk. But if none of them are close by don’t get discouraged, during the winter in Amsterdam you will find them absolutely everywhere.

For more information about Christmas activities, food places, museums, cultural places of interest and parties, please contact our travel department. They will help you to get the most out of your trip to Amsterdam.

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