Top 10 Romantic Activities for Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam

By Janette

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

January 26, 2018

Many lovers like to visit Amsterdam around Valentine’s Day. The historic city center with canals and characteristic houses create the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. However, you can make your stay in Amsterdam even more romantic and memorable. Here are a few tips for romantic activities in the Dutch capital:

Magere Brug – The Amsterdam Kissing Bridge

kissing bridge magere brug white bridge in AmsterdamSome of the best things in life are free. An example of this is the “Magere Brug”, also known as the “Amsterdam Kissing Bridge”. The Magere Brug is a small bridge over the famous Amstel River. It connects the banks of the river at Kerkstraat, between the famous Keizersgracht en Prinsengracht in the city center. There are many stories about how and why this bridge was built. However, they all carry the same ending. If you kiss your lover at or under the Magere Brug, your love will last forever. It’s no surprise the Amsterdam Kissing Bridge is a famous proposal spot. Bring your lover to this bridge and make your love eternal.

Canal Cruise

canal cruise in Amsterdam along old housesPrefer to kiss under the bridge? Take one of the Canal Cruises Amsterdam is so famous for. The Canal Cruise is a unique (and a relaxing) way to discover Amsterdam. Just hop on the boat and enjoy the spectacular sights and amazing landmarks.

Horse and carriage taxi

horse and carriage in amsterdam at dam squareA highly romantic way to discover the city is a horse and carriage. In the glorious Golden Era, the horse-drawn carriages characterized the Amsterdam streets. Of course, nowadays, it is not a very common transportation method anymore. However, some organizations maintain this piece of history. You can choose to take a tour along various landmarks or use the horse and carriage as a taxi service.

Take a walk through the Vondelpark

couple relaxing at vondelparkThe Vondelpark is the park of Amsterdam. Centrally placed between the Leidseplein and the Museum Square, it welcomes around 10 million visitors every year. The Vondelpark is loved by both tourists and Amsterdammers. Bring a basket and a blanket for a romantic old school picnic. Or grab a bite at one of the several restaurants.

Rent a tandem bike

couple cycling in Amsterdam on a tandem bikeBecause the Vondelpark is quite big, many tourists rent a bike to discover it. While they’re at it, they use the bike to discover other parts of the city as well. If you want to rent a romantic bike, you can opt for a tandem. It takes a little practice but you’ll see it’s a lot more romantic than two separate bikes. A benefit of the tandem is that the second person on the bike doesn’t have to worry as much about traffic. Just paddle away and feast your eyes on all the pretty things around you.

Visit the flower market

flower market in amsterdamIf your partner likes flowers, they’ll love the flower market. The Amsterdam Flower Market is the only floating flower market in the world. Located at the Singel, this is one of Amsterdam’s most colorful and fragrant places of interest all year long. At the market, you can find your (or your partner’s) favorite flowers in every color imaginable.

Dining in the Dark

ouple having dinner in the complete darkAn eventful romantic day isn’t complete without a special dinner. Visit CTaste for a truly special experience. At CTaste you enjoy your food – in the complete dark. Dining in the dark allows you to willingly plunge into a world of sensitivity you have never experienced before. It takes you through a journey of taste, sound and touch, all while you can’t see a thing. Are you brave enough to try?

Cocktail workshop

artender making two yellow cocktailsWhen you’re looking for an activity with a bit more action, check out the cocktail workshops at House of Bols. Bols is the world’s oldest distilled spirits brand, dating back to 1575 in Amsterdam. They provide daily cocktail workshops including a tour through their Cocktail & Genever Experience. In the workshop, you’ll learn how to make the best cocktails yourself – and of course, taste them as well…

A stay at Sir Albert

inside of luxurious hotel sir albertSir Albert is a very special place to spend the night. The hotel is perfectly located – only 600 meters from the Museum Square and the Rijksmuseum. However, the location isn’t even the most special part. This hotel is situated in a former diamond polishing factory that belonged to Royal Coster Diamonds. With high ceilings and large windows, Sir Albert merges historic detail with clean, modern style.

Purchase a diamond

oman wearing a stunning diamond ringIs a trip to the City of Diamonds really complete without purchasing that specific thing the city is named after? Of course, it isn’t! Royal Coster Diamonds is the oldest diamond polishing factory in the world. We provide several tours & workshops in which you can see how our craftsmen turn rough stones into beautiful diamonds. We put these diamonds in the most beautiful pieces of jewelry. Our diamond consultants can help you find your perfect diamond piece.

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