Every year, on April 27th, we celebrate King’s Day (the birthday of our King Willem-Alexander). It was formerly known as Queen’s Day. About 1 million people are celebrating this day in Amsterdam. You will find a lot of music, food and street markets all over our city. Actually, the fun already starts the night before on King’s Night. Just go downtown Amsterdam (Jordaan or Nieuwmarkt) and you will see that there is already a lot of partying and drinking beer going on. Some pieces of advice: – don’t try to meet up with several friends throughout the day on different locations. You don’t have a clue how crowded it gets in…
Each year the exhibition of the World Press Photo can be visited at de Nieuwe Kerk on the Damsquare (this year from April 16th to July 10th). It is an annual photo contest that rewards photographers for the best journalistic picture of the past year and as you can imagine, the pictures are very impressive and emotional. More information: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/exhibitions/2016-exhibition/amsterdam
You don’t have to travel all the way to Japan to see cherry blossom. Right now, you can go to the Amsterdams Forest to see cherry blossom blooming. In the year 2000 the Japanese Women’s Club donated 400 cherry trees to the city of Amstelveen (the Japanese are the biggest foreign community in Amstelveen). For the Japanese, Sakura is a symbol of spring. Go visit, it is really worth it! Here you can find the exact location.
If you are visiting Amsterdam in April, you will be lucky to see many tulips in the city. The aim of the Amsterdam tulip festival is to eventually plant one tulip for every citizen, this year 500.000 tulips were planted. This is the second year this festival is organised. You can follow a route by bike or by foot throughout the city. More information: http://www.tulpfestival.com