The Netherlands is the Place to be in 2013- Seriously, You Need to Come NOW!

With all the respect that is due to Lonely Planet, and that is a lot of respect because I love Lonely Planet, they were wrong when they named Amsterdam their number 2 city to visit in 2013. In their defense, how were they to know that Queen Beatrix would step down and we would have an inauguration this year? With this major event and so many others, the Netherlands is really the place to be this year.

What's happening in Amsterdam: 

  • 400 year anniversary of Amsterdam's famed canal ring. Did you know that wandering around the beautiful canals of Amsterdam are the number one visitor activity in the city? There are so many beautiful places to find along the canal, or you can take a canal cruise. Personally, I think the traditional canal cruises are a bit boring. Check out the other options like canal hopper or tapas cruise. 


  • All about Van Gogh. The Van Gogh Museum will move back to its location at the Museumplein on April 25, 2013, just in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the museum.2013 also marks what would have been the artist's 150th birthday, if you know he hadn't shot himself and humans lived to that age. 


  • The one I'm most excited about. The Rijksmuseum is opening up the parts that have been closed for renovation for the last 10 years will finally be open on April 13th. The Rijksmuseum is in my top 5 of best museums in the world. The art nerd in me can.not.wait.


  • The Artis Royal Zoo will celebrate its 125th year. I have never actually been, but I hear some really good things. 


  • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra also celebrates its 125 year. This is considered to be one of the best orchestras in the world, so you should really check out a show.


  • Last but certainly not least, April 30th, the Netherlands will have its first king since 1890. That is a long proud tradition of female monarch's. As someone who was born in a land without royalty, I am excited to take part in a small part of pomp and circumstance. 


  • 2013 marks the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht, for you non-history buffs out there, he treaties between Spain, Great Britain, France, Portugal, Savoy and the Dutch Republic, helped end the War of Spanish Succession. The city is gearing up for some great celebrations. 

This is only a few of the amazing things going on in the Netherlands this year. Be sure to check back on the first of every month where I will tell you some of the great things going on here in my new home country each month.

What are you looking forward to in 2013?



I am super excited about the Rijksmuseum as well. And I actually like canal cruises, but we have always taken the short ones (not more than 30 min).
There are also free tours starting (if I am not mistaken) at 11h' and 13h from Dam Square.
The Artis Zoo is beautiful, more like a park than a zoo, and it has interesting stories (during WW II people hid in the barns).
The Begijnhof is also worth a visit, it is a community + chapel, really beautiful place.
And there are so many things to see, little houses, musums, design shops, all the hip and cute little boutiques in the 9 streets. Chocolate at Puccini (in tha Jordaan).
The coronation will be quite a spectacular sight, I am also curious !

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra was here for Feb 13th and 14th, I realized it too late! I would have loved to go. Sounds like this year is going to be awesome! 

It's weird to think that it is no longer going yo be called Queen's day. That is going to take some getting used to. I bet the celebrations are going to be huge though.

You are so right! I am mostly excited about the 400 year anniversary of the canal ring, there are so many events connected to this. For sure this is the city to be in 2013 ;)

Thanks! I actually love the it's amsterdam ad campaign.