After some free things to do in March in the Netherlands?
Not long to wait now, until winter is over and we can finally get this cold spell out of the way. We bring you some free things to do in March in the Netherlands to brighten your wintery mood. Finances FINALLY back to normal after those dreaded January debts? Oh well if so, everybody loves a freebie anyway (especially the Dutch)! The excitement is beginning to rise, as Spring is incoming and the good news is that we mention Tulips a few times in this article (maybe more than a few). We also mention cheese. Yes, that’s right, it’s the perfect season for stereotypical Dutch events.
Well it’s that time of the month again and DutchReview are here to provide you with 5 free things to do in March in the Netherlands.
Chill out guys, it’s only a flower
#1: St Patrick’s Day
Most cities in the Netherlands – especially the large ones (Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam…)
Ah, the Irish. They sure do know how to put on a good party. Why else have an Irish pub in almost every single country!? Well in the middle of March it’s that time of year again. Large cities across the Netherlands will be holding events to celebrate this Irish-day. Some of these have ticket prices, but some Irish pubs are holding free entry events. Events include Dutch and Irish singers, Irish dancing and the usual Irish boozing (basically getting extremely merry). Great if you’re not Irish and even greater if you are. Most cities have at least one Irish bar, so check out what events are on in your local bar and fingers crossed yours is one of the free ones. 😉
We already did some scouting for you and it turns out that the good people at Guinness (who else ey?!) are throwing a couple of shindigs together with some (Irish) pubs on this holy Green Boozy day.
Amsterdam: Hoopman Irish Pub has got the The Enniskillen Hoopman Trad Houseband there, no idea what it is – but probably goes great with some drinks.
The Tara and O’Reilleys are also throwing a party on the 17th!
The ‘Grote Markt’ will turn green on the 17th, from what we heard The Hague is kind of the unofficial St. Paddy’s capital of the Netherlands. The O’Casey’s is where it (and with that we mean Guinness) will all happen.
Eindhoven: taste the culture of the Irish at O’Sheas in Eindhoven (and with taste, we mean drink Guinness)
#2: Tulip Festival
28th March – 30th April 2018
All over Amsterdam (see here for the map of where the tulips will be)
Once upon-a-time the cities around the Netherlands were green as ever. Of course, with the growth in population size, green spaces and pretty flowers are becoming less and less. As a result, every year, Amsterdam plants tulips all around the city to celebrate this famous Dutch flower. More than 500,000 tulips are planted! So if you’re after another tulip fix, then a wander around Amsterdam is in order.
The official opening of this festival on 28th March in Sloterplas, Amsterdam. So head on down to see the beginning of tulip season emerge! Then for the next month after you can gush at how beautiful Amsterdam is with all of the tulips everywhere.
#3: Alkmaar cheese market
30th March – September 2018
Alkmaar of course!
Yes, it’s time! The cheese markets are making a come back. The cheese market is on every Friday from 10am – 1pm (and every Tuesday evening in July and August from 7pm – 9pm). Cheese markets are a traditional Dutch experience, with lots of different Dutch cheeses layering the streets and cheese hauling carriers. This includes witnessing cheese maids walking around the market and traders trading their cheeses. There also have a variety of programs and performances on. This cheese-market tradition is said to have gone on since the 1500’s. So if you’re after a traditional asf experience, head to Alkmaar at the end of this month! One of my favourites out of all of the free things to do in March in the Netherlands.
#4: Fields of Keukenhof
30th March – May 2018
Fields around the Keukenhof
The Keukenhof opens its doors at the end of this month (how has this come so fast)!? If money is tight, then there is a way of seeing these tulips for free. Every year, the fields surrounding the Keukenhof are layered with tulips, in prep for tulip season. This is usually the region where people grab their bikes and cycle alongside the fields with cameras in hands. You’ll know you’re there when you see a long queue of cars. People pull over at the side of a very narrow road to take pictures and clog the road. I was one of these people and ended up sitting in traffic for at least 40 minutes.
Usually around this time of year, area shots emerge of the tulip fields and that way you’ll know whether the tulips are ready to view. Last year I went around Keukenhof’s opening period (March) and I witnessed a few tulips, so it’s worth keeping an eye out (it varies every year due to changable weather). If not, there is always April guys and that’s only next month!
5: Rijksmuseum Schiphol
Amsterdam Schiphol airport – Between lounges 2 and 3 (newly refurbished zone)
This one is for you guys travelling in and out of Holland this month. 10 masterpiece paintings by Dutch artists from the Rijksmuseum are being showcased for passengers in Schiphol airport. It’s free entry and open for 24 hours a day, so it’s a must-see. Sadly, you can’t just wander in, as it’s past security, but we all know how much you lot travel so it’s worthy of putting here. Don’t forget to tell your family and friends if they are coming to visit you too!
Don’t panic tulip season is coming…
I know how teasing those free things to do in March in the Netherlands were. Most were concentrated around the end of the month in prep for Tulip season in April. If you can’t contain yourself any longer, read our tulip guide. Don’t fret, it’s almost time to gush about your stereotypical Dutch life (I cycle around the tulip fields and eat my stroopwafels under the windmills don’t ya know). So hopefully these free events will help you along your way on filling March.
We are getting closer to the height of Spring and then onto Summer – hold on guys we’re getting there! The struggle is real.
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