8 Romantic things to do on Valentines Day in Amsterdam
What to do in the romantic city of Amsterdam this February 14, Valentines Day? I am the founder of Romantic Tour Amsterdam and a local who makes his living from knowing the atmospheric streets inside out. My name is Rocco Vermijs, a seasoned tour guide, and I will share with you my favourite things to do for Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam.
1. Explore Vondelpark as a couple
One of the most beautiful parks in Amsterdam is Vondelpark, also known as ‘the Central Park of Amsterdam’. The variety of trees, ponds and birds is incredible. We even have our own lovebird: a ring-necked parakeet that, according to some stories, escaped from a cage and somehow survives the Amsterdam winters. Explore the park and try to spot the Dutch lovebird!
2. Walk by the canals together while the sun is setting
Go for a stroll with your loved one by the canals. The city centre and the canal belt were built in the 16th and 17th century. The houses are absolutely wonderful, and the setting is so scenic that you feel like you are walking in an open-air museum. If you go out for a walk at night, be sure to pay attention to the romantic street lights that keep the city illuminated, they emphasize Amsterdam’s unique atmosphere.
3. Visit the Amsterdam Waag, ‘weigh house’ in Dutch
Originally built in 1488, this characteristic building in Nieuwmarkt used to be a city gate and later a weigh house for traders that brought their products to Amsterdam. These days it houses the restaurant-café “In de Waag”. The inside has a beautiful (still party medieval) interior and a great atmosphere. The restaurant is lit entirely by candlelight.
4. Watch a film in the most romantic cinema
Cinema Pathé Tuschinski was built in 1921, and its exterior and interior are a spectacular mix of styles: Amsterdam School, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. It is one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a double “Love seat” on the balcony or a “Private box”, where you can even order champagne! Visit their website for more information.
5. Cross the Magere Brug (“Skinny Bridge”)
The Skinny bridge over the river Amstel is the most famous bridge in Amsterdam. Located just next to theatre Carré. It is said that those who kiss on the bridge will stay together forever. I cannot guarantee that of course, but I do guarantee that the bridge is breathtakingly romantic at night!
6. Go on a Romantic canal cruise
With its 165 canals, Amsterdam is often referred to as “the Venice of the North”, so it’s imperative to take a canal cruise during your stay in the city! A very romantic time of the day to go on a cruise is at sunset, when you get a low, warm sunlight shining on the 17th century houses. Another truly magical moment is at night, when all the little lights are reflecting on the water.
Romantic Tour Amsterdam is offering a special Romantic Waters Boat Tour on February 14th. You can find tickets Here.
7. Have a drink in Café de Sluyswacht
Amsterdam has many funny looking leaning houses, but one of these stands out from the others, and that is the historical “Sluyswacht” (lock keepers house). Just a few weeks ago, I was enjoying a drink here with some travellers, while indulging in this café’s unique atmosphere. This is especially palpable on the first floor! It is a warm and distinctive place with stunning views over the canals.
8. Take a photo at Bloemgracht
This is, in my opinion, the most beautiful canal of all. One of those places that’s not to be missed! The best pictures of Amsterdam are taken here, from the middle of the bridge. You can find it in the heart of the picturesque and charming Jordaan district.
9. See a special spot from the movie “The fault in our stars”
Just to give you an extra one! “The fault in our stars” is a touching movie about two teenagers that fall in love while they’re both fighting cancer. A big part was filmed in Amsterdam. The young couple shares a very special moment on a bench located near the intersection of two beautiful Amsterdam canals, the Herengracht and Leidsegracht. If you’re a fan of the film, sitting on this bench will for sure to give you goose bumps!
If you’d like to discover more romantic spots and stories, join us on the Romantic Waters Boat Tour on February 14 and fall in love with Amsterdam! For more information and reserve your spot, please book your tour here.