Open Garden Days: Explore the Hidden Green of Amsterdam

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Amsterdam gardens are one of the city’s best-kept secrets. While the historic city center is literally packed with houses, almost each of them has a secret garden hidden behind the facade. Most of the gardens are private, but once a year, during the Open Garden Days presented by Museum Van Loon, everyone gets a chance to catch a glimpse of this hidden beauty. Don’t miss yours on June 16th, 17th & 18th!

Escape from the Hustle and Bustle

The Open Garden Days take place in the very heart of the hectic and busy city of Amsterdam, providing just a perfect getaway from its hustle and bustle. The second you enter one of the gardens, time slows down, giving you a chance to relax and enjoy life.

Indulge yourself and discover the hidden green of Amsterdam as you make your way through the list of gardens. This year, over 30 gardens will be open to the public, but no two are alike.

“You never know what to expect,” says Tonko Grever, director of Museum Van Loon. “Some of the gardens are huge and spacious, the others are tiny and cozy. They can be classical or modern. I like this diversity and contrast. That’s what makes it so special and new every time.”

Photo by Cris Toala Olivares

Open Garden Days 2017

Museum Van Loon presents the Open Garden Days on the third weekend of June. In 2017, the event takes place on June 16th, 17th and 18th. During these three days, visitors will have access to any of the 35 participating gardens from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Some of the gardens are new to the event, which means even if you visited last year, there are still many surprises for you this time.

Book your tickets online (€18.00, until June 15th) or buy them at the door (€20.00) at one of the starting points:

  • Amnesty International (Keizersgracht 177)
  • Cromhouthuis (Herengracht 366-368)
  • Museum Van Loon (Keizersgracht 672)
  • Museum Willet-Holthuysen (Herengracht 605)
  • Huis Marseille (Keizersgracht 401)
  • A Few Tips Before You Go

    Photo by Cris Toala Olivares
  • Put on your sturdiest walking shoes. The more gardens you’d like to visit, the more land you’ll have to cover. Rent a bike if want to see more in one day.
  • Along with your ticket, you’ll get a small booklet with the city plan, gardens addresses and descriptions. Start at Museum Van Loon, enjoy a cup of coffee and take your time to make the selection of the gardens you’d like to visit.
  • In some of the gardens, you’ll be offered drinks or snacks! Look for the tips in your garden booklet.
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