How Serious a Holiday is Easter/Easter Monday in Amsterdam?

Old Feb 7, 2018, 11:34 am
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How Serious a Holiday is Easter/Easter Monday in Amsterdam?

Will be in Amsterdam on Easter and on Easter Monday.

I've been in Amsterdam on many Sundays, so using that as a comparison - will things be open more or less as on a normal Sunday, or will things be closed down tighter?
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Old Feb 7, 2018, 12:28 pm
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Given that Amsterdam will be completely overrun by tourists over Easter, I'm confident that the retail trade will do whatever it can to profit.

One of the weirder Dutch traditions is the habit the natives have of all visiting furniture stores and garden nurseries on Easter Monday. Nobody knows (or understands) why.

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As Johan said, shops will be open, but Amsterdam will be unbearably busy.
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Old Feb 8, 2018, 1:24 am
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As Johan said, shops will be open, but Amsterdam will be unbearably busy.
Do as the "natives" do. Seek respite from the throng in the closest furniture store or garden nursery.
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Do as the "natives" do. Seek respite from the throng in the closest furniture store or garden nursery.


I'm not sure that would qualify as respite!

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Make sure you are not in Amsterdam! Take a train to the town of Haarlem. a 20 minutes ride from Amsterdam CS.
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Old Feb 9, 2018, 7:02 pm
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Is it more crowded than a July weekend?

I had never been to Amsterdam in the summer, and was expecting a madhouse. I found, amazingly, if I just walked a few blocks from the major streets, it was quiet except for people speaking, of all languages, Dutch.


Originally Posted by KLM house collector
Make sure you are not in Amsterdam! Take a train to the town of Haarlem. a 20 minutes ride from Amsterdam CS.
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Old Feb 10, 2018, 1:53 am
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The Easter weekend in Amsterdam is just insane.
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Old Feb 10, 2018, 11:04 am
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Take a train anywhere else and enjoy Holland.
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Old Feb 10, 2018, 11:48 am
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Here is some empirical data - the hotels.com booking engine will tell you the % that an area is booked. Presumably two major factors affecting this number are the popularity of the time period - and how far in advance one is looking. So, here are some data points, as of 10 February 2018:

57% - Easter Weekend (30 March - 2 April)
54% - Weekend before Easter (23 March - 26 March)
48% - Weekend after Easter (6 April - 9 April)
60% - Weekend including the Friday of King's Day (27 April - 30 April)
65% - Next Weekend (16 February - 19 February)

The above figures certainly show a bump for Easter weekend - the booking % is 3% higher than the prior weekend even though the later weekend would be slightly lower all other factors being equal. But, it doesn't look like major crowds of tourists (these numbers of course do not account for day trippers.)
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There are indeed plenty of daytrippers from Germany - last year I heard so much German on the streets on Good Friday (which is a public holiday in Germany) that I thought I was in Germany/
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It's easter. Everywhere in Europe will be busy. Enjoy the good atmosphere....
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Old Feb 12, 2018, 12:13 pm
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It's easter. Everywhere in Europe will be busy. Enjoy the good atmosphere....
In my first year in the Netherlands, I went to Rotterdam over easter. Very quiet and cheap hotels.
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Yes Rotterdam is a cool place. Off topic but I highly recommend Madrid for Easter. The weather tends to be perfect, you can soak up culture at the wonderful museums and hotel prices tend to be reasonable as many Madrileos leave the city that week and businesses go into zombie mode.
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Old Feb 12, 2018, 12:53 pm
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The funny thing is that in the US Easter is off everyone's radar unless they are religious or come from a religious family. The Monday is not a holiday, and the Sunday is not any sort of official holiday and most people don't work on Sunday and the public transport runs on the normal Sunday schedule.

Years ago California state offices were closed for 3 hours on Good Friday afternoon but a court ruled that was a violation of church/state separation.

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