Amsterdam at its Best

When you think of the Norse countries, you generally think of something cold, distant and quite on the grim side. Yet, many of the people are surprised when visiting the Northern countries by the fact that these places look nothing like the dark Viking land everybody knows from the movies. Actually, the Netherlands in general (and Amsterdam in particular) are quite the opposite when you visit them during the spring season. Why is that and why should you pick the first months of spring as your date for your Amsterdam trip? Read on and find out!

The Flowers

If you did not know this already (although you very much likely did know it), Amsterdam is a city of wonderful flowers, with tulips crowned as the national symbol. Visiting Amsterdam in the spring will be a joy for the eyes and a joy for your soul, as the multitude of colours, the splendid arrangements and the absolutely mesmerizing sight will definitely bring you into a very good mood. The Keukenhof Gardens are definitely a must-see in Amsterdam, but if you want a bit more “wilderness”, you can check out the nearby tulip fields for an explosion of colour and beauty.

Why Amsterdam is best to be visited in Spring

Why Amsterdam is best to be visited in Spring

The National Celebrations

Picking spring as your season to visit Amsterdam means that you have a chance of being there during the most important celebrations for the Dutch. Queen’s Day, Remembrance Day as well as the Liberation Day are all celebrated in spring and that means that you will get a better glimpse into what this country is really about. The Remembrance Day, for example, commemorates the fallen ones in the World War II and although it is not a public holiday, 2 minutes of silence are observed at 8 pm every single year. Following this day, on the 5th of May, the Dutch celebrate Liberation Day, also related to the World War II and to the Nazi occupation in Netherlands during it.

The Prices

There is a very high chance that you can score quite big on your savings if you choose to visit Amsterdam in the spring, especially in March when prices are still low. While the temperatures then may not be at their best, this will also mean that accommodation will most likely cost a lot less than in the summer, for example. As soon as the temperatures rise, the prices rise with them as well. Book in advance and you will be able to enjoy the gorgeous Amsterdam even on a smaller budget. Anyway you choose to do this, it will still be worth every single penny because Amsterdam is truly one in a million!

How to Avoid Boredom on a Journey

Travel is great, but there are plenty of times on a trip that you will have nothing to do but kill time. In these cases, it’s a good idea to have a few ideas for easy entertainment, as there’s nothing worse than clock-watching, even if the clock you happen to be watching is in an airport lounge and you’re waiting to be flown off to some exotic location.

Smartphones help a great deal in these situations, and if you think back to the days before the internet, mobile phones and tablets, it’s easy to understand why we all read a lot more books than we do today!

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But with a smartphone or tablet in your pocket and your internet roaming switched on, there’s no need to have a moment’s boredom ever again. Think of anything that you want to know more about, and you can google it and read reams of information around the subject.

Casino games can be a great way of switching off or zoning out and there are thousands of online gaming sites to choose from today. Playing slots is really easy, and that’s part of the appeal – you simply decide which game to play, how much to bet per spin and then set the reels rolling.

If you want a game that needs a bit more mental consideration, then most casino sites offer blackjack as part of their mobile offering too. Although blackjack might seem like a game that’s largely reliant on the luck of the cards you are dealt, as you play the game you’ll see that the decisions and choices that you make can really affect the outcome. Even when you have a bad hand, you can place bets different to salvage it.

The trick is only to spend what you can afford to lose on these games, as you will generally lose in the long run. However, by playing in demo mode you can have all of the fun with no risk involved. Nearly all the casino sites offer the majority of their games in demo mode, as they want to allow players to test out a game before they play for real. There’s nothing to stop you only playing in demo mode, except the exhilaration of winning will be a little superficial, of course. It’s still diverting, though.

Of course, when you’re on a trip, you’re generally on your way to see a country or a city that you’ve been planning on visiting for a while, so the waiting times on the way to get there are part of the downside of travel, but if you can keep yourself entertained during those times, all the better!