There are plenty of beautiful gardens in Amsterdam that are usually closed to the public but these hidden gems are perfect for a summer stroll and soon you’ll be able to see them for yourself! This June over 30 of Amsterdam’s most beautiful gardens will open to the public for three days only on June 17, 18 and 19.
If like us, you’re always looking for new things to see in Amsterdam then the Open Garden Days are perfect for you. A ticket to all 30 of the gardens costs €18 online and €20 on the door and you’ll be able to visit between 10 am and 5 pm.
The full list of gardens isn’t available yet and it won’t become public until the Open Garden Days but you’ll be able to see more details as they emerge on the Museum Van Loon website. There are five gardens that you can be sure will be open to the public, and where you can also buy tickets if you haven’t already:
- Museum Van Loon
- Amnesty International
- Museum Willet-Holthuysen
- Huis Marseille
The Open Garden Days will focus on Amsterdam’s canal gardens. In the 17th Century, the population of Amsterdam was growing exponentially and those who has wealth had more than ever. Away from the narrow city streets lots of private houses with beautiful gardens were built along the canals to house this more affluent portion of the population.
Laws then meant that half of the property’s land must be left undeveloped and so these houses had large sprawling gardens. This is why there are so many beautiful houses alongside the canals with stunning gardens, and also why we’re able to visit them on the Open Garden Days. Most of the properties are still private and can only be accessed through the buildings themselves so it is asked that visitors be respectful. Plus, some of the gardens are very delicate and so visitors may have to wait if the gardens get too full but it will all be worth it.