With its waterfront houses, flower markets, and cozy canalside cafes, Amsterdam is a fantastic romantic getaway for couples. Here are a few ideas on how to add a little romance to your trip to the Netherlands’ capital.
Evening Canal Cruises
There’s something romantic about cruising along Amsterdam’s fabled canals at night. You’ll glide under the city’s bridges and past the city’s historic neighborhoods while cozying up to your loved one. Cruises can include a wine-and-cheese-tasting, cocktails, or a multi-course meal.
Concerts by Candlelight
Enjoy a classical music performance by candlelight at the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. Hundreds of candles illuminate the 17th-century synagogue for the ultimate romance. Catching a performance at the Royal Concertgebouw also makes for an enchanting evening out.
Picnic in the Park
Vondelpark is one of Amsterdam’s largest city parks. With an abundance of green space to throw down a blanket—and takeaway picnic baskets available at cafes around the park—a picnic at Vondelpark is a must. Plus, from May through September, the park hosts Vondelpark Open Air Theatre, a free program of theatre, live music, and stand-up comedy events.
Food and Wine Tasting Tours
From wine-and-cheese-tasting experiences and gourmet food tours to private in-home dinners with a local chef, a culinary tour makes for a romantic evening in Amsterdam. Choose a private tour for just the two of you or set out on a small-group tour to get to know fellow food lovers from around the world.