Amsterdam in summer

1 You can dine in a restaurant on a secret island

For a limited time during the summer, adventurous people can take a boat from Amsterdam to a nearby deserted island and enjoy a four-course meal in a specially constructed greenhouse. The pop-up restaurant experience on Vuurtoreneiland is a popular culinary draw, so be sure to book in advance.

Vuurtoreneiland. In the spring and summer (mid-May – September) people eat in the Summer Restaurant, a transparent glass greenhouse, sheltered from wind and rain, ‘eating in and of nature’. In spring and summer the atmosphere on Vuurtoreneiland is exuberant and light. Everything blooms and grows, perhaps there are even lambs this year! Food in the greenhouse is elementary, there is almost nothing between inside and outside, clouds and weather pass you by. Sometimes sunny and warm, other times spectacular storm skies, unique and different every night. The exuberance also translates into the food, now everything is harvested in the Beemster so a large variety of local vegetables determine the menu and there is also meat or fish.

There’s a festival happening every weekend

You could say that Amsterdam is a little bit festival mad. More than 300 festivals take place each year in and around the city – the bulk of these happening in the summer months. So no matter when you visit, there’s bound to be something going on. From huge dance music events to foodie festivals and cultural carnivals, Amsterdam’s festival agenda spans all tastes and genres.

A few recommendations

3 You can go to the theatre in the park for free

From May to September, an open air-theatre in the middle of the Vondelpark in Amsterdam hosts performances of dance, music, cabaret, comedy and children’s events. You can visit this on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s totally free (although donations will not be discouraged).

Theatrical heritage. Amsterdam’s Vondelpark is steeped in musical and theatrical heritage. The ‘Vondelpark Parties’ were organised in the park and the Music Pavilion and Vondelpark Stage both hosted music, operetta and dance performances over the years. The Vondelpark Open Air Theatre sprang into life in 1974, combining the ‘Vondelpark Parties’ and so-called ‘Happenings’, the name given to the performances organised at the time.

For more information visit our website and book now. To gain experiences that you will not soon forget!

Within a few weeks, Keukenhof will be open again! Are you looking for a private tour to this wonderful park? Don’t hesitate to contact us to check the possibilities.

What is Keukenhof?

The park is one of the most famous and most beautiful attractions of the Netherlands. We, as a country, are very well known for the flowers. In spring, all these beautiful varieties will bloom and this makes it the perfect time to visit for flower lovers! Especially the tulip is very popular, did you know that it’s origin is not the Netherlands but Turkey?

A day at Keukenhof is the best day out among the flowers. Over 7 million bulbs will bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. It is an unique and unforgettable experience!

Besides the spacious 32 hectares of flowers you can enjoy the spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, unique art and wonderful events. Do not miss the Tulip mania exhibition at the Juliana Pavilion.

2018 theme and history

In 2018, the theme is Romance in Flowers. After all, the two are inextricably linked. The most beautiful spring park in the world with its sea of flowers will put you in a romantic, spring mood.

The historic park was designed midway through the Romantic period (1857) as an ornamental garden for Castle [Kasteel] Keukenhof. Since 1950, millions of tulips have flowered in the atmospheric garden around the pond with its gorgeous vistas and centuries-old beech trees. Many generations experienced joyous moments there. Propose to your loved ones in the romantic tulip garden or have a secret rendezvous in the Cupid Garden or the Love Paradise. Say it with flowers …. The flower shows will also have romance as their theme. The rose show will be bigger than ever: the red rose, the symbol of true love. In 2018, Keukenhof once again has a wonderful tulip mosaic planned featuring 50,000 bulbs.

The Keukenhof season will conclude with Romance at Keukenhof, a classical music festival that will take place amid the park’s tulips.

Family trip

This sight is also fun for the children. They will have a blast with the treasure hunt, petting farm, maze and the playground. It is a great day out for the whole family! Want to book a tour with us? Send an e-mail to info@88travelguide.com or fill in our contact form. We also create tours to flower fields in the north of Holland. Just say hello and check out the possibilities!

Keukenhof will be open from 22 March – 13 May 2018. For more information check out their website.

 

Tangguo tour – part 2

Tangguo tour – part 2. After Dam square we went to several spots at the Red Light district like the old church. In front of the statue of Majoor Bosshardt our guests started to wonder why all the houses bend forward and are so crooked… If you want to know the answer yourself make sure to book our city tour.

As it was a very cold day, we decided to grab some drinks at Nieuwmarkt. While enjoying our drinks, we discussed the business possiblities for Tangguo and 88 Travelguide. And then there was a toast, we were both in for a collaboration!

Dam Square – pigeons

After drinks we went to Bijenkorf. The CEO and his wife stayed inside for some shopping and Jack, Samantha, Teo and me spend some time at Dam square. Samatha made a lot of new friends thanks Teo’s great idea; she bought some bread for the pigeons. At one point four pigeons were trying to balance on Samantha’s arm, which was a bit too much. But is was great fun!

Lunch

We had lunch at Momo, which was a big success. The CEO told us that this was the fullest he had been since he arrived in Europa. Big plus for us! We ate sushi and other Asian food, I still got happy when I think of the food. After lunch the team went back to their hotel as they had a few meetings in the afternoon.

Boat tour

Teo and I went to the Hilton Hotel again to pick up the CEO of Tangguo and his wife. Unfortunately Jack and Samantha were not able to join us as they had to prepare for a meeting in the afternoon. We rented the beautiful and cute boat Tzar for 2 hours. The Tzar is a brand new salonboat from Amsterdam Boat Center where we collaborate with. Our sailor for the day was Sjoerd, who specially came back earlier from his weekend trip to Germany to show us around on the canals. Thanks again Sjoerd!

We sailed partly alongside the Amsterdam Light Festival and also saw the skinny bridge and the 7 bridges. Our guests completely loved it and were super impressed by the houseboats and the canals it selves.

再見 – See you soon!

Unfortunately, the day flew by and we had to send our guests back to their hotel. In the evening, they were having a dinner with former prime minister Wim Kok and they of course can’t let him wait.

We really enjoyed our day together and are looking so much forward to the collaboration. A very warm welcome to all Chinese tourists in the Netherlands!

Tangguo tour – part 1

To welcome our guests from Tangguo, we gave them a tour through Amsterdam. A part of the team visited the city before but they never had a city tour. Our lovely guide Teo and co-founder Manouk accompanied them throughout the day. After days of preparing and extra practicing, we were ready and very excited!

Introduction

Teo and me (Manouk) went to the Hilton Hotel where we picked up our guests. The taxi ride to the city was already a lot of fun! The Tangguo team was very enthusiastic and open and told us that they looked forward to the tour. After the exchange of WeChat ID’s we arrived at Dam square. I always find it so special that you can connect so strongly with people without speaking the same language. I experienced that during my trip through China and I immediately got the same feeling in the taxi as well. No doubt that this would be a great day!

As soon as we arrived at Dam Square, the Chinese favorite activity took place; to take pictures! We took a group picture and we both were so happy to be immortalized with our new friends and business partners. After we did a live stream and wished the Tangguo a happy new year, we started the tour.

The tour – part 1

Our guests were very impressed by the history of the city and the funny facts Teo told them. I personally found Teo very impressive, how is it possible that she speaks Chinese so well? I was already happy that I understood 9 words throughout the day. At least there is a start, but I have to admit that I am super jealous at her.

For the rest of the tour and the canal cruise in the lovely salon boat Tzar we would like to refer to the article Tangue tour – part 2.