There is one weekend in Amsterdam where you may enter the elegant canal houses and nose out what’s in the garden. This year it is on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of June. Discover the green secrets of Amsterdam with a special ticket.
Over 30 gardens will be open to the public, lots of them are private.
Theme of 2017 is ‘courtyards and communal gardens’. The very first communal gardens were the 17th and 18th century courtyards. Amsterdam’s wealthy citizens lived in sumptuous wealth in their splendid houses and gardens, but they also founded a large number of almshouses where widows or the destitute could enjoy a quiet old age. “Still today quiescence is the main feature of many a courtyard, only to be disturbed as their doors open during the Open Garden Days”, as I read on a participants’ website.
Scroll down to see an impression of my last visit. I will go again this year, so we might meet!
In some gardens and their houses there’s concerts, art or photo exhibitions, singing, demo’s. In the program booklet you’ll see what is going on where.
More information about the green secrets of Amsterdam
A special Open Garden Days ticket allows access to all of the gardens. It costs € 20 at the door, € 18 if you buy in advance via the Museum Van Loon webshop or at the museum itself on Keizersgracht 672. There’s 4 other ticket sale and starting addresses:
- Amnesty International, Keizersgracht 177
- Cromhouthuis, Herengracht 368
- Museum Willet-Holthuysen, Herengracht 605
- Huis Marseille, Keizersgracht 401
The gardens are open from 10 to 17 o’clock on each day of the event.
The revenues of the Open Garden Days are designated to the Canal Garden Fund (Grachtentuinenfonds).
Visit this website for more ins and outs.