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From ice skating to cheese fondue: these are the to do’s on New Year’s Day 2018 in Amsterdam

1 January 2018


Do you recognize that? For us, 2017 really went by fast. The first day of January is always a good day to think about how fast time flies and to work on my New Year’s resolutions. However, I usually give up on them after a few weeks ;-) That’s why it might be a better idea to go to Amsterdam on the first day of the new year. When the worst fatigue and the hangover of last night have passed, that’s the perfect moment to go into the city. Because you might not expect it, but there’s plenty to do in the city! Where should you be on January 1 2018? We’ve put together the best to do’s for you.

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Cheese fondue: What is better than starting the year with a calorie bomb? ;-) Hit the supermarket before January 1st for some ingredients for a cheese fondue with friends. Tip: besides your regular baguette and vegetables, also get yourself some fresh raviolis and small meat balls. These will give your fondue an upgrade. Not feeling like shopping for groceries? Then have some cheese fondue at these hotspots in Amsterdam!

Amsterdam Light Festival: Want to do a romantic lit up walk or boat tour? Then go to the Amsterdam Light Festival! Of course you don’t have to take your lover, your best friends will do just fine! Grab a wine and let’s enjoy the beautiful light sculptures.

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Amsterdam Light Festival

To the cinema: New Year’s Day is also a great day to sit in a cinema chair and see a good (or really bad, that’s okay too ;-)) movie. Check out our list with must-see movies in January and get inspired.

Watch a film or series: Do you prefer to stay inside? Then nestle on the couch with a blanket and a series or Christmas movie (yes, that’s still allowed)! Tip: we’re completely addicted to Black Mirror and Stranger Things ;-)

Ice skating: Let’s sweat out last night’s alcohol and go ice skating. On the Jaap Edenbaan, for example, or between the I Amsterdam letters on the Museumplein. Every year again a magical experience!

Take a walk: New Year’s Day is the perfect day to get a breath of fresh air in the Amsterdamse Bos or Vondelpark. Take your dog or your neighbour’s dog with you and take a long walk. Then you can reward yourself for all that sportiness on the first day of the year with a hot chocolate with whipped cream ;-) Check our list where you can score the best hot chocolate in Amsterdam!

Visit a museum: Most museums in Amsterdam are open almost all year round. For example, the Rijksmuseum is open 365 days a year and the Stedelijk Museum is also open on New Year’s Day.

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Museum Willet-Holthuysen Amsterdam

Artis: Artis is also open all year. Dealing with your hangover in a zoo in the middle of the city: could be worse if you ask us! Nothing is more fun than watching monkeys and penguins on the first day of the year, right?

Happy New Year!

TIP: discover more Amsterdam and travel tips in the books of Yourlbb THE AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE & WANDERLUST!

Amsterdam Bucketlist
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

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Our favourite hotels:
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.

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