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Easter in Amsterdam with tulips in bloom and spring in the air, there is no better place to be than in Amsterdam during the long Easter weekend (29 March to 1 April 2013).

Amsterdam has a reputation for being less than holy, but come Easter-time, the city gets just as wrapped up in festivities as anywhere else. In fact, Easter celebrations in the Netherlands are very similar to the traditions in other parts of the world.
In the run-up to the weekend holiday, chocolate eggs, bunnies and jelly beans start appearing at store in town. The Dutch are also known to give out the candy goodies free at shop counters, offices and even along with your coffee orders.

On Easter Sunday, the fun begins for children. They spend most of the morning colouring boiled eggs, then heading out to hunt for the ones hidden by the Easter Bunny. The rest of the morning is spent eating those treasured eggs – and lots of other delicious dishes as part of Easter brunch.

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On Easter Sunday, local petting zoos in Amsterdam often host special Easter parties with an egg hunt, egg decorating, festive treats and fun activities Artis Zoo.

Hop abroad the Pancake Boat for a cruise around Amsterdam and all-you-can-eat-pancakes. A cosy boat, unlimited pancakes and a view of Amsterdam’s skyline make it a great activity for all ages Pancake boat.

The majority of Amsterdam’s museums and attractions are open during the Easter holidays. In the city centre most shops will be open, but they may close earlier than usual.

Happy Easter!!