If you’re thinking of planning a destination proposal and are looking for the perfect location for it; or maybe you’ve got a trip already booked and you’re looking to propose in Amsterdam, you’ll probably be on the hunt for some Amsterdam proposal inspiration.
Look no further – we’ve got you! Here are some of our favorite ideas for a knockout romantic Amsterdam proposal.
You may have heard Amsterdam being called ‘the Venice of the North’, a name it’s gained from its beautiful canal system. In fact, they might be why you wanted to propose in Amsterdam in the first place! So, why not propose on the water? Go for a romantic boat trip down the canal, complete with flowers and champagne, and soak up the stunning scenery whilst you work up the courage to ask the all important words. And, once they’ve said yes, you can enjoy a sight-seeing trip through the city centre and beyond!
Where canals are, bridges generally follow – another famous element of the Amsterdam landscape. There’s nothing more iconic than stopping on one of the quaint, picturesque bridges, taking in the view, and then getting down on one knee! All of the bridges are pretty much picture-perfect, but if you venture to where Reguliersgracht joins Herengracht, you’ll be able to see 15 bridges all at once. Pretty incredible, huh?
As we said above, all of the bridges make for beautiful backdrops, but not all of them carry a romantic legend. But Magere Brug does, a traditional wooden bridge that covers the Amstel River, does! Legend has it that couples who kiss on the Magere Bridge stay together forever – making it one of the most romantic, and one of the best places to propose in Amsterdam.
If you’re more of a fan of having your feet firmly on solid ground, then we’d recommend checking out the Vondelpark for an Amsterdam proposal. It’s an extensive, lush park located right in the city centre. With rolling greenery, tranquil waters and cool cafes and buildings, there’s always something to look at. Plus, it’s a popular site for residents and tourists alike, so there’s always a beautiful buzz about the place. But, thanks to its size, it never feels overcrowded; allowing you the privacy you may want for your proposal.
Another iconic feature of the city – and therefore a perfect place to propose in Amsterdam – is the Flower Strip, or the Bollenstreek or Bulb District. Bright, beautiful flowers cover a huge 80km of land there, making for a technicolour spectacle that stretches as far as the eye can see. Why get them a bouquet of flowers when you could show them the whole field? It’s a truly unique sight that you won’t get anywhere else, making it an ideal place to pop the question.
Just make sure you’ve planned your Amsterdam proposal for springtime – the earliest flowers bloom in January, but the best time to visit is between mid-March and mid-May. If it’s tulips you’re after, the best time to plan yoru Amsterdam proposal is April – then you might even catch the Tulip Festival and flower parade, too, if you’re lucky!
Keukenhof Gardens is one of the main attractions in the Flower Strip. It’s the world’s largest flower gardens so, as you can imagine, it looks and smells truly amazing when in full bloom! There’s plenty do amongst the 7 million flower bulbs planted there – including proposing, if you so wish.
If you and your partner are foodies, then you’re going to want to hit some of the best eateries during your stay. Chances are, you may want to involve this passion in your Amsterdam proposal too! We recommend Del Behamel as the perfect place to propose in Amsterdam, thanks to its incredible blend of jaw dropping decor, delectable food, and its stunning location too. From top to toe, the building is an Art Nouveau style, with original, ornate details. The restaurant offers French and Italian inspired cuisine and a relaxed ambience. In the summer, you can request a table on the terrace, where you get the unique view of two canals in one – Brouwersgracht and Herengracht.
Amsterdam is a city known for its excellent style and even better taste, and nowhere is this more clear than in its food scene. In fact, Amsterdam boasts 21 restaurants with either one or two Michelin stars. So, if you want to propose in Amsterdam in style, then why not pick one of these to visit?
Choose from French cuisine at Bord’Eau, Lastage, Le Restaurant, MOS Amsterdam, Restaurant Vinkeles Amsterdam, and Ron Gastrobar; Mediterranean fare at sleek and chic Restaurant Sinne or opulent The Duchess; Japanese food at Yamazato; international inspiration at Ciel Bleu, Restaurant Bougainville and Daalder; new takes on Dutch delicacies at Aan de Poel, The White Room, RIJKS (the restaurant of the Rijksmuseum), and Wils; or slow, seasonal, sustainable produce at Bolenius, Restaurant Vermeer, and Spectrum.
Or, perhaps you want a completely unique dining experience: then we’d recommend Graphite by Peter Gast, which has secret speakeasy vibes with entry strictly by private QR code, or Restaurant 212, with simple, laidback seating that says one thing: the food, and the two Michelin stars, speak for themselves. All of these eateries would make an incredible impression, and make the perfect scene for a luxury Amsterdam proposal.
Our last – but not least – suggestion of how to propose in Amsterdam is Club Cinema. It’s an atmospheric, intimate, exclusive space which allows you to hire a movie theatre for just the two of you! Like something straight out of a romantic film, you could play a movie that you’ve put together, including the wishes of your friends and family, and play it on the big screen as a surprise. Then, you could get down on one knee, and when they realise it’s happening – ask the question!
Now that we’ve shown you 9 ways to propose in Amsterdam, it’s over to you – best of luck for your Amsterdam proposal planning!