Unique Valentine's Day Date Ideas in Amsterdam

When February 14th rolls around, our minds turn to romance. If you happen to find yourself in Amsterdam this Valentine's Day weekend, take advantage of some of the city's most romantic activities. Whether you prefer a traditional romantic date or are looking for something a bit different, there's something for every couple in Amsterdam.

Get Married for a Day
This Valentine's Day, why not show your partner that you're all in by getting married for a day! At Wed and Walk, couples can have the wedding of their dreams with no strings attached. The dresses, veils, suits, rings and ceremony are all provided, all you need to do is make a reservation. After a beautiful ceremony and post-wedding photo shoot, the happy couple can enjoy married life until sunrise the next day, at which point both parties are back to being free as a bird!

Rent a Bicycle for Two
What's more romantic than a bicycle built for two? With Amsterdam being one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, it's the perfect place to take a romantic ride around the city with your partner. While on your ride, why not make a stop at the Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market) or one of the city's countless parks and enjoy some quality time together off the bike.

Learn about the Science Behind Kissing
If traditionally romantic activities aren't your thing, check out the Zoenen met Miljoenen exhibit at the Micropia Museum. In English, "Zoenen met Miljoenen" translates to "Kiss with Millions", which is a pretty good description of what you can expect at this exhibit. During your visit, you and your partner will find out just how many, and which, microbes are exchanged during a French kiss. Because nothing says happy Valentine's Day like learning about germs!

Take a Cruise Through the Canals
Rain or shine, taking a cruise through Amsterdam's canals is a truly romantic experience, especially at night. With the stars out and the lights reflecting on the water, it feels just like being in a fairytale. Many of the cruise companies offer dedicated Valentine's Day tours, ending your trip in the city's Red Light District where you can see love in all it's forms.

See the City from a Horse Drawn Carriage
Nothing says romance like riding a horse drawn carriage through old cobblestone streets and bridges. This Valentine's Day, relax and take in the sights from the comfort of your own private carriage. As you ride, you can listen to the clip-clop of the horse while your personal guide shares details of the city and its rich history. The best part is, you can choose your destinations or you can let your guide plan the route.

Whether this is your first or fiftieth Valentine's Day with your partner, spending it in Amsterdam will guarantee to be memorable.

Tori Holmes is a freelance copywriting and social media specialist living in Amsterdam. Born and raised in Canada, she quickly learning that her new city is full of surprises.