Amsterdam might be the most beautiful city in the Netherlands, but it’s not without its faults. Sure, there are plenty of museums and art galleries, but you won’t find many great beaches or gardens here. So when is the best time to visit Amsterdam?
Why visit Amsterdam in the Spring
If crowds annoy you, go in April or May. The city’s renowned tulips are in bloom at this time of year, which is an added benefit. The average high temperature is a comfortable 55°F (12.8°C), there is less traffic and daylight hours are longer. Visit the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, which spring to life with flowering flowers, as soon as you can. Remember that the city’s most well-known national event, King’s Day (Koningsdag), takes place in April on the 27th. The festivities extend for three days, and during this period the city is ablaze with colour, throng, and celebrations, making it difficult to book a hotel.
Why visit Amsterdam in the Summer
The hottest, busiest, and most costly times of year to travel to Amsterdam are in the summer. August is the warmest month, with an average high temperature of 72°F (22°C). However, this is also a major festival period. Every year, more than 300 events take place across the city, with the majority taking place in the summer. While some set up their BBQs in the municipal park, others go swimming in the open air pools with official designations.
Why visit Amsterdam in the Autumn
Temperatures in September, October, and November range between 66°F (19°C) and 49°F (9.4°C), and even when it becomes chilly you may take refuge in a cosy café and it’s simple to visit the canals and museums. The cost of hotels is currently more affordable. There are fewer tourists around so it’s easier to get around without worrying about crowds. Autumn feels like a season that belongs to Amsterdam and its locals, rather than being overcrowded with international visitors.
Why visit Amsterdam in the Winter
Wintertime is when temperatures drop, along with hotel and flight costs. Even though the city may be buried in snow at this time of year, the annual Amsterdam Light Show brightens the canals and the structures that surround them. The canals occasionally become frozen solid enough to serve as ice rinks. Outside the Rijksmuseum, a beautiful ice rink appears. Skaters can enjoy it until April. If you’re looking for something warm to do, head out to one of the many museums or take a walk through Vondelpark. When visiting during the winter, don’t forget your coat! The Oliebollen’s arrival in this city is another indication that winter has arrived. These delicious balls, which are sold by street sellers, only emerge on the streets once a year, similar to how doughnuts do. Eat them while they are hot, sugar-dusted, and steaming.