When to visit Amsterdam? Actually, any time is a good time to visit Amsterdam. With its sea climate it is almost never too hot or too cold. In summer, temperatures normally vary somewhere between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius. During winter they drop to an average between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius. If you want to avoid running into too many other tourists, consider a visit in early spring (March, April) or in early fall (October, November).
Of course, nothing beats spring. In May and June everything is blooming, streets are full of people and days are long. And don’t forget the Keukenhof; the largest spring flower garden in the world is open from March till somewhere in May, depending on the weather and consequently the blooming of the daffodils, hyacinths and tulips. You can also visit the Open Garden Days, giving you a unique opportunity to admire the majestic gardens hidden behind the Amsterdam canal houses.
Amsterdam welcomes the most tourists during the summer months, from June to August. June is perfect if you want to enjoy every day to its fullest: the sun doesn’t go down until somewhere around ten o’clock, which gives you ample of time to explore the city. The climate is mild and sure, it certainly rains from time to time, but it normally doesn’t get unpleasantly hot either, which is perfect for visiting an urban area. And if you’re in need of some refreshment, visit one of the many parks around or the beaches which are easily reached by train or car. Enthusiasts might even bike to the beach as it’s only around 30 kilometers away from the capitol.
When you’re on a budget, visiting Amsterdam during the fall makes your euro’s go a long(er) way as cheaper off-season rates apply. And in October you might get lucky and still enjoy sunny days reminiscent of spring. Most likely though, you’ll spend more time indoors, which is no punishment as you might visit the Museumnacht (Museum Night) in November when some 40 museums stay open late with DJs and other entertainers lighting up the party.
Then again, winter brings with it the possibility of snow. Some say Amsterdam looks its best covered in a white blanket of snow. And if the winter weather persists, the canals might freeze up and you can join the locals in eating a cup of tasty snert, a hearty green pea soup with rookworst (smoked sausage) whilst skating on the ice covering Amsterdam’s canals.
Come prepared Sure, good weather is never guaranteed, no matter when you visit. In The Netherlands rain seems to always be lurking around the corner. Don’t let it discourage you if it’s rainy during your stay. Do as the locals do: buy an umbrella or a poncho and continue with your original plans.