The best time to visit Amsterdam is between April and May or September and November – right before or directly after the summertime high tourist season. You’ll contend with fewer tourists, you’ll enjoy somewhat mild temperatures (the city’s weather is notoriously finicky), and you’ll also experience Amsterdam as the locals do – at its laid-back best. But if it’s a deal you’re after – and you don’t mind temperatures in the 0 to 5-degree (celsius) range – you should plan a winter vacation; you’ll find lower hotel rates and depleted crowds at the city’s top sites. No matter what time of year you plan to visit, you’ll find the city offers a packed social calendar.
With temperature ranging around 21 degrees and long sunny days, it takes no leap of the imagination to see why Amsterdam is so popular in the summertime. But along with hospitable weather, Amsterdam fills with tourists packing the popular sites. Hotels are also at a premium and – unless you book far in advance – largely without a vacancy.
Short, dark and nearly freezing days make winter in Amsterdam pretty unpleasant. But this chilly time of year – temperatures fluctuate between 30 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit – is also the best time to score deals on airfare and hotel rooms. If you do brave the cold, don’t forget a warm coat – and maybe a pair of thermal underwear or two. For more favorable weather, plan to visit in mid- to late March.
With temperatures on the rise and tulips in bloom, spring is a nice time to visit. To see the countries’ notorious tulips at their peak, visit during the last two weeks of April and the first two weeks of May. (Keukenhof)
Events & Festivals
For more information about the more than 300 organized festivals in Amsterdam every year; visit our Events & Festivals page.