Best time to visit Amsterdam

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Best time of year to visit Amsterdam

Dutch capital is great all year round, but April to May and September to November are the best time to visit Amsterdam. Just imagine balmy weather during canal cruising or a trip to the tulip fields of Keukenhof in spring! The city sees a surge of visitors from June to August so book your dwelling in advance to enjoy your Hollandse Nieuwe Herring without remorse. Autumn in Amsterdam demands more layers as the weather is often unpredictable from September through November, but worth walking through unforgettable windmills in the Dutch countryside. Winters in Amsterdam are cruel but try to look on the bright side: unbelievable airfare deals, cheap accommodation, and tasty snert to try.

14 THINGS TO DO IN AMSTERDAM (APRIL 29 - MAY 08)

Keukenhof (Garden of Europe)

Keukenhof (Garden of Europe)

March 21–May 19, 2019 • nature

Witness seven million flowers blooming around you!

Strawberry Season

Strawberry Season

March–December • food

The Netherlands have probably the best strawberries in the world!

Hollandse Nieuwe Herring

Hollandse Nieuwe Herring

May–July • food

Not every herring can be called Hollandse Nieuwe. Check the reason why this one gets the special name!

Smoked Eel

Smoked Eel

March–May, September–November • food

Once a staple food, gerookte paling now became a delicacy and a must try

Whirling Elm Seeds

Whirling Elm Seeds

late April–late May • nature

Natural confetti all around Amsterdam!

Dutch Countryside & Windmills

Dutch Countryside & Windmills

mid-April–late October • activity

Explore the scenic rural surroundings around Amsterdam: its windmill villages, fishing harbours, and local family farms

Canal Cruising

Canal Cruising

all year round • activity

The city of Amsterdam looks particularly beautiful when viewed from a boat

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

all year round • activity

Discover hundreds of paintings, drawings, and personal letters of world-famous Dutch artist

Red Light District

Red Light District

April–June | September–November (all year round) • activity

Marijuana, prostitutes, erotic shops, and even theatres—the place is able to satisfy any unspoken desires or mere curiosity. And though most think so, the district is not only about sex and stuff

Biking

Biking

May–October (all year round) • activity

There can't be any better way to discover the city labelled the cycling capital of Europe

Amsterdam Nightlife

Amsterdam Nightlife

all year round (except New Year's Eve) • activity

Feel the vibes of Dutch nightlife in dozens of nightclubs with a single ticket

Amsterdam Dungeon

Amsterdam Dungeon

all year round • activity

Witness the most sinister episodes of the Dutch history, with witches, torturers, inquisitors, and other characters that once reigned over the city

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

all year round • activity

Explore the best classic art by the masters of Dutch Golden Age

Tulp Festival (Amsterdam Tulip Festival)

Tulp Festival (Amsterdam Tulip Festival)

April 2019 (TBA) • event

Discover the most beautiful tulips during amazingly bright event

20 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Alkmaar Cheese Market

Alkmaar Cheese Market

March 31–September 29, 2018 • activity

No country is as famous with its cheese as the Netherlands is! Don't miss your chance to try out all the different cheeses available regionally in one place now

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival

November 29 2018–January 20 2019 • event

Everything is illuminated around you. This is a period of Amsterdam beautifully transforming​ into a city from a fairy tale

Sail Amsterdam

Sail Amsterdam

August 12–16, 2020 • event

One of the rarest and most remarkable events in Amsterdam!

King’s Day

King’s Day

April 27 • event

Carnival, dancing, singing and as much fun as you can ever imagine take place on the King's day (Dutch: Koningsdag), known before 2013 as Queensday, throughout the Netherlands

Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam Dance Event

October 17–21, 2018 • event

One of the biggest dancing events in Europe attracts 350,000 visitors from around the world yearly

Open Garden Days of Amsterdam

Open Garden Days of Amsterdam

June 14–16, 2019 • event

A unique yearly event opens the hidden gardens of Amsterdam

Football Orange Fever

Football Orange Fever

March 06 | March 08 | April 16 | April 18 | May 09 | May 11 • event

The Dutch are crazy about two things: football and orange colour

Gay Pride Canal Parade

Gay Pride Canal Parade

July 27–August 04, 2019 • event

One of the most colourful and fun festivals on the canals of Amsterdam

Awakenings Festival

Awakenings Festival

June 29–30, 2019 • event

Searching for a power-packed European techno event? Here you go!

National Tulip Day

National Tulip Day

January 18, 2019 • event

There can be no excuses to miss the National Day of one of the Dutch trademarks—tulip. If you are eager enough and not afraid of crowds this might be your chance to get a distinctive special tulip from North Holland totally for free!

Oliebollen

Oliebollen

December 30–31 • food

A New Year culinary habit, attractive to most foreigners

Chocoladeletters

Chocoladeletters

December 04 • food

We already know that Sinterklaas is the biggest holiday, but we haven't yet told you anything about these special treats!

TCS Amsterdam Marathon

TCS Amsterdam Marathon

October 20, 2019 • event

Running event as a great occasion to visit the capital of Netherlands

Sinterklaаs

Sinterklaаs

December 05–06 • event

One of the most beloved traditional characters of the Christmas season in the Netherlands

Rollende Keukens (Rolling Kitchens)

Rollende Keukens (Rolling Kitchens)

May 29–June 02, 2019 • event

Enjoy the best meals from trucks in the middle of the city

Snert

Snert

December–February • food

A thick Dutch version of split pea soup is particularly good during winter

Venison

Venison

mid-October • food

With the grand​ opening of hunting season, all meat lovers prepare their forks and knives!

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

December 14–26, 2018 • event

Dive into the Christmasy atmosphere with hot chocolate and ice skating in the city centre

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

February 05, 2019 • event

A vibrant celebration with lots of delicious food

Speculaas

Speculaas

early December • food

A popular Dutch Christmas treat