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When’s the best time to visit Amsterdam? Here’s our seasonal guide

From tiptoeing through the tulips in spring to ice skating beside the snow-lined canals in winter, there's no ‘bad’ time to visit the Dutch capital.

Written by High Life North
Published 10.06.2022

SPRING IN AMSTERDAM

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit Amsterdam. When the city becomes warmer, the Netherland’s famous tulips come out in bloom. From a trip to the iconic flower strip, cultural festivals and the country’s biggest street party, there’s plenty to do during Amsterdam’s driest season.

WHAT’S ON IN AMSTERDAM IN MARCH 

Weather

Temperature (min-max average): 2°C – 9°C

Hours of sunshine: 3.5 hours
Rainy days: 11 days

Amsterdam Coffee Festival

30th March – 1st April 2022

It’s safe to say Amsterdam is famous for attracting coffee lovers. So, it’s only right for us caffeine lovers to celebrate the vibrant Dutch coffee scene at this festival which, features more than 100 artisan roasters, equipment makers and gourmet food stalls.

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Keukenhof

23rd March – 14th May 2023

Amsterdam is in bloom in spring and, at Keukenhof, you can enjoy millions of blooming tulips as well as plenty of other flowers. The monumental walking park is 32 hectares and has 15 km of footpaths which take you past gorgeous water features, fountains and sculptures.

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WHAT’S ON IN AMSTERDAM IN APRIL

Weather

Temperature (min-max average): 4 °C – 13 °C
Hours of sunshine: 5.5 hours

Rainy days: 9 days

Tulip Festival

April 2023

The annual Tulip Festival brightens up Amsterdam’s streets throughout April and sends us on a colourful journey of discovery along dozens of locations from Noord to Zuidoost, Oost to Nieuw West, with hundreds of thousands of tulips in bloom.

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King’s Day

27th April 2023 

A national holiday is held every year on the 27th April, which marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander. King’s Day is renowned for being one of the biggest and most colourful street parties in the Netherlands, especially so in Amsterdam.

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WHAT’S ON IN AMSTERDAM IN MAY

 Weather

Temperature (min-max average): 8 °C – 17 °C
Hours of sunshine: 7 hours
Rainy days: 9 days

 

National Mill Day

14th – 15th May 2022

Every year, the second Saturday and Sunday of May are known as National Mill Days in the Netherlands. Iconic for the country, on that day, 950 windmills and watermills open their doors for visitors to explore.

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Amsterdam Art Week

May 2023

The 11th Amsterdam Art Week will return in the Spring of 2023 in collaboration with the open studios of the Rijksakademie. See the work of talented young artists over an extended weekend with over 100 exhibitions, performances, screenings and debates taking place.

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SUMMER IN AMSTERDAM

When the weather is at its finest, the tourist season in Amsterdam peaks. From countless festivals, urban beaches, picnics in the park, outdoor cinema and art and chilled drinks on sunny terraces, Amsterdam is the place to be in the summer. It’s also the best time for cycling – an essential Dutch experience.

WHAT’S ON IN AMSTERDAM IN JUNE

Weather

Temperature (min-max average): 10 °C – 20 °C
Hours of sunshine: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 10 days

 

Bacchus Wine Festival 

3rd – 12th June 2022

Wine lovers, this one is for you. Bacchus Wine Festival returns over two weekends in June. Bacchus strikes down on the Amsterdamse Bos in Amstelveen and presents wines from all corners of the world, combined with plenty of mobile catering, DJs and live music.

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Holland Festival

2nd – 26th June 2022

This leading international performance arts festival in the Netherlands has been going since 1947. The festival provides Dutch and international theatregoers with a showcase of the latest, best and most widely acclaimed productions from around the world.

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Vondelpark Open Air Theatre 

5th – 26th June 2022

Every year, the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre presents a programme packed with festivals, dance, cabaret, children’s theatre, stand-up comedy and all genres of music.

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CineDans Festival

22nd – 26th June 2022

Introducing the world’s largest festival of international dance film. Dance on Screen Festival is unique and sees the ideal dance film as a true connection between the two worlds of dance and cinematography.

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WHAT’S ON IN AMSTERDAM IN JULY

Weather

Temperature (min-max average): 13 °C – 22 °C
Hours of sunshine: 7 hours
Rainy days: 10 days

 

Kwaku Festival

16th July – 7th August 2022

Amsterdam Zuidoost is a colourful place to be every summer as the Kwaku Festival comes to the Nelson Mandelapark for a few consecutive weekends of multicultural fun.

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Pride Amsterdam

30th July – 7th August 2022

One of the biggest celebrations of LGBTI equality in the world, Pride Amsterdam, celebrates its 26th anniversary this year. This annual citywide festival attracts several hundred-thousand visitors each year, making it one of the largest publicly held annual events in the Netherlands.

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WHAT’S ON IN AMSTERDAM IN AUGUST

Weather

Temperature (min-max average): 12 °C – 22 °C
Hours of sunshine: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 9 days

 

De Parade Theatre Festival

12th – 14th August 2022

At De Parade, there really is something for everyone. Whether you’re a die-hard theatre devotee or just along for the ride, you’ll find something you enjoy here, no matter what your cultural taste. The festival offers a variety of short and full-length performances in open-air and secret locations – all you have to do is discover them.

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Canal Festival

12th – 21st August 2022

The magnificent Canal Festival, held annually in August, is one of the Amsterdam summer’s cultural highlights. The classic musical concerts are performed on stages by or even on the water, as the musicians play on pontoons and the audience listens from the canal-side or their own boats – a perfectly romantic and magical experience.

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AUTUMN IN AMSTERDAM

The autumn months are some of the most scenic in Amsterdam. When golden leaves fill the trees and line the cobbled streets, the nights begin to draw in and the cultural season is in full swing. Plus, things start to quiet down as peak tourist season is ending.

WHAT’S ON IN AMSTERDAM IN SEPTEMBER 

Weather

Temperature (min-max average): 10 °C – 18 °C
Hours of sunshine: 4.5 hours
Rainy days: 11 days

 

Amsterdam Fringe Festival 

1st – 11th September 2022

Amsterdam Fringe Festival is all about bringing avant-garde productions to light. Each year some 70 productions are presented, all created by unorthodox theatre-makers keen to impress with their vision. What’s more, the venues where these eclectic performances take place can be just as unexpected.

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Open Monuments Day

10th – 11th September 2022

Every September, Amsterdam opens the doors to some of the city’s most important heritage-listed buildings and homes, allowing visitors to get a behind-the-scenes look at them. The best part? Most of them are free to enter.

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WHAT’S ON IN AMSTERDAM IN OCTOBER

Weather

Temperature (min-max average): 7°C – 14 °C
Hours of sunshine: 3.5 hours
Rainy days: 12 days

 

Amsterdam Dance Event

19th – 23rd October 2022

Amsterdam Dance Event takes place every October, bringing over 2,500 of the world’s biggest up-and-coming dance artists to play in 140 of Amsterdam’s best clubs. It’s five days of guaranteed partying – and why not when you’re on holiday?

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Affordable Art Fair 

26th – 30th October 2022

Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam returns this year with a new edition to the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam-Noord. The art event hosts a large number of galleries with a very diverse range of contemporary and original art – all affordable, of course.

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WINTER IN AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam is magical over the winter months with a festive atmosphere, cosy pubs and plenty of events to enjoy. With peak tourism season out of the way, cafés are less crowded and you have better views of canals as trees have shed their leaves. Winter is also the cheapest time to visit Amsterdam.

WHAT’S ON IN AMSTERDAM IN NOVEMBER

Weather

Temperature (min-max average): 4°C – 9 °C
Hours of sunshine: 2 hours
Rainy days: 13 days

 

Jaap Eden Ice Rink

November 2022 – February 2023

Right in the heart of Amsterdam, this is perhaps the cosiest skating rink in the capital, welcoming everyone of all ages and abilities to enjoy the opportunity to slide about with breathtaking views of the Rijksmuseum.

HLN TOP TIP: In December, you’ll also find a Christmas market here complete with crackling fires and festive stalls.

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WHAT’S ON IN AMSTERDAM IN DECEMBER

Weather

Temperature (min-max average): 2°C – 6 °C
Hours of sunshine: 1 hour
Rainy days: 12 days

 

Amsterdam Winter Paradise

December 2022 – January 2023

RAI Amsterdam transforms into a winter wonderland with both indoor and outdoor ice-skating rinks, seasonal parties, dining galore and a giant ferris wheel that looks out over the city.

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Amsterdam Light Festival 

1st December 2022 – 22nd January 2023

Amsterdam is set aglow during the Amsterdam Light Festival, when artists from around the world are given a chance to create elaborate light displays along the city’s iconic canals.

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WHAT’S ON IN AMSTERDAM IN JANUARY

Throughout January DFDS ferries are still running their mini cruises and short breaks to Amsterdam.

Weather

Temperature (min-max average): 0°C – 5 °C
Hours of sunshine: 1.5 hour
Rainy days: 12 days

 

Newcastle – Amsterdam New Year’s Eve Mini Cruise

30st December 2022 – 2nd January 2023

Cruise your way into 2023 in style with DFDS on a 3-night mini cruise to Amsterdam from Newcastle. Enjoy live festive entertainment and all-inclusive meals, including a free bar on the 31st, as well as complimentary sparkling wine to toast at midnight. Plus five hours to explore the vibrant Dutch capital during the magical winter season.

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New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam

31st December 2022 – 1st January 2023

From raves to rooftops and fireworks to fizz, our favourites to dance our way into the new year are the annual Awakenings event at Gashouder and the New Year’s Eve Party on the Museumplein.

WHAT’S ON IN AMSTERDAM IN FEBRUARY

Weather

Temperature (min-max average): 0°C – 6 °C
Hours of sunshine: 2.5 hours
Rainy days: 9 days

 

Chocoa Festival

24th February 2023

Every year this festival attracts chocolate lovers who enjoy the sweet event form around the world. Celebrating it’s 10th year anniversary, here you can taste chocolate delicatesses, learn about growing cocoa and how companies can become more suitable.

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