Amsterdam is a beautiful city to visit all year round, as each season brings something unique to the table and there are plenty of fun things to do for all ages. But depending on when you decide to visit Amsterdam for your holidays, there are certain things you should take into account—how to pack, what to see and what to do. Read more to find out how to plan the perfect holidays in Amsterdam!
What to do during your Amsterdam holidays?
There are plenty of things to see and to do during your Amsterdam holidays. Most attractions and museums are open all year round, so you can plan Amsterdam holidays anytime you want (although some, like Keukenhof, have limited opening times). There are many fascinating museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum, which are all well worth a visit. As far as attractions go, there are also plenty of options to choose from during your holidays in Amsterdam. The Heineken Experience, the Artis Royal Zoo, Micropia, the Amsterdam Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, the Amsterdam Ice Bar… the list goes on and on. There’s also lots of fun guided city tours and canal cruises available (if you’re interested in learning more, we’ve also covered this topic more extensively before). You can find cheap deals and book tickets in advance here.
How to prepare for your Amsterdam holidays: the weather in Amsterdam
The weather in Amsterdam can change a lot from season to season. During winter, the weather in Amsterdam can be quite cold and cloudy with an average temperature of around 4 degrees Celsius and regularly dipping below 0°C. It is, therefore, important to pack a good coat (preferably a waterproof one), gloves, a scarf and enough to keep warm if you intend to come to Amsterdam during the winter holidays. Summers, on the other hand, can get quite hot, reaching temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius on some days (although the average in August is around 22°C). There are also some nice places to swim, such as the lake in the Amsterdam Forest (Amsterdamse Bos), or at the beach in the nearby town of Zandvoort, so don’t forget to bring your swimsuit just in case. The weather in Amsterdam during autumn and spring is mostly temperate but can vary greatly, so pack for all possibilities.