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Best Time to Visit Amsterdam: When Should You Visit?

Lights in Early Evening of January in Spui, Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a vibrant city with a gorgeous historic center, year-round flower markets, delectable cuisine, annual festivals, and lots of fun. There’s something in Amsterdam for everyone, whether you’re going on a romantic getaway, having a bachelorette party, or wanting to learn about art, history, and culture.

The city offers so much to do, whether you’re looking for some risque fun in the Red Light District, a thrilling culinary experience, or the sight of some of the most gorgeous tulips you’ve ever seen. Whatever your reason for visiting Amsterdam, you will have an incredible time.

But when is the best time to visit Amsterdam? Whether you want to plan a budget-friendly trip, avoid cold Amsterdam weather, bypass throngs of tourists, or experience one of the popular summer concerts, we’ve got it all laid out for you. Every season has pros and cons, but hopefully, our guide will help you decide the best time to go to Amsterdam!

The Best Time to Go to Amsterdam – A Month-by-Month & Seasonal Breakdown

January to March: Low Season


Lights in Early Evening of January in Spui, Amsterdam
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January, February, and March are the low season, meaning fewer tourists during these winter months. These are the coldest months in Amsterdam, often snowing, making thermal underwear and snow boots necessary. The snowy nights blanket the ground giving tourists the option of snowball fights.

January and February are cold and dark, but it is the cheapest time to visit Amsterdam. You can often score deals on flights and hotels during this time. The best deals are usually booked in January for February travel.

If the weather is cold enough and the canals freeze, you’ll see residents ice skating along the canals instead of boats. If you don’t want to join in on the ice skating fun, you can visit one of the many world-class museums, like the Van Gogh Museum or the MOCO Museum (one word: Banksy).

There aren’t many large events in January, giving tourists extra space and shorter lines around town. However, there are a few notable items of interest in these winter months.

The Amsterdam Light Festival begins in December and continues through most of January. This popular winter event is a free art installation involving light in Amsterdam’s city center. Every evening the lights are turned on at 5 pm for free viewing. This 1.5-hour bike tour is one of the most fun (yet chilly) ways to see the lights!

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