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A seasonal guide to Amsterdam

The summer months may be Amsterdam’s peak tourist season, but the Dutch capital has much to offer year-round. Warm up with some glühwein in one of the city’s cosy brown cafés, take in the beauty of the seemingly endless tulip fields, relax in the shade of the bustling Vondelpark, or enjoy a night out at one of the city’s many festivals. With each season offering a new range of experiences, there’s never a bad time to visit Amsterdam.

Warm up with a glühwein in one of the iconic brown cafés

Warm up with a glühwein in one of the iconic brown cafés

Winter

Half the fun of winter in Amsterdam is figuring out the best way to keep warm – or at least the way you like best of the many on offer! A brisk wind blows across the Dutch capital in the darker months, but luckily this just means creative Amsterdamers have come up with a load of ways to stave off the chill. Relax with a glühwein in one of the cosy brown cafés or let one of the city’s many museums and galleries tempt you inside – and if things can get really cold you can take to your skates on a frozen canal.

Stroll along Amsterdam's tree-lined canals in the spring

Stroll along Amsterdam's tree-lined canals in the spring

Spring

The rejuvenating effects of spring make the canals of Amsterdam sparkle with sunlight and the many leafy avenues erupt with blossom and fresh green leaves. Of course, spring is when you’ll find the tulip fields at their most vibrant, but look out for the festivals and events that start to crop up now the weather’s starting to get warm – including the undisputed jewel in the crown of Dutch public holidays, King’s Day on April 27th.

Hit the streets or one of the waterside cafés to bask in the warm Amsterdam summer weather

Hit the streets or one of the waterside cafés to bask in the warm Amsterdam summer weather

Summer

A sunny day in Amsterdam is a magical thing indeed, and when one comes along be prepared for the fact that everyone – locals and visitors alike – will be hitting the streets to bask in the warm weather. From bike rides to beautiful fields beyond the city limits to lounging around in waterside cafés or the shade of one of Vondelpark’s many trees, the colour, vibrancy and sheer good vibes of Amsterdam are never better than in the summer.

Fall is the perfect time for taking a stroll along the canals

Fall is the perfect time for taking a stroll along the canals

Fall

As the nights draw in the lights of Amsterdam start coming on earlier, creating a cosy glow around the canals and a beguiling atmosphere that’s perfect for exploring the Venice of the North. And even though the days are shorter you’ll still find plenty of events to enjoy, including film and music festivalsand, if you’re into your ales, the Bok Beer Festival that celebrates the arrival of the tasty, seasonal Bok beer in the Dutch capital’s beer taps.

What is your favourite season to visit Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments!

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