Winter in Amsterdam

Visit Amsterdam in winter when the crowds have gone and you have the city almost to yourself. This is a perfect opportunity to see Amsterdam’s world-famous museums – Van Gogh, Anne Frank and the Rijksmuseum – tourists will not obstruct your view of Rembrandt’s Night Watch or Van Gogh’s Starry Night! Wrap up and stroll along the canals, drink hot chocolate, mulled wine and be sure to taste pea soup, a true Dutch delicacy.

Winter City

In winter Amsterdam twinkles with lights. Sometimes a light dusting of snow turns the city into a fairytale world. Bars, cafes and restaurants are cosy places to keep warm and mix with the locals. Winter is the time for the perfect cup of cocoa; choose from dark milk or white chocolate and a variety of toppings. Alternatively, warm up with mulled wine, flavoured with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. This will keep you merry and warm.


Festivals and Parties

Amsterdam lights up with the Amsterdam Light Festival, spectacular light sculptures and installations. Go on the walking tour or the boat trip. The cultural calendar includes special holiday performances. The skating rinks are open. Be sure to join the street parties on New Year’s Eve and watch the fireworks that welcome the New Year. For shopaholics: December is a great month with lots of extra shopping hours.


Winter in Amsterdam

The average temperature this time of year is 6ºC or 44 ºF. Winter months are dark. Sunrise is at about 8.30 am and it gets dark by 4.30 pm. Prices of accommodation and flights to Amsterdam are at their lowest and plentiful, with the exception of holiday dates.

photo credit Marianne Crone