Canals. Tulips. Bicycles. Amsterdam is a city of many facets. Whether you’re visiting just for the art, the food, the museums or the picturesque sights, Amsterdam has something in store for every traveler. But what truly sets it apart from its European counterparts is its eclectic and laid back atmosphere. Laden with beautiful flora, distinct architecture and a vibe all its own, Amsterdam warrants several visits. Get ready to explore the best of Amsterdam with our guide to the best attractions in the city!
Referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’, Amsterdam’s ingenious canal system makes a canal cruise of the city an absolute must! The city is built around three canal belts, called Grachtengordel, and is declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. What’s more, a canal cruise lets you witness the intricately detailed Dutch Baroque architecture all around the city.
If canal cruises don’t float your boat, Amsterdam is also home to some of the most happening music festivals throughout the year. From DGTL in April to Afrovibes in October, the city is a party lovers’ paradise. If that wasn’t enough, Amsterdam is teeming with fun events, places to visit and things to do. We’ll never run out of reasons to visit Amsterdam, so go ahead and book your tickets already.
Summer months of April to September are considered to be high season for Amsterdam. A high influx of tourists start around the renowned Keukenhof Tulip Festival in mid April and goes on for the next few months. Weather during summers is pleasant with occasional heavy rain. The whole city comes to life as people flock the parks, beaches, canals and cafes. You have to be prepared for long queues for the top attractions of the town.
During the months of March and September to November, the tourist season starts waning. Weather gets more unpredictable but its still not too cold. Those looking for good bargains and discounts on bookings should plan a trip during this period. There is an additional benefit of not having to jostle around with huge crowds giving you more time to soak up the vibrant vibe of the city.
Packed with a number of events and festivals throughout the year, Amsterdam hardly sees a low season. However, months from November through mid-December and mid-January through February are the so called low season in Amsterdam. Grey and gloomy skies, cold snowy weather and spurts of rain are characteristic of winters in Amsterdam, not the most attractive weather to be up and about. However, for those who enjoy layering themselves with warm woollens and sipping on mugs of hot chocolate will absolutely love the Amsterdam winters.
The time just before and after summer is great for sightseeing with fewer tourists around.
Amsterdam has an active social calendar through the year, but April is the most sought after month with the tulip festival, film festival and many others.