What is the best time to visit Amsterdam?

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Cecily Layzell

Amsterdam is a popular destination year round and there is always plenty to see and do. The peak of the tourist season is July and August, when days are long and there is the best chance of fine weather.

Sun is never guaranteed in Amsterdam, however, so you may choose to visit between April and May or September and October when prices are lower and lines for the main attractions are shorter. Whatever the season, you can save considerable time by booking tickets for museums, exhibitions and so on in advance.

The majority of festivals and outdoor events take place in the summer (look out for the Holland Festival, Grachtenfestival and Taste of Amsterdam), but spring visitors won’t miss out. Join the crowds during the massive street party that is King’s Day on April 27, or marvel at seven million bulbs in bloom at the Keukenhof Gardens, a short drive south-west of Amsterdam.

Although icy temperatures in winter make a stroll along Amsterdam’s famous canals an undertaking only the hardiest will enjoy, this season should not be overlooked: you will have your pick of hotel rooms and the cold is the perfect excuse to duck into the city’s numerous snug bars.

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