When to Go

High Season (Jun–Aug)

  • Everything is open.
  • Your best odds of balmy weather to enjoy a café terrace or a countryside bike ride.
  • Crowds fill the famous museums.
  • Prices peak, book ahead.

Shoulder (Apr & May, Sep & Oct)

  • Most sights open.
  • Few crowds.
  • Prices are moderate; you'll only need to book popular places in Amsterdam.
  • Weather can be wet and cold. Bring warm clothes for outdoor cafés.

Low Season (Nov–Mar)

  • Many sights outside major cities close.
  • It may just be you and a masterpiece at a famous museum.
  • Weather can be chilly and/or snowy; biking is only for the hardy.
  • Deals abound.