Amsterdam for all Seasons

Posted on July 7, 2015 by Guest Writer
Aerial view of Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s forward thinking approach seems to sit with astonishing comfort alongside its rich cultural heritage and respect for tradition. Holidays to this vibrant, colourful and diverse city can be enjoyed whether you’re visiting in the depths of winter or in the heat of summer, holidaying for a weekend or a month, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied.

The food is good, the locals are friendly and the atmosphere is indescribable. Hotels in Amsterdam cater for most tastes and budgets; this is truly a city that opens its arms to all.

Here’s a peek at what Amsterdam has to offer for each season:

 

Pond in Vondelpark, Amsterdam

Spring

As the tulips bloom in Vondelpark, the whole city bursts into life. You may want to hire a bike and enjoy the city at its warm and bustling finest. Couples and friends of all ages populate this bright green haven and the winding paths are lined with performance artists and buskers.

Acres of lawns are well-trodden and well-loved by the locals, most of whom seem to pass through the swathe of green at some point in their day. This is a wonderful place to waste a lazy afternoon with a glass of wine and a book, surrounded by laughter and life.

Many package holidays can offer you either total serenity or a frenetic energy, but Amsterdam in spring is where the two meet.

 

Canal, Amsterdam

Summer

As June begins the open squares and plazas come alive with tourists and Vondelpark transforms; its fluttering of life becoming the beating heart of the city. This is Amsterdam the metropolis at its finest, locals and visitors alike seek respite from the heat in high street shops and boutique cafés. The selection of ice cream available is some of the finest and is certainly worth sampling.

Take shelter in shady alleyways and discover flourishing local businesses. These make a change from the tourist driven shops which line the main streets, and could offer up far more original souvenirs!

 

Bikes on bridge over canal, Amsterdam

Autumn

The galleries and museums are the jewels in Amsterdam’s great, golden crown. From the Anne Frank house to the Van Gogh Gallery could easily fill several autumnal weeks. Central Library alone can occupy a full afternoon, its rooftop views proving that Amsterdam is a real contender in the European aesthetic stakes.

The green of Vondelpark is now tinged with red and gold. Step off the beaten path and into this transforming palette to find such treasures as the Katten Kabinet; this eclectic little gem dedicated to all things cat is located in a tiny, unassuming corner of a side street.

Warm up with a leisurely bike ride out along the canal paths and into the suburbs, before seeking out a hot drink and waffle in one of the many cafés.

 

Winter sunrise over a canal, Amsterdam

Winter

Once the snow dusts the rooftops it is as though this city was made for winter. Amsterdam, like all of the greatest European cities, embraces the spirit of the season with vast, sprawling markets, drawing visitors from all over the world.

However, this city likes to mix things up, and the choice of markets that can be found throughout the year are expanded even further, dedicating whole events solely to food, vintage items, and even a seasonal version of the famous flower markets.

If you’re feeling brave, ice skating rinks become a common feature in the city throughout the winter period, and can prove an exhilarating way to end a weekend full of Christmas cheer!

Holidays in Amsterdam at this time of year can also make the most of the best hotel rates and the most authentic experience, with thinner crowds than at the height of the summer season.

Whatever the time of year, Amsterdam welcomes you. Arrive with an open mind and heart, and leave invigorated by one of Europe’s most fascinating, diverse and unique cities. Make the most of this beautiful city and take the stress out of travel with an Amsterdam package holiday.