From great museums and lively bars to picturesque canals and fantastic food, Amsterdam really does have something for everyone. Book your flight to Amsterdam today and relax as you cycle through its cobbled streets or boat along its waterways.
The peak tourist season in Amsterdam runs from mid-June to the beginning of September. Although sunshine is never guaranteed, you’re more likely to experience warm temperatures and clear skies at this time of year. Book your Amsterdam flights in the summer months and you can spend your days sipping cold beers at one of the city’s pavement cafes, relaxing in its parks or exploring its streets and lanes on two wheels.
If you don’t have your heart set on seeing the sun during your stay, spring can be a fantastic time to visit the city. Tulip season runs from mid-March to the beginning of May. Visit the tulip fields just outside Amsterdam and see one of the Netherlands’ most famous sights for yourself.
In the fall and winter months fewer people visit the Dutch capital so you may find it’s easier to book cheap flights to Amsterdam. Sights and attractions will be especially quiet between November and February, so if you want the city all to yourself this could be the perfect time to visit.
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As well as being the main entry point for visitors travelling to the Dutch capital Amsterdam Airport Schipol is major international aviation hub. Flights depart from this busy terminal for destinations across Europe and around the world and millions of people pass through the airport every year.
The airport building is located less than six miles from the center of the city. Once you touch down at Schipol, you can continue your journey to central Amsterdam by rail, bus or taxi. There are also a number of private shuttle services connecting the terminal with destinations around the city.
Trips to Amsterdam from the US can be booked with a number of airlines.
Relatively compact and with an excellent public transport system, Amsterdam is a very easy city to navigate. Buses, trains, trams, metros and even ferries help passengers travel to destinations across the city. Services are generally very efficient and run from early in the morning until late at night.
If you’re staying in the center of the city, you’ll find many attractions are close enough to walk to. Travelling by foot is a great way to see a little more of Amsterdam and gives you the chance to stop off for a drink or a snack whenever you want.
The most iconic form of transport in Amsterdam is the bike. The city is a haven for cycling and thousands of people use their bike as their main form of transportation. There are a huge number of bike rental shops in Amsterdam, or you can hire a bike using the city’s public hire scheme.
Amsterdam has a fascinating past and a rich culture so it’s no surprise that many of its most famous sights are museums. If you’re a fan of art, a visit to the impressive Rijksmuseum is a must. Home to more than 5,000 paintings and 35,000 books, it’s a great place to find out a little more about Dutch culture.
Another important attraction is the Anne Frank Museum. Telling the story of this young victim of the Holocaust, it’s an important reminder of Amsterdam’s past.
US passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to the Netherlands however you should ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you enter the country.
Most of the city’s 3three million to 4 four million annual visitors come in the summer months between June and September. June sees the longest days, with the sun rising just after 5 a.m. and setting after 10 p.m. Evenings on the canals are particularly beautiful, with the bridges decorated with fairy lights and the sky a peacock blue. And while the streets are busy, they don’t throng with visitors as they do in peak months. The summer festival season kicks off in June with the Holland Festival of classical and contemporary music and a string of cultural events in Vondelpark, the city’s largest green space.
July and August are Amsterdam’s busiest months, with the longest queues at museums and galleries. These are the sunniest months as well, though temperatures rarely climb out of the seventies and drop into the low fifties in the evenings. During the Grachtenfestival canal festival in mid-August, waterside concerts pop up at some 100 makeshift venues throughout the city.
Autumns are cool and damp, with overcast skies and frequent rain showers. Winters run from November through March and, though generally quite mild, bring sporadic flurries of snow. The mercury rarely drops below 30. During these months, Amsterdam is almost empty of visitors, except for the annual High Times Cannabis Cup in November and for Oudejaarsavond (New Year's Eve), when the city holds one of northern Europe’s bawdiest parties.
Spring is a great time to visit Amsterdam. Between late March and May, Holland’s famous tulips are in bloom, most spectacularly in the vast Keukenhof gardensGardens, where beds are a riot of brilliant reds, blues, and pinks. And in April, the city hosts its biggest annual festival, Koninginnedag (Queen's Day).
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