Summer in Amsterdam

By Viator, June 2013

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Amsterdam in summer has lots of blue skies and a temperature of around 68°F (21°C), ideal for sitting in pavement cafés and trundling around the canals on open-top boats. The only problem is that everybody else agrees that this is the optimum time to visit the city and as it becomes more crowded, so the prices of hotels and restaurants rise accordingly.

So to beat the crowds and the price hike, book your accommodation in Amsterdam well in advance. If there are particular restaurants you want to eat in, book tables online before you leave home. Once in the city, decide which attractions you want to visit and get there early; chances are the lines outside the Science Center NEMO will not be too long on the dot of 10am. To avoid lengthy lines at overwhelmingly popular attractions such as Anne Frank House and the newly revamped Rijkmuseum, buy an Amsterdam and Holland Pass – the ticket entitles you to walk right to the front of the line.

At lunchtime avoid the popular hubs of Leidesplein, Museumplein, and the inner canals around the Oude Kerk and instead delve into charming Jordaan to discover cafés and restaurants tucked away from the main drag or head to a grocery store to stock up on picnic goodies and lunch al fresco in the Hortus Botanicus among all the flowers. If you need to cool off, spend an afternoon lazing on the artificial beaches at Strand West and Blijburg aan Zee.

If you take a day trip from Amsterdam to the windmills at Kinderdijk, the De Delftse Pauw pottery at Delft, or to see the Netherlands in miniature at Madurodam, go during the week and avoid the over-crowded weekends.

Amsterdam in summertime is festival time: dates for 2013 include leading arts jamboree the Holland Festival from June 1-26; Robeco Summer Nights brings classical, opera, and rocks to the Concertgebouw throughout July and August; the colourful spectacle of Gay Pride straddles July 27-August 4; and the Canal Festival classical extravaganza kicks off from August 16-25.

Contributed by Sasha Heseltine

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