Amsterdam in winter is one of the most magical times to visit. I lived in Amsterdam for 13 years and winter is one of my favourite seasons there.
In spring, summer, and autumn people gather in the parks to relax and enjoy the outdoor bars and cafes sitting areas, but Amsterdam in winter, with the snow and ice, has its own unique charm.
If you are lucky and it’s cold enough the famous Amsterdam canals freeze over and it’s possible to walk on them, indeed some people go ice-skating on them.
This will show you what Amsterdam in winter is like and the images should be enough to inspire a visit.
Amsterdam in Winter
iAmsterdam sign covered in snow.
Amsterdam canal frozen over.
Amsterdam in winter at night is magical.
Amsterdam houseboats covered in snow.
Cycling in Amsterdam gets harder in winter!
Nieuwmarkt covered in snow.
Lake in Vondelpark iced over.
Vondelpark in winter.
Amsterdam is one of the best cities in Europe to visit at any time of year but if you get the chance to visit Amsterdam in winter be sure to go.
More reading on Amsterdam:
For a good guidebook for Amsterdam check out the Lonely Planet Amsterdam guide.
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