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Visiting Amsterdam In Winter

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 sign in winter

Amsterdam canal frozen over.

Amsterdam frozen canal

Amsterdam in winter at night is magical.

winter in Amsterdam

Amsterdam houseboats covered in snow.

Amsterdam canals winter ice

Cycling in Amsterdam gets harder in winter!

Amsterdam in winter ice canals
Amsterdam winter

Nieuwmarkt covered in snow.

Nieuwmarkt winter Amsterdam

Lake in Vondelpark iced over.

Vondelpark in winter

Vondelpark in winter.

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:

The Best Amsterdam Cycling Routes

The 5 Best Cheap Things To Do In Amsterdam

Eating Raw Herring In Amsterdam

Places To Visit Near Amsterdam 

For a good guidebook for Amsterdam check out the Lonely Planet Amsterdam guide.

Find places to stay in Amsterdam here.

Some good tours and helpful things for your time in Amsterdam:


I recommend using SafetyWing Travel Insurance for your trip, just in case, it’s best to be prepared.

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winter in Amsterdam

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