Summer in Amsterdam is the best time of year to experience the city’s beauty. The breathtaking canals, luscious trees, beautiful parks and numerous attractions really do make the ‘Venice of the East’ a city you’ll never forget.
Once you’ve found your accommodation at one of the best hostels in Amsterdam, here are a few amazing ways to fill in your trip that will make you fall in love with the European summer:
Hire a Bike
Nothing says Amsterdam like cycling along the canals – it really doesn’t get more iconic than that!
Summer in Amsterdam is the best time of year to really take in the beauty of the city, and cycling makes it even better by keeping yourself fit at the same time — win-win huh? Amsterdam is full of bike lanes, making it very easy to manoeuvre no matter your experience.
Picnic in Vondelpark
Vondelpark attracts over 10 million visitors a year. It’s a park you really don’t want to miss, especially in the summertime – when the weather gets warm, there are so many extra activities to enjoy.
There’s an open-air theatre with free performances 4 days a week, many cycling, skating and walking paths too. There are a few places to get a bite to eat or a drink to cool you down, and it’s the perfect place to have a relaxing picnic in the beautiful surroundings.
Dam Square is arguably the most important location in Amsterdam. It’s the historical centre of the city with numerous notable buildings surrounding its location. A lot of events occur in this area, so if you love the city life and busy areas, this is a place you’ll enjoy.
There are a lot of stores and restaurants in the nearby area too, as this really is the centre hub of the city!
Cruise the Canals
The capital of Amsterdam has over 100 kilometres of canals, 90 islands and 1500 bridges. Its canals and history are what give this city such significance; it would be terrible to not experience its beauty from the waters which make the city so iconic!
Stroll through the Street Markets
Amsterdam is full of amazing markets; the most iconic being the tulip market that lies in the heart of the city. Unfortunately, during the summer, the tulips are sparse, but it’s still an amazing walk along the floating platoon that the market floats upon.
If you do visit during the tulip season, the Bloemenmarkt is one of the best Instagram spots in Amsterdam… So don’t miss out!
However, there are numerous other street markets, flea markets and food markets around the city too that are incredibly beautiful.
Watch a movie on the Rooftop Cinemas
Why not watch a movie on a rooftop during a balmy summers night. With a few different seat options, this is the perfect way to spend an evening no matter whether you’re travelling solo or with a large group.
Go on a day trip to Zaanse Schans
This residential area takes you away from the city and back in time to the 18th and 19th century.
Zaans Schans has a clog workshop, cheese factory, windmill tours and museums that will teach you about the Dutch history in depth. Its location is incredibly beautiful, making it the perfect day trip for a summers day.
If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, why not visit one of the other 7 amazing day trips from Amsterdam on this list!
Go to a Festival
Amsterdam hosts over 300 festivals every year. Although, summer in Amsterdam is full of events and carnivals that will take you out into the sunshine with great music, food and diverse people. Even if you’re not big into music, it’s the free spirit that will get you hooked.
Take part in Gay Pride
Gay pride takes place during the last few weeks of July, until early August. During the festival, the streets and canals are full of parties, parades and an all-round empowering atmosphere.
Indulge in delicious Dutch Pancakes
No matter the time of year, if you ever find yourself in Amsterdam you must indulge in the dutch pancakes.
They’ll change your life.
Walk around the Red Light District
During the day, the Red Light District is just like any other area of Amsterdam – and it’s also one of the oldest areas too.
Although, after dark, the area becomes a mixture of prostitution and tourism. When the red lights shine bright, tourists flock through the streets to observe the acts of prostitution – and although I don’t encourage the trade, it’s the history (not the naked women) behind the district that makes it so fascinating.
Other amazing sights to see no matter the time of year:
Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt House Museum, Heineken Experience, National Maritime Museum, Madame Tussauds, Sex Museum.
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