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Reasons to fly to Amsterdam

Best Time to Fly to Amsterdam

The most popular time to take a flight to Amsterdam is from the start of the warm weather, when the tulips bloom, through to the early fall. Everyone—including locals—wants to be out and about and tourists from around the globe abound. In spring and summer the weather is usually good, with open-air dining on sidewalks and canal boats. Consequently, accommodations are hard to come by and the city is very crowded. Try to avoid the height of the summer if you can. If you do take an Amsterdam flight at this time, be prepared for both cool and very hot weather. September and October are less crowded than the summer, the rates are lower, and the weather is often quite lovely. This is an ideal time for the beautiful low-angle light depicted in Dutch landscape paintings. 

Peak Season: 

The most crowded and expensive time to visit Amsterdam is tulip season (April to mid-May) and July and August. 

Off Season: 

Most cultural events are scheduled from September through June, so if you go in the cold winter months (the coldest weather is December-March), there will be plenty to do and fewer people trying to do it. And if you’re there during one of the winters when the canals freeze, you can join the Amsterdam residents on skates—a lovely way to see the city.

Why you should take a flight to Amsterdam

If you love beauty and culture, you can experience both by taking one of our cheap flights to Amsterdam. From the moment your plane to Amsterdam lands, you will find the city filled with colorful flowers. Spring is a beautiful time to travel, and you can see a variety of blooming bulbs at the Keukenhof, which is only open every year from March until May. You can also visit the Tulip Museum, which is open during the entire year. Amsterdam trips are not known for serving gourmet food, so be sure to stop by a local cafe for a taste of Dutch pancakes or Dutch fries. You may also want to unwind in a brown café, which is a Dutch pub, and sample the local beers. Since you saved money with a cheap flight to Amsterdam, you can also afford to try one of the many European restaurants that you will find throughout the city.

The Netherlands has produced many famous artists, and their works are displayed in several different museums. If you are an art lover, you won’t want to miss viewing the works of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vermeer or Mondrian in their native land. If you are a history buff, you will want to visit the Anne Frank Museum and view the small apartment that Anne wrote about in her famous diary. You may also be interested in the Verzetsmuseum, which is dedicated to the resistance fighters that were active during World War II. There are many canals in Amsterdam, and canal cruises are very popular with tourists. In some cases, you can even combine a cruise with various museum tours. Amsterdam is known for its hospitality, so you will undoubtedly enjoy your stay. With our cheap flights to Amsterdam, you can afford to visit this fascinating city again.

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Amsterdam climate

Amsterdam has a mild, damp climate but the weather can be variable with temperature extremes even in summer. Spring and autumn especially bring changeable, unsettled weather. In the winter months clear, frosty days are the norm, the coldest months being December to March. Rain is likely all year round.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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    In-flight reading


    Geert MakA history of Amsterdam by a native of the city, a journalist who uses the style of interweaving stories of individuals of many periods with political, social, and art history.

    Amsterdam : A Traveler's Literary Companion

    Manfred WolfA collection of short stories and excerpts by Dutch writers, chosen to give a picture of many facets of life as it’s lived in Amsterdam.

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne FrankThe day-to-day life of a young Jewish girl in hiding from the Nazis for two years, which touched millions when Anne’s father, the only surviving member of the family, found and published it in the aftermath of World War II.


    Ian McEwanA witty, cynical novel in which a publisher finds compromising pictures of a foreign secretary who was his late wife’s lover and pursues revenge.

    Outsider in Amsterdam or The Corpse on the Dike

    Jan Willem van de WeteringTry this or any of his other whodunits featuring Amsterdam police detectives Grijstra and de Gier.