The 5 best things to do in Amsterdam in the summer

Summer is undoubtedly the best time to visit Amsterdam. The weather is great, the city is beautifully lively and there are loads of things to do in Amsterdam at this time of year. Amsterdam is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe - an iconic, beautiful and culturally important city which is home of many of the best things to do in Holland.

Here we take you through the top 5 best things to in Amsterdam in summer, so if (or when!) you visit Holland, you’re ready to make the most of every minute in the Dutch capital.

Get on your bike!

Cycling is an important aspect of Dutch culture, particular in Amsterdam. There are more bikes than people in this city and jumping on a bike is the best way to explore the city through the eyes of a local. Although cycling in the wet and cold winter months isn’t quite so much fun, on a warm summer’s day, there’s no better way to get around! Whether you’re exploring the beautiful parks, or winding your way through narrow city streets and along historic, beautiful canals to see the stunning sights of the city, getting on a bike is a fun experience that everyone should enjoy when they visit Amsterdam.

Get out on the water!

Sitting back with a cold beer in hand whilst you explore the canals of Amsterdam on a boat is the perfect way to see the city in style. In the summer months, locals and tourists alike board boats and get out and about in this picturesque, waterway-filled city. The famous canal belt is a UNESCO Heritage site and the beautiful 17th century architecture is the perfect backdrop for some brilliant photos! Enjoying a boat trip is one of the best things to in Amsterdam in Summer.

Visit top cultural spots!

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most important cultural centres. With numerous galleries, important landmarks and architecture and around 75 major museums, Amsterdam is a great place to get a feel for the history and culture of a major European capital. Although the weather in the summer months is generally pretty good, it can be a little unreliable – and if it’s a rainy day, checking out the museums and galleries (the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum are particularly popular) is one of the best things to do in Amsterdam.

See the sights in the sunshine!
Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with its iconic canal-filled cityscape, dotted with palaces, old merchant’s houses and famous landmarks like the national monument! The summer months offer the opportunity to see this city at its absolute best and get some fantastic photos to capture all those great memories in the city. A great way to see these sights is to join one of the many tours in Amsterdam. With a knowledgeable, local guide, you get to see the best of the city and learn about it from the perspective of somebody who lives in and loves the city!

Take a walk in the park!
Amsterdam has a number of absolutely beautiful parks and green spaces. Taking a relaxing stroll in the park is a great way to unwind and a real pleasure during the warm but busy summer months. Vondelpark is conveniently located right in the middle of the city and is well-worth checking out if you visit Amsterdam.

Whatever you choose to get up to, you’re sure to love every minute in this fantastic city. With a great variety of things to do in Amsterdam, the city is the perfect base from which to visit Holland, and however long or short your stay, the memories will last a lifetime. Summer really is the best time to be in Europe and Amsterdam is the perfect place to relax, explore and experience a new way of life. We look forward to welcoming you to the Dutch capital, and know you’ll love experiencing all these fantastic things to do in Amsterdam in summer and many, many more!

Wouter de Vries