Amsterdam

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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Amsterdam

Peak Season: June to August

Book hotels and restaurants early as tourists from around the world descend during school break (expect scores of pot-seeking college kids, though don’t be deterred by them as they are easily avoided if you steer clear of the infamous coffee houses). Positives include the best chances for sunny and warm weather, long days thanks to the city’s relatively northern latitude, and easy excursions to nearby beaches.

Off Season: December to March

There’s a reason for Amsterdam’s sparse winter crowds: the weather can be bone-chillingly raw. On the positive side, with the exception of New Year’s Eve, you’ll have the run of the city with easy-to-score reservations and short lines at exhibitions.

Sweet Spot: April to May; September to November

With the summer crowds gone, the city settles into its easygoing self. Pack for a range of days – weather can bounce between winter’s chill and summer’s heat – but somehow it always seems to be sunny on Queen’s Day at the end of April.

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