Amsterdam City Break in Winter

amsterdamTaking a short city break vacation in Amsterdam is a very good idea, whether you plan to check out the sights, do some shopping or just change the scenery. Also, Amsterdam is a romantic city and planning a Valentine’s Day break here is a good options.

Looking at Amsterdam information , it’s easy to figure out that if you want to save money on both flights and accommodation, the best time to visit the city is during winter. You won’t run into crowds either. However, the weather can be cold and the days are short.

Here are some tips to help you with Amsterdam travel planning during winter:

    When looking for flights from Dublin to Amsterdam , start with checking the offers from Aer Lingus. It’s the only airline offering direct flights between the two cities. Indirect flights are also offered by low-cost carriers such as bmi.

  • Accommodation in Amsterdam can be expensive although you are traveling during the low season. Look for cheap Amsterdam hostels to save money. There are plenty to choose from but make sure to read the reviews before choosing.
  • Although snow is unlikely in Amsterdam during winter, the temperatures stay near freezing (-0.5C low to 4.4C high) and the feeling is not pleasant in the marine climate. Pack warm clothing. Think of adding layers so that when you get warm, you can shed the extra clothes.
  • Consider travel insurance. The winter weather can play some nasty tricks and flights might get canceled. If you are an EU state citizen, you don’t need to worry about travel medical insurance as it is covered by state you reside in.
  • Don’t forget to check out the ice-skating rinks. The one at Leidseplein is open until early January, while the one at Museumplein is open until March. If you are not a skater, you can still have fun watching others while you sip a cup of hot chocolate.
  • Since you are traveling during the low season, don’t expect to be able to attend too many festivals. However, there are things to do, whether you want to watch the models on the catwalk at the Amsterdam Fashion Week (Jan 27 to 31) or preview the Chinese New Year Celebrations.
  • Amsterdam is an indoor city anyway, so take your time to visit the sights without being bothered by the tourist crowds. There are a lot of museums to check out especially if you are into art. Beer lovers shouldn’t miss visiting the old Heineken Brewery. And if you are looking for an exotic experience, go to the Red Light District.

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