Table of Contents
What to do in Amsterdam in Summer — 10 Fun Activities
Amsterdam is undoubtedly a great holiday destination, but is it a summer one? Would this be the best way to get the most out of your Northern Hemisphere summer, opposed to going somewhere like Greece or the Caribbean?
Well, Amsterdam is an incredible choice for a summer holiday – not just a great winter place. It may not be a beach place, but it frequently reaches over 30°C, and the laid back atmosphere goes hand-in-hand with the heat.
Amsterdam is home to some incredible festivals, of which most are in the summer. Mysteryland is one of the largest electronic music festivals in central Europe, which takes place in late August over the course of three days. Camping is also a good option in the summer and festivals like Best Kept Secret, Awakenings Festival, and Dekmental offer a wide variety of artists.
Of course, it’s difficult to talk about Amsterdam without mentioning coffee shops. It’s worth looking at the coffee shops which have the best garden area because this is where you’ll want to be.
The Museumplein is a large scenic park in Amsterdam, which is gorgeous in the summer and a great spot for a picnic. However, summertime is often when national soccer events are on, and also when the Museumplein show world cup games on a big screen and large crowds of orange gather.
Go for a dip
The Dutch are wizards when it comes to canals, flooding prevention and clean water. For this reason, there are a few places where you can find out a place to swim, along with a few urban beaches too.
Amsterdam has a few options for catching an evening movie in an outdoor cinema during summer. Some will even provide deck chairs and a bench to make you all the more comfortable.
The summer is a perfect time to catch some exotic animals in a zoo, and Amsterdam has plenty of great ones. In particular, ARTIS Royal Zoo is a much-loved sanctuary and even has nighttime events such as Zoomeravonden so you can take a tour at dusk.
Like much of central Europe, there’s a strong cafe culture in Amsterdam. Most roads you walk down in the city will have quaint places to grab a beer or coffee, as well as plenty of terraces and outdoor spots.
Amsterdam Open Air
Now, whilst we’ve already covered some festivals, Amsterdam Open Air deserves its own mention. This festival at Gaasperpark falls on the day of White Sunday, making this electronic dance universe all the more energetic.
Visit a private island
Being in Amsterdam in the summer is a perfect opportunity to visit the Vuurtoreneiland – which is Dutch for Lighthouse Island. This island is rich in history being a former military base and is only a short boat trip to visit. In the summer, there’s a pop-up restaurant that opens where you can grab some great food.
Whilst the Rijksmuseum is open year-round, there are some extra beautiful summer exhibitions, including miniature sculptures and 19th-century photography.
Remember, never travel without travel insurance! And never overpay for travel insurance!
I use HeyMondo. You get INSTANT quotes. Super cheap, they actually pay out, AND they cover almost everywhere, where most insurance companies don't (even places like Central African Republic etc!). You can sign-up here. PS You even get 5% off if you use MY LINK! You can even sign up if you're already overseas and traveling, pretty cool.
Also, if you want to start a blog...I CAN HELP YOU!
Also, if you want to start a blog, and start to change your life, I'd love to help you! Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, check out my super easy blog post on how to start a travel blog in under 30 minutes, here! And if you just want to get cracking, use BlueHost at a discount, through me.
Also, (if you're like me, and awful with tech-stuff) email me and my team can get a blog up and running for you, designed and everything, for $699 - email email@example.com to get started.
Do you work remotely? Are you a digital nomad/blogger etc? You need to be insured too.
I use SafetyWing for my digital nomad insurance. It covers me while I live overseas. It's just $10 a week, and it's amazing! No upfront fees, you just pay week by week, and you can sign up just for a week if you want, then switch it off and on whenever. You can read my review here, and you can sign-up here!