SOAKING UP THE SUN IN AMSTERDAM
Summer is around the corner! These sunny days are making us extra excited for the summertime! Amsterdam is beautiful all your round, but the sun adds some extra joy to the city. The days are longer, the sun shines brighter, and the people are happier. From June to August the daytime temperatures range from 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F) and the occasional heatwaves can push the temperatures to 30°C (86°F).
Do as the Amsterdammer’s do. When the sun is out, so are the Amsterdammer’s, you will find most locals in one of the city’s fabulous parks, sitting on a terrace or on a boat on the Amstel river.
Want to make the most of your sunny days in Amsterdam? Here is a list of our top 5 activities in the city when the sun’s out!
1. EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH THE CITY
If you ask Amsterdammer’s what their favorite hobby is, some might say sitting on a terrace. When the sun is shining, there will be no empty seats left on the terraces. Some of our favorites are Dignita Hoftuin, Waterkant, Bar Kantoor, De Biertuin, Stek and AMI Café Manger.
If possible, plan your trip around Rollende Keukens food festival, Kwaku festival or one of the Pure Markt weekends. They are great for trying some delicious street foods while soaking up the sun.
And of course, our favorite way of eating your way through the city is a food tour. The Hungry Birds Original Experience gives you a taste of the Amsterdam food culture while soaking up the sun.
2. RELAX IN THE PARK
Bring a picnic blanket, some snacks, drinks and sunscreen and spend a day relaxing in one of Amsterdam’s beautifull parks. Our favorite parks are Sarphati Park, Oosterpark and the well known Vondelpark.
Or visit the forest of Amsterdam, located outside of the city. The forest called “het Amsterdamse Bos” is a great place if you want to escape the heat in the city center. The forest has many walking and cycling routes. And from May till September, you can enjoy movie nights, theater plays and concerts in the Amsterdamse Bostheater.
3. SAIL THROUGH THE CANALS
There is no better time to be on the water than the summertime! One of our favorite activities during the summer months is sailing through the canals. We love renting a boat and spending a day on the water with our friends and family or going on a boat tour and learning more about the city.
4. SWIM IN THE OPEN AIR
When visiting Amsterdam, you might not think of brining a bathing suit. But after a day of strolling through the hot city, a dive might be all that you need to cool off. During the hottest days, you will see many Amsterdammer’s jumping into the Amstel River, the Gaasperplas or another clean water spot.
Checkout this map to find all official swimming spots Amsterdam has to offer.
5. OUTDOOR CINEMA
Summertime also means out door cinema season! What is more romantic date night than going to an out door cinema? Amsterdam has several outdoor pop-up cinema’s during the summer months. Bring a blanket and some warm socks and you are ready for a very gezellige (translate: cosy) night in the city.
Enjoy the sunny days! And don’t forget to re-apply your SPF.