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Visiting Amsterdam in February | The Definitive Travel Guide

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The Dutch capital of Amsterdam is fairly popular among tourists, but there is something about it that separates it from the rest of the pack. Despite its reputation, Amsterdam in February is suitable for people of all ages and cultures. Amsterdam is laden with history and tradition. The locals are progressive, polite, and considerate. If these are the characteristics you are looking for in your next tourist destination, Amsterdam is the place for you.

What Makes Amsterdam in February Special?


Amsterdam in February
Amsterdam in February

February isn’t a traditional choice of time to go to the Dutch capital. However, just because the masses don’t go, doesn’t mean that you should drop the plan too. One of the top reasons to visit Amsterdam in February is the lower tourist footfall. This means that you will be able to explore the city at your own pace.

February is amongst the coldest months in the city of Amsterdam. Aside from the frigid temperature, it also means that the local eateries will present you with delicious food items to keep you warm. Enjoying a piping glass of hot chocolate or a fondue in February is an experience that you cannot afford to miss. February is considered to be a part of the off-season in Amsterdam. Consequently, you will be able to score attractive discounts on hotel and flight rates during this month.

Amsterdam Weather in February


A study of the weather of the past few years would reveal February to have the lowest average temperatures in the year. Sub-zero temperatures are likely but precipitation in the form of rain or snow is rare. The sky is typically overcast during the month and direct sunlight is only received for a couple of hours every day.

Amsterdam in February - weather

Amsterdam in February : Things to Do


1

Van Gogh Museum

Amsterdam in November


Dutch art and culture are on display at many of the city’s famous museums and galleries. One of the most significant ones among them is the Van Gogh Museum. No wonder that even in February, you won’t find the museum free of the tourist crowd. Visit this museum to witness the largest collection of Van Gogh’s works. This is a must-visit irrespective of the weather.

February Timings
Sunday to Thursday and Saturday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Location

Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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2

Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam in November


If there are two places in all of Amsterdam that can give you a clear picture of the Dutch heritage, the first is the Van Gogh Museum, and the other is the Rijksmuseum. This landmark institution is home to over 8000 artifacts from The Netherlands’ illustrious past. Make sure you see the masterpieces of Rembrandt and Vermeer when the museum is less crowded in February.

February Timings
Daily - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location

Dam 20, 1012 KW Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

3

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Amsterdam in February


Amsterdam is known as the Venice of the North, and this canal cruise shows you exactly why. Amsterdam has an elaborate canal system and you can take a cruise on it in February. The chilly weather might force you to put on a few extra layers of clothing, but the complementary Dutch wine and cheese will more than make up for it.

Location

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Getting There ›

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€25 €22
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Cruise Tickets
75 Mins City Canal Cruise
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€18 €14
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Cruise Tickets
1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise
upto 19% off
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€21 €17
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Cruise Tickets
Lovers: 1 Hour Amsterdam Canal Cruise
upto 30% off
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€24.5 €17
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Small Open Boat Canal Cruise
New Arrival
upto 17% off
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€19.5 €16
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Amsterdam Hop On Hop Off Boat Tour
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€25 €22
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€25 €22
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Candlelight Wine & Dutch Cheese Cruise
upto 9% off
from
€47 €42.5
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Culinary Cruises
Evening Canal Cruise with 4-Course Dinner and ...
upto 5% off
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€98 €92.5
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from
€42.5
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upto 8% off
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€46.32 €42.5
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from
€39.5

4

Anne Frank House and Walking Tour

Amsterdam in February


The Netherlands, like most of Europe, was deeply embroiled in the Second World War. The Anne Frank House is probably the most significant reminder of the brutality of war. Visiting Anne Frank House and taking a walking tour in February will enable you to take your time seeing the world from Anne Frank’s perspective in those times of peril.

February Timings
Daily - 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Location

Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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5

A Day Trip to Zaanse Schans and Volendam

Amsterdam in February


It is highly recommended that besides Amsterdam, you also witness some of the beautiful locations situated right outside the city limits. The traditional village life of The Netherlands can still be seen at Zaanse Schans. Another place worth checking out is Volendam, a small fishing village right outside Amsterdam. Off-season trips to these places could turn out to be quite a romantic masterstroke.

February Timings
Depends on the chosen tour

Location

Zaanse Schans, Zaandam
Netherlands
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6

Heineken Experience

Amsterdam in November


The Heineken Experience is one of the most sought-after activities in Amsterdam. It is quite popular among the youth. The facility where this activity takes place was once brewing beer for the whole world. Now, you can head to the revamped building to get a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process. You may even brew your own beer.

February Timings
Monday to Thursday: 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Friday to Sunday: 10:30 AM to 9 PM

Location

Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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7

Amsterdam Icebar

Amsterdam in November


The Amsterdam Icebar is a unique bar in the city that is, unsurprisingly, made of ice. From the moment you step inside this place, you will be bombarded with visually stunning decor. A combo ticket lets you experience a 3D ride of the Amsterdam Icebar while enjoying complimentary drinks.

February Timings
Sunday to Thursday 11:45 AM to 1 AM
Friday to Saturday 11:45 AM to 2:40 AM

Location

Amstel 194, 1017 AG Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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8

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Amsterdam in September


Madame Tussauds Amsterdam remains at the center of tourist and local attention throughout the year. When it was established in 1970, it was the first of its kind in mainland Europe. The establishment has life-sized wax statues of numerous international figures of the past and present. A customary visit to a comparatively less busy Madame Tussauds in February would only enhance your trip.

Location

Dam 20, 1012 KW Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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9

ARTIS Royal Zoo

Amsterdam in November


The ARTIS Royal Zoo is quite popular among tourists, and with good reason too. The aquatic species along with terrestrial ones make the ARTIS Royal Zoo worth a visit. Head to the zoo during feeding times to witness the animals up close.

February Timings
Daily - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Location

Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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10

Red Light District Tour

Amsterdam in February


Probably not the place you might want to take your kids, but the Red Light District of Amsterdam is a recommended visit. The area attracts a lot of attention for all the wrong reasons and has quite a notorious reputation. However, if you visit the area, you will see that the real picture is actually quite safe. The area has several great bars that are worth a visit.

February Timings
Depends on the chosen tour

Location

De Wallen, Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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Amsterdam in February : Events to Look Out For


Amsterdam in February - events

Chocolate Festival

Dates: February 22 to 23, 2020
You cannot go wrong with a Chocolate festival, even in the icy cold month of February. This festival will take place at Beurs van Berlage, where more than 80 stalls will delight you with their amazing collection of chocolates from around the world. Miss it at your own peril.

Amsterdam in February - events

Winter Wooferland

Dates: February 15, 2020
Although the weather is rather merciless, that is no reason for Amsterdam to curb its festive mood. The Winter Wooferland festival takes place in the city on every third Saturday of February. The music festival is mainly headlined by House and EDM artists. This is the most awaited winter music festival in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam in February - events

Bollywood Cruise Party

Dates: February 8, 2020
The name says it all. This event is for the ones who like a Desi twist in their party. Only the best DJs will be onboard your luxury cruise ship for a night of unbridled fun. Bhangra, R&B, and House music will flow along with drinks. Just make sure you are there when your ship sails.

Image Courtesy: AllEvents.in

Amsterdam in February - events

Jonas Brothers Concert

Dates: February 21, 2020
Amsterdam is one of the premier destinations in Europe for concerts. This February, you can experience the Jonas Brothers in concert at the Ziggo Dome. If you are a fan of theirs and live to party, you shouldn’t wait any longer to secure the tickets for this mega event.

Image Courtesy: Billboard

Amsterdam in February : What to Eat


Amsterdam in February - what to eat
Bitterballen

As you might have heard from multiple sources, Amsterdam is a great place to go out drinking. To make the most of your booze cruise, you will need a great bar food item. Bitterballen is the perfect meat-based snack too for a cold February night. Try this Amsterdam essential at De Ballenbar.

Amsterdam in February - what to eat
Thick Dutch Fries

The Dutch version of fries employ a unique preparation method. A special sauce, known as the patatje oorlog, sets it apart from the other renditions. Dutch fries also come with many toppings to enhance its taste. Head to Frietboutique to try an amazing serving of this dish.

Amsterdam in November - what to eat
Raw Herring

You shouldn’t end your trip without trying the local street food. Raw Herring is not as scary as it sounds. It is an open fish sandwich that is available at streetside carts in the city. One of the best Raw Herrings in the city is available at Frens Haringhandel.

Amsterdam in November - what to eat
Stroopwafel

This sweet dish is as delicious as it sounds. It is a Dutch spin on the traditional waffle. It consists of two waffles stuck together with sugar syrup. It is had when it is hot and moist, which makes it the perfect dessert for the February weather. Original Stroopwafels is one of the best places to try this delicacy.

Amsterdam in November - what to eat
Tompouce

This dish was named after a performing dwarf, called Tom Pouce, at an emperor’s court. Although the story leading to the naming is unknown, the dish itself is full of character. The dessert consists of a rectangular piece of pastry and pink icing on top. Stefs Bakery serves wonderful Tompouce.

Image Courtesy: World Food Guide

Amsterdam Essentials in February


Weather

The average high in Amsterdam in February is around 8°C while the average low is around 0°C. It is a dry month in Amsterdam so do not expect anything more than slight precipitation in February. There is hardly any direct sunlight in the city as well.

Where to Stay



It won’t be a big task to find a place to stay in Amsterdam in February. This being the low season, lots of premier hotels in the city will be affordable. Try to chalk out a plan for the entire trip and choose the hotel of your preference accordingly.

What to Pack

Packing for Amsterdam in February is fairly straightforward. All you need to remember is to bring as many layers as possible. Carry a bulky piece of luggage with all of your warm clothes to battle the weather. The sun appears quite rarely over the winter fog and precipitation is quite rare, but you should still have your umbrellas and waterproof clothing. You should also carry a small bottle of water as February is a dry month, and dehydration is a possibility.

Getting Around

Amsterdam is very easy to navigate. There are many public transport stations throughout the city which makes traversing within city limits quite comfortable. The fares are quite low as well. The most reliable mode of transport in Amsterdam is by train. It covers most of the city.

If you want to be heading outside the city limits, the metro is your best bet. Biking through the city is also a viable option. The most scenic of all these means of traveling is by grabbing a boat and setting out to navigate the city’s canal network. It is quite slow, but it gets the job done while acting as a sightseeing experience.

Tips to Visit Amsterdam in February


  • Go ice skating at Ice*Amsterdam or the Jaap Eden ski rink to make the most of the February weather.
  • Look out for low season discounts on hotel and flight rates.
  • Try the Wed & Walk experience with your partner on Valentine’s Day, where you can get married for a day.
  • Keep off the bike lanes in Amsterdam as biking becomes quite popular in the winter.
  • Be discreet and respectful during your visit to the Red Light District. Do not try to click photos or engage in conversation with the workers.

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