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Amsterdam is for everyone – the extroverts, introverts and everyone in between. Escape into a corner in a cozy coffee shop and warm yourself with a cup of chocomel or step outside in the neon-lit red-light district of De Wallen and walk alongside party revelers. The weather in Amsterdam in January might be cold and harsh, but that does not affect the vibe of Amsterdam!

Choose to admire the ‘Sunflowers’ at the Van Gogh Museum or head to the Amsterdam Ice Bar for a night of unbridled partying. Dig into a plate of loaded fries from a street cart or indulge in eclectic cuisine at a Michelin-star restaurant. Here is a guide on how to explore Amsterdam in January just the way you want to!

What Makes Amsterdam in January Special?


Amsterdam in January
Amsterdam in January

Low Tourist Season: Amsterdam in January experiences one of the coldest months of the year, plus it is the end of the holiday season across the world which translates to few international tourists. This means you can have a run of the tourist venues and attractions without the summer throng! You also get cheaper rates of accommodation and airfare.

Enjoy the festivities post the holiday season: The start of January does not mean the end of festivities in Amsterdam! The year starts with the New Year’s Dive, when a lot of the winter fairs and markets are still open. The National Tulip Day heralds the start of the tulip season, while the Chinese New Year festivities amp up the excitement meter. There is always something happening in Amsterdam!

Exciting activities all through: Amsterdam does not experience too much snow and you can continue with outdoor activities like canal cruises and walking tours. You also get to enjoy ice skating rinks! Since most of Amsterdam’s sights are indoors like the museums (Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank’s House), Heineken Brewery, Amsterdam Ice Bar, Amsterdam Dungeon, etc. you don’t have to worry about the weather outside! You can stay warm inside and still enjoy other perks of visiting Amsterdam in January.

Amsterdam Weather in January


January is one of the coldest months of the year and average temperatures range around 4.5°C and drop to around 1°C during the nights. You might experience rainfall but not much snow. However, the winds over the canals make it seem colder than the numbers say!

Amsterdam in February - weather

Must-Do in Amsterdam in January


1

Heineken Brewery

Amsterdam in January


Beer enthusiast or not, a visit to the Heineken Brewery is an incredibly fun and insightful experience. Heineken is one of the world’s favorite beer brands and Amsterdam’s most popular brand! Take a guided tour to learn more about the brewing process and sample a beer at the end of the tour.

January Timings
Monday to Thursday: 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM (Last admission at 5:30 PM)
Friday to Sunday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM (Last admission at 7:00 PM)

Location

Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

2

Amsterdam Canal Tour

Amsterdam in January


Canal tours are a great way to learn more about the history of Amsterdam. The central part of the city known as Grachtengordel is the area around three concentric canals. The Amsterdam Lights Festival continues in January, making it ideal to go on evening cruises and admire the light sculptures up close!

January Timings
Depends on the chosen tour

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Amsterdam Burger Cruise
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Cruise Tickets
75 Mins City Canal Cruise
upto 22% off
from
€18 €14
5% Cashback
Cruise Tickets
Lovers: 1 Hour Amsterdam Canal Cruise
upto 42% off
from
€24.5 €14
Cruise Tickets
Small Open Boat Canal Cruise
New Arrival
upto 17% off
from
€19.5 €16
5% Cashback
Cruise Tickets
Amsterdam Hop On Hop Off Boat Tour
upto 12% off
from
€25 €22
5% Cashback
Cruise and Attraction Combos
Saver Combo - Canal Cruise & Heineken Experien...
upto 11% off
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€36 €32
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upto 9% off
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€47 €42.5
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Saver Combo - Canal Cruise & Van Gogh Museum D...
upto 10% off
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€38 €34
5% Cashback
Cruise and Attraction Combos
Saver Combo - Canal Cruise & Heineken Experien...
upto 11% off
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€36 €32
5% Cashback
Cruise Tickets
Amsterdam Hop On Hop Off Boat Tour
upto 12% off
from
€25 €22
5% Cashback
Culinary Cruises
Candlelight Wine & Dutch Cheese Cruise
upto 9% off
from
€47 €42.5
5% Cashback
Culinary Cruises
Evening Canal Cruise with 4-Course Dinner and ...
upto 5% off
from
€98 €92.5
Culinary Cruises
Amsterdam Pizza Cruise
from
€42.5
Culinary Cruises
Amsterdam Burger Cruise
upto 8% off
from
€46.32 €42.5
Culinary Cruises
Burgers & Dogs Cruise
from
€39.5

3

A Day Trip to Zaanse Schans and Volendam

Amsterdam in February


Head away from Amsterdam towards the colorful countryside that is dotted with iconic windmills and traditional Dutch architecture. Admire the working of ancient windmills in Zaanse Schans and visit a cheese-making factory at Volendam. Beat the cold and leave the troubles of planning your transport by going on a guided tour.

January Timings
Depends on the chosen tour

Location

Zaanse Schans, Zaandam
Netherlands
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4

Van Gogh Museum

Amsterdam in January


The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam holds the largest collection of paintings by Van Gogh, one of the most prolific post-impressionist artists. The museum displays over 200 paintings and 500 drawings, which include the famous ones like Irises, Sunflower, and Almond Blossom.

January Timings
Saturday to Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Location

Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

5

Anne Frank House and Walking Tour

Amsterdam in January


Anne Frank became the human voice of the atrocities of World War II after the publication of ‘Secret Diary of Anne Frank’. Visit the house on Prinsengracht 263 and walk through the secret annex and learn more about her life. The walking tour will also take you to other important Jewish buildings in the neighborhood.

January Timings
Every day: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Location

Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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6

Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam in November


Rijksmuseum, in the museum square, is the best place to begin your journey into the art history of the Netherlands. The museum displays over 8,000 artworks including that of Masters like Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Frans Hals. Every year over 2 million tourists make a beeline for the museum, making a skip the line ticket a good purchase.

January Timings
Every day: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location

Dam 20, 1012 KW Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

7

Red Light District Tour

Amsterdam in January


The Red Light District is also known as De Wallen or The Walls as it refers to the walls of the old city where sex work has been carried on since the 15th century. The medieval buildings are well preserved even today and at night transforms into a neon-lit sin city. Take a tour to learn about the history of the place and what it means to locals.

January Timings
Depends on the chosen tour

Location

De Wallen, Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

8

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Amsterdam in September


Rub shoulders with A-list celebrities at Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam museum was opened in 1972, the first one after the London museum. Today, the museum has statues of celebrities like Rafael Nadal, Barack Obama, Zayn Malik, Ryan Gosling, and even the Marvel Avengers!

January Timings
Daily: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Location

Dam 20, 1012 KW Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

9

Amsterdam Icebar

Amsterdam in January


Amsterdam is more than the historic canals and art museums, it has an exciting nightlife that offers a variety of experiences. One such exciting theme-bar is the Amsterdam Icebar where you can enter an icy winter wonderland. Everything from the cutlery to the seating is made of ice! Enjoy this gram-worthy bar that is a sensory delight.

January Timings
Sunday to Thursday: 11:45 AM – 1:00 AM
Friday to Saturday: 11:45 AM – 2:40 AM

Location

Amstel 194, 1017 AG Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Getting There ›

10

ARTIS Royal Zoo

Amsterdam in November


Amsterdam is also a family-friendly destination and one of the most popular things to do for when visiting with kids is to head to the ARTIS Royal Zoo. The zoo also has an aquarium and planetarium that will keep the young ones occupied for a long time! Head there early to say hello to the penguins and lions!

January Timings
Daily: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

amsterdam

Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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Amsterdam in January : Events to Look Out For


Amsterdam in January - events

New Year’s Dive

Date: 1st January 2020
Every year, over 25,000 Dutch and tourists dive into the cold North Sea water to celebrate the onset of the New Year. While the biggest party happens in Scheveningen, you can also take a dive in Amsterdam at Sloterplas, Ijburg, and Amstel.

Image Courtesy: I Am Expat

Amsterdam in January - events

National Tulip Day

Date: 18th January 2020
Spring arrives early in Amsterdam as the entire Dam Square is turned into a tulip garden with more than 200,000 tulips on display! Visitors can admire the show which is themed as ‘World of Colors’ for 2020 and can even pick their own tulips at the end of the day!

Amsterdam in January - events

Paradiso Choir Days

Dates: 18th – 19th January 2020
Christmas may have been long gone but choir singing is in full swing at the Paradiso, an erstwhile church that has become Amsterdam’s most famous pop venue. Watch over 140 choir performances over the weekend and enjoy new music.

Image Courtesy: Iamsterdam.com

Amsterdam in January - events

Jumping Amsterdam

Dates: 23rd – 26th January 2020
One might convert to an Equestrian fan after attending the Jumping Amsterdam event. The event is host to FEI Dressage World Cup and FEI Jumping World Cup, which involves stunning horses. There are also shows, entertainment and events for children where they can learn more about equestrian sports.

Image Courtesy: Helloamsterdam.com

What to Eat in Amsterdam in January


Amsterdam in February - what to eat
Appeltaart

The Dutch Apple Pie is heralded as a national pastry and you can’t leave Amsterdam without tasting a slice! The apple pie is especially wholesome during the winters when topped with cream. Try this at Winkel 43.

Image Courtesy: Bakken.nl

Amsterdam in January - what to eat
Dutch Fries

Potato fries are one of the most popular street foods in Amsterdam. In this part of the world, the fries come loaded with sauces and condiments, and can be had as a snack or an entire meal! The best sauces would be patatje oorlog (Peanut satay sauce, mayo and onions) and patat special (curry ketchup, mayo and onions). Try this at Manneken Pis.

Amsterdam in January - what to eat
Hot Chocolate

Nothing beats the cold in Amsterdam in January like a cup of hot chocolate! Amsterdam’s favorite drink is Chocomel, a brand of hot chocolate that’s found in restaurants and street markets across the city. Grab a mug on the go and top it with a bit of rum for that extra warmth! Try this at Pancake Corner.

Amsterdam in January - what to eat
Bitterballen

Fried foods are the best way to beat the cold winter in Amsterdam and Bitterballen is the ultimate comfort food you can enjoy in the city in January. The bite-sized snack is made with a beef stew, which is cooked with parsley, onions, vegetables, salt and pepper, cooled down and then rolled into balls and deep fried. Try this at Eetsalon Van Dobben.

Amsterdam in February - what to eat
Stamppot

The Dutch love their potatoes and the Stamppot is a fully loaded version of mashed potatoes with green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, sauerkraut, and turnip greens. It is best eaten with smoked sausage, and is a delicious carb-loaded meal perfect for the winter. Order at Moeders.

Image Courtesy: Heavenly Holland

Amsterdam Essentials in January


Amsterdam in January

Weather

The days in Amsterdam in January are mostly overcast with less than two hours of sunshine. Daylight hours are also the shortest of the year with sunrise around 8:30 AM and sunset around 4:45 PM. The city does not experience snow storms or blizzards; however, there will be the odd snowfall.

Where to stay in Amsterdam in January

Amsterdam is a sprawling city but its main city sights are concentrated in pockets and public transport is convenient. You could stay anywhere depending on your budget and style of travel, however, Amsterdam is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. Some of the popular neighborhoods to stay in Amsterdam are Old Centrum, Canal Belt, Oud-Zuid, Rembrandtplein, Oost, and Plantage. Here are our favorite stays in Amsterdam –

What to Pack for Amsterdam in January

You can beat the cold weather in Amsterdam in January with adequate warm clothing. Warm boots are of paramount importance, make sure they are waterproof and have soft soles. Carry thermal wear or pack layers including rainproof jacket, scarf, woolen cap, and gloves for those nights out. Also, carry an umbrella or a waterproof parka just in case of rain showers.

Getting Around in Amsterdam in January

The city is known for its cycling culture and you will find cycles everywhere. However, given the cold, ice and snow in Amsterdam in January, it is better to use public transportation. The best way to get around the city is by getting an I Amsterdam City Card which gives you free public transport access including entrances to sights. Here are the public transport options in Amsterdam –

Bus: Three companies (GVB, Connexxion and EBS) ply their buses across the city and suburbs.

Tram: There are about 15 lines that you can use to get in and out of the city center quickly.

Metro: The four routes are the fastest way to get to the neighboring districts.

Ferry: 14 ferries run across the River IJ.

Tips to Visit Amsterdam in January


  • Whiskey connoisseurs will enjoy the 12th edition of the Whisky Weekend taking place at Posthoorn Kerk on 17th-18th January 2020. The best way to explore the event is to go on a guided tour, your whiskey expert will stop at all the great stalls where you can sample the exquisite whiskey!
  • The Amsterdam Light Festival that starts in November continues till 19th January 2020. You can admire the light art installations by Dutch and other international artists along the canals.
  • January is one of the best months to enjoy ice-skating in Amsterdam. The best spots to ice skate are at Museumplein and Rembrandtplein. Both the ice rinks will be open till February and you can rent ice skates and other accessories at the rinks.
  • Ward off the cold in Amsterdam in January with laughs at the IMPRO Amsterdam or formally known as International Improvisational Theatre Festival. The festival will run from 25th January to 1st February at the Compagnie theatre and showcase some of the best names in Improv theatre.
  • The Chinese New Year will be celebrated on 25th January 2020 in Dam Square and the neighborhood of Nieuwmarkt/Zeedijk. There will be floats, dancing and ethnic food stalls.

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