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7 Reasons Why Spring Is The Best Time To Visit This Colorful European Capital

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While it's true that Europe can be magical year-round, there are definitely better times of the year than others to visit certain destinations.

As this trendy continent thaws out from winter, many travelers' interests are shifting from sun-soaked beach escapes to European city breaks.

If you asked any group of Americans to name the cities they’d most like to visit in Europe, chances are you’d get answers like London, Paris, Rome and Amsterdam.

Blooming tulip field with windmill in Holland

If your sights are set on visiting the Netherlands' hip capital in 2024, spring is easily the best time of year to head to Amsterdam.

Cheap Flights

Flight tickets can be one of your biggest expenses when visiting Europe, so scoring a deal or visiting when ticket prices are lower can save hundreds.

As the number of people going to Europe continues to increase, airfares could rise as well, especially during the summer high season.

Visiting in spring, traditionally Europe’s shoulder season, means you’re likely to get a better deal on flights.

Travel Pirates recently rounded up affordable spring flight deals to Amsterdam from several major U.S. cities including New York, Chicago, Boston, And Los Angeles.

Specifically, a roundtrip flight from Boston with one short layover is just over $300 for a 7-day trip in April.


Mild Weather

The Netherlands is a country best visited during its warmer seasons when daylight hours stretch out, and the weather is pleasant.

Springtime in Amsterdam sees daytime temperatures averaging in the mild 50s and 60s.

While March tends to remain wet and on the chillier side, by April the sun emerges and the weather dries out.


Fewer Crowds 

Amsterdam consistently sees tourists from all over flocking to its hip streets and attractions. 

This famous city, like several other top tourist destinations, has had to take measures in 2024 to combat over-tourism.

While the number of visitors does increase with the arrival of better weather in April, you’ll skip the worst crowds by visiting in spring.

Avoiding a destination’s busiest season when traveling gives you an overall better experience of the place. 

You're less likely to pay premium prices for hotels and flights, and the chances of places you want to visit selling out are lower.

Traditional Dutch Houses Reflected On The Water, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tulip Season

Ah tulip season in the Netherlands–it's the most magical time to visit this charming country as its countryside and gardens come to life in vibrant colors.

Who doesn’t want to frolic through a field striped in the rainbow hues of blooming tulips? 

The Netherlands is on many travelers' bucket lists solely for this fairytale experience.

Tulip season in Amsterdam runs from late March to mid-May, but the flowers tend to be at their best in the middle of April.

Parades, festivals, public displays, and indulgent gardens celebrate Holland’s beloved national flower and make spring a vibrantly colorful time to visit.

landscape with tulips and windmills in the Netherlands

World-Class Museums And Upcoming Exhibitions

While Amsterdam may be famous for its tulips, this city's world-class museums are a highlight you definitely should not miss out on.

Ideally, spring will be less busy, but it is still essential to book ahead if you’re planning to check out the popular Anne Frank House or Vincent Van Gogh Museum.

These sites are some of the most visited museums in the world and often sell out.

If you’re an art fan, Spring 2024 is an excellent time to catch some upcoming must-see exhibitions.

From March 16 to July 14 2024,  Stedelijk is hosting a retrospective chronicling the lifetime works of world renowned, pioneer performance artist Marina Abramović.

Aerial View Of Old Town Amsterdam And Its Domes And Spires, Traditional Dutch Architecture, Holland, The Netherlands, Europe

The Festivals And Holidays

Spring is the time to let your hair down and celebrate alongside locals in the streets of Amsterdam.

With several holidays including Kings Day (April 27th) and Liberation Day (May 5th) occurring in spring, if you time your trip right, you can participate in the energetic fanfare.

Dutch culture knows how to do holidays right, and celebrations like King’s Day bring street parties, massive flea markets, and delightful citywide chaos and festivity.

Aside from national holidays, Amsterdam hosts more than 300 festivals annually, and spring kicks off the season with all sorts of music, film, and food events filling the weekends.


Nightlife Like Nowhere Else

We can’t spotlight Amsterdam without highlighting its beloved nightlife. 

This city's captivating energy after dark has made it one of the best places in the world to party for centuries.

Whether you prefer hole-in-the wall pubs, or you're dying to see the infamous redlight district, a night out in Amsterdam is sure to be memorable.

With such a diverse offering of entertainment options, you're guaranteed to find somewhere that suits your taste for a night out on the town.

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