Best Time to Visit the Netherlands

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The weather in the Netherlands is famously fickle, but the best time to visit Holland is doubtless in summer, when there are pleasant daytime temperatures and minimal rainfall. However, summer is also the high season throughout Europe. Expect sky-high airfares and hotel rates in Holland and beyond.

Some travelers may prefer to travel between high season and low season instead, especially considering the recent overcrowding in Amsterdam. Spring is an enticing season, in particular for garden lovers yearning to see Dutch tulips bloom. Autumn involves fewer tourists and cheaper prices across the board.

While summer is generally the best season to visit Holland, it isn’t the only option. Read on for an in-depth guide on the best time to tour the Netherlands.

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Quick Facts

High season July – August (Summer)
Low season December – February (Winter)
All seasons July – August (Summer), September – November (Autumn), 
December – February (Winter), March – May (Spring)

Seasonal Overview

The Netherlands is a nation of four distinct seasons. We’re providing a summary of each below.

Summer in the Netherlands: June to August

A view of Castle De Haar with garden and ponds in Holland in August.
Visit stunning castles like Castle De Haar on your trip to the Netherlands in summer.

Spanning June to August, summer sees the best weather in the Netherlands. Due to its low-lying coastal topography, the country rarely gets too hot. Expect pleasant, balmy temperatures of around 20°C throughout the summer months. This season also sees an impressive festival roster, including Parkpop, Pinkpop, the Holland Festival, and the Rotterdam Summer Carnival.

July and August comprise the peak summer season when droves of North American, European, and North African holidaymakers arrive. Tourist meccas like Amsterdam get hectic at this time and the influx of travelers means prices will soar across the country.

Average temperatures 17°C (62.6°F) to 20°C (68°F)
Average rainfall 200mm – 220mm
Is summer a good time
to go to the Netherlands?
Summer is a fantastic time to visit the Netherlands due to its balmy weather and wide range of events.


  • Try open-air dining in hip urban cities while touring Amsterdam or The Hague.
  • Hike pristine nature reserves like the Hoge Veluwe or Biesbosch.

Travel tips:

  • Book early because transport and accommodation fill up in peak season.
  • Pack a light jacket because cool evenings aren’t uncommon in summer.

In-depth seasonal guides:
The Netherlands in June
The Netherlands in July
The Netherlands in August

Autumn in the Netherlands: September to November

Riding along the canals is a fun thing to do in Netherlands
 Take a cruise on the canals anywhere in The Netherlands.

Although autumn is the wettest season in the Netherlands, it’s also among the most spectacular. Lush green fields and fiery-ochre forests punctuate the landscape as the fall foliage turns. The weather remains relatively pleasant towards the start of the season but gets chilly as you move towards November. Because the summer holiday hordes have gone home, you’ll enjoy cheaper prices and thinner crowds.

Average temperatures 11°C (51.8°F) to 15°C (59°F)
Average rainfall 230mm – 250mm
Is autumn a good time
to go to the Netherlands?
Yes. Autumn gives affordable prices, mild temperatures
and beautiful fall foliage.


  • Gazing at the colorful fall foliage in the Keukenhof Gardens.
  • Snacking on cheese at the Gouda Market (early autumn).

Travel tips:

  • Pack layers and a waterproof jacket.
  • Canal cruises offer a great way to admire the fall foliage.

In-depth seasonal guides:
The Netherlands in September
The Netherlands in October
The Netherlands in November

Winter in the Netherlands: December to February

Things to do in the Netherlands include visiting WWII memorials.
Winter covers the best places of Holland in snow, creating a whimsical scenery. 

Intrepid travelers with a thick coat can still have a ball during the winter season. Dutch Christmas markets boast boundless tinsel and twinkling lights. Brave souls can join thousands of masochistic locals on a New Year’s dive into the sea—at least you get a hot chocolate afterward. Come February, Carnival puts the whole country into party mode.

Average temperatures 2°C (35.6°F) to 6°C (42.8°F)
Average rainfall 70mm - 90mm
Is winter a good time
to go to the Netherlands?
Perhaps. Winter is a top time for Christmas Markets, Carnival celebrations, and rock-bottom hotel rates, but the weather can be a downer.


  • Ice skating over frozen lakes in cosmopolitan cities like Amsterdam.
  • Hunt for sweets and artisanal knick-knacks at a traditional Dutch Christmas market.

Travel tips:

  • Pack plenty of thick, cold-weather gear.
  • Winter days are short, so plan your sightseeing accordingly.

In-depth seasonal guides:
The Netherlands in December
The Netherlands in January
The Netherlands in February

Spring in the Netherlands: March to May

Visiting the tulip garden is one undeniable thing to do in Netherlands
Tulip gardens are only in bloom from mid-March to mid-May so plan your trip wisely.

As the winter mist clears and the thick layer of frost thaws, spring sees the Dutch landscape bounce back to life. Warmer temperatures mean locals venture outdoors while blooming tulips beckon garden lovers from around the globe. April or May are the best time to visit Holland for tulips when the finest floral ensembles bloom, and you get the nicest springtime weather.

Gardens aside, May is among the best months to visit the Netherlands for its agreeable temperatures and thinner tourist crowds.

Average temperatures 8°C (46.4°F) to 14°C (57.2°F)
Average rainfall 50mm – 70mm
Is spring a good time
to go to the Netherlands?
Yes. Spring offers pleasant weather (especially in May) plus blooming tulips.


  • The Keukenhof Flower Gardens puts on a must-see exhibition with over 7 million blooming tulips.
  • Visit the Bloemencorso flower parade in Lisse to admire elaborate flower-festooned floats.

Travel tips:

  • Book ahead, especially around public holidays like King’s Day (April 27th) and Easter.
  • Wear layers as the spring weather is especially fickle.

In-depth seasonal guides:
The Netherlands in March
The Netherlands in April
The Netherlands in May

To learn more about the best time of year to visit Holland, check out our comprehensive Netherlands travel guide. We cover all the essential info, including how many days to spend in the Netherlands and Amsterdam weather patterns.



Spring Summer Autumn Winter

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Amsterdam 11°C 45 18°C 60 12°C 70 4°C 60 - 70
Rotterdam 10°C 45 18°C 60 12°C 70 4°C 60 - 70
The Hague 12°C 45 18°C 60 12°C 70 4°C 60 - 70
Utrecht 12°C 45 18°C 60 12°C 70 4°C 60 - 70
Eindhoven 12°C 45 18°C 60 12°C 70 4°C 60 - 70
Published by Marie Storm, updated on October 12, 2023
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