Best Time to Visit The Netherlands

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit The Netherlands. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Amsterdam und Maastricht. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit The Netherlands for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol -1 °C to 22 °C
Waves Symbol 6 °C to 18 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.613.5 in (6 – 23 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 9.5 °C (Maastricht) and 9.7 °C (Amsterdam)
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Geographical location

The Netherlands is a country in northern Western Europe.

The parliamentary monarchy is bounded in the north and west by the North Sea, in the south by Belgium and in the east by the Federal Republic of Germany.

Approximately one fifth of the total area of the country is covered with water. The kingdom as a whole is very flat, the highest elevation on the mainland is at Vaalserberg in the south and reaches a height of 322.5 metres.

The most important rivers are the Meuse, the Rhine and the Scheldt. The capital is Amsterdam, but the government is based in The Hague.

The term Holland actually refers to the north-western part of the Netherlands, but it is used colloquially for the whole country.

The Kingdom of the Netherlands includes the mainland and the European islands as well as overseas territories such as Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Sint Maarten in the Caribbean.

Climate in the Netherlands

Pastoral Windmills (John Morgan)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The Netherlands enjoys a moderate maritime climate, which is due to its proximity to the North Sea and the situation in Central Europe. The climate is characterized by not too warm summers and relatively mild winters. The seasons show only slight temperature differences to each other. In winter, the North Sea acts as a heat reservoir. As a result, temperatures are not too low.

The average temperature in winter is around two degrees Celsius. In spring and summer, the water of the North Sea is quite cold and thus has a cooling effect on the climate near the coast. The average maximum temperature in summer is 20 °C. The temperature differences between summer and winter increase the further south of the Netherlands and the further away from the North Sea coast.

The climate on the border with Germany and Belgium in the southeast of the Netherlands is characterised by moderately cold winters and slightly higher summer temperatures. Snow can also fall on the tops of the hilly landscape, which is an exception on the coast or on islands. Strong storms in the coastal regions and on the islands are normal from October to February. The precipitation days spread quite evenly over the whole year.

Best Time to Visit The Netherlands: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 5 °C
Water max. 6 °C
FebruaryFeb
MaximumMax. 6 °C
Water max. 6 °C
MarchMar
MaximumMax. 9 °C
Water max. 7 °C
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DecemberDec
MaximumMax. 7 °C
Water max. 9 °C

When to visit the Netherlands?


The best time for a beach holiday in the Netherlands is the summer months from June to August. In June and July the days are long and in August the North Sea has reached a temperature suitable for swimming. In spring and autumn you can also travel to the sea to take beach walks in moderate winds. If you are planning a city trip, you should also travel from May to September.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (The Netherlands) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
AmsterdamMay, June, July, August, and September
MaastrichtMay, June, July, August, and September

Climate Charts The Netherlands

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Amsterdam

Climate Chart Amsterdam
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Maastricht

Climate Chart Maastricht
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables The Netherlands

In the following, you will find some climate tables for The Netherlands, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature12°17°19°21°22°18°14°
Night Temperature10°13°12°10°
Water Temperature12°15°17°18°18°16°13°
Precipitation (inch)2.441.712.321.611.92.662.592.423.233.353.52.95
Rainy days211620181819181819212323
Hours of Sunshine234677774321
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Amsterdam is 9.7 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (17 °C)
Coldest month: January (3 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Amsterdam is 18 °C. Comfortable bathing is possible at water temperatures of about 21 °C.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
July, August, and September

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 30.69 inch on 234 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, April, November, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, May is the sunniest month with an average of 7 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 4.3 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Maastricht (The Netherlands)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature13°17°20°22°22°19°15°
Night Temperature-1°-1°11°12°12°10°
Precipitation (inch)2.322.132.442.052.482.952.762.642.242.362.832.8
Rainy days1310121111111010991213
Hours of Sunshine133566665421
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Maastricht is 9.5 °C.

Warmest month: July (17.2 °C)
Coldest month: January (2 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 30 inch on 131 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, April, November, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, May is the sunniest month with an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 3.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


The capital Amsterdam has its very special charm through the canal belt that leads through the city. You can explore it on foot or on a canal trip and see other sights such as the Westerwerk or the Anne Frank House.

Keukenhof is a park with 7 million bulbs surrounded by tulip fields. Another attraction is the cheese market in Alkmaar, which takes place on Friday mornings during the summer months. Popular destinations in Holland include Ameland, Zeeland, the island of Texel, Scheveningen and Zandvoort.

More information about the best things to do: Amsterdam

Popular Activities

More attractions

Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise | Amsterdam: Heineken Experience Ticket | City Canal Cruise | Volendam, Marken & Windmills with Free 1-Hour Canal Cruise | 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour of Historical Amsterdam | Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German | The I Amsterdam City Card |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Maastricht
light rain     light rain, 18.2 °C
Clouds: 100 %       Wind: 11 mph S
Air Pressure: 1006 hPa       Humidity: 68 %
Last updated: 14th Oct 2019, 10:38 pm
The next days …
15th Oct 201916th Oct 201917th Oct 201918th Oct 201919th Oct 201920th Oct 2019
moderate rain10 °C to 15 °Cmoderate rain10 °C to 13 °Clight rain10 °C to 14 °Clight rain9 °C to 17 °Clight rain11 °C to 14 °Clight rain8 °C to 13 °C
10 °C to 15 °C10 °C to 13 °C10 °C to 14 °C9 °C to 17 °C11 °C to 14 °C8 °C to 13 °C
Clouds: 96 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 87 %Clouds: 19 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 39 %
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Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Important Regions and Cities

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The Netherlands: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 7 reviews for The Netherlands holiday already. Average rating is 3 of 5 stars.
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    Fredi, 76 years old was there in June

    Weather not too hot, but a lot of wind but still very satisfied come back to North Holland in September.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Heidi, 69 years old was there in April

    Winter is slowly passing, nature is awakening to new life and a few warming hours of sunshine invite you to take a trip in the fresh air. Well, April lives up to its reputation: it does what it wants. From warm sunny days to the sudden weather change everything was offered. But it was all right

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Thea, 66 years old was there in August

    The weather in the summer holidays was catastrophic to very bad: constant storm, rain, often the winter anorak was in demand. Hardly even walks possible.

    Weather Rating: 1 stars – Mostly bad

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    Valeria, 33 years old was there in September

    Everything from sun to rain. Beautifully rough as it should be for the coast…

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Birgitt, 63 years old was there in March

    dry, sunny…very pleasant..one could walk along the beach and drive along the coast…

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Micha, 55 years old was there in June

    For an Amsterdam visit the best weather you can have, dry sunny not very hot

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Heidi, 69 years old was there in April

    we were in Amsterdam in April 2016. At night it was cold with temperatures just above zero. In the morning it rained several times and there were even showers of sleet. In the afternoon things got a little better. It’s been like this for several days.

    Weather Rating: 2 stars – Tricky

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