Summer 2019 is around the corner and I always consider myself such a lucky girl that I get to spend it in Amsterdam. This gorgeous city is worth a visit all throughout the year but especially fun in the summertime. Let me show you why!

We Dutchies LOVE the sun and we’ve learned to fully take advantage of every ray of sunlight we’re granted. And since the skies are often pretty grey over here, you’ll find us quickly crowding the terraces and parks whenever the weather gods are kind to us.

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Amsterdam Things to do in Summer Bucket List 2019

The summer days are long and the sun doesn’t set until around 10 p.m. Which means you get to enjoy a whole lot of extra hours of daylight to explore all the pretty streets and canals Amsterdam is known for.

Visiting Amsterdam in summer

One thing I love about summer in Amsterdam is all the amazing extra things the city has to offer during this season.

You get to cruise the canals with the wind in your hair, dive in the Amstel for an urban swim and enjoy gorgeous sunsets from one of the many sunny rooftop terraces.

Amsterdam Things to do in Summer Bucket List 2019
Sunny weather & Heineken, the perfect combination!

Are you ready to find out how much fun Amsterdam can be in the summer? Let me know in the comments which summer hotspots and sunny activities you were able to cross off your bucket list this summer!

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#1 Take a dive in the Amstel

Did you know that there are a lot of natural outdoor hotspots to enjoy a refreshing urban summer swim in Amsterdam? I can’t recommend it enough for you to try out at least one of them!

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Swimming at the city harbor of Amstelkwartier

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#2 Visit ARTIS summer nights

Every Saturday in June, July, and August the Royal Zoo ARTIS stays open until sunset and becomes a great hotspot for yummy food and musical performances. I definitely recommend rounding off the evening with a special guided tour of the park at twilight. Skip the line and get your tickets to ARTIS in advance.

#3 See a show at the Vondelpark Open-Air Theatre

Vondelpark is a beautiful large city park and an excellent place to spend a hot summer day. Inside you’ll find a playground, wading pool for kids and some cozy terraces for a drink or bite to eat.

During the summer you can enjoy a great cultural program at the Vondelpark Open-Air Theatre, packed with festivals, dance, cabaret, children’s theatre, stand-up comedy and all genres of music.

Bring your picnic blanket and I’ll see you there!

#4 Go for cocktails at the SkyLounge

SkyLounge Amsterdam is an award-winning rooftop bar with amazing views and lets you discover the city from a great height.

Let me tell you, there is nothing better than sipping from your delicious cocktail while watching the sun set over beautiful Amsterdam.

#5 Go canoeing in the forest

The Amsterdamse Bos is the perfect place to spend a hot summer day and offers a welcome hideaway from the simmering sun.

There are plenty of fun summer activities you can do in the Amsterdam Forest. Think of a bike tour, enjoying a picnic or plunging in the big pond for some much-needed refreshment.

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Rent a canoe in Amsterdamse Bos
The Amsterdamse Bos is the perfect summer hotspot

My favorite thing to do in the Amsterdamse Bos is renting a canoe. There’s just something about the serenity of the calm water which makes this the perfect way to explore the forest.

#6 Pedal Boat through the canals

Pedal boats offer a unique way of cycling through the canals Amsterdam and give you the optimal freedom to explore all nooks and crannies by yourself.

If you want a more laid back experience I recommend booking a canal cruise or boat tour. Here you can just sit back, relax and let the captain take you around the Amsterdam Canal System. 

#7 Picnic in Westerpark

Westerpark is known for its energetic and creative vibes and offers great spots for sunbathing, picnicking or throwing a last-minute barbecue party.

The park is adjacent to the Westergas cultural complex where you can enjoy many great shows, festivals, and food stalls all throughout the summer.

#8 Rent a bike

Biking through the canal belt on a hot summer night is one of my favorite things to do in Amsterdam and I definitely recommend renting one. You’ll pass by so many great restaurants and bars, it will be hard to choose your favorite.

#9 Swing over the edge

A’DAM LOOKOUT is one of Amsterdam’s newest top attractions. The 100-meter high tower offers the best 360° panoramic view of Amsterdam and is obviously an amazing spot to enjoy a gorgeous sunset.

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This attraction also offers the perfect once-in-a-lifetime experience. Strap yourself into the tallest swing of Europe and literally swing over the edge of the city.

This place can be pretty crowded and sells out fast. Therefore I recommend buying your tickets in advance so you can skip the line.

#10 Take the Ferry to NDSM Wharf

If you’re looking for a real urban experience in Amsterdam I suggest you hop on the free ferry at Amsterdam Central Station and cross the river towards NDSM Werf.

The ferry ride alone is reason enough to visit this gorgeous area of Amsterdam. Feel the wind blowing through your hair and enjoy the pretty views while you make your way to the North of the city.

Amsterdam Things to do in Summer Bucket List 2019
Urban & artsy vibes at the NDSM Wharf

The NDSM wharf is well known for its artsy vibes and littered with inspiring street art. You will love hanging out at the waterside bar at Pllek.

Plop down in a comfy bean bag, soak up the sun and enjoy a healthy organic meal before you head back to the humid hot city center of Amsterdam.


ALSO READ The Ultimate Guide to Summer in Amsterdam

I wish you a wonderful time in Amsterdam and can’t wait to hear how many summer activities you were able to cross off your Amsterdam Summer bucket list!

If you want to know where to find the best hotspots by the water and which hotels are perfect for the summer, I recommend you check out my Complete Guide to Summer in Amsterdam.

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