Amsterdam Summer Guide

Visiting Amsterdam in Summer? Lucky you! This city offers so many fun acitivities in summertime, you’d wish the season never ends. Let me tell you all about it in my Complete Amsterdam Summer City Guide.

When cruising through the canals, enjoying epic sunsets on gorgeous rooftop bars and drinking a glass of wine on a sunny waterfront terrace sound like music to your ears, than make sure to keep on reading.

I’m convinced you’ll love summer in the city just as much as I do!

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Top Activities in Summer

Summer in the city! Let me show you all the fun things you can do when visiting Amsterdam in summertime.

Luxury Canal Cruise

Sit back, soak up the sun and let a trendy open boat with captain show you the historic waterways of Amsterdam. Book your tickets in advance.


Rent A Bicycle

Be like the locals and hop on your bike! It’s the perfect way to explore the city and takes you right through all the parks and neighborhoods. Rent your bike in advance. 

Royal Zoo ARTIS

Explore the oldest zoo of the Netherlands and make your way over to ARTIS. This gorgeous park has some lovely spots to enjoy the sun. Skip the line and book your tickets in advance.

Swing over the edge

Enjoy a 360° panoramic view of the city at A'DAM LOOKOUT
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Top 3 Hotspots by the water

Treat yourself to a refreshing beer, sparkling wine or yummy cocktail at one of these gorgeous waterfront bars in Amsterdam.

Hannekes Boom

This waterfront bar has one of my favorite terraces to enjoy a drink and some yummy comfort food after work. Pick a spot, soak up the sun and enjoy all the boats passing by.


Inspired by beautiful Paramaribo, Waterkant is the best place in Amsterdam for some for tropical sunbathing, dancing, drinking and eating at the waterside.

Café de Ceuvel

Café de Ceuvel offers a veranda, hammocks and a beautiful ship-wharf waterfront terrace. This sustainable café is a great hotspot for yummy food, drinks, and good music.

Top 10 City Swimming Spots

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Summer Bucket List

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?..Read more

2. Visit Artis at Night

Every Saturday in June, July and August the Royal Zoo Artis stays open until sundown and offers some great spots to eat and enjoy music. You can round off the evening with a special guided tour of the park at twilight… Read more

3. Enjoy a show at the Vondelpark Open-air Theatre

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

4. Go for cocktails & Sunsets at the Skylounge

Discover the city from a great height while you sip on a delicious cocktail. The best sunsets can be seen from the rooftop bar at SkyLounge Amsterdam… Read more

5. Rent a canoe at the Amsterdam Forest

The Amsterdamse Bos is the perfect place to spend a hot summer day. Go for a swim, rent a canoe and end the day with a yummy barbecue… Read more

Picnic in the Park

Discover all the great parks Amsterdam has to offer. Listed here are the most popular and gorgeous ones, all with great spots for a picnic or barbecue. 


The Vondelpark is a beautiful large urban park and a great spot to discover on your bike. Inside you will find a playground, many eateries and even an open-air theatre with various special summer performances.


Westerpark is known for its energetic and creative vibes and offers great spots to picnic and barbecue. The park is adjacent to the Westergas cultural complex where you can enjoy various shows, festivals, and delicious foods.


Oosterpark is considered Amsterdam’s most multicultural municipal park and hosts a great variety of colorful music festivals during the summer. Bring some wine, pick a nice spot by the pond and get your tan on!

21 Best Dutch Foods To Try In Amsterdam

Looking for the best Dutch foods to try in Amsterdam? Check out my new Food Guide with the 21 most delicious Dutch foods and where to find all the best city hotspots to order them.

Open Tower Day Amsterdam 2020: Enjoy the best panoramic views in the city

Want to experience some of the most unique views the city of Amsterdam has to offer? On March 21, several high rise buildings that normally remain closed to the public open their doors during Open Tower Day Amsterdam 2020.

15 Beautiful Amsterdam iPhone Wallpapers To Inspire Your Wanderlust

Wondering where to travel next? The beautiful city of Amsterdam might just be the perfect destination for you!

Top 10 Most Instagrammable Places in Amsterdam (Spring 2020 Edition)

The sun is out, the tulips are blossoming and the city is buzzing with life again. Spring is by far the best season to enjoy the beautiful city of Amsterdam and the perfect time to get your camera out for some gorgeous Instagram snaps.

Spring 2020: 10 Best Places To See Tulips In Amsterdam

Every Spring from mid-March to mid-May, the Netherlands transforms into a colorful paradise full of gorgeous blooming tulips. Make sure you don’t miss out on Tulip Season 2020 and come visit Amsterdam and Keukenhof this Spring!

Top 10 Things to do in Amsterdam in 2020

Let a local show you all the best things you can do when in Amsterdam. Updated for 2020!

Top 10 Amsterdam Hotspots for Tea Lovers & Sweet Tooths

Fancy a cup of tea dear? Well, you’re in luck because Amsterdam counts plenty of cute tea hotspots and can definitely satisfy all your Chai and Matcha cravings. Keep reading to discover the best places for some truly delicious (afternoon) tea.

15 Most Instagrammable all-day Breakfast Places in Amsterdam

Craving some real Dutch pancakes, a big yummy milkshake or a healthy smoothie bowl? You’ll find all that and more in my Top 15 All-Day Breakfast Hotspots in Amsterdam!

10 Best Spots for Outdoor Swimming in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city of water and we like to take full advantage of that on a hot summer day. Let me show you the best urban spots to take a refreshing plunge.

The Perfect Amsterdam Bucket List for Summer 2020

Amsterdam is worth a visit all throughout the year but especially fun in the summertime. Let me show you why!

15 Super Fun Things You can do in The Amsterdamse Bos

Want to escape the bustling city of Amsterdam? Then make sure to head out to the Amsterdam Forest for a fun day out in nature!

Top 10 Trendy Food Hotspots in Amsterdam

Looking for the most Instagrammable and tasty food hotspots in Amsterdam? You’re in luck! From colorful Asian street food to tropical cocktails with a view, this city has it all! Keep reading to discover my Top 10 Trendy Food Places in Amsterdam.

14 Most Instagrammable Food Spots in Amsterdam

From stroopwafels to avocado art and colorful bubble tea. These delicious snacks and dishes will definitely make your Instagram followers double-tap!

The Ultimate Amsterdam Bucket List Challenge

From thrillseeking activities to romantic canal cruises and the tastiest Dutch snacks you have to try. Enjoy the Ultimate Amsterdam Bucket List Challenge!

The 12 Tastiest Vegan Restaurants In Amsterdam

Looking for some tasty restaurant options? Let me show you the 12 best vegan restaurants to visit while in Amsterdam.

Summer Ready Hotels

Take a refreshing dive in a rooftop pool or go for a tan in the park. These hotels are situated at the perfect spots for you to optimally enjoy summertime in Amsterdam.


Hotel W in Amsterdam offers an amazing rooftop pool with gorgeous views on the city of Amsterdam.

Conscious Hotel Westerpark

Conscious Hotel Westerpark is located inside the vibrant Westerpark and close to some of the best bars in Amsterdam. It’s the ideal spot to enjoy the city during summertime!

Sir Adam Hotel

Set in the brand new A’DAM tower in Amsterdam, Sir Adam Hotel offers a stunning 360-degree view on the city. By far the best spot to enjoy some epic sunsets!


Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam is located in the heart of the Vondelpark and close to the Museum Quarter. The hostel offers bunk beds in shared dormitories as well as private rooms.  


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