Like many destinations in Europe, the Netherlands welcome the most tourists in the summer, when the weather is at its best, and the fewest in the winter. Fall and spring are shoulder seasons in the Netherlands -- and those famous flower fields in the Dutch countryside are in full bloom in April and May. During winter months, tourism winds down, but travelers can ice skate on frozen canals in Amsterdam or shop at Dutch Christmas markets. Keep in mind that the Netherlands are mostly below sea level, and, as a result, the weather can be quite chilly and damp during winter months.
Accommodations in Amsterdam are slightly more affordable than those in larger Western European cities like London or Paris. In the countryside, places to stay are even cheaper. You can find a room in a seaside B&B on the Dutch coast or a guesthouse near fields of flowers for the price of a hostel bed in some European cities (check with a local tourist information office for a list of family-run guesthouses in the region you'll be visiting) -- especially during shoulder season. For an affordable flight to the Netherlands, look for shoulder-season or low-season tickets. Airfares to the country are most expensive during summer.
Danube River Cruise by Arlene Kinner
My trip started in Los Angeles, CA, where I got my flight to Amsterdam. I was met at the airport and taken to the ship The River Duchess. The staff was there to greet all the passengers. My cabin was ready and so I was able to settle in right away. Since we had free time and I was traveling by myself, I had ... Read more!
Autumn in Amsterdam: ever so inviting by O. Ucerler
A fresh breeze sweeps through the streets of Amsterdam as we look back on a weekend getaway in this wonderful city. The brown and yellow colours of the falling leafs provide an excellent scenery on this autumn day, where the sun seem to be inviting the transition to the winter days. Living in the east side of ... Read more!
Good Tour with a Wide Variety of Activities and Great Walking by Vic Garcia
GO AHEAD TOURS Amsterdam, Luxembourg & Brussels "Good Tour with a Wide Variety of Activities and Great Walking" We participated in the Go Ahead Tours (GAT) of Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Brussels between April 13 to 21 and then the Paris Post-Trip between April 22 to 25, 2013. Our group was made up of 42 ... Read more!
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