Netherlands Weather And Best Time To Visit Netherlands
Netherlands is always confused with Holland, but let’s put it on record - they are not one and the same places. Holland is a part of the Kingdom of Netherlands and makes only a small portion of the unique, hippy, luxurious, artful experience that is Netherlands. This country is a lowland and its terrain is flat, with a beautiful mesh of canals cutting like veins, gardens of tulips that come to full bloom in April and vegetation that is all marshes and brackish lakes and trees and woods. The weather in Netherlands is balmy and welcoming almost all year round but the most ideal time to travel to Netherlands would be through the spring and summer seasons.
Spring (March to May)
Spring in Netherlands is the shoulder season for tourism when the weather keeps warm and dry in the day time with a slight chill blowing at night. The average high in April touches 12°C while the famous tulip gardens come to full bloom, sprinkling a blast of colours on the landscape. Daffodils ripen on the coasts and everything is just lovely to see. You can plan a trip in spring season, preferably in April end and beginning May.
Summer (June to August)
The mighty high season for tourists in Netherlands is summer, from June to August. The temperatures are mildly warm, but at their warmest in comparison to other seasons - 17°C to 20°C. This time is pretty crowded and museums and palaces are filled to bursting, with the outdoors alive and noisy with happy sounds. The prices sky-rocket at this time and you will have to book in advance to get accommodation or travel sorted.
Autumn (October to November)
Autumn is actually a hidden season that not many prefer to choose when planning a trip to Netherlands. The temperatures do fall, but so do the leaves, leaving the country in a crisp golden haze of red shades. The iconic canal belt of Amsterdam is lined with fiery leaves and come November, the canals and lakes freeze, making for natural ice-skating rinks. The Holland region becomes breath-taking as it is located by the sea and forests and woods are out of the world (re: smells of pine sap and sunlight filtering through dried trees).
Winter (December to February)
Winter is the off-season in Netherlands, with a temperature range of 2°C-6°C in most places. Canals and lakes and marshes freeze over, palaces museums and other monuments of tourist importance shut down and everything (including roads) is frozen or chilly, reducing the prospects of even driving out sometimes. House boats are anchored and don’t move until spring. You will get cheaper accommodation and even flights at this time but most of the fun that the country is known for will be absent.