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Amsterdam — By Marianne on January 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

January Weather in Amsterdam

January is the coldest month of the year. Still, this is a good month to visit Amsterdam because tourist crowds are at their lowest, queues at popular museums are at their shortest and flights and hotels room at their cheapest.

Another good reason to spend a weekend or longer in Amsterdam is the January SALES, uitverkoop or opruiming in Dutch. Get that fashionable winter coat in one of stores in Kalverstraat or go to P.C. Hooftstraat for that designer party dress you wanted to buy for Christmas but was too expensive.

Winter in Amsterdam

Winter in Amsterdam

The oliebollen stands are still there, selling the traditional New Year’s Eve treat; deep fried currant and raisin filled dumplings. The ice skating rinks invite you for some winter fun. Mid January life will be back to normal, no more oliebollen or skating until next year.

Bring a winter coat, muffler and umbrella. This time of year average high is 4.4°C (40°F), and average low -0.5°C (31°F). Average precipitation 69 mm (2.7 in)

Canals haven’t been frozen over for many winters. Ice-skating is in full swing on the ice rink at Museumplein open until 28 February 2010. Free if you have your own skates, €5 if you rent skates.

January is a dark month. Sunrise and sunset on 1 January 8:51 a.m. / 4:38 p.m. and on 31 January 8:24 a.m. / 5:26 p.m.

New Year’s Day is a national holiday. Most shops and all museums are closed.


14 – 17 January: Art Fair Realism 2010 Thirty leading Dutch and Belgium art galleries display their realistic art collections and give lectures and workshops.


22 – 27 January: Jumping AmsterdamInternational competition in dressage, jumping Amsterdam RAI. Musicians and artists perform in between contests.


27 – 31 January; Fashion WeekWeek full of style, exhibitions, presentations, cat walks and parties


photo credit: Giorgio Baresi @flickr

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