One of the most popular considerations for readers of this site is when to visit Amsterdam. In February, the major tourist attractions aren't deserted by any means, but there is a comfortable level of crowdedness. Amsterdammers also have plenty of tasty devices to keep themselves warm, including hot cocoa pauses on the bare Museumplein (Museum Square) and fondue at local Swiss enclaves. The cultural arts season is in session, so your Valentine's Day plans might include a spectacularly cosmic production of Tannhäuser courtesy of De Nederlandse Opera.
February is a wonderful month to see Amsterdam, either for the first time or as a seasoned visitor. Compare this to other advice and events for traveling Amsterdam throughout the year.
- Airfares and hotel rates reach a low in February, as companies try to attract customers with competitive rates
- The tourist crowds are also at their yearly low, so February visitors have the run of Amsterdam's popular museums, attractions and more
- February is Amsterdam's coldest month; expect temperatures below zero in addition to preciptiation (mostly rain; snow is infrequent)
February Temperatures & Rain
- Average high: 42°F (5.5°C)
- Average low: 31°F (-0.5°C)
- Average precipitation: 1.9 in (69 mm)
Yearly Amsterdam Festivals & Events in February
- Chinese New Year: Annually in late January or February. Amsterdam's Chinese community recreates an authentic Chinese New Year celebration every year on the Nieuwmarkt, the heart of Amsterdam Chinatown. The festivities feature a traditional lion's dance and spectacular fireworks, and the Nieuwmarkt itself is covered in stalls and street artists for revelers to enjoy.
- Valentine's Day: February 14. While tokens of this non-native holiday have crept into the Netherlands, it's not widely celebrated. But for Valentines who wish to celebrate abroad, here are some ideas for romantic activities in Amsterdam. And don't miss the excuse to sample some of the best chocolatiers in Amsterdam.
Selected February Events Outside Amsterdam
- De Koninck Blues Festival Delft: Blues musicians take over more than thirty venues in Delft's picturesque Old Town for a few days each February. Performances are free; blues workshops and lectures carry a modest fee. Find visitor information for Delft (ca. 40 minutes from Amsterdam).
- Holland Flower Festival: This yearly flower festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors with its spectacle of the beloved bulb flowers, tulips and more, that the Netherlands is celebrated for. Each edition zeroes in on a different country for its yearly theme. A fixed-fee shuttle bus service whisks visitors from Hoorn train station (30 minutes from Amsterdam CS) to the festival's Middenmeer location. (Often open in February, in 2018, it will open March 22.)