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Snow in Amsterdam: A Winter Day in Holland’s Capital

Snow in Amsterdam: A Winter Day in Holland’s Capital

A Dutch Winter Day Amsterdam Netherlands – The unexpected happened: Finally, after three Winters without any snow Amsterdam turned into a winter wonderland. Big snowflakes falling down from the sky covering Dutch bikes, canal boats, and the beautiful Grachten houses of Amsterdam Jordaan with white fresh snow. There is nothing better than to jump in our winter clothes, snap our camera and walk through the capital of the Netherlands on a Winter Day in February. And let us tell you, the city of Amsterdam looks entirely different as you might know from your last attend at Amsterdam Gay Pride!

We decided to take a walking tour along the Bloemgracht of the Dutch capital towards the famous “Westerkerk” close by the Anna-Frank House and the Homo Monument. Although it was cold, it takes some time before the canals are frozen. On our way back we stopped at Bilderdijkpark to have a small lunch snack at one of our favorite restaurants in Amsterdam. We enjoyed the beautiful view of playing dogs, happy people, and falling snowflakes while tasting delicious vegetarian lentil soup for Daan and salmon bread for Karl. Join us on our tour through the winter wonderland of Amsterdam and experience the beauty of snow in Amsterdam through a couple of men‘s eyes.

Snow in Amsterdam Dutch Winter Day Amsterdam Netherlands | ©
Dutch Winter Day: Snow in Amsterdam, Netherlands | ©

A Snowy Dutch Winter Day in Amsterdam

We started our day wandering around the Amsterdamse Grachten with a walk towards the world-famous Bloemgracht in the neighborhood “Jordan”. The city experience of the usually very busy streets of Amsterdam was now entirely different. Almost empty streets and parks around Marnixstraat and Nassaukade with nothing but peacefully snow-white nature. The few bikers we saw were driving very slowly to not slide off the road. Winter wheels are not common in the Netherlands, neither for cars nor for bikes. So, it is good advice for pedestrians and drivers to always pay a little extra attention during wintertime in Holland.

Walking along the Bloemgracht with Snow

This part of Amsterdam is famous for its beautiful canal houses and small shops and cafés along narrow little streets along the canals. We decided to walk around in Amsterdam today instead of biking since the snow made the ground very slippery, especially over the tiny little bridges. Here and there some people just felt and slid off the road. Mostly, nothing serious was happening, of course.

Dutch Winter Day Amsterdam Netherlands in February | ©
Dutch Winter Day Amsterdam Netherlands in February ©
Dutch Winter Day Amsterdam Netherlands in February | ©
Boats on the canals with snowfall ©
Dutch Winter Day Amsterdam Netherlands in February | ©
Bikes in Amsterdam covered in snow ©

Photo moment Bloemgracht – Derde Leliedwarsstraat

Our favorite photo motive at the Bloemgracht in the little bridge over the canal coming from the “Derde Leliedwarsstraat” facing Amsterdam West. Now covered in snow, the bikes, canal boats, and Grachten houses are looking even more beautiful as usual.

Let us show you a snowy Winter day in Amsterdam ©
Let us show you a snowy Winter day in Amsterdam ©

Our best Winter pictures of Amsterdam in Snow

Karl moved to Amsterdam more than 3 years ago. Since then, there was no real winter day in Amsterdam anymore. The last time the Grachten were totally frozen and the Dutch people all over the Netherlands could finally do their most favorite winter hobby ice skating again, is already 5 years ago. In January 2012 this was possible for the last time, until now. We have to stay optimistic that this will happen again since we love Winter!

Dutch Winter Day Amsterdam Netherlands in February | ©
Westerkerk in snow on a Dutch Winter Day Amsterdam Netherlands in February ©
Dutch Winter Day Amsterdam Netherlands in February | ©
Canal houses on Bloemgracht covered in snow ©
Dutch Winter Day Amsterdam Netherlands in February | ©
Amsterdam in Winter is just soooo beautiful ©
Dutch Winter Day Amsterdam Netherlands in February | ©
Dutch Winter Day Amsterdam Netherlands in February ©

Our way back through snowfall to Windmill “De Otter”

We decided to walk back the way we came and a little further west to see the Dutch windmill “Molen De Otter” covered in snow. After a tour along the canal “Kostverlorenvaart” we got hungry. A shortstop for a lunch snack at the small hidden restaurant “De Liefde” at Bilderdijkpark was exactly what we needed.

Lunch break in one of Amsterdams lovely restaurants

Karl would call it typical Dutch, but we both love to warm up with a “hot chocomelk met slagroom” (warm chocolate milk with creme). Unfortunately, our two favorite restaurants in our neighborhood had to close their doors. But we are sure, to find another lovely place for a Dutch lunch when it is snowing again in Amsterdam – and we are all able again to eat out and meet other people again.

Snow in Amsterdam: Our Dutch Winter Day in the capital of The Netherlands | ©
HOME – Our Dutch Winter Day in the capital of The Netherlands | ©

Snow in Amsterdam: Our Dutch Winter Day in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

We love Winter and we love snow. And we love Amsterdam covered in snow! We cannot wait to travel to Canada in March for our Winter Road Trip through the Rocky Mountains all the way North to Jasper for Jasper Pride Festival 2017. But before we leave the winter wonderland of our hometown, it is time to enjoy the Dutch winter at its best! And yes, there is more to do in Amsterdam in Winter, even without snow. Especially in December and January, the Amsterdam Light Festival should be on your list during a visit. Let us know if you have any questions about your itinerary for a trip to the Dutch capital, and we are more than happy to help to point you in the right direction!

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Karl & Daan.

Carby Edwards

Friday 24th of December 2021

Winters and snow are so beautiful in the Netherlands. I am not at all amused about my plan to visit the Netherlands in the next month after reading this blog. I doubted my plan a lot, but after reading this blog, I have made my mind clearer. I already got my Visa for the Netherlands because as per my nationality I will need a visa to travel to the Netherlands. Other than the Netherlands, I will also travel to other Schengen regions, but I am confused about which place I should visit on the same visa. If you can help me with this as well, it will be of great help for my next travel to the Netherlands.

Karl Krause

Monday 27th of December 2021

First of all, Merry Christmas, Carby, and thank you for your comment! What are you looking for when you are traveling? Museums? Nature? LGBTQ+ Community and events? The Schengen area is very diverse and offers everything from snowy mountains to sunny beach - even during the cold months.