Averages for Amsterdam in February

Weather

Weather in February is not much warmer than January so layers are still a must for those visiting in the second month of the year. The average high temperature in Amsterdam for the month is 8° C (46°F) with an average low temperature of 0°C (32°F). While February is drier than January with an average of 39mm of precipitation in the month, there are more rainy days with 11 across the month. Sunlight is still at a premium with an average of o...

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Averages for Amsterdam in February

  Temperature 4°C

39°F

Low Temperature -0°C

31°F

  High Temperature 8°C

46°F

  Sunshine Hours 5 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 25 %
  Rainfall 39mm
  Rainfall days 11 days
  Chance of Rain 60 %
  Sea Temperature 6°C

43°F

Chance of Windy Day 20 %

Averages for Amsterdam in February

Weather

Weather in February is not much warmer than January so layers are still a must for those visiting in the second month of the year. The average high temperature in Amsterdam for the month is 8° C (46°F) with an average low temperature of 0°C (32°F). While February is drier than January with an average of 39mm of precipitation in the month, there are more rainy days with 11 across the month. Sunlight is still at a premium with an average of only five hours of sunlight per day and average temperatures hover around 4°C (39°F).

The daily weather in Amsterdam is highly changeable, but prolonged periods of cold are usually unlikely thanks to the modifying effects of the nearby North Sea and English Channel. These two bodies of water have relatively warm currents that keep the city from becoming too cold during the winter months. This effect keeps much of the precipitation in winter from falling as snow.

Where to Stay

With conditions still on the cold side in the month of February, travelers can continue to get big discounts on rooms in the city.

When looking for a hotel in Amsterdam, it is important to consider the surrounding community. Like many European cities, Amsterdam has its share of nightlife and unless you like falling asleep to the steady beat of nearby music, it may be best to do some additional digging into hotels and see what type of venues are close by. With most attractions within easy walking distance of many hotels, it is not difficult to find one in which visitors can see the attractions without any unwanted nearby noise.

If being in the center of it all is what you prefer, then City Centre is the place to be. Easy to get to from the airport, the area is packed with restaurants and bars and surrounded by the canals. At its center is Dam Square along with the Royal Palace. In addition to food and drink, there is plenty of nearby shopping with Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk running off of Dam Square. A short walk away is the nearby Red Light District as well as Chinatown and exciting restaurants close to Nieuwmarkt.

One great hotel near the central part of Amsterdam is the Hotel V Nesplein. The hotel includes chic, loft-style rooms and is near everything that is hip and happening in the city.

Things to Do

The month of February is still a time to stay indoors while in Amsterdam and enjoy the cities numerous museums and other indoor activities.

In the Jordaan district, visitors can find about 40 specialists galleries that are in former homes and shops. The galleries sell anything from photography to contemporary art so there is something for everyone.

For those looking to discover more about the city of Amsterdam, there is the Amsterdam Museum. The museum formally known as the Amsterdam History Museum educates visitors on the previous eight centuries of the city’s evolution.

Another nearby spot not to miss includes the recently restored Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, a hidden church that has now been returned to its former glory.

For children, a visit to the Joods Historisch Museum in the old Jewish quarter is in order. Located in a former synagogue, it holds photos, artifacts and paintings and contains an excellent children’s wing.

Important Dates

One may not think to put reggae and Amsterdam in the same sentence, but the Amsterdam Reggae Festival is one highlight in the month of February. This outdoor festival caps off the month and more information can be found on Facebook by searching for the Amsterdam Reggae Festival.

Fans of the Blues are not to be outdone in the month of February with the Blues Festival Delft. With 50 live performances in 30 locations, this festival is one that one won’t disappoint and the best news is that the entrance to all performances is free of charge.

The city holds numerous Valentine’s Day events for those looking to celebrate. Couples may choose between events at numerous restaurants and pubs throughout the city.

The Chinese Year of the Dragon is celebrated in the De Bijenkorf shopping centre on the 10th February each year while the shopping centre is also popular with tourists.

Eat and Drink

Food in the Netherlands is not as well-known as other cuisines, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. In fact, there are several dishes that no visitors should pass up on their trip to the city.

One of the best known foods include poffertjes. These are small, fluffy pancakes made with yeast and buckwheat flour. After being prepared in a special pan, they become perfectly puffed small pancakes generally served with sugar and butter. Since most of these goodies are sold at street stalls in the fall and winter, they make the perfect choice when traveling to Amsterdam in February.

Bitterballen is another deep fried snack found all over the country. These small balls contain a crunchy breadcrumb coating and are filled with a mixture of beef broth, chopped beef, flour, herbs, spices and butter. Bitterballen can be found at numerous cafes through the city and are especially delicious when sampled alongside beer.

When looking for a good place to eat, Café Restaurant Amsterdam is listed as one of the best. Located near the city center, it specializes in French fare and with high ceilings and large windows, it makes a perfect ambiance for breakfast or lunch.

Later in the day, visitors may want to wind down with a drink from one of Amsterdam’s many pubs or bars. If having a Belgian beer is on your to-do list, then head over to Café Belgique. With a menu of more than 50 Belgian beers on tap, visitors can’t go wrong.   

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