January Weather Averages for Amsterdam

What's the Weather Like in Amsterdam in January

Temperature

Weather in Amsterdam during January is not for the faint of heart, but it can still be beautiful as long as visitors dress appropriately. In fact, January ranks, on average, as the coldest month of the year in Amsterdam with an average high temperature of 4.5°C (40°F) and an average low temperature of 1°C (33°F) with most days a...

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What's the Weather Like in Amsterdam in January

Temperature

Weather in Amsterdam during January is not for the faint of heart, but it can still be beautiful as long as visitors dress appropriately. In fact, January ranks, on average, as the coldest month of the year in Amsterdam with an average high temperature of 4.5°C (40°F) and an average low temperature of 1°C (33°F) with most days around 2.5°C (36°F). 

Additionally, the winds blowing through the various canals can drive the wind chill down to make the temperature seem much colder than it actually is.

Rain and Snow

Precipitation is also common in Amsterdam during the month of January with an average of approximately 69mm throughout the month, across 8 days. Much of that precipitation will form as liquid, but snow is not out of the question. In Amsterdam, however, many snowfalls only amount to a light dusting.

Average Sunshine Hours

Visitors should be prepared for the lack of sunlight in Amsterdam during the month of January. During this month, the sun doesn't rise until almost 9:00am and it sets well before 5:00pm resulting in very long nights. Sunshine hours average 3 per day so warm coats, hat and scarves are a must. Checking the live weather forecast is also useful. 

Amsterdam Hotels in January

The good news about travelling to Amsterdam in January is that visitors are able to take advantage of the lowest hotel rates of the year. Even many higher end hotels are likely to slash prices in order to entice visitors. Additionally, Amsterdam is a relatively smaller city when compared to Paris or Rome and many hotels are located within walking distance of all major tourist attractions.

One quirk to hotels around Amsterdam is that many do not come with elevators. This is because the smallest hotels are built in canal houses and modifications cannot be made due to zoning laws. If an elevator is needed, choose a hotel that is just outside of the central part of the city and located around Vondelpark.

If you're looking for a classy and comfortable stay that's within easy walking distance of all the city's main attractions, then head to the Hampshire Hotel. Located near the historic Rembrandtplein, this friendly hotel has everything you'll need to make your trip as convenient as possible. Onsite facilities include 24-hour desk service, free internet, luggage storage and onsite parking.

The Hampshire combines modern elegance with history and character, as spacious suites command picturesque views over the city's atmospheric canals and bustling cobble-stoned streets. If you don't feel like braving the cold to dine out, then treat yourself to the Parisian cuisine of the Brasserie FLO - you're also invited to make yourself at home in the hotel's bar. 

The Hilton Amsterdam is another dependable option that's ideally located for central sightseeing and excursions. A short walk or cycle ride from the city's Vondelpark, this elegant hotel affords stunning views over the canals and comprises a number of rooms and suites to choose from. 

You can select from one of the deluxe guest rooms, suites or executive rooms, all of which are equipped with a number of facilities to make use of. When it comes to dining and drinking, you're able to choose from the Italian-themed Roberto's, the Half Moon Lounge for relaxed drinks or the Issimo for a light lunch or morning coffee. 

For somewhere a bit quirkier, check out the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy. A short tram ride from the Central Railway Station, this striking hotel prides itself on being the world's first 1-to-5 star design hotel.

In layman's terms, this means you can choose from a variety of rooms by their ratings, which give the hotel a sense of innovation and social cohesion. Even though all suites are uniquely designed according to their rating, the one thing you can be guaranteed with is the unwavering quality of service during your stay.

Bars and Restaurants

Because of the cold conditions during January in Amsterdam, many visitors want to be able to warm up indoors. The good news is there is no shortage of wonderful, bars, restaurants and pubs to enjoy while escaping the cold.

If you're after a steak or burger, there's no better choice than De Klos. Meat is really the mainstay of the menu here, so the options are fairly limited for vegetarian diners. Don't let its location in the heart of the tourist strip of Amsterdam discourage you - it's a big hit with locals. 

One place which is unbeatable, thanks to the quality of its menu and its canalside location, is Cafe de Jaren. This bistro buzzes throughout the day and it's hugely popular with the locals. Whether you're after a hearty brunch, a light coffee or afternoon snack, you won't be disappointed by the options available.

Tucked away in a quiet alleyway near the Dam Square is Van Kerkwijk. This is the place to go if you're looking for straightforward service, delicious dishes and a pleasing atmosphere. There's no menu to choose from, but there's a variety of flavours on the menu from classic Italian cooking, to French brasserie fare and Eastern curry dishes. They don't take reservations and the place heats up quickly in the evenings, so aim to arrive early. 

Satiate your sweeth tooth and enjoy a classic Dutch waffle at Sweetella. This certainly isn't the only item on the menu at this renowned dessert parlour, however; they offer a delicious range of ice creams, cakes, cookies, donuts and milkshakes and churros to choose from. Sweetella makes the ideal place to shelter from the cold and reward yourself after an intense day of sightseeing. 

Beer lovers won't want to miss a trip to Cafe Belgique, an authentic Amsterdam bar which buzzes throughout the evening with regular live music performances. Don't let the bar's cramped interiors put you off, as that's part of the fun and appeal in this place, while you pore over the almost endless selection of Belgian lagers and craft beers. 

Things to do in Amsterdam in January

Because it is cold in January and many visitors choose other months in which to travel to Amsterdam, those that do brave the chilly conditions benefit from much shorter lines at museums and attractions.

Amsterdam has no shortage of art museums and some of the must see ones include the Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum.  The Stedelijk Museum is shaped like a bathtub and houses a collection of 20th and 21st century artists. It also counts works by Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse and Chagall among its impressive collection. The Van Gogh Museum holds 500 drawings and 200 paintings by the artist.

The newly reopened Rijksmuseum is also a favorite for tourists. This world-class museum has reopened to much fan fair and includes a light-filled atrium and an Asian Pavilion. Currently, the museum houses the country's largest collection of art and artifacts from the 15th century to present times including Rembrandt's The Night Watch and Vermeer's Kitchen Maid.

Important Dates

One of the biggest holidays in the world is New Year's Eve and it is not any less important in Amsterdam. Visitors come from all over to celebrate the New Year and see one of the biggest celebrations in Dam Square complete with fireworks and the biggest party in the city.

Other New Year's Eve celebrations take place in Nieuwmarkt. This square is located near the Red Light District and is home to numerous amateur firework displays. Of course, many clubs also offer parties on the night of New Years, but do be prepared to pay a cover charge to gain entry.

The second half of January means Fashion Week in Amsterdam and parts of it are open to the public. Be sure to check the website for the latest information regarding the events surrounding Fashion Week.

The International Improvisational Theater Festival, or Impro Amsterdam for short, also takes place in January. This event features team of actors from across the world who entertain audiences during the six days of performances.

Those who are into horses will enjoy Jumping Amsterdam. This equestrian event features top athletes and a number of sports that are sure to please any crowd. In addition to the competition, there are numerous other events including music and children's activities. The website has all of the details including dates and prices.

January events in Amsterdam

Music

Paradiso Choir Days

12th January 2019 to 13th January 2019

The Paradiso Choir Days are an annual tradition that attract a broad mix of choirs and audience members into the hallowed pop venue. Expect around 140 performances throughout the weekend, featuring amateur singing groups of all ages and all genres. The audience can enjoy new music every 15 minutes!

Website:

https://www.paradiso.nl/en/

National

National Tulip Day

19th January 2019

Every year, an estimated 1.7 billion Dutch tulips bring a welcome touch of spring to households and businesses all over the globe. National Tulip Day sees Dutch tulip growers create a massive temporary garden on Dam Square, bursting with around 200,000 tulips. More than 10,000 people traditionally come along to pick up their own free tulip from Amsterdam every year – don't miss the chance to pick your own! The special theme for 2018 is 'Romantic'.

Website:

https://www.amsterdam.info/events/tulip-day/

Exhibition

Unseen Amsterdam

21st January 2019 to 23rd January 2019

Unseen is the leading platform for contemporary photography. Exclusively focusing on what’s new in the photography world, the platform provides a channel for up-and-coming talent to showcase their work. Unseen brings together the international photography community to discuss and debate the directions in which the photographic medium is evolving. Unseens main event returning for its sixth edition at the Westergasfabriek from the 21st to the 23rd of September 2018.

Website:

https://unseenamsterdam.com/

Event

Jumping Amsterdam

24th January 2019 to 27th January 2019

Held at the RAI Amsterdam, the event is an annual highlight on the Dutch equestrian calendar and draws the world’s best riders, including Olympic champions. Jumping Amsterdam includes show jumping and dressage competitions (including FEI World Cup events), shows, evening entertainment, an exhibition area and various bars and restaurants.

Website:

https://www.jumpingamsterdam.nl/en/

Festival

IMPRO Amsterdam

26th January 2019 to 2nd February 2019

The Netherlands’ only international improv festival brings a whole week of improvisational action to the city. Alongside the main performances, there are traditionally late-night shows, workshops, IMPRO talks, an open stage and an afterparty to top it all off.

Website:

https://impro-amsterdam.nl/

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