Amsterdam Weather July Averages, Netherlands
What's the Weather like in Amsterdam in July
July is one of the two hottest months of the year in Amsterdam and as a result is generally very crowded with tourists.
The highest temperature ever recorded in July was 32°C (90°F) with the coldest being 12°C (55°F). However, this is atypical and the average high temperature for the month is 21°C (69°F) with an average low temperature of 13°C (55°F), an increase on June's temperatures.
Notice there is not a lot of difference between the low and high temperatures thanks to the moderating effect of the nearby warm sea waters. In the month of July, visitors will only need a light jacket at night.
Average Sea Temperature
In fact, the waters off the coast continue to get warmer with temperatures near 17°C making water sports possible as Amsterdam gets deeper into the summer months.
Average Sunshine Hours
With about ten hours of sun per day, there is also plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy the warmer and longer days.
It does rain at times in July, however, it tends to be light. On average, rainfall amounts for the month are between 63mm. Taking a light jacket should be enough to ward off any raindrops on a vacation in Amsterdam during July but checking the weather forecast is a good idea.
Amsterdam Hotels in July
In the summer months, visitors may want to stay in a region of Amsterdam that is close to outdoor activities such as the zoo. If this is the case, then the region of Jodenbuurt is a good choice. This area, which was previously known as the Jewish Quarter, houses a number of museums and memorials that are dedicated to the Jewish resistance.
If you're looking for stylish accommodation at an affordable price, check out the Volkshotel. Cutting-edge decor dominates this quirky hotel, and you'll find numerous reference to the building's origins as a newspaper office. Make use of the facilities available, such as a basement bar, inviting lounge space and rooftop terrace which is ideal for summer evenings.
Hotel V Frederiksplein
Another cost-friendly option that's worth considering is the Hotel V Frederiksplein. A short walk or tram ride away from the Museum Quarter, this no-frills hotel offers minimalist, but tastefully decorated suites, and makes a good place to unwind and relax after a heavy day of shopping and sightseeing.
WestCord Art Hotel Amsterdam
Located in the Westerpark neighbourhood you'll find the WestCord Art Hotel Amsterdam. This modern hotel features spacious and airy interiors, with a variety of rooms and suites to choose from. There's an onsite brasserie at the hotel, and you're also able to make use of the outdoor swimming pool during the summer months, as well as the bike rental facilities.
Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam
Try the Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam if you're in search of a fashionable hotel that's within easy reach of the central railway station and major sights. This thoroughly modern accommodation comprises a number of rooms and suites to choose from, and since it's a pet-friendly hotel, it makes the ideal place to stay for those travelling with four-legged friends in tow.
Beaches in Amsterdam for July
While not a beach in the traditional manner, visitors can experience the sun and sand on the roof terrace of Amsterdam's ship shaped science center. Complete with deckchairs, sandpits, and water features, the area is a great one to enjoy a light dessert and enjoy the views of the city.
Arguably, the best urban beach in Amsterdam is the Amsterdam Roest. This hip spot is located in an area east of town with numerous indoor and outdoor bars as well as a long strip of sand by the water that allows for a great day to relax and get enjoy the sun.
Centre City Beach
Beginning in the middle of July, visitors can also take advantage of a pop-up beach in the center of the city. The location across from Central Station is transformed into a beach thanks to 350 cubic meters of sand brought in. Food trucks line the area with a wide array of food and fun family activities complete the "beach." This pop up beach is only open for six weeks.
Bars and Restaurants
For a restaurant with a different twist, settle into Restaurant AS for a meal that won't easily be forgotten. With only three main courses of meat, fish and vegetarian, the food is served on long oak tables and will send taste buds into overdrive.
If fine dining is what you're in search of, then head to District V. Located in Pijp, the restaurant's terrace comes to life during the warm summer evenings, and it's constantly busy with tourists and locals in equal measure. The choices aren't extensive, as the restaurant focusses on simple but delicious dishes that aim to cater to even the pickiest of diners.
For whiskey or bourbon, try Whiskeycafe L&B. Offering more than 1,400 different types of the spirit, the café's whisky and bourbon hail from Scotland, America, Canada, Japan and India. The bar staff is highly knowledgeable and will help visitors pick out just the right one for their taste.
To satisfy your sweet tooth in Amsterdam, you really should check out Metropolitan. Situated within the infamous Red Light District, this wildly popular eatery is busy throughout the day and serves a range of treats from milkshakes to ice creams, waffles and pastries.
Looking for somewhere to go for brunch? Greenwoods on Keizersgracht has to be your first option. This brasserie runs a respectable menu throughout the day but its breakfast dishes are by far its biggest draw. There are a variety of hot and cold options to choose from, and you're also able to customise your meal as you see fit.
Things to do in Amsterdam in July
The warmer weather during this time of the year makes it the perfect time to rent a bike and explore the city on your own. Like many European cities, Amsterdam is very bike friendly and easy to explore on two wheels. Visitors can always take a break and enjoy al fresco dining, which is very popular in Amsterdam.
There are numerous concerts in and around the city in the month of July with events on the main stage in Vondelpark at least four days of the week.
If visitors prefer to stay indoors during a trip, the Heineken Experience might be in order. The brewery was established in 1864 and today is one of the largest beer manufacturers in the world. Open 365 days of the year, the self-guided tour will take about an hour and a half and visitors will get to sample some of the latest brews.
Gay and Lesbian Summer Festival
The Gay and Lesbian Summer Festival (Pride) also takes place in the month of July and includes a 10-film marathon of the year's best LGBT films.
Of course, all of Amsterdam's museums are open during the summer, but lines can be very long and museums will be crowded. Be sure to purchase tickets ahead of time, if possible, to avoid wasted time standing in line.
Melkweg and Paradiso
Anytime of the year, music is popular in Amsterdam and visitors can visit the Melkweg and Paradiso as two of the best venues, especially if visitors are on a budget. Paradiso is the cornerstone of the pop and rock music scene and is located in a former church that will often put on several events in one day. The Melkweg is home to a wide variety of music as well as a theater, cinema, art gallery and café.
Amsterdam Fashion Week takes place during July and features a wide range of events including pop-up streets, exhibitions and parties. For music fans, the Robeco Summer Concerts Series is held at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw during July and August and offers classical, pop and jazz concerts, and the Robeco Summer Restaurant offers three-course meals.
The Concertgebouw is also worth visiting just for the architecture, regular musical performances and theatres. There is a large selection of restaurants and accommodation options nearby.