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Netherlands for New Year's

Posted by Pat8458 on March 16, 2010

Anyone been to the Netherlands in the winter? A friend and I are thinking about going for New Years.

barbara

Reply by barbara on March 17, 2010

It's not necessarily as cold as you might think in the south, but a Dutch friend told me I missed out on ice skating after a good freeze in the north of the country. I mean, don't get me wrong. Winter weather isn't balmy, but I was near Eindhoven at one point---a February/March---and there wasn't even snow. It's not as pretty as seeing the Netherlands in the spring.

Reply by CDunfey on June 07, 2012

I think that the best months to visit Amsterdam are April and June. I was there in August and September and it rained a lot! My best friend lives in Amsterdam and she told me winter is not harsh at all. It barely snows there! It is not as cold as in other parts of the world because they are close to the sea but it is a little windy. The party part is the same all year round!

koshkha

Reply by koshkha on June 10, 2012

I go to Holland all year round. If you go at any time of year you'll find plenty to see and do but the weather could be quite miserable at New Year and the daylight hours are short. If eating and drinking and seeing the odd museum is what you want, then you'll be fine, just don't plan too much outdoor activity.
NY is too early for snow most years and as others have said, it's nicer to wait for spring and the bulb fields but if New Year is your only option, then go for it.

Jackie89

Reply by Jackie89 on August 05, 2013

I currently live in Den Haag and its great for new years, if you want to experience something new! They have great parties all over town, awesome fire works at the beach and a crazy tradition: Every first of January, masses of people get together at the beach and dive into the ice cold northern sea. Some in cuostumes, some in beach wear some naked...alll drunk. ;) Its great to participate or watch! I f you are looking for a hotel, check out the last-minute hotel offers on JustBook.com My dad is always booking his hotel there when he comes for a visit.

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