No one does cozy quite like the Dutch do. One of my favorite trips to Holland was in winter, when I marvelled at the intrepid locals out biking through slush and snow. There was nothing as cozy as a brown cafe, walls bathed in candlelight.
Here are 5 reasons you should consider a winter trip to Holland:
1. Winter is for romantics in the Netherlands
As our local Dutch Untour staff says, “Overall the dark months are great for romantics.” Something about the candle light, the warm glow coming from the windows of the townhomes, the way the canals and streets are lit in evening.
2. Amsterdam’s museums are all yours
In winter, tourist crowds thin. Amsterdam belongs more to the Dutch, and its museums are much less crowded. No lines. Easy access. Now is you best time to see the Anne Frank House, linger in the Rijksmuseum, or marvel at Van Gogh Museum. Plus the Amsterdam Light Festival runs December 1 – January 22.
3. Holiday markets
Leiden hosts a charming floating Christmas Market in the center of town. It runs December 11 – 20, 2016. Nothing like a warm stroopwafel as you browse the stalls.
4. Airfares are much lower in winter
Amsterdam is well served by many major carriers and airfares drop dramatically for flights departing after October.
5. Your apartment is waiting
We have homey Untours apartments available year round in Leiden. Some have canal views, and all have cozy duvets and comfy living rooms. Check out the possibilities now for a last-minute getaway.
Special thanks to Edmund at guideholland.com for sharing his photos (top two, plus Leiden market) and his winter insights. We love his small, private tours.