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Haringpakkerssteeg 5a - 5f, Amsterdam, 1012 LR, The Netherlands
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How Humid in August?

by MapleMoose

I have found a hotel with good location, reasonable rates and amenities and good reviews but it lacks one thing - air conditioning. Since we are going to be in Amsterdam for 6 nights in mid-August this is a concern. I see that the average high for that period is 22 which is not that hot from what we are used to but I am wondering if Amsterdam is humid and AC is a necessity?

Re: How Humid in August?

by GrumpyDiver

There is very little A/C used in Northern Europe, because in general, it does not get all that hot. No stinging insects either, so windows that open are the norm.

I have never stayed anywhere in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, etc., etc. where there was any A/C in use.

Re: How Humid in August?

by leics

Some places do have a/c in northern Europe, but I've never felt the need for it anywhere.

It just doesn't really get hot enough often enough to warrant having a/c everywhere. As Grumpy notes, open windows are the usual thing but if it's noisy outside this can be a disadvantage....earplugs are always useful anyway. :-)

I really cannot imagine you'd actually need a/c in Amsterdam, even in mid-August, unless you are lucky enough to hit on a heatwave (fingers crossed, eh?).

Re: How Humid in August?

by pieter_jan_v

When we are lucky enough to have a heatwave here in Amsterdam we either go to the Vondelpark or the Northsea coast (25 km West).

It can be be humid, but that will end with a short overnight thunderstorm.


Re: How Humid in August?

by dustmon

I stayed at De Filosoof in a room in August with no A/C---it was on the street and having the window open was not an option----try to get a garden side room if avalable at least---you could ask for a portable fan as well....


Re: How Humid in August?

by johngayton

Yes the heat isn't unbearable and whilst few Amsterdam hotels have AC most will have a portable fan. You don't say what hotel you're considering but you should realise that central hotels can be quite noisy at night and especially so if you leave your window open. But then if you enjoy Amsterdam properly you'll be able to sleep through anything.

For cool (literally) and quiet in August have a look at the Botel and see if they have availability -

Another cool (figuratively) and quiet location is the Lloyd Hotel, slightly out of town on the Western Docks -

Enjoy Amsterdam - but be aware that cheap rooms tend to be VERY small!

Re: How Humid in August?

by Pijlmans

We unfortunately DO have mosquitoes so pack a fly swapper if you want to keep your window open ;-)

Re: How Humid in August?

by johngayton

Strangely I've never had a problem with mosquitos in Amsterdam Dennis - despite the fact that they love me everywhere else I go. Maybe the jenever acts as a repellent?

Travel Tips for Amsterdam


by l-e-z-ah

d queen's day is d time of year when d whole Holland simply go crazy... d place to be is the Leidseplein and Museumplein. In the latter, they usually hold a concert by National and International artists....

My advice: wear something orange, wear ur oldest clothes (it's bound to get soaked in beer anyway), drink some beers (don't get drunk if u don't know ur way around), beware of pickpockets, and don't get separated from ur friends (u won't find them until d day's over, mobile phones is of no use during that time) I've spent three Queen's day in Amsterdam, and I always find something new each time.... d last time i was in a bad shape and still insisted to go anyway... i was ill for d next couple of days, but even if i have 2 do it all over again, i'd still go

Just walk around. This is, in...

by Livermore

Just walk around. This is, in my opinion, the best city in the world for simply walking around and taking in the sights. It seems the city planners designed the city to fit the pedestrian instead of the other way around as in most metropolitan areas. Public transportation is relatively inexpensive and abundant. You have everything from water taxis to bicycles. But still the best mode of transportation in Amsterdam is the shoe. At this pace one can take in all the wonderful sights. My fondest memory is sitting along the Prinsengracht in the Jordaan and watching the world go by.

Sites from the Canal

by adambeau

On a canal boat tour during the day, early sites include the New Metropolis Museum at Oosterdok. Numerous barges are also seen along the harbors. The lower picture shows reproduction sailing vessel near the harbor entrance. (Interesting 'coin' story goes along with the canal tour)

Amsterdam Tip

by go_doggo

We attended a free lunch concert at the Het Concertgebouw. These take place every Wednesday at 12:30 but get there early to get a seat! The day we went Julia Bronkhorst was singing and Henk van Lingen played classical guitar. The concert was wonderful and the Concertgebouw is beatiful! I definitely recommend you add this to your itinerary!

Dam square

by Erkmen

Just keepwalking on the damrak and soon you will be in Dam Square..

Dam square isthe center of Amsterdam.. Everytime you will come around to this square.. And it is the best meeting point..

When you reached the square you have now three directions to continue...


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