Things you need to know about Amsterdam in June!

by Amy Thistle

April 14, 2011

As you may or may not know HR 2011 will take place 7-9 June 2011 in Amsterdam. For those of use who will be in Amsterdam I wanted to provide you with some crucial information about the weather, what to pack, and things to do in the fabulous city of Amsterdam J

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The average hight temperature in June is 68°F (20°C) and the average low is  50°F (10°C)

June weather is typically ideal for visiting Amsterdam -- it's not too hot and not too cool.

June Packing Suggestions:

Umbrella: While June is not Amsterdam's rainiest month, there is always a chance for precipitation. Be prepared for rain, even if the sun is out when you start your day!

Windproof, waterproof jacket

Layers of breathable clothing: The best way to deal with Amsterdam's ever-ch anging weather is to layer your clothes. Bring a light sweater for cool nights.

Comfortable walking shoes: June is perfect for an Amsterdam walking tour, which you'll enjoy a lot more if your feet are happy. That said, flip-flops (or "slippers," as they call them in Amsterdam) are great for the beach, but be warned -- they don't offer much support or protection on cobblestoned streets.

Picnic blanket: Sitting in one of Amsterdam's parks is an ideal way to spend a lazy summer afternoon.

Insect repellent: Mosquitoes love often-humid and water-rich Amsterdam in summer.

Day bag/pack: You'll need something to hold these and other things, like a good Amsterdam map and that picnic lunch.

Festivals & Events:

World Press Photo Exhibit
Annual; late April until mid-June (2010 dates: April 23-June 20)
Every year, Amsterdam's Oude Kerk ("Old Church") hosts this world-renowned and much-anticipated exhibition of award-winning and often shocking photojournalism.

Holland Festival
Annual; three-to-four weeks beginning late May or early June (2010 dates: June 1-23)
The Dutch consider this month-long festival of cultural arts performances both the official wind-down of the primary performing arts season (September through June) and the unofficial beginning of summer. Music, d ance, theater and opera performances from around the world fill venues throughout the city.

Open Garden Days
Annual; third weekend in June (2010 dates: June 18-20)
This public peek into the private gardens of nearly 30 homes and institutions is courtesy of the Canal Museums organization. Garden enthusiasts and "brown thumbs" alike won't be disappointed by the artistic and innovative designs in the green spaces hidden behind Amsterdam's stately canal buildings.

Amsterdam Roots Festival
Annual; one week in mid-June (2010 dates: June 17-20)
This festival draws acts from Africa, South and Central America, Eastern Europe and many more hubs of the world-music genre. While most performances are held in indoor venues like the Paradiso, Melkweg and Concertgebouw, a favorite festival highlight is the open-air collection of free concert and dance performances, held in the Oosterpark on the first Sunday of the week.

Top 10 things to do in Amsterdam in June (curtsey of ..

1. Immerse yourself in art

From Spui take tram 2 or 5 to Museumplein, where the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum keep you occupied for hours.

View Van Gogh’s life through art, from the Potato Eaters up through the last two months of his life in France.

Holland’s Golden Age is the highlight of the Rijksmuseum. Don’t miss Vermeer’s Milkmaid.

2. Day trip it

For an excursion, the 15-minute train ride to Haarlem is worth the trip.

Browse fashionable boutiques, visit the Gothic St. Bavo church, and walk to the Frans Hals art museum.

3. Drink up

With more than 1200 intriguing pubs to crawl you’ll have more than your fill.

Start at the Heineken brewery (Stadshouderkade 78) to see how famous beer is produced. Check out Café Belgique to taste smooth Belgian brews like La Chouffe and La Trappe Dubbel.

Other standouts: gallery/bar Schuim (Spuistraat 189), Gollem, and In De Wildeman.

4. Night bike it

Amsterdam is most romantic at night, when the city is aglow from lit up bridges and canals.

Start at Leidseplein and bike down Kerkstraat to the Amstel River, where you’ll find the Skinny Bridge in all its glory.

Cut across Waterlooplein to Jodenbreestraat, which takes you into Nieuwmarkt. Pay a visit to the Waag, a pub/restaurant that once formed the city wall, or brown bar Café ‘t Loosje (Nieuwmarkt 32-34).

5. Club it

For pre-partying, head to Lux (Marnixstraat 403) Bitterzoet (Spuistraat 2), or Seymour Likely (Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250) for live DJs.

Join the dance crowd at Mazzo (Rozengracht 114), Club More (Rozengracht 133), and Paradiso (Weteringschans 6-8). For a laid-back vibe, check out Café Alto (Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 115) for local jazz acts.

6. Shop for treasures

Walk the famous 9 streets to pick up cutting-edge fashion and eclectic wares.

Don’t miss Lady Day, which sells vintage and secondhand European fashion for a steal. Browse for a designer fragrance like Creed at Skins Cosmetics, investigate the Paul Frank Store, and get pampered at Spoiled, where you’ll be custom matched to a designer pair of jeans.

7. Do it like the Dutch

Nothing says typically Dutch better than a hunk of Gouda stuffed in a fresh bread roll.

Savor this ritual by picking up a sandwich at Broodje van Kootje (Spui 28). Grab a newspaper at the Athenaeum bookstore across the way, and plunk yourself down on a bench in the square.

For another Dutch favorite, visit the Pannekoekenhuis, a tiny upstairs restaurant on the second floor of a narrow canal house. Dive into big pancakes, served sweet or savory.

8. Indulge, Indonesian style

A former colony of the Netherlands, Indonesia now occupies Amsterdam, in terms of cuisine.

The rice table (a smorgasbord of dishes) is the name of the game but you can opt for the Nasi Goreng (fried rice) at Sie Joe.

For something more upscale, consider Tempoe Doloe, on the boutique-lined street, Utrechtsestraat or Puri Mas, located in the entertainment district of Leidseplein.

9. While the day away in a café

At Café Zeezicht (Hoofdweg 456), people watch on the outdoor terrace, sipping a Dutch style latte and nibbling on the best apple tart in town. Brown cafes, named for th eir wooden interiors, are good for mingling with the locals.

Cafes not to miss: De Balie, Café De Tuin (Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 13), and Café ‘t Smalle (Egelantiersgracht 12).

10. Walk it

Start at the eastern end of the Albert Cuyp street market in the ethnically diverse neighborhood De Pijp.

Peruse Dutch treats like fish, cheese, and chocolate among 300 stalls. Take a right on Ferdinand Bolstraat, then a left on Stadshouderkade.

Take a right at Spiegelgracht for a stroll in the antique district. Turn left onto Herengracht to see splendid 17th century canal houses. Make a right at Leidsestraat and go up to Singel.

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