March is a good time to visit Amsterdam: Sunny days, an occasional shower, and few tourists; events include Keukenhof Flower Garden and Hiswa Boat Show
If you don’t mind chilly mornings, March is the perfect month for a trip to Amsterdam; bring your camera and an umbrella for the occasional downpour. March is the beginning of the bulb flowering season: Crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths follow each other in rapid succession. The Keukenhof Flower Garden opens it gates for six weeks; Tulips in kaleidoscope colours dance in the breeze. The trees along the canals show off their tender green, outdoor seating is set up and Amsterdamers snuggle under a fleece, sipping cappuccino and eating apple pie. March is still low season: Airfares and accommodation are still cheap, but by the end of the month the tourists start coming back; the queues at popular museums are getting longer.
On the last Sunday of March you will have to sacrifice one hour’s sleep as the clocks go forward an hour, but in return you will be woken up by the sun at a quarter past seven.
March Events in Amsterdam
Hiswa Boat Show, usually the first week in March; pick your favorite vessel from 500 boats; from small canoes to seaworthy yachts, or just come to admire. The Boat Show takes place in Amsterdam RAI at Europaplein.
Keukenhof Flower Show, from March to May: Floral displays of thousands of blooming hyacinths, daffodils and tulips in the open air and in indoor pavilions. Amble through the park and take in the riot of colours: The Keukenhof Flower garden is in the village of Lisse, close to Amsterdam.
Free Train Travel: Spend €15 on Dutch language books during Dutch Book Week, Boekenweek. Your free book is your train ticket, valid for the whole day for one person. Travel throughout the country, no limit.
Zomertijd (Daylight Saving Time). last Sunday in March at 2 am, Change to Central European Summer Time. Set your watch ahead one hour.
Open Air Art Markets, March – October Professional artists showcase their works of art ranging from acrylics, oils, watercolours and etchings, to jewellery, ceramics, sculptures and photography. The artist group consists of sixty individuals: A rotating system sees to it that every Sunday twenty-five different artists exhibit their works
Thorbecke Open Air Art Market and Spui Art Market are open every Sunday from 10:30 – 18:00.
March Weather in Amsterdam
March weather is unpredictable; it is still cold and often lots of rain. On the bright side, March is sometimes sunny for a week or so and it feels as if spring has arrived. The days are definitely getting longer so that you cram more in; more sightseeing during the day.
March average high 8.8º C (48º F), average low -1º C (34.8º F)
Average precipitation 66 mm (2.6 inches)
Sunrise / sunset 1 March 07:28 – 18:19 and on 31 March 07:19 – 08:12
March in Amsterdam is chilly but never very cold: Expect blue skies but also sudden downpours, you will still need a winter coat. It is still low season and therefore there are lots of bargain flights and accommodation. March is the perfect month to visit Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum; no long queues of visitors waiting to get inside. March is an ideal month for a short stay, or longer trip to Amsterdam.