Are you wondering what to wear in Amsterdam in June? June in Amsterdam is officially the start of the peak summer season in this city, and you can expect the weather to heat up considerably from May. In this guide we round up what to pack for Amsterdam in June for every occasion for women, men and children alongside a great Amsterdam in June packing list to be sure you miss nothing from your suitcase.
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Weather in Amsterdam in June
The main factor when packing no matter the destination or season is of course the weather. As Amsterdam in June is the start of the summer season it is important that you are ready for the heat. But how hot does it get in Amsterdam in June?
How hot is Amsterdam in June?
As you would expect for summer in Amsterdam. the thermometer has started to rise with the start of June.
In early June you can expect the temperature to hover around 17-19 C / mid-60s Fbut by the end of the month is is not uncommon for the temperature to be well into the early 20s / high 60s. And it has been even known to reach 26C/upper 70s in this month.
However having said that there can always in anomalies when traveling in Northern Europe so it is worth having at least a couple of layers with you. And I personally never visit Amsterdam without a compact travel umbrella with me.
On that note, what can you expect in terms of rain in Amsterdam in June?
Does it rain a lot in Amsterdam in June?
As an ex-Amsterdam expat I can tell you that you can get rain any month of the year . However June isn’t too bad in terms of rain.
Generally speaking you can expect to see rain on 9 days in Amsterdam in June. However this tends to be in the form of light showers rather than huge downpours.
Having said that its always worth having some waterproof wear or an umbrella on your Amsterdam packing list even in Summer.
Note: the weather between months changes quite dramatically and there are always special events in Amsterdam in certain months. If your trip spans a couple of months then please be sure to check out our other monthly guides.
What do people wear in Amsterdam
if you want to look like a local in Amsterdam then you need to know what do people wear in Amsterdam on a day to day basis.
I would actually say that the Dutch fashion aesthetic can be summarised quite easily as:
However I think It is important to stress that although the Dutch tend to be quite casual, this does not mean that they are not stylish because they definitely are.
Even in Summer when the temperatures start to rise the Dutch still dress very fashionably.
What to wear in Amsterdam in June
Now you know what the temperatures and likely weather conditions are likely to be for your visit to Amsterdam in June we can now turn our attention to what to wear in Amsterdam in June.
What to wear in Amsterdam in June for women
It surprises many people who come to Europe in summer that there ae very few air conditioned hotels. And this is definitely true in Amsterdam. I can say this as a local who suffered many a summer in the city.
As June is one of the hotter months in Amsterdam and you are not guaranteed accommodation with air conditioning be sure to bring only lightweight night and loungewear with you so you don’t bake in your Dutch apartment
I love a summer dress and I think they are perfect for nights out in Amsterdam and for touring many of the tourist attractions in the city.
However I would issue a word of warning from someone who has made an Amsterdam outfit mistake.
If you are planning on cycling around the city just be sure that your summer dress isn’t too long so that it can get stuck in the chain.
During my first two weeks of living Amsterdam I made this very mistake, it is an embarrassing and rookie mistake to make and I had to be rescued by a kindly Dutch man who freed my dress from the bike chain.
For this reason in Amsterdam I prefer to wear midi length dresses as opposed to maxi dresses that I wear in other European cities in summer.
There is no Amsterdam dress code rules that prevent you from wearing a short skirt or dress either but personally I find it quite difficult to cycle in short items of clothing.
As Amsterdam isn’t a formal place and people are so active cycling on a day to day basis it is not uncommon to see people wearing nice tailored shorts around the city.
You could also opt for denim shorts but personally I find these more difficult to cycle in. However there is no dress code rule or fashion reason why you couldn’t wear shorts in Amsterdam.
One of the things I love about Amsterdam is that it’s dress code isn’t very formal.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Dutch are a stylish bunch just not formal. T shirts are a staple of everyday wear in the city and will be comfortable for cycling. You can also wear these in the evening no problem if you are in a bar or restaurant that doesn’t have a dress code that says otherwise
However if you do want something for cooler days or for smarter restaurants we recommend packing some light summer blouses for June.
Although June is summer in Amsterdam I recommend packing a lightweight jacket such as denim jacket for June.
June is the coolest of the summer months and it can still be cool in the mornings so a denim jacket is a perfect addition to your Amsterdam summer packing list.
Again, while the temperatures are heating up there can be cold days and Amsterdam at night can get chilly.
A great day to night piece that can both dress up a casual look or be used as a extra layer is a pashmina.
To be honest I never go anywhere in Europe with my trusty pashmina as you never know what the weather will do!
As I have mentioned before Amsterdam is a casual city. Jeans will not be out of place anywhere in city from museums to restaurants. Generally speaking the Dutch tend to wear skinny fit jeans and darker colors, with black being very popular.
Ripped jeans are also always in fashion in Amsterdam and this are especially good for the simmer.
However if you are lucky you may find that it is too hot for jeans so midi dresses and skirts are a great alternative.
Midi length skirts and dresses
Midi length skirts and dresses are great in Amsterdam, as this length is easiest for cycling in.
T shirts are perfectly commonplace on the streets of Amsterdam. The Dutch tend to be a practical people and you are more likely to find plain white or black tees than bright colored slogan t shirts.
But in truth any type of t shirts are fine.
I recommend taking short sleeve ones or even tank tops with you for the month of June as the temperatures are heating up.
A Hoodie or Cardigan
Although the temperatures are heating up in Amsterdam in June you will still want some top layers for early mornings and evenings.
As Amsterdammers tend to be quite casual then hoodies are perfect for during the day. However in the evening I would opt for a smarter sweater or cardigan.
Underwear and socks
These ones kinda of go without saying but just in case and because I would hate you to miss anything be sure to pack the correct amount of underwear and socks for your trip.
As the days are getting warmer and sunnier be sure to add a pair of sunglasses to your list as the canals can be pretty dazzling.
Theft Proof Bag
We lived in Amsterdam for several years and never had a problem with safety. However as with any tourist destination pickpockets can appear.
I recommend taking a bag with a least zip compartments. A theft proof bag like the one above would be even better.
For days when you are just walking then a cross body bag is more than suitable. However if you are planning on doing a lot of cycling you will definitely need a backpack with you too.
How to Dress in Amsterdam in June for Men
The rules of what to pack for men is similar to what to pack for women in Amsterdam. Casual wear is absolutely acceptable though you may also want some smarter shirts for dinner.
As I said these are a staple for all Amsterdam wardrobes. However you may also want to add
Lightweight trousers might be better for the summer months when it is hot.
Shorts are very acceptable in Amsterdam in summer. Locals tend to wear more tailored shorts over cargo shorts.
A great choice for during the day in the city.
Although t shirts are perfect for the day I would add a button down shirt for the evening and going out to eat.
Hoodie and Jumper
Perfect for cool mornings and going out at night.
Needed for those cooler mornings and evenings.
What clothes to pack for Amsterdam in June at night
Are you wondering about the what to wear in Amsterdam at night. Well don’t fear Amsterdam is a relatively casual city especially in summer as the temperature rises and there is no air conditioning. In fact I would add any type of formal wear to your what not to wear in Amsterdam list.
For a dinner in Amsterdam I would recommend wearing the same things as you would wear during the day in the city but maybe smarten it up with a button down shirt over t shirts or dress over jeans or shorts.
Best Shoes for Amsterdam in June
I think the most difficult think about packing for Amsterdam in June is getting the footwear right. So what are the best shoes for Amsterdam in June.
Well my number one pick for Amsterdam no matter the season is:
Any trip to Amsterdam will involve walking, it is a very walkable city after all. You also may try some cycling like the locals. Therefore sneaks are perfect piece of footwear.
I personally don’t wear sneakers on a night out, even in Amsterdam therefore I recommend a change of shoes for the evening. I recommend a sandal that has a small but chunky heel or a wedge as these cope better with the cobbled streets of the city.
Stilettos and thin heels should be avoided at all costs.
What to Pack for Amsterdam in June (Non Clothing)
As I mentioned, Amsterdam can be a pretty rainy place no matter the time you visit. DTherefore we recommend taking a handbag sized umbrella.
Amsterdam is a beautiful city especially in the summer and I promise you your phone will be constantly out so be sure to have a power pack with you to recharge those batteries.
Amsterdam uses the traditional European plugs. So if you are coming from the UK or USA etc you will need an adapter to make your electronics work. Click here to purchase!
FAQS about this Amsterdam Summer Packing List
Do I need Swimwear for Amsterdam in June?
As you are traveling in the summer you may want to know if you need swimwear for Amsterdam. The answer is it depends.
Not many of the hotels in Amsterdam have swimming pools however Amsterdam is very close to some amazing beaches such as those at Zaandvort and Castricum, which is our favorite.
However if you are not planning on going to one of the above you will not need swimwear.
Note: you will see people swimming in the River Amstel and the canals in Amsterdam however please do not do this. It is dangerous and should not be done.
Have you been to Amsterdam in June? What did you wear? And if you are traveling this year be sure to tag us in your social media pictures on Instagram and Facebook.