Current Time in Amsterdam, Netherlands - The Amsterdam Time Zone

Right now, the current time in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) is:

What's the Amsterdam Time Zone?

The current time in Amsterdam is that of the Central European Time Zone (CET), calculated as Greenwich Mean Time / Coordinated Universal Time (GMT / UTC) +1. This means that the Amsterdam time is always an hour ahead of that of the Western European Time Zone, which has its base line running through Greenwich, England.

What's the Difference?

To put it another way, if you want to find Amsterdam's current time while in Britain, add one hour. To calculate the time from New York, NY, Washington, D.C. or even Wilmington, Delaware (Eastern Standard Time) add six hours. From Los Angeles, CA, and Las Vegas, NV (Pacific Standard Time), add nine hours.

Some major cities that share Amsterdam's current time are Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Oslo and Warsaw. London, Dublin and Lisbon are one hour behind, while Athens, Cairo, Istanbul and Helsinki are one hour ahead. It's a good idea to keep these in mind when backpacking in Europe; nobody wants to miss their train due to having the wrong time on their watch.

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time, commonly practiced in the Northern Hemisphere, means that an extra hour is added to the current time in Amsterdam during the spring, and taken away again during autumn. While this may seem intentionally confusing for people from parts of the world where this practice isn't used, rest assured that it's only purpose is to make sure you have more daylight to see Amsterdam by in the afternoons and more time to sleep in during your mornings.

Summer Time

As in the rest of Europe, and all countries in the Northern Hemisphere, summer in the Netherlands begins officially on the longest day of the year, normally June 21st. While summer in Amsterdam may not be the as long or as hot as in other cities, the bright sun is a welcome sight between rain showers and you can look forward to much longer days with sunrise in midsummer being around 06:00 and sunset around 21:30.

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