Autumn is upon us. The leaves are starting to change and the weather is getting cooler – and we think it’s the perfect time to book a city break.
Where would we recommend? Amsterdam. You’ll be amazed at the colours, the atmosphere and the food. Plus, autumn is normally quieter as it’s no longer peak season, so you’ll find travel and accommodation are slightly cheaper too.
So, cosy down and tuck into a hot chocolate as you read our top picks of things to do in The Netherlands this autumn.
Admire the orange leaves by boat
When you’re choosing a city at this time of year, you want somewhere with lots of foliage. Why? Because you’ll see some amazing colours as the trees change colours. Throughout Amsterdam, you’ll find amber trees lining the canals – and reflecting in the water. It’ll make for a great Instagram picture! Tour the city by boat for the best views with us and snap away as you cruise down the canals.
Enjoy warming food and a splash of culture
Autumn is a time for celebration and culture. The Dutch people love this time of year and everything it brings. From festivals to museum exhibitions, to jazz nights and dancing, you’ll find it all in the city – and there really is something for everybody. As the days get colder, it’s also the perfect time to embrace the warming food. Enjoy a hot slice of their famous apple pie and a delicious hot chocolate– and if you’re feeling indulgent add some whipped cream! Or tuck into a hearty plate of Stammpot (mash potato, meat and cheese and gravy!)
Take a stroll through Vondelpark
When you visit Amsterdam in autumn, you need to fully experience the colours. Take a stroll through one of the many parks and sit under a tree with a picnic. There are many parks in Amsterdam, but we’d suggest Vondelpark. It’s one of the most popular parks – and for good reason. It’s simply stunning to see the ponds and bridges lined with vibrant orange trees. Take a few hours to sit, relax and breathe in the autumn air. How do you get there? Just take the Citysightseeing bus and hop-off at Vondelpark (red route, stop 9).
Experience the Museum Nights
From the 2nd November all across Amsterdam, you’ll find ‘Museum Nights’. This is when more than 50 museums stay open until 2am. Each will have special exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops specifically for the occasion. It’s an entirely different experience that can’t be missed. Just take the hop-on-hop-off bus to the Museum District (red route, stop 8) and you’ll be right in the heart of all the major museums – and some other cultural attractions too.
Wonder at the Amsterdam Light Festival
As the nights roll in and the temperature drops, the city will never feel dark or gloomy. Every year, the Amsterdam Light Festival makes sure the city is never in darkness. The city is lit with artworks and sculptures lining the canals and bridges. This year, the theme is ‘Disrupt!’ where artists will be exploring what disruption means to them. You can get a spectacular view from the boats along the canals. We have two boat routes that’ll take you there, just hop-off at Leidseplein (Green route, stop 7 or Blue route, stop 4).
Time to Welcome Santa with The Sinterklaas Parade
In the Netherlands, Santa doesn’t wait for Christmas to make his first appearance. In late autumn (mid-November), St Nick comes to visit. Arriving from his home in Spain, St Nick parades through the city, offering sweets and presents to the children. The parade is a massive attraction, with over a kilometre of floats and boats and 400,000 spectators every year. If you’ve never been, we’d highly recommend seeing it, just take the hop-on-hop-off boat to Maritime Museum (Green route, stop 10) and you can then follow the parade into the centre of the town.
So are you ready to book your trip? Amsterdam in autumn is seriously not to be missed. Have a look at all the other tours we have in Amsterdam and take your pick. We look forward to welcoming you here.