Every summer, Amsterdam turns into a virtual hub for tourists from all over the world, you come to this historic metropolis for its flea markets, cultural heritage, and of course, bicycle rides along its many canals. For the budget conscious traveler, however, there is no better time to hop on a plane to Amsterdam than autumn, when the last of the tourists head home and the hotels and restaurants drop their prices drastically. The city, of course, still retains its characteristic charms, with the only exception being that everything is cheaper, and less crowded!
Autumn in Amsterdam is very pleasant with the last warm winds of summer still lingering in the air. You might not be able to ride a bicycle in a pair of shorts, but you won’t need your stuffy jackets either. The days are largely warm, and there is a pleasant nip in the air in the evenings. A light jacket or a blazer will be more than enough to see you through Amsterdam autumns.
If you are heading to Amsterdam in late autumn, it is advisable to bring along a raincoat or an umbrella since October and November are traditionally the rainiest months of the year in the city.
Things To Do in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has long been one of the cultural capitals of Europe. Its many historical landmarks, museums, and heritage sites have been amply chronicled. But beneath the historic veneer is a modern metropolis boasting some of the best restaurants, loudest pubs and finest nightclubs in Europe. Amsterdam is a city of contradictions, and no matter the season, it offers something for everyone.
Culture, Museums and Architecture
Amsterdam boasts one of the highest museum densities of any city in the world. Admire Van Gogh’s striking original paintings at the Van Gogh museum, or head over to the Rijksmuseum – the National Museum of Holland – to take a look at storied Rembrandt paintings, including the ever popular, ‘The Night Watch’. Some other museums of note in the city are Anne Frank House and the EYE museum dedicated to film and moving images. Taking children to these museums is an excellent way to acquaint them with the rich cultural heritage of Europe.
Amsterdam is a curious mix of modern steel and glass wonders sitting alongside post-Renaissance era buildings. The Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam Central Station, the Shipping House, Museum Het Schip are architectural landmarks no tourist to the city can afford to miss. Modern architecture enthusiasts will love the Eastern Docks and ARCAM. Film buffs shouldn’t miss Tuschinski Theater, one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world.
Note: September traditionally hosts the ‘Open Monument Day’ in the city where 54 important monuments are open to all public, free of charge.
Cuisine and Nightlife
As a modern cosmopolitan hub, restaurants in Amsterdam cater to every taste bud imaginable. The famous Amsterdam cafes along Leidseplein serve authentic and fusion Dutch cuisine. The restaurants in Jordaan, the Spui and Chinatown are worth checking out for their eclectic mix of restaurants offering food from all over the world.
Amsterdam’s nightlife is famous the world over. The much-storied Red Light District needs no introduction. For those looking for more a more ‘wholesome’ experience, Leidseplein offers dozens of trendy nightclubs, pubs and bars. Rembrandtplein, another busy commercial district in the city, also houses lots of clubs and bars patronized by the locals.
Despite housing a million people, Amsterdam retains a slow, relaxed pace.
If you are having trouble booking Amsterdam and you want to experience some nice Autumn short breaks October or September, why not try England? There are plenty of great locations to explore and with the summer prices and crowds depleting to less-intimidating levels, these months are the perfect months to explore the English cities that you never had a chance to visit.